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Old 04-02-2017, 09:38 PM   #1
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Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

Need help or suggestions on the best way to strap down a 1964 c10 on air bags for a long 600 mile trip on 18 foot featherlite car trailer with d rings on all four corners of the trailer, I have hauled this truck before but not since I put air ride on the truck. Should I strap down from the frame rails in front and around the rear axle in back? Should I slam the truck down on the trailer or leave it aired up somewhat? Any help will greatly appreciated I do not want to damage the new air bags or suspension on this long haul.
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:47 PM   #2
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

I'd strap it down the same way.. with the air it use at ride height ..
With 2 extra straps. on the rear frame to keep/limit the upper movement.. tho. the shocks if picked correctly should do this..
but. straping it down should be the same as anyother vehicle..
Again if not sure if the rear bags or the shocks will be the up limiter for movement.. I'd strap down the rear frame..with 2 extra straps.. for a total of 6 2 front, 2 rear axle 2 on the rear frame.
I'd not dump the air bags.. I'd think the weight pounding on an empty bag would not be good for them..
The extra strapping of the rear frame also will take the pressure spikes off the tank and valves.. from the bouncing of the rear of the truck.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:18 AM   #3
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

Yeah ride height and strap it down normally.
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Old 04-04-2017, 01:43 PM   #4
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

Just my $0.02 is I would be a little worried about it leaking a little air out on such a long ride. It would be the same as airing the system up, removing power to your compressor, and taking off on a trip. If your system would not ever leak or need the compressor to come on, no problem. If it did leak a bit, could your straps come loose allowing the truck to move. Not good.
I really don't know "how to", just wanting to throw that out there.
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

Whenever I've hauled my frame laying 70, I put blocks under the frame and air the truck out on them, then chain the truck as normal.

Cut some 2x6 or 2x8s to about a foot long and stack them (screwing them together) to the desired height. The ones I have are 4 boards, so it's 6" total height. I built three of these, placing 1 under the front crossmember centered, and 1 on the frame in front of each rear wheel (you'll see where the frame sweeps up, I place them there.)

These ensure that the suspension doesn't air down and thus loosen up your straps or chains. It's also really tough to chain down a truck that lays frame if you air it all the way down onto the trailer deck, which is the other option.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:02 PM   #6
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

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Whenever I've hauled my frame laying 70, I put blocks under the frame and air the truck out on them, then chain the truck as normal.

Cut some 2x6 or 2x8s to about a foot long and stack them (screwing them together) to the desired height. The ones I have are 4 boards, so it's 6" total height. I built three of these, placing 1 under the front crossmember centered, and 1 on the frame in front of each rear wheel (you'll see where the frame sweeps up, I place them there.)

These ensure that the suspension doesn't air down and thus loosen up your straps or chains. It's also really tough to chain down a truck that lays frame if you air it all the way down onto the trailer deck, which is the other option.
This sounds like a "great solution". I would never trust it to not leak down.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:39 AM   #7
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Re: Best way to strap down a 1964 c10 with air bags on trailer for a long haul

if one would chain it down by the wheels or axles as it should be then there's no chance of it coming loose in the event of losing pressure. whether you air it up or not is irrelevant, but i personally would not haul a vehicle and depend ONLY on the trailer suspension for cushioning, but that's just me.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:41 PM   #8
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if one would chain it down by the wheels or axles as it should be then there's no chance of it coming loose in the event of losing pressure.
Exactly what I was thinking.
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Old 04-06-2017, 02:19 AM   #9
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And honestly i never seen a system leak unless it was installed wrong or lack of maintenance.
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