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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. introduces new aerodynamic device

Coming standard on both dry vans and reefers, Utility’s aerodynamic devices, such as the side skirt and low resistant tires, are put through real-world tests to ensure strength and durability of everyday wear and tear.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtain-sided trailers, has introduced its patented Utility Aerodynamic Tail (UAT).

When paired with low rolling resistant tires and configured on a Utility dry van or reefer, the combination of the Utility-designed Aerodynamic Tail and Side Skirt are designed to reduce fuel use and aerodynamic drag.

The Utility Aerodynamic Tail was engineered and tested to meet strict Utility operational requirements. Utility is the only trailer manufacturer that makes its own CARB (California Air Resources Board) and Canadian EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) compliant aerodynamic devices.

“We always think about how we can make our trailers more fuel efficient. That is why we have pursued aerodynamic technologies which will further improve trailer performance. Our Utility Aerodynamic Tail was put through rigorous testing including a Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis,” said Jeffrey Bennett, vice president, engineering and product development for utility.

Weighing only 25 pounds and compatible on dry vans and refrigerated trailers with rear swing doors, the Utility Aerodynamic Tail is constructed of a UV-protected thermoplastic composite and comprised of two full height side fairings and one full width roof fairing.

The side fairings are connected to the rear swing doors. Using standard opening procedures for the rear swing doors, the UAT automatically deploys when the doors are closed and folds back when the doors are open with no additional driver involvement necessary.

The roof fairing does not interfere with lock rods or rear light areas and meets all DOT Photometric requirements. Both of Utility’s side skirt and tail are factory-installed.

“Utility’s Aerodynamic Tail was developed to be user-friendly, maintenance friendly and the best overall value of similar products in the market,” Bennett added.

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