Does All 48 ft load require air ride??

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  1. Gonzo1300

    Gonzo1300 Light Load Member

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    We are currently setting up with different equipment because of our main customer. We just purchased two more 5500s. There are two trailer type we are thinking. 1 V in a 48 ft simply because we can get more units of our customer on the trailer. Our original trailers was set up just for that customer with me sometimes we was riding 2000 miles it'd be back to the customer because you could not put anything else on that trailer. And yes the customer is happy we have been doing their stuff for 12 years and they pay what we need. I like the idea of having a 48 ft trailer so we can pick up some those loads but does all of them require air ride? I understand that all semi trucks with 48 ft trailer have air ride. If we're going to be denied most of those loads then I'm going to go a different route
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    There are a lot of 48' and 53' trailers that are spring ride. But some places specify that they want their product loaded on an air ride trailer. It all depends on what your customers are ok with.
     
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  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    you should ask your customer, who else would know what they want?
     
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  5. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

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    The Swift fleet of dry van trailers, which are quite a few thousand trailers, are all spring suspension. At least I've never seen a Swift dry van that wasn't.
    Their reefers, which are also a substantial quantity, are all air suspension, which is what I usually pull (occasionally have to swallow my pride and pull a dry van, but it's never my first choice).
    While it's common that I'll pull a dry van load in a reefer trailer, I'm unsure if has to do with customer preference for air ride or not. They just tell me to go get the stuff and I go. I certainly don't mind pulling loads in reefer trailers that don't require me to actually run the reefer unit.
     
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  6. Gonzo1300

    Gonzo1300 Light Load Member

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    I know my customer doesn't need it. But I didn't want to be messing around only load board to get back to the area I need to be in and 75% of the customers would require air ride
     
  7. Gonzo1300

    Gonzo1300 Light Load Member

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    My customer don't need it but getting back to the area after unloading their stuff I would a lot of times be using a Load Board.
     
  8. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    I guess I’m not following exactly, but if it doesn’t affect your customer, why wouldn’t you just go ahead spec equipment that allow you more flexibility in load options? I’m unsure of what the dilemma is?
     
  9. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    Spring suspension just beats you(and the cargo) to death ,
    Why would you not want air bags ?
     
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  10. mpd240

    mpd240 Road Train Member

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    Man all u got to do is pull a spring ride for a week. The ##### will try to beat you to death
     
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  11. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    For sure
    Sounds like this driver has never pulled a old spring ride trailer .

    I’ve pulled em with a spring ride cabover.
    Ugh, won’t do that again .
     
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