Features

PERFORMANCE

SMART DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

TrailerTail® technology is designed and engineered for ultimate rear-drag aerodynamic performance. Years of testing and perfecting every detail of the technology have resulted in an award-winning, commercially successful rear-drag aerodynamic device built to withstand the rigors of the trucking industry while delivering maximum fuel efficiency. ATDynamics has invested over $3.5 million in TrailerTail® research and development to date and we are committed to continuous innovation, product development and cost reductions to drive industry-wide adoption of TrailerTail® technology.

 

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ZERO-TOUCH OPERATION

TrailerTail® technology closes automatically when the rear doors are opened and latched to the sides of the trailer. The device then opens automatically when the rear doors are closed and ready for departure. TrailerTail® technology can also be manually stowed by your drivers if required.

AUTODEPLOY™

SYSTEM

For those fleets looking for a more automated solution, the TrailerTail® AutoDeploy™ System incorporates speed sensing radar technology to automatically deploy the TrailerTail® when reaching highway speeds. TrailerTail® AutoDeploy™ System also provides drivers with a notification light to indicate whether the TrailerTail® is opened or closed, which protects against TrailerTail® damage when a driver is backing up with an open TrailerTail®.

ULTRA-FLEX PANELS

TrailerTail® panels are constructed of ultra-durable and flexible proprietary thermoplastic composite material similar to the material used in trailer scuff liners. The material’s cross-woven fibers provide the strength and flexibility for the panels to bend but not break in collisions. TrailerTail® panels are also extremely lightweight for minimal payload impact.

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PATENTED ORIGAMI SYSTEM

One of the key distinguishing features of ATDynamics TrailerTail® technology is the patented origami folding design. The origami feature allows a TrailerTail® to hold its rigid fuel-saving shape while deployed and then collapse completely against the trailer doors with little to no interaction from the driver. You will find no stack-up when TrailerTail® is closed against the side of your trailer, allowing easy latching of doors to the side of the trailer and unimpeded cargo and dock access.

COLD WEATHER PERFORMANCE

TrailerTail® technology has been proven to operate in all weather conditions with no performance compromises. The panels are engineered to repel rain, ice and snow and are temperature resistant so they do not expand or contract in extreme heat or cold. TrailerTail® technology streamlines airflow and precipitation so ice and snow will not accumulate inside a deployed TrailerTail® when driving in a storm and reduced road spray improves visibility around the vehicle, increasing safety for drivers and the public.

UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY

TrailerTail® technology is compatible with all dry van, refrigerated van, drop frame and curtain side trailer models and can be factory installed on new trailers and retrofitted to your existing fleet.

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DURABILITY

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Hundreds of trucking fleets have proven the durability of TrailerTail® equipment over 2 billion miles of real world, on-road performance.

ATDynamics also conducts extensive durability testing of our products in controlled test environments, such as the Bosch Automotive Proving Grounds which provides accelerated life product and structural durability testing, to examine both anticipated and unanticipated events that occur over a trailer’s expected useful life.

TrailerTail® components are engineered to last the 10+ year life of the average semi-trailer.

TESTING

Proven Results

TrailerTail® technology undergoes rigorous testing of every kind to ensure optimum fuel efficiency and durability performance.
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We have obsessively tested and re-tested our equipment so that you don’t have to.

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TRAILERTAIL® FUEL TESTING

The efficacy of TrailerTail® technology is proven by extensive independent, third party fuel efficiency tests conducted, including full and modified SAE Type II J1321 testing, wind tunnel testing, and on-road fleet testing.

Please visit our full Fuel Efficiency Testing page for details on all fuel efficiency testing and results of each test. Learn More

OPTIONS

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HAS DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED A FULL SUITE OF OPTIONS FOR TRAILERTAIL® EQUIPMENT TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A SOLUTION DESIGNED TO FIT YOUR FLEET OPERATION.

SAFETY


REDUCED DRIVER FATIGUE from better vehicle stability and handling

IMPROVE VISIBILITY around your trailer with less road spray

COLLAPSIBLE CRUMPLE ZONE reduces fatal rear-end collisions

TRAILERTAIL TECHNOLOGY INCREASES HIGHWAY SAFETY.

By reducing the turbulent airflow that occurs at the back of semi-trailers, TrailerTails® help to stabilize trailers and improve visibility for both truck drivers and surrounding vehicles by reducing road spray in wet weather. TrailerTails® also add collapsible crumple zones increasing the distance between your trailers and following vehicles which reduces tail gating and the chances of fatal rear-end collisions.

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TrailerTail® technology has been independently tested by KARCO Engineering to meet the following United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) safety requirements:

The device does not obscure tail lamps, turn signals, marker lamps, identification lamps or safety devices such as hazardous material placards or conspicuity markings

The device has neither the strength, rigidity nor mass to damage a vehicle or injure a passenger in a vehicle that strikes a vehicle so equipped from the rear

COMPLIANCE

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty tractor and 53' trailer combinations through fleet implementation of tractor and trailer aerodynamics and low rolling-resistance tires.

TrailerTail® 4x4 and Trident are the only stand-alone rear-drag aerodynamic devices in the industry that provide full compliance with the 2010 CARB regulations, delivering 5.54% and 5.09% fuel savings, respectively, at 65 mph.

TrailerTail® 4x4 and Trident are both verified by EPA SmartWay in the “Advanced Trailer End Fairing” category which verifies rear-drag aerodynamic devices to deliver 5% or greater fuel savings. TrailerTail® technology in combination with ATDynamics-Transtex side skirts meet the NEW SmartWay “Elite” performance category for aerodynamic equipment packages delivering over 9% fuel savings.

Please visit our CARB section for more information on this regulation.

ENVIRONMENTAL

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TrailerTail® technology saves an average of 8 gallons of diesel fuel for every 1000 miles a truck drives and every gallon of fuel not burned reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air, keeping our air cleaner and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. ATDynamics is deeply committed to our mission of rapid commercialization of next-generation freight efficiency technologies that deliver important economic, environmental and social benefits. For more information on the positive environmental impact of TrailerTail® technology, please visit our Sustainability section.