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Old 06-01-2023, 05:53 PM   #1
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Wheel weights falling off?

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has had this issue. Late last year I found a few wheel weights in my driveway and suspected they were from the Ventana since they seemed too large to be from our Hondas. When I went to Gaffney (December) for my yearly checkup, I asked them to check the wheels to see they could visually see if I was missing any, which they did, but didn't find places where they could be missing. Today, after pulling it out for our monthly exercise, I found a strip of 4 on the driveway... I didn't feel any vibration or anything unusual, but it has me curious. Do I go to a truck/tire shop and have them rebalance the wheels? Or just have them put on a set of Centramatics and not worry about it? I will probably get tires next year, or 2025 at the latest...

Anyone ever see this before?
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Old 06-01-2023, 07:54 PM   #2
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Your best guess...Front or rear? If rear, don't worry about it as shops have repeatedly told me that duals don't need balancing because any unbalance is spread across the axle and there are four wheels. I have it done anyway if it's convenient. Love's tire shops do balancing but it's $40/tire so I only do it when installing new tires. What I was told is that modern truck tires of the size we use on RVs aren't that susceptible to being unbalanced and RV'ers rarely if ever bonk into curbs that might bend a wheel. So...unnecessary.

If you think the weights came from the fronts, I'd say take it to the shop for a balance unless the drive is so smooth that it feels unnecessary.

But I wouldn't do a lot about it, if anything, because you're getting new tires in a year of RV travel (which is usually under 5K miles) and the balance weights missing won't make much of a difference.
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Use Balance Beads instead.
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Old 06-01-2023, 09:34 PM   #4
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I switched to centramatics the last go around to get away from weights. Did a 7k trip and they seemed fine.
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Not sure where they are coming from if there is no evidence of glue on the rims. I have been running Centramatics for years. I can highly recommend them.
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If you are not experiencing any vibration or shimmy in the drive tires I wouldn't worry about it. You are within a year or 2 of 'aging out' your tires & will be replacing them.

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Thanks all. I think I will be just watching for issues and try centramatics if I feel vibrations. Otherwise I will wait until it is time to replace them.

Just thought it was odd that the weights would just fall offÖ.
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