CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Utility Trailer has introduced a new aerodynamic side skirt design: its Utility Side Skirt 120A-4. The design is US EPA SmartWay-verified to achieve greater than 5% 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, the company has announced.
“The new USS-120A-4 design is engineered to achieve greater ground clearance to reduce impact damage while maintaining the EPA ‘advanced’ trailer skirt designation,” said Craig Bennett, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at Utility. “Similar to our previous USS-120A design, this new generation maintains a unique patented design to provide long term durability.”
The USS-120A-4’s galvanized high tensile steel bracing system allows the side skirt to flex both inward and outward, which can be bent back to their original shape if damaged. The side skirt is also manufactured with a UV protected bi-directional Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) construction. In an effort to further reduce impact damage, the forward edge of the skirt is bolted with a “spring” attachment at the support leg assembly.
The USS-120A-4 comes with a five-year warranty and is now available as a factory or dealer installation option for new Utility trailers. Retrofitting for existing trailers is available through Utility’s Aftermarket Department, according to the company.