October 14, 2013
ATDynamics announces 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 4×4 (four-sided, four foot long device), ATDynamics also says it will offer the TrailerTail Trident 3×3, a lower cost, three-sided, 3 ft. long TrailerTail as well as custom TrailerTail solutions less than 3 ft. 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,” says Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics. “Over two dozen SAE tests, fourteen 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.”
ATDynamics says the TrailerTail 4×4 will continue to be the preferred product for long-haul operations concerned with obtaining maximum fuel efficiency. 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 4×4 and has no lower panel section, the company says.
Both the 2014 TrailerTail 4×4 and the Trident will be equipped with the ATDynamics standard EasyLatch system, the company adds. 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 also will be standard with 2014 TrailerTail technology, the company says. Using specially designed templates, two people can install the TrailerTail 4×4 in under 45 minutes and the Trident in under 30 minutes on a dry van trailer.