Mesilla Valley Transportation announced that it would be equipping all of its new trailers with the FlowBelow Trailer AeroSlider system.
The AeroSlider is an aerodynamic system designed to reduce drag created by the trailer wheels and suspension. The system is designed to complement and provide additional fuel savings when used with other trailer-mounted aerodynamic devices such as trailer side skirts.
MVT decided to add the AeroSlider System to its trailers after extensive testing, The AeroSlider is designed to complement the fleet’s existing side skirts and tail products and the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit product they already have.
“MVT was an early adopter of FlowBelow’s first product, the Tractor AeroKit, when it was introduced in 2014. Since then the company has begun working with every major truck OEM to offer the product from the factory on new trucks,” said Royal Jones, CEO of MVT. “The AeroSlider is something I expect will follow a similar trend, and it’s the next logical step forward to improving trailer aerodynamics. In a few years, you’ll see these installed on hundreds of thousands of trailers all across North America.”
AeroSlider comes in two versions, Stage 1 and Stage 2 and MVT will begin implementing the Stage 1 AeroSlider on all new trailers effective immediately – but plans to implement the Stage 2 system beginning in 2020. According to FlowBelow, fuel savings of the AeroSlider Stage 1 and Stage 2 system ranges from 1.37% to 2.07%, respectively.
The AeroSlider takes about an hour to install on a trailer, according to FlowBelow.
“MVT has a dry van fleet which has lower than industry average trailer utilization. Even with a relatively high trailer to tractor ratio we were able to make a strong business case for MVT to add the product based on proven fuel savings,” said Josh Butler, CEO of FlowBelow Aero. “Based on the excellent ROI of the AeroSlider and the fact that the system works in conjunction with other trailer aerodynamic products, we believe that the Trailer AeroSlider has the potential for achieving widespread adoption within the next few years.”