A continuous flow of trailer efficiency improvements
In its pursuit to improve trailer performance and efficiency, Utility engineered its new 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 Skirts are designed to reduce fuel use and aerodynamic drag. Utility is the only trailer manufacturer that makes all of their own CARB (California Air Resources Board) and EPA (Environmental Protection Act) 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 & Product Development for Utility. “Utility’s Aerodynamic Tail was developed to be user-friendly, maintenance-friendly and the best overall value of similar products on the market.”
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.
Utility’s aerodynamic devices are put through rigorous real-world tests to ensure strength and durability and that they will stand up to everyday wear and tear. Utility’s side skirt and tail are factory-installed. To find out more about the Utility Aerodynamic Tail, visit: www.utilitytrailer.com or contact your local Utility dealer.