LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Great Dane has announced in-depth testing shows customers using its ThermoGuard refrigerated trailer lining can save nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel over a seven-year period.
The company is releasing results of a seven-year test at the 2012 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference in Las Vegas. Great Dane said the reported 1,000-gallon fuel savings was achieved over a range of typical reefer operations, excluding produce.
Rick Mullininx, executive vice-president of engineering at Great Dane, said the findings are the result of seven years of in-house and independent laboratory testing, combined with real-world customer feedback. He said customers in almost every type of refrigerated trailer operation have achieved savings.
“Our test data shows that most every refrigerated trailer owner can recoup the cost of the ThermoGuard liner in the first few years of operation through lower cooling unit fuel costs,” Mullininx adds. “After that break-even point, owners can pocket the additional savings for the remaining life of the trailer, while realizing other benefits such as reduced maintenance costs and higher resale value.”
ThermoGuard is an impact-resistant, glass-reinforced thermoplastic liner available exclusively on Great Dane refrigerated trailers. Mullininx said reefer units don’t have to work as hard to make up for degrading insulation performance over time, resulting in reduced cooling unit run-time, reduced refueling time and extended reefer life. Testing showed that trailers with ThermoGuard insulation performance as strong after seven years as was traditionally available for just one-and-a-half years.
Beginning next year, all Great Dane trailers ordered with a ThermoGuard lining will include a ThermoGuard subpan at no extra cost, the company announced. This will further aid in trailer insulation while also preventing moisture intrusion into the subfloor.