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At the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show held in UK, SDC Trailers presented its first 15.65m double deck trailer. The new trailer is 4.52 high and weights 10,995 kg. For maximum practicality the trailer features four independent load ratchet bays that can be moved vertically by forklift.

The trailer’s chassis was tapered by 360 mm thus offering the 30 degree wheel turn required to achieve 44 tones GVW (gross vehicle weight) at 15.65 m. Until now the company has taken more than 100 orders for longer trailers, with the 15.65m variant in demand.

Paul Bratton, SDC director said “Operators want the space to load an extra four pallets. The split between self-steer rear axle and command rear-steer axle is 60-40. Ordering command rear-steer axles is an extra £4,000 straightaway, and those ordering it tend to be operators who have older yards who can’t get the trailer straight to activate the locking pin for self-steer.”

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Every big operator and personal owner is constantly checking statistics about fuel and other different trucking operation costs, but we don’t have the occasion to see too often an exact evidence of what is the average cost of keeping a truck rolling.

In a nearly 700 billion dollars industry such costs are reaching astronomical figures and there is no wonder why there are only a few personal owners which still survive in a sea of big truck operators.

Though, finding the average cost of today’s trucking is not an easy task, as there are different variations in the way companies account various costs and there are also a plethora of different truck models out there.

However, the guys at Easy Lift Equipment decided to go to work and they come up with a pretty detailed infographic were there are shown the biggest costs of operating a big rig.

Only buying a truck is not a cheap investment at all, as a new cab is priced over $100,000, while a trailer will take around $50,000 from your pocket.

The statistics shown in the infograph say that the average yearly cost of keeping a truck on road is $180.000. Most of the money is spent on fuel, as this cost can be found on top of the list with an average of 20.500 gallons of fuel burned by a single truck during a year. This means over $70.000 spent only on fuel alone. The second position is held by the driver’s salary which is an average of $0.36 per mile. Other significant amount of money is spent on maintenance and insurance. For a detailed presentation hit the jump to check the full graphic.

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Great Dane, the well known trailer manufacturer, opened a new production plant in Statesboro (US). The new facility is equipped with the latest technologies in the business (robotic welding, automated production processes, computer-controlled foaming operations and an optimized material handling systems) and covers an area of 450,000 sq ft.

The company said that the main product to be built at the new facility is the new line of Everest refrigerated trailers including the TL and CL models. Great Dane added that the plant is able to produce more than 5,000 trailers annually, when is running at full capacity.

Talking about the new facility, Great Dane’s president & CEO Bill Crown said: “This building reflects the diligence and focus of countless individuals over the past two years, working together toward this day in some of the most difficult economic times we can remember. Just as Great Dane has set the standard for excellence with our products over the past century, this plant sets a new standard for cutting-edge manufacturing and efficiency. We are proud that it will serve as a model of the most technologically advanced, environmentally sound production practices in the world.”

For the beginning, the new Great Dane Statesboro plant will work with only one production line which will be followed by a second line and a second shift later in 2012.

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The Everest reefers have been re-designed in order to meet better standards and to be more efficient than the previous models.

The new upgrades include stainless steel rear frame, a corrugated aluminum roof and PunctureGuard interior lining, a lightweight, puncture resistant and glass-reinforced thermoplastic material.

Moreover, the trailers are also offered with standard aluminum doors with dual-sealed gasket. The flooring system now features aluminum ducts and full-width composite floor sills to protect the trailer from moisture damage from the inside and out.

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Aerofficient developed a new innovative system designed for trailers which expands or contracts the slider fairing depending on the trailer’s axle position. The company says that thanks to this feature the fuel efficiency is improved with up to 80 percent compared to the fixed trailer fairings. With the new system the gap between the trailing edge of the fairing and the front tire is completely eliminated thus minimizing the drag coefficient.

Jim Reiman, CEO of Aerofficient declared: “In TMC Type IV testing by a prominent fleet using an independent fuel economy testing expert, our Slider fairing boosted fuel savings by 80% over trailers using standard fixed fairings in a zero wind condition when the trailer’s tandems were set at the 41-ft. setting. Assuming 60,000 miles of highway driving and $4.00 per gallon fuel cost, the Aerofficient Slider will save $1,235 more than a standard side fairing.”

“The greater the gap between the trailing edge of the fairing and the trailer’s front tire, the less efficient the side fairing becomes,” said Marty Fletcher, executive director of product development and fuel economy testing expert with Aerofficient.

The Aerofficient Slider is affixed to the trailer’s sliding axles and moves with the automatically axles, without any need for driver involvement. The new system will start to be produced in April.

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