December 21, 2020 12:00 PM, EST

Application-Specific Trailers With Improved Aerodynamics

A bedrock principle of our forward-focused company is to always understand the business requirements of our customers. Therefore, we build trailers with the overall product attributes that help our customers to succeed. That is why, for example, every reefer comes standard with a 20K aluminum high wear duct floor system and foam-in-place insulation. But we look to go beyond our high “standards.”
In partnership with our dealers, we first identify each customer’s unique applications, then we build a trailer solution that meets their unique operational requirements. Some may call this customization. We think of it as helping our customers gain a competitive advantage.  Simply put, we at Utility build trailers that our customers want, that work the way they should, and are made the way they need to be made.

Our strong and light weight trailers can be adapted to the unique applications of each customer. For those in foodservice, this may mean customizing a 3000R® Multi-Temp with a CenterSeal® load partition device. For a dry van customer with heavy duty applications, this could require a 4000D-X Composite® TBR (tall bottom rail).

Today, we know that one thing most customers want is better fuel efficiency because that translates to lower costs and improved profitability. And that desire to optimize fuel-efficiency aligns with our value-driven approach to engineering, which inspires us to integrate technologies into our trailers that make them stronger, light weight and even more aerodynamically efficient.

Whatever is required to meet a customer’s unique application, they can count on their trailers to be strong while reducing tare weight. Lower tare weight enables a fleet to carry extra payload per trip, which reduces overall fuel use. Lighter trailers will also reduce fuel use on every trip carrying the same load. Our strong and light weight dry vans and reefers also contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases and improved profitability.
And when our proprietary aerodynamic devices are added to our dry van or refrigerated trailers, aerodynamic performance is enhanced and fuel use is further diminished. In recent tests, conducted by MVT Solutions, a 3rd party provider of fuel economy testing, our USS-120A-4 Side Skirt and Utility Aerodynamic Tail had a tremendous impact on improving fuel economy.  The USS-120A-4 Side Skirt and Utility Aerodynamic Tail were put to the test on a 3000R® refrigerated van. The tests concluded that the USS-120A-4 Side Skirt and Utility Aerodynamic Tail, when combined together, saved an impressive 646 gallons per 100,000 miles.
The USS-120A-4 Side Skirt is standard on all reefers and dry vans, and the Utility Aerodynamic Tail is an option, with an added benefit. The light weight Utility Aerodynamic Tail is also light on the pocketbook. Compared to other trailer tails, the Utility Aerodynamic Tail is an unbeatable value. For more information or to calculate your potential fuel savings, go to:



Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America's oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. They design and manufacture dry vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and aerodynamic technologies. Utility operates six manufacturing facilities across North America. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured in Marion, Virginia; Clearfield, Utah; and Piedras Negras, Mexico. The 4000D-X Composite® and 4000D® dry vans are manufactured in Glade Spring, Virginia; and Paragould, Arkansas. The 4000AE®, 4000S®, 4000AE® Drop Deck flatbeds, and Tautliner® are manufactured in Enterprise, Alabama. Utility’s independent dealer network has over 100 locations throughout North and South America.

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