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Maintenance Minute: Air Ride vs. Spring Ride


Welcome back to another Maintenance Minute! Today, we're diving into a topic that's crucial for anyone in the trailer industry: suspension systems. 



The debate between air ride and spring ride has long been a topic of discussion. In this Maintenance Minute, we'll explore the key differences and advantages of each, as well as why Premier Trailer Leasing uses air ride suspensions. We will highlight the benefits of both options, so you can make an informed decision.


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Air Ride

Air ride suspensions, as the name suggests, utilize airbags to cushion the trailer. These airbags can adjust to varying road conditions, providing a smoother ride and reducing shock transfer to the cargo. This feature is particularly beneficial for delicate or fragile freight, as it minimizes the risk of damage during transit. Air ride suspensions also offer improved stability and control,  which is especially useful in challenging terrain or adverse weather conditions.


Spring Ride 

On the other hand, spring ride suspensions rely on traditional metal springs to support the trailer. While they may be more affordable and somewhat easier to maintain, they do not offer the same level of load flexibility, load protection, and driver comfort as air ride suspensions. Spring ride suspensions are preferred for hauls in offroad conditions.


How do you choose? 

So, why does Premier Trailer Leasing choose air ride suspensions? The answer lies in our commitment to flexibility, safety and reliability. By opting for air ride suspensions, we prioritize our customer's ability to haul a variety of product, as well as the protection of both the cargo and the trailer itself. With the ability to adjust to different loads and road conditions, air ride suspensions ensure a smoother, more controlled ride, reducing the risk of damage.


Both air ride and spring ride suspensions have their own set of advantages and considerations. The choice ultimately depends on factors such as the type of cargo, operating conditions, and the need for flexibility. However, for those prioritizing safety, flexibility, and overall performance, air ride suspensions often emerge as the preferred option.


We hope this discussion has shed some light on the intricacies of trailer suspension systems. Join us next time as we delve into another important aspect of semi-trailer components and their maintenance. Until then, safe travels!



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