US rental fleet orders 9,000 new trailers

Missouri-based trailer rental specialist Xtra Lease has announced an order for approximately 9,000 new trailers to join its fleet of 80,000 in 2015.

XTRA Lease’s 2015 purchase includes a mix of 14m, 16m and 17m dry vans; 16m reefers; 8.5m, 14m and 16m lift-gated vans; 16m straight frame and single-drop flatbeds, 14m 8-foot tandem slider, spread-axle, expandable and double-drop flatbeds; and 6/12m tri-axle skels.

“While capacity remains tight, driven largely by today’s driver shortage, we’re continuing to invest in new trailers to provide fleets options for acquiring equipment,” said Bill Franz, XTRA Lease President and CEO.

“New equipment offers many advantages. Our specs include the latest technology to help save fuel, provide protection against costly damages and prevent maintenance downtime.”

According to Xtra Lease, all 16m vans and reefers will receive aerodynamic side skirts and low-rolling resistance tyres, features that save fleets up to 6.5 per cent in fuel savings, based on EPA estimates.

New dry vans will include galvanised rear doorframes, rear bumpers, landing gear and wing plates.

New trailers will arrive at each of the company’s 53 rental locations throughout the year.

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