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February 18, 2015 10:40 AM, EST

Wabash, Strehl Release New Trailer Aerodynamic Products

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wabash National Corp. unveiled two new trailer add-on products which it said, when used together, can boost fuel economy 9% or more by improving aerodynamics.

The trailer manufacturer displayed the side- and rear-mounted systems at American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting here.

The side-mounted skirt-like systems are called the Ventix DRS, or drag-reduction system, while the rear AeroFin is mounted at the top of the back of the trailer.

“We minimize as much drag as we can,” said Tom Rodak, Wabash’s vice president of marketing.

Together, the devices are verified as an EPA SmartWay Elite aerodynamic device combination, a new category for the SmartWay program that recognizes devices providing the highest levels of fuel savings, Wabash said.

The company also introduced a new lightweight trailer side skirt product.

Separately, Strehl showcased at TMC a new TrailerBlade side skirt product with a built-in door.

The 3- or 4-foot door can make it easier on drivers who need to get under the truck for any reason, said Richard Senatro, the company’s president.

The company also released a lighter-weight version of its TrailerBlade product that costs less, Senatro said, adding that “business is good” for Phoenix-based Strehl's products.