Robert Heath Trucking cuts fuel bills with TrailerTails

Lubbock, TX, US: Robert Heath Trucking is the first refrigerated fleet in the US to commit to installing ATDynamics TrailerTails aerodynamic devices on its entire trailer fleet.

Robert Heath operates over 300 temperature-controlled trailers, primarily in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Installing TrailerTails can result in a 6.6% fuel savings at highway speed, based on SAE J1321 testing says ATDynamics. “While TrailerTails are in use by refrigerated carriers across the country, Robert Heath Trucking has moved further,” says Andrew Smith, chief executive and founder of ATDynamics.

Installing TrailerTails can result in a 6.6% fuel savings at highway speed, based on SAE J1321 testing, says ATDynamics

“By September, Robert Heath will become the first refrigerated carrier in the history of North American long-haul trucking to operate an entire fleet of trailers with tails.  The company is setting a new precedent for shippers of temperature controlled products,” Smith says.

TrailerTails work by reducing the low-pressure suction drag behind the flat rear surface of the trailer. They extend 1.2m (4ft) from the rear of the trailer, improving the aerodynamic profile of the trailer at highway speeds. They also collapse automatically to provide unobstructed access to the rear cargo doors.

“By reducing the aerodynamic drag behind our trailers, we offer our customers a more environmentally sound way to move their cargo and reduce US oil dependency,” says Jody Heath, president of Robert Heath Trucking. “Rather than just meeting requirements, we are now exceeding all SmartWay requirements for trailer aerodynamics and further reducing our customer’s carbon footprint.”

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