Utility's "Legacy Museum" trailer on display
Image

Utility shows off special “Legacy Museum” trailer

March 27, 2014
LOUISVILLE. Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. officially revealed its special edition “Legacy Museum” trailer at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show; a customized dry van unit designed to commemorate the company’s 100 year anniversary.

LOUISVILLE. Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. officially revealed its special edition “Legacy Museum” trailer at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show; a customized dry van unit designed to commemorate the company’s 100 year anniversary.

“This special museum trailer is equipped with interactive screens, historical photographs, rare memorabilia and a 25-minute documentary film chronicling our story as it relates to important moments in history,” noted Craig Bennett, Utility’s senior VP-sales & marketing, during a press conference at the show.

The OEM also displayed a 1924-era trailer from its past at its booth to illustrate the changes such equipment has undergone over the last century.

Bennett added that Utility expects to enjoy in his words “a good year,” projecting to sell some 40,000 units in 2014, with over half of them refrigerated models.

He told Fleet Owner that the overall trailer market in North America is expected to range between 240,000 and 250,000 units this year, up only a percentage point or two over 2013’s numbers. “And 2013 was down a little from 2012,” Bennett (at right) noted. “We probably are not going to get back to the 270,000 unit peak we last experienced in 2006.”

Yet the new hours of service (HOS) regime may change that as it may force fleets to increase their trailer-to-tractor ratio, he said.

“There remains a possibility that the trailer market might grow more due to the more restrictive HOS rules,” Bennett emphasized.

He noted, too, that fleets – both for-hire and private – are also now reversing a trend to shorten trailer life cycles.

“The trend a few years ago was towards shorter life cycles; for example, moving from a 7 to 8 year ownership period for refrigerated units down to 5 to 6 years,” Bennett explained. “Now we’re going back the other way towards 8 year and even in some cases 10 year ownership periods. That’s why we’re working to increase the durability of our trailers and extend warranty coverage as well.”

About the Author

Sean Kilcarr | Editor in Chief

Sean previously reported and commented on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Leveraging telematics to get the most from insurance

Fleet owners are quickly adopting telematics as part of their risk mitigation strategy. Here’s why.

Reliable EV Charging Solution for Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

Selecting the right EV charging infrastructure and the right partner to best solve your needs are critical. Learn which solution PepsiCo is choosing to power their fleet and help...

Overcoming Common Roadblocks Associated with Fleet Electrification at Scale

Fleets in the United States, are increasingly transitioning from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. While this shift presents challenges, there are strategies...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...