side skirts

Pushing the limit on trailer fuel economy

Building my Signature Series trailer -- a custom van by RSI and participating suppliers spec'd for maximum fuel savings.

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New side skirt for tank trailers from Wabash

Real-world tests with a chemical-tanker fleet showed 7 percent fuel savings running tanks outfitted with the new DuraPlate AeroSkirt.

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Utility introduces new side skirt

Utility Trailer introduced its 120A-4 advanced aerodynamic side skirt design at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The skirt is U.S. EPA SmartWay-verified to achieve greater than 5 percent fuel savings and can be used in combination with low rolling resistance tires on Utility trailers to achieve CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliance for California operations. Utility Director of Marketing Larry Roland described the evolutionary process that led the company to the design as one of ...

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Reader: ‘I usually hate concept trucks, but I think I would drive this one’

A concept drawing of an ultra-aerodynamic tractor by Volvo yields surprising commentary from Overdrive readers.

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Pay trends, part 1: Near-term forecast mixed

While industry analysts say rising owner-operator compensation for both leased drivers and independents is on a slow rise, anecdotal reports and some polls suggest otherwise.

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NEW VIDS: Explorations of ATDynamics’ TrailerTail

At bottom, find a vid from ATDynamics featuring its new trailer-tail design for vans with rear roll doors, but along the way I thought I'd share some video from my meeting late last year with Brett Tobin (pictured), independent owner-operator of Tobin Trucking, based in the Pacific Northwest. Tobin was featured in my fellow Overdrive Senior Editor Max Kvidera's feature on truck-trailer aerodynamics last October for his investment in ATDynamics' skirts and tail technology for ...

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Owner-operator wins Kronos side skirts at social media meeting

That's Memphis-based independent Steve Nelson, hauling van freight as Worldwide Transport, doing his best over-the-shoulder with a certificate for a brand-new set of Kronos Energy Solutions side skirts to improve his overall fuel-efficiency. "I will be down there tomorrow," he said of plans to make good on the prize, won as part of a drawing for drivers held at the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention today in Tunica, Miss. Stay tuned to the Overdrive ...

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California Jump Start

State’s new regs, along with nationwide fuel prices, are driving sales of trailer aero devices.

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Utility releases side skirt

A new advanced aerodynamic side skirt, the USS-120A, is now available from Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. The skirt is U.S. EPA SmartWay certified, and its usage can lead to at least 5 percent fuel savings. Galvanized high tensile steel braces allow the skirt to move both inward and outward. The product is available factory-installed on new Utility trailers or as a retrofit for existing trailers. For details, visit the Utility website.

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Marketplace

A battery isolator, a trucker-specific iPhone application, side skirts, tag axles and conversion kits, and an exhaust manifold are among the products featured.

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