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Old 05-05-2013, 11:53 PM   #1
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Tire balancing

Very quick and easy question for everyone:

1. Did anyone have their tires balanced on your trailer/fifth wheel?

2. How far off balance were they, how much weight had to be added to correct?

3. Has anyone installed or had installed a hitch to carry bikes on; or how do you carry your bikes?

4. Is anyone "double bottoming"?

Thanking all you fine people in advance for your help.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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I plan to balance my tires when I replace them after this summers trip. There has been some discussion already regarding bike carriers so I would do a search to find them.
What is 'double bottoming', I hate to guess on that one! I won't ask my wife either....
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:00 AM   #3
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Very quick and easy question for everyone:

1. Did anyone have their tires balanced on your trailer/fifth wheel?

2. How far off balance were they, how much weight had to be added to correct?

3. Has anyone installed or had installed a hitch to carry bikes on; or how do you carry your bikes?

4. Is anyone "double bottoming"?

Thanking all you fine people in advance for your help.
I'm more about balancing steer tires then rear tires on larger trucks or trailers. I have tandem axle equipment trailers and have never balanced those tires. Also, I have had three other 5th wheel camper trailers previous the one I have now. I have never balanced the tires on any of these trailers. I have put 6000 miles in this 5er that I have now.

I have no need to place a hitch on the rear of my 5er. Redwood places them on theirs right from the factory. I believe your infinity and Redwood frames are the same. Lippert. So, it can be done with no issue.

I'm also, unsure what "double bottoming" is. Please explain.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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I guess "double bottom" is the correct term to use. That is when you have a small trailer behind your fifthwheel trailer. I think some would call it a "pup". your fifthwheel trailer would be the "lead" Again I am just guessing. Also those terms are used in the trucking industry.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:43 PM   #5
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1) I have never had symptoms which would indicate balancing was necessary on either of my 5th wheels. My previous one (Jayco Designer), however, had a serious misalignment of the axles which I had repaired at a truck alignment shop. Tires were wearing fast and unevenly until this was fixed.
2) N/A
3) We use folding bikes which fit in the 'basement'.
4) That's a new term to me, too, but I've never done it.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #6
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Double bottoming then would be illegal in British Columbia.
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Time Horton 's "Double Double " coffee yes....double bottoming no....carry enough crap in the truck and trailer as it is...no need to bring more with a pup...lol lol
Bike rack attached to TT bumper...do search on this forum for pics of my bike rack.
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Double bottoming then would be illegal in British Columbia.
Double bottoming is a sick bird in a lot of the states also.

Just wondering if anyone had done it.
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I pulled a verity of trailers behind my fiver most of the time in Michigan over the years until we got the Voltage. Tis legal in Michigan but only if you have a class "A" or a Recreational Doubles on your operators license. Length is limited to 65 feet from the tugger front bumper to the rear bumper on the back trailer. Depends on who is doing the inspecting/measuring whether a bike rack hanging off the last bumper would count in the length.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Why not have the tires balanced? It only costs about ten bucks each and it will make the tire last longer and be better on your coach. Why beat the trailer to death if you don't have too? We have had every set of tires we put on the airstream balanced and the third weekend owning the Denali we had them done because the factory does not do it.
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