So they told you you’re getting tails, but what are these bulky, origami like structures doing on a trailer?
TrailerTails® are a very durable, cost effective and efficient aerodynamic technology that Nussbaum Transportation has decided to add to the majority of our trailer fleet.
Why do we have them? This cutting edge retrofitting is just one more example of how Nussbaum continues its commitment to innovation.
- 5% fuel savings
- 6 gallons of fuel for every 1,000 mile traveled
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) length approved
- California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant
- Simple design folds easily
- Aerodynamic quality reduces road spray and build up
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Ever sat on an airplane and wondered what the little bits on the tips of the wings are? They’re called “winglets.” Winglets reduce drag and help planes fly more efficiently. TrailerTails® achieve a similar effect by reducing drag in one of the most significant areas of drag on the trailer.
DOES IT REALLY SAVE FUEL?
Yes. The TrailerTail® design lowers fuel consumption by reducing low-pressure suction drag directly behind the trailer. See for yourself with ATDynamics fuel savings calculator.
WILL I BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDED WEIGHT OR LENGTH?
Nussbaum manages the weight and the length has been approved by the DOT.
WILL THE TRAILERTAIL® ADD TO MY PRE-TRIP?
The Tail can be deployed with the pull of two small cables in a matter of seconds. The trailer doors have to be opened or closed anyway to load or unload, so you are already there ready to open or close the Tail.
HOW DO I BACK UP WITH THE TAIL OPEN?
The tails can be easily pushed closed by the driver before approaching a dock or parking area.
Here’s a quick video demonstration.
DOES THE TRAILERTAIL® IMPACT MY ACCESS TO CARGO?
The TrailerTail® design allows the doors to be opened normally as the device collapses behind the door with just one touch.
*Facts and figures from ATDynamics informational videos