I’m going to be ordering an Adams 2+2 later this year and need to make up my mind on air ride. Is it actually worth it? As in, has anyone ridden in the back of a trailer with air ride to confirm that it is far superior to the standard (lack of) suspension found on most trailers?
I have heard that they require more maintenance and if something fails, the trailer is inoperable. Is this true? I am mechanically inclined, and have a friend/coworker who is a genius with vehicles/trailers/and such. But if the trailer goes down at my place, or worse on the road with horses on it, and I can’t get it 30 miles to town to said friend’s shop, then I’m SOL.
I’m a careful driver but that does not mitigate terrible road conditions; I70 through eastern colorado, or indiana/ohio, anyone? I have an old crippled mare who, I admittedly had on the trailer for far too long recently for vet/farrier appointments, and she fell down a short ways from home from fatigue; there were two horses in front of her and one behind… Use your imagination on how I had to unload everyone else around her…
She won’t be going on any cross country, or even long local, trips ever again. But it got me to thinking about how to make the ride easier and more comfortable. Are there any other suspension options out there besides air ride? Or have suspension systems gotten better since the late 90s? Can anyone verify that air ride is worth the money and risk of breaking down?