What exactly is "Air Ride Equipped"

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Diesel Blues, May 18, 2011.

  1. Diesel Blues

    Diesel Blues Bobtail Member

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    Many 18 wheeler trailers have big bold lettering with the words "Air Ride Equipped". Is this something special that not all trucks have? I suspect it is the latest technology that is standard equipment...much in the same as putting "Color TV" on the box of a television set as if that is something special these days.
     
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    what it means, is the trailer(s) are equipped with air-ride suspension. in other words it assures their customers that their cargo doesn't come in pieces due to road vibration that a leaf spring suspension would give to the contents of the trailer.
     
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    ... as opposed to a spring ride suspension, which is still pretty commonplace in a lot of trailers.
     
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    Thanks for the reposnes. Do shippers ever specify "Air ride" for fragile cargo? Also, can somebody provide a rough estimate of the percentage of new trailers that have Air ride suspension?
     
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    Approximately 37.314159265% have air ride suspension.
     
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    Thank you for the reply. My statistical model projected 37.314159266%, but I have extreme confidence in your mathematical ability, hence I am going with your number. I am in the process of determining if there is a corrolation between getting flashed when pulling an "Air Ride Equipped" trailer.
     
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    Now that's funny!!!
     
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    Why do you think it is funny, Redd? It is a legitimate question.
     
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    There is no way to put a percentage on the air ride versus spring ride trailers that are still operational on today's highway.

    If I had to guess, I'd say 80% of the trailers are now air ride & have been for several years.
     
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    Used to be years ago, air ride was a rare setup
    Spring ride being the norm.
    When customers wanted air ride on trk and trl. they paid a extra charge for it:biggrin_25520:
    Now it's so common they just get if for free like to much other stuff in this bussiness