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Old 04-22-2014, 09:31 PM   #15
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They are not hub centric--they are a bit loose. They put a single weight on with the hub balance. Frankly I didn't trust they were doing a serious job. My wheels are hot dip galvanized and I would think the coating would tend to throw off the balance a bit. These are beefy 8 ply tires too.

They added two small weights to each wheel.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #16
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The fifty state search is a standard Car Fax type search.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:41 PM   #17
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Not showing up in CarFax is no proof of never being registered. Even with 17 digit VIN, some states stop reporting on trailers after a given age or period of non-registration.

I doubt if your DMV will have any interest in a blank CarFax report, CA doesn't...
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:49 AM   #18
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It's common to not balance trailer tires. I have it done on mine.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:53 AM   #19
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I have it done on mine.
Trying to wrap my head around this. You mean you have not done it on yours?

Well, at least it's a diversion from "can I tow".

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Old 04-23-2014, 01:19 AM   #20
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No, I mean I have it done on mine.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:30 AM   #21
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I took the tires back to be balanced, and they balanced them using the hub, not the lugs.

I challenged the manager on the issue
Nice work NS! It's good to see you are aware of the proper procedures and are not letting the service providers take advantage.

A few years ago I had OK tire in Burlington install 4 new Michelins and do a wheel alignment. When I got the car back I noticed the steering wheel was off center. WTH.... I took the car back and confronted the alignment tech about it. He said there was nothing wrong with that and that I was the 1st one that ever complained about such a thing. What a crock! I insisted he fix it which he did, explained the issue to the manager, and never went back to that store.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:08 AM   #22
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I never even thought of whether to balance trailer tires or not. I always do, and sometimes do it again the next year. It's easy and cheap to do. Why would trailer tires be any different from car tires in terms of maintenance?

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Old 04-23-2014, 02:58 PM   #23
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Should I assume that the factory balanced the wheels on my Scamp? The tires look good for wear. I put 10,000 miles on them since it left the factory last year.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:04 PM   #24
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Should I assume that the factory balanced the wheels on my Scamp? The tires look good for wear. I put 10,000 miles on them since it left the factory last year.
If it was me, I would take them in to my favorite garage and get them balanced. I balance my truck tires every 6,000 miles!

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Old 04-23-2014, 04:44 PM   #25
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I can't believe ANY reputable tire shop would sell unbalanced tires on rims.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:00 PM   #26
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Every shop I've been to, it's common practice not to balance trailer tires. It's probably different for campers, but regular trailers almost never have balanced tires, even from the factory.
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Should I assume that the factory balanced the wheels on my Scamp? The tires look good for wear. I put 10,000 miles on them since it left the factory last year.
Just look for weights on the rim. I had mine balanced today when I had new tires installed. The weights were installed on the inside edge. Don't be surprised if they are not. I've bought two new trailers and neither came with balanced tires. Raz
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:46 PM   #28
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Trailer tires are designed for speeds up to 65MPH. I don't think a precious tire balancing is very important at such speeds.

I usually tow Scamp 16' at 60MPH.
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