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ATDynamics offers new size trailer tail

The TrailerTail Trident shown here was designed as a high efficiency alternative for fleets. It will deliver 90 percent of the fuel savings benefit of the larger unit, ATDynamics officials said.

The Trucker News Services

10/11/2013

HAYWARD, Calif. — ATDynamics, a global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, Thursday announced that it will expand its 2014 TrailerTail product line to offer trucking fleets optimal choice in selecting TrailerTail technology to fit any operation. 

 In addition to the company’s flagship TrailerTail, rebranded as the TrailerTail 4x4  (four-sided, four foot long device), ATDynamics will offer the TrailerTail Trident 3x3, a lower cost, three-sided, three foot long TrailerTail as well as custom TrailerTail solutions less than three feet in length for unique trailer configurations and for markets with regulatory length restrictions.

“Based on current market demand and our expanded product line, we expect very few fleets whose trailers run over 25,000 miles per year at highway speeds to order 2014 trailers without TrailerTails,” Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics, said.  “Over two dozen SAE tests, 14 independent wind tunnel tests and the on-road experience of over 250 North American fleets leave little question about whether semi-trailers should have aerodynamic tails.  The only question for fleet owners is which TrailerTail solution will deliver the maximum lifetime economic benefit based on their specific fleet operating profile.” 

The TrailerTail 4x4 will continue to be the preferred product for long-haul operations concerned with obtaining maximum fuel efficiency, Smith said.

The TrailerTail Trident was designed as a high efficiency alternative for fleets seeking a lower capital cost solution to semi-trailer suction drag.  The Trident is estimated to deliver approximately 90 percent of the fuel savings benefit of the longer 4x4 and has no lower panel section.

Both the 2014 TrailerTail 4x4 and the Trident will be equipped with the ATDynamics standard EasyLatch system, Smith said, noting that the EasyLatch system allows drivers to deploy and collapse TrailerTails with zero driver interaction while allowing stowage of the device if desired.

In addition, all TrailerTails are now shipped with notification decals placed above the trailer landing gear and on the front driver-side corner of the trailer to ensure that drivers are always aware when trailers are equipped with aerodynamic devices.

EasyInstall hardware systems will also be standard with 2014 TrailerTail technology.  Using specially designed templates, two people can install the TrailerTail 4x4 in under 45 minutes and the Trident in under 30 minutes on a dry van trailer.

Recent fleet adoptions of TrailerTail technology by top 100 U.S. trucking fleets include Prime Inc. and Roehl Transport Inc.

TrailerTail 4x4 and TrailerTail Trident are both EPA SmartWay verified in the Advanced Trailer End Fairing category. 

ATDynamics will showcase both the TrailerTail 4x4 and the Trident at the 2013 American Trucking Association Management Conference and Exhibit at the Orlando World Center Marriott October 20 - 22, 2013 in booth number 119.

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