Freight Wing Offers New Side Skirt for Box Fairing Trailers
SEATTLE, WA. For truckers and fleets hauling van trailers with drop down storage boxes, aerodynamic fairings that improve fuel economy up to 5 percent are now available from Freight Wing.
“This segment of the van market, while not large, has an opportunity to cut its fuel bills and reap a payback in a matter of months with side skirts,” said Sean Graham, president of Freight Wing. “With our side skirts for dry van trailers, payback is often less than 35,000 miles of utilization. It’s only slightly more with side skirts for box fairing trailers.”
Attached to the storage box on each side of the trailer, the fairings are made of automotive grade plastic. A full fairing starts at the beginning of the trailer and connects to the belly box directing airflow around the storage container. The belly box profile is then extended downward with the Freight Wing fairing to about 8 inches from the ground.
According Graham, the CARB compliant box fairings are a first in the industry and are very robust and durable. “Weighing in at 80 pounds, the fairings are able to flex and bend, so if the fairing hits a curb, or scrapes the ground, they bounce back and keep their shape. In addition, installation is typically only one - to two hours.”
Seattle-based Freight Wing was incorporated in 2003. The company’s mission is to provide practical fleet fuel savings through innovative improvements to the aerodynamic profile of semi trailers. It manufactures and distributes a full line of fairings, including trailer side skirts, belly fairings, and gap fairings and customized products for a variety of trucking applications. Freight Wing products represent the most thoroughly evaluated aerodynamic trailer fairings available to the trucking industry. Multiple scientific testing projects, to validate fuel economy improvements, have been conducted by third parties including the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA SmartWay Program and Transport Canada. www.freightwing.com