Air ride trailers

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Midwest1, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Midwest1

    Midwest1 Medium Load Member

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    I currently have a 40' PJ with the hutch suspension. I'm getting a new trailer and can't decide if the air ride option is worth it. My main reason's for wanting air ride would be a smoother ride..less jerking. I understand a Shocker Hitch might help also. Does anyone have an air ride hotshot trailer that can lend some insight.
     
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    You cannot eliminate all jerking.

    Any time you support airride in hauling freight becomes a asset, not a liability or problem.

    Before I drove airride trucks I had cargo damage constantly. After I drove airride trucks cargo damage declined to almost zero.
     
  4. Dagwood007

    Dagwood007 Bobtail Member

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    Ordered a 40ft PJ last week with air ride and lift axel. In my experience it is indeed a plus, not withstanding the importance of cold weather preventive maintenance. Haven't really had as good experiences with self activated units though. Much prefer manual activation. And yes even in hot shot most shippers will see it as a plus if not the odd requirement. Regards.
     
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  5. Midwest1

    Midwest1 Medium Load Member

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    Are you coming from a non air ride trailer? You mentioned my other concern and that’s the additional maintenance involved. If you have a problem with air ride you could be stranded. With hutch suspension you don’t have those worries.
     
  6. Dagwood007

    Dagwood007 Bobtail Member

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    Coming from Class A tankers with air ride. Yes, Hutch and Hendrickson are both reliable. Maintenance and repair in my experience is mainly having fittings and a bag or two; basic tools not withstanding. Transitioning into hotshot. Semi retired. Beef was mainly the self deploy not the manual ball valve. I.E. opinion on air drier and winterizing. Thanks and regards.
     
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