Rocketail, makers of aerodynamic tail systems for semi-trailers, says Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) recently began installing its rear drag reduction devices on new and current dry vans in its fleet.
“We are big supporters of aerodynamic products and have used tails on our trailers for many years but we found the drivers weren’t deploying them and they were often getting damaged at docks,” said Royal Jones, president and CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation. “Since the Rocketail Wing is always open but has a folding hinge to prevent damage should the trailer bump the dock, we immediately eliminated two of our biggest obstacles, deployment and damage, by choosing Rocketail.
“Once we got the results of the independent fuel economy testing and saw the device was equal to or better than other trailer tail devices the decision to purchase from Rocketail was easy.”
Another reason MVT chose Rocketail devices, according to Jones, includes ease of installation. Each Rocketail Wing attaches with two stainless steel hinges, taking two people about one hour to complete. The devices also do not require any maintenance, lowering their cost of ownership.
The patented Rocketail Wing is a verified EPA SmartWay trailer rear fairing technology that has exhibited a certified fuel efficiency improvement of over 3.58 US gallons per 1,000 miles in independent testing, Rocketail said. Featuring a jet wing design, the one-piece airfoil is constructed of lightweight high-impact, gas-infused polymers that are internally cross-braced.
“We are so pleased a leading advocate of fuel efficiency products has chosen our product,” said Bren Marshell, vice president of sales for Rocketail. “We know Royal and his team have a lot of choices on quality effective aerodynamic products, so being selected as a device that meets MVT’s high standards means a lot.”