Guy Lacasse, who runs a handsomely painted and intelligently equipped rig out of Quebec, says he gained 8.2% in fuel economy after installing ATD's Transtex trailer skirts and more than 7% from a TrailerTail.
But he first took some more basic steps: "I travel at 57 mph, as speed is the easiest way to save fuel," he says. He also uses an auxiliary power unit and a sleeper heater to cut engine idling during overnighting and rest breaks.
Testimonials aren't new, but they still are a convincing way to sell stuff. Here's the complete interview provided by ATDynamics:
Q: Could you tell us a little about how your career in trucking started?
A: I began my career as a truck driver in 1980, and the first truck I bought for myself was a used Kenworth in December 1985. In 1986 I traded the used Kenworth for a new one to increase the reliability, safety and fuel economy of my operation. In 1992, I sold my truck and became a service manager at a Peterbilt truck shop in Quebec City for almost a year and a half. I then worked in the sales department at the truck shop for two and a half years. In my last year as a truck salesman the "call from the road" started to become stronger day after day, so I sold a truck to myself and got back on the road in December 1995.
Q: Describe the fuel efficiency equipment that you have tested and installed on your tractor-trailer and the results you have seen.
A: This is my third tractor and trailer since I began driving again in 1995 and I always strive to improve my bottom line. I travel at 57 MPH as speed is the easiest way to save fuel and I have installed a variety of equipment to reduce my idle time. I use an APU for the coolest and the hottest nights and a Webasto Air Top 2000 on other nights when I need only a little heat as it uses only about a half cup of fuel per hour.
I installed Transtex trailer skirts in 2009, which improved my mileage by 8.2%. I chose the Transtex skirts because they have the best aerodynamic design, going all the way down the side of the trailer with the offset of 8 to 12 inches in the last 6 feet to make an empty space of air pressure underneath the trailer. That year I averaged 8.79 Canadian mpg (7.32 U.S. mpg).
Then, in June of 2011, I installed a TrailerTail at the factory in South San Francisco. I was welcomed by nice people and enjoyed the experience. These new technologies allowed me to average 8.62 Canadian mpg (7.18 U.S. mpg) for the month of January 2012 - in the middle of the Canadian winter! The fuel efficiency improvement from TrailerTail was over 7%.
I figure I will close my next business year around 9.2 or 9.3 Canadian MPG (7.66 or 7.74 U.S. mpg) average. I made an 8,000-mile round trip last September at 10.03 Canadian MPG (8.35 U.S. MPG). Just out of curiosity, I calculated the savings on the trip if I had only made 7.5 Canadian MPG, and my fuel cost would have been $1283 higher. Amazing!!!
I travel around 80,000 miles per year, and these new technologies have enabled me to make my business more efficient, take two months of holidays and enjoy a very good life.