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Old 04-23-2014, 09:31 PM   #29
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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.
I disagree, I've have felt out of balance car tires at speeds much less than 60mph.

I figure that the minimal cost of balancing trailer tires has to make the trailer ride better.

Although, I may have to ride in my trailer while it is being towed at 60mph to actually find out if my hypothesis is correct!

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:43 PM   #30
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They look pretty good. The extra few inches of space gained by the new springs will be helpful.

I will feel confident enough to take a long trip with these new tires and bearings.

Still to do, fill the bearing buddies with the same grease used to pack the bearings, and splice I the wiring to the tail lights.

I spent a whole day picking up 32" hitch extension in Massachusetts. Saved a $100 by buying on eBay ad picking it up. Probably not worth it except I saw someplace new that I'd enjoy exploring. Erving, Mass. I will be able to tow with no loss in capacity using this hitch extension --not needed but reassuring.

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Old 04-24-2014, 12:33 AM   #31
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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.

They are LOAD RATED at 65mph, not necessarily LIMITED to 65 mph. Contact the tire manufacturer for info. Mine are good up to 85 mph. Tow at whatever speed you're comfortable with.

Balancing can very much be an issue at 60 mph.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:36 AM   #32
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What is the definition of Load Rated at 65?
What does it mean in the real world?
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:30 AM   #33
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What is the definition of Load Rated at 65?
What does it mean in the real world?

Trailer tire max speed.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:54 AM   #34
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As I said earlier, I just replaced the tires on my trailer. Despite the trailer being a 2010, the tires are dated 2007. They have about 30 k miles on them and I was planning to replace them at the end of last season when one was punctured by a sharp rock. Pictured are the two tires. One appears to have good tread while the other has definite wear on one side. Whether this is due to the tires being unbalanced or not I don't know. Raz
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:20 AM   #35
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No reflection on Jared as he just supplied the link but......

That link/info puts a cold chill up my back for a number of reasons.

Towing any trailer no mater how good it may feel at speeds above 60MPH is elevating the "towing risk level".

One of the tire companies promoting the idea of towing at high speeds (Goodyear ) has one of the poorest performing, most problematic, lowest quality, ST tire made (Marathon).

Just last year a vehicle towing a small trailer went by us in the passing lane doing at least 70 MPH. I said to the DH that we will see him again up the road in a few minutes. Sure enough not far ahead we saw rubber pieces all over the road and the same guy was on the side of the road scratching his head wondering why the trailer tire had exploded.

It's not rocket science. Why are folks not getting this????
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:01 AM   #36
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Driving a vehicle over 20 mph is elevating the risk level...

My car trailer eats tires, no matter the speed. They wear perfectly even, just go boom. I've checked the pressure while filling gas and had them explode five minutes later. Speed is only one of many factors why tires go.

Speed is relative to the safety margin left in the tire. Mine on the scamp aren't even at 80% capacity @ 85 mph. I've seen popups that aren't within the tire rating sitting still. That popup at 50mph is more dangerous than mine at 80 mph.

I haven't had a problem on the scamp, but one tire is almost rated for the whole camper. I think I'll start rotating the scamp tires to the car trailer every 3 years or so, I don't care if they go boom on the car trailer as they age.

As for towing speed, each to their own.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:09 AM   #37
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Why would anybody choose to NOT balance their trailer tires when replacing them. The cost is very minimal in my opinion.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #38
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What I learned. After about 10,000 miles on my 2013 Scamp, the trailer tires were not balanced. They were not far off (1.25 oz). The bearings were ready to be cleaned. Had them replaced. Glad I watched the messy process for when I do it next year.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:59 PM   #39
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I think if you are buying new tires and having them put on rims they should be balanced. if they do not go somewhere else to buy tires.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:34 PM   #40
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I buy all of my tires at Discount Tires and have never had to ask them to balance my trailer tires, they do it as part of the installing of the new tires. I have gotten good service from the tires I have purchased from them, and will continue to use them in the future for both my truck and trailer tires.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:34 AM   #41
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Another vote for Discount tire. Two years ago we took a trip to Utah and the Grand Canyon. Tires that looked good in Vermont didn't look so good in Colorado. On line from the campground I found a Discount tire along the way (Pueblo) that had the tires I wanted in stock. An hour after pulling in we had our new tires. Good service and a good price. I wish they had stores in the northeast. Raz
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:39 AM   #42
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The best part about Discount is that you can shop, order, pay, and make an appointment all online, so all you have to do is show up at you appointment time and they have you in and out in 30 minutes to an hour. No big salesmen to upsell you on anything you don't want or need either. They only do tires, and a few rims. I've also taken advantage of their great warranties, and have had tire replaced, no questions asked. Top notch company, prices, and service!
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