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    To balance trailer tires or not?

    When I bought my first new horse trailer, it had no wheel balance weights. I asked the dealer (owner) about balancing and the response was "trailer tires don't need balancing; it's just a waste of money."

    I bought tire and wheel replacements later for this trailer. This is what etrailer.com said when I ordered them. "At etrailer.com, our tire and wheel combinations are mounted so that the high heavy spot on the tire is aligned with the low light spot on the wheel. This provides adequate balance for trailer tires."

    When I bought a new horse trailer a couple of years ago - same brand, same dealer, same person - the wheels were already balanced. "A smoother ride for the horses," said the dealer.

    Now I'm in the market for an equipment trailer. I've been to a few dealers and noticed that most of the new trailers I've seen do not have wheel balance weights, but some do. By not balancing, the manufacturer pockets a tiny bit more profit, I'm sure.

    My common sense tells me that wheel balancing is a good thing, but what's your thought on whether to balance trailer wheels or not?
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    Not worth the bother, especially on an equipment trailer.
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    Balancing doesn't cost a lot, but can easily shorten the life of bearings and brakes, not to mention be harsh on your cargo. Why not balance them?

    To those who said commercial truck tires don't need to be balanced either, phooey. I couldn't believe the difference it made.
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    I balance my horse trailer tires just as done for a vehicle -at 70 miles an hour the wear on unbalanced tires will shorten their life. Really don't want blowouts on loaded horse trailer. I run 'D' range tires at 65psi.

    My flatbed and stock trailer - I don't...they never get that far from home.
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    Many will find this controversial...but I run DynaBeads in mine and it runs smooth as silk at 75mhp, maybe it would without them-but maybe not? They are cheap and effective IMHO. I rum them in the motorcycles too and have for many years without any other balancing aids.
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    A friend of mime who was an owner/operator swore by these steer wheel balancers. With our Volvo trucks that had the air ride steer axle you really didn't feel much difference but they proved themselves with tire longevity.

    Wheel Balancers for many trucks, buses, trailers, and motorcycles from Centramatic
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    A friend of mime who was an owner/operator swore by these steer wheel balancers. With our Volvo trucks that had the air ride steer axle you really didn't feel much difference but they proved themselves with tire longevity.

    Wheel Balancers for many trucks, buses, trailers, and motorcycles from Centramatic
    The beads work by the same principle as the centramatics, but they go in the tire. These are ceramic beads vs the viscous fluid in those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Balancing doesn't cost a lot, but can easily shorten the life of bearings and brakes, not to mention be harsh on your cargo. Why not balance them?

    To those who said commercial truck tires don't need to be balanced either, phooey. I couldn't believe the difference it made.
    Phooey? Haven't heard anyone say that in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Phooey? Haven't heard anyone say that in a long time.
    I did it to attract comments from old guys. Looks like it worked!
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    I do not have them balanced on my 14 K tandem axle dump or flatbed. I never ran balanced trailer tires so maybe I am missing something I don't know about. If it has electric brakes, the first time you forget to turn them down empty and flats spot the tires, the balance will be gone anyway though.
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