Utility bringing trailer tail to market

Updated May 16, 2019

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. has launched 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 UAT and side skirt is designed to reduce fuel use and aerodynamic drag, according to an announcement.

“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,” says Jeffrey Bennett, Utility vice president, engineering and product development. “Utility’s Aerodynamic Tail was developed to be user-friendly, maintenance friendly and the best overall value of similar products in the market.”

Weighing 25 lb. and compatible on dry vans and refrigerated trailers with rear swing doors, the UAT 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, the company says.

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