Are air-ride trailers overrated? Schneider thinks they are. The company recently distributed a two-page bulletin that argues spring suspensions on trailers are every bit as good at protecting freight as air-ride suspensions. The paper, titled Spring Ride vs Air Ride: Ignore the Inflated Myth of Air-Ride Suspensions, highlighted test results that showed under most circumstances, spring-ride suspensions provided a better ride quality than air-ride.

The results will be viewed with some skepticism, but they do appear to have been based on some fairly comprehensive testing, conducted with loads of 10,000, 30,000 and 40,000 lbs. “With limited light or LTL shipments, the perceived benefits of air-ride are minimal at best,” Schneider concluded. “These tests prove that both air- and spring-ride suspensions are capable of providing the proper damping levels needed not only to get the trailer back to a normal state in the least amount of time but also to protect the freight during transport.” View the Schneider Spring Ride vs Air Ride report here and discuss.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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