November 23, 2020 12:00 PM, EST

Sustainability and Improving Your Profitability

Every aspect of our business is forward-thinking — towards improved efficiency, greater sustainability, and improved customization — which all contribute to improving your profitability. Utility was the first manufacturer to build an EPA SmartWay® Certified dry van trailer—the 4000D-X Composite®, which assures lower fuel use. We’ve also improved manufacturing efficiencies which means less energy, less landfill waste, and less greenhouse gases go into the manufacture of each trailer. And, forward-thinking translates into manufacturing trailers that are better by design.

Our value-driven approach to engineering drives us to pursue technologies that make our standard reefers and dry vans stronger, lighter and more fuel efficient than our competitors. For example, a Utility refrigerated van comes standard with a 20K Duct Floor System, which is the highest rated standard floor in the industry. Yet the 3000R is still light weight because the floor requires no additional crossmembers and wood fillers.  The extruded aluminum crossmembers produce optimal floor strength and reduced tare weight.

Lower tare weight enables a fleet to carry extra payload per trip, reducing the number of trips and 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.

Now we have designed our own proprietary aerodynamic devices to improve the aerodynamic performance of our dry vans and reefers. In recent tests, conducted by MVT Solutions, a 3rd party provider of fuel economy testing, our Utility Aerodynamic Tail and USS-120A-4 Side Skirt had a tremendous impact on improving fuel economy.  The Utility Aerodynamic Tail and USS-120A-4 Side Skirt were put to the test on a 3000R refrigerated van. The tests concluded that the Utility Aerodynamic Tail and the USS-120A-4 Side Skirt, when combined together, saved an impressive 646 gallons per 100,000 miles.

In addition to improving sustainability, and manufacturing technologies that reduce fuel consumption, Utility has also refined the manufacturing process to be the industry leader in customizing light weight and strong trailers for a fleet’s specific applications, whether that is a Multi-Temp 3000R refrigerated van built for unique requirements or a dry van designed to handle heavy-duty bulky loads.

The USS-120A-4 Side Skirt is now 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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