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Old 04-29-2018, 03:19 PM   #1
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New trailer - tires not balanced??!!!

I have a new, Keystone Bullet Crossfire 1800RB. Just swapped out the rims & tires and noticed there were NO weighs on the OEM wheels! Is Keystone that cheap that they skip such an important step???
I didn't like the looks of the stock rims so I ordered a set from recstuff.com. I debated re-using the OEM Ranier tires but WalMart had a deal that I couldn't refuse. I bought Carlisle Radial Trail HD's at $67 each. Upgraded from LRD to LRE. Money well spent for peace of mind. Now I have a spare set for winter storage.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:35 PM   #2
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Good looking new wheels!......(and tires - I put the same on my trailer). I'm not aware that Keystone or any other manufacturer of travel trailers balances the wheels/tires from the factory but I could be wrong.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:38 PM   #3
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New trailer - tires not balanced??!!!

Canít say Iíve ever seen any weights on any wheels from the factory, and Iíve seen a few LOL.

Nice wheels!!!
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the compliments on the wheels! I can't believe RV manufacturers don't balance wheels.
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the compliments on the wheels! I can't believe RV manufacturers don't balance wheels.
Ron, you'd be surprised at what the manufacturers don't do. I'm pretty sure that if you do a search on any brands forum, you'll find none of them do balancing. Those of us with balanced wheels all got them by either paying someone else to do it or did it ourselves.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:17 AM   #6
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Good looking wheels and congrats on the tires. No factory balanced that I'm aware of and many tire shops will tell you it's not necessary. As an old timer I remember when tire shops said the same thing about rear wheels on cars with leaf springs. Do a search on balancing and you will find most recommend it as well as bolt in valve stems. Also research HOW to balance them. Looks like Sendel wheels and they require a lug centric balance vs a hub centric balance.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:45 AM   #7
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Good looking wheels and congrats on the tires. No factory balanced that I'm aware of and many tire shops will tell you it's not necessary. As an old timer I remember when tire shops said the same thing about rear wheels on cars with leaf springs. Do a search on balancing and you will find most recommend it as well as bolt in valve stems. Also research HOW to balance them. Looks like Sendel wheels and they require a lug centric balance vs a hub centric balance.
Conventional wisdom is you don't need to balance trailer tires. I don't agree with that. But don't think this is something that unique to Keystone or RV manufacturers in general.
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:36 AM   #8
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All four of my trailers came without the tires balance and that was from four different manufactures. When I replaced the last set of tires of this camper I forgot all about having them balanced. I was taking them back off and I can't tell any difference anyway.
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:22 AM   #9
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IMO the RV trailer industry just follows the basic rules.

Tire balancing is a product of the tire industry. If the tire brand manufacturer does not include tire balancing in their warranty package, there is no other requirement, that I know of, that would require the trailer manufacturer to have the wheel/tire assembly balanced.

Most of the new tires have a colored dot system. Most of the OEM providers are mounting the tires to wheels that have corresponding dimples for tires with colored dots. They are also using 100% nitrogen inflation gas, identified with green valve stem caps.
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:33 PM   #10
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So, last year, I upgraded from d to e tires, from 65 psi to 80 psi, balanced tires, before it that factory tires and of course not balanced. I never have balanced any trailer tires in any rvs or boat trailers before.
We went on a trip of around 1,000 miles in a week and I did not notice any change in towing or handling of the trailer. I will not say it did not make any difference but, from the driver's seat I did not notice. That ride may be different if your in the trailer.
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IMO the RV trailer industry just follows the basic rules.

Tire balancing is a product of the tire industry. If the tire brand manufacturer does not include tire balancing in their warranty package, there is no other requirement, that I know of, that would require the trailer manufacturer to have the wheel/tire assembly balanced.

Most of the new tires have a colored dot system. Most of the OEM providers are mounting the tires to wheels that have corresponding dimples for tires with colored dots. They are also using 100% nitrogen inflation gas, identified with green valve stem caps.
So, is it not a requirement in the auto industry? I think the only reason is because it can't be felt. The rear suspension on any leaf spring truck is better equipped to handle unbalanced tires as the springs are tempered by shock absorbers. JMHO any rotational component should be balanced. As for those red dots on the sidewall, it amazes me how many I see not aligned properly on vehicles that obviously (by age of vehicle ) are sporting non OEM tires.
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:04 AM   #12
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Wow, what a difference a new set of shoes make ! Nice.

Around here, no tire shop balances trailer tires unless you specifically ask them to do so.... and of course, they will charge extra for it. When I install my new Goodyear Endurance tires I will certainly balance them. I can't see how balanced tires on a trailer wouldn't be better than unbalanced.
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