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Aerodynamics, refrigeration and corrosion addressed by Great Dane

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Great Dane's EPA SmartWay-certified SSL dry freight van was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The trailer incorporates aerodynamic fairings and lightweight components that...


CORROSION IS CANCEROUS: Great Dane says its CorroGuard technology protects against corrosion -especially important here in Canada.
CORROSION IS CANCEROUS: Great Dane says its CorroGuard technology protects against corrosion -especially important here in Canada.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Great Dane’s EPA SmartWay-certified SSL dry freight van was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The trailer incorporates aerodynamic fairings and lightweight components that can collectively save a fleet a substantial amount of fuel, Great Dane officials demonstrated at the show.

The SSL van trailer showcased at the Mid-America Trucking Show featured: aluminum wheels; low-rolling resistance tires; side skirts; front fairings; and lightweight components.

The SSL has already been welcomed into the SmartWay program by the EPA, and now Great Dane officials say the company is continuing to develop performance specifications for new and existing trailers that will further enhance fuel efficiency.

Also highlighted at the show was Great Dane’s ThermoGuard reefer liner, which the company said provides improved insulation, allowing the trailer refrigeration unit’s engine to work less and consume less fuel. ThermoGuard features a composite layer that seals the trailer’s insulation, reducing “out-gassing” and maintaining thermal efficiency. The technology also extends the useful life of a reefer trailer, company officials explained.

Great Dane also showcased its CorroGuard protection for trailer underbodies, which protects against corrosion caused by road salt and other materials. CorroGuard is a spray-in-place thermoplastic elastometric coating that is applied to suspensions and support gear to provide longterm protection from contaminants.

The technology is available on all Great Dane dry vans and refrigerated trailer models. Company officials said it is air tight and water tight and it will not peel, crack, warp or flake.

More information about the technologies are available at www.greatdanetrailers.com.


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