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7 Suggestions to Help You Cut Fleet Fuel Costs

Posted by David Shepherd on Feb 23, 2021 3:20:46 PM

Fuel is the second-highest operational cost for fleet managers, after drivers’ wages. In 2018, the cost of fuel made up a whopping 24 percent of carriers’ average total costs per mile. Most fleet managers are keen on cutting fuel costs anywhere they can, but it isn’t always easy to do. 

You’re probably already implementing some best practices to reduce fuel costs, but there may be other methods you haven’t considered. Let’s take a look at seven ways that can help you to save money on your fuel costs. 

Aerodynamic Devices

If you’re driving a refrigerated trailer or a dry van, aerodynamic devices can be incredibly helpful for reducing fuel spend. Any time you can improve the aerodynamics of your trailer, it’s going to help cut down on fuel costs — maybe even more than you would expect.

A recent study showed that combining Utility’s Aerodynamic Side Skirt (USS) and their innovative Aerodynamic Tail (UAT) can give you a fuel savings of 646 gallons of fuel per 100,000 miles. Want to know how much you can save by using their aerodynamic products? Check out Utility’s fuel savings calculator.

There are trailer tails on the market that are unsightly and extremely difficult to use. Utility’s patented UAT is nothing like that. The UAT is small, effective, and requires absolutely no excess work to deploy or store it. When you close the doors, it’s deployed. When you open the doors, it isn’t. 

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Ask Yourself These Questions Before Starting As an Owner-Operator

Posted by David Shepherd on Jan 11, 2021 11:42:18 AM

If you’re getting ready to become an owner-operator and move freight around the country, you might be surprised how much goes into it before you start your first run. There are plans and gamework that have to be laid out. You can’t simply buy a truck, buy a trailer, and go trucking. 

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If You Can Dream It, Kentucky Trailer Can Build It

Posted by David Shepherd on Oct 20, 2020 1:52:46 PM

Kentucky Trailer has established a reputation for building specialty trailers for the household moving and storage industry. They have the experience, engineering and expertise to build a trailer that will meet your most specialized needs with world-class results. We could try to list all the configurations Kentucky is capable of building, but that would be a very long list.

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Wilson Commodity Trailers, Highly Regarded Since 1890

Posted by David Shepherd on Jul 13, 2020 1:36:33 PM

Wilson HoppersWilson Trailer Company has been building trailers since 1890, making them one of the oldest trailer manufacturers in the country. Their innovation and manufacturing processes have made them one of the most highly regarded commodity trailers in the industry. 

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Custom-built Trailers Are a MAC Specialty

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 19, 2020 1:18:56 PM

Anyone in the business of pulling dump trailers, refuse or transfer trailers, and flatbed trailers knows the importance of having the right specs built into the trailer. Your bottom line reflects every load that is pulled in a specialty trailer. 

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Peerless Trailers: The Toughest Trailer in the Timber Industry

Posted by David Shepherd on May 13, 2020 12:21:58 PM

When it comes to trailers built for the timber industry, you can’t find a better option than Peerless. CRTS has represented Peerless trailers for over 40 years, and we’re proud to offer several options for our customers.

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Utility Trailers That Can't Be Beat

Posted by David Shepherd on Apr 8, 2020 4:43:22 PM

CRTS represents some of the most respected semi-trailer manufacturers in the industry. We provide you with the equipment you need, when you need it. 

Utility is our most popular product line — and for good reason. Established over 100 years ago, Utility has earned a reputation for building the best trailers in the business. CRTS has been a proud partner for over 50 years, so we have a deep understanding of their products and their performance.

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Should You Buy Off-Brand Semi-Trailer Parts?

Posted by David Shepherd on Feb 17, 2020 4:15:09 PM

Replacement parts aren’t something you want to just throw on a semi-trailer — especially when you’re talking about structural components like rails, cross members, or suspensions. But if you’re purchasing cheap parts, you’re taking a gamble with your trailer. As an owner/operator or a fleet manager, you want to save money whenever you can — but cheap parts come cheap for a reason.

At CRTS, we only use trailer parts that are manufactured by or certified by the manufacturers we deal with. We won’t use any brand that the manufacturer itself won’t use on their trailers. Here’s why.

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Should You Buy a New or Used Trailer?

Posted by David Shepherd on Nov 3, 2019 10:56:58 PM

Many owner-operators think that used semi-trailers are just someone else’s problem that you’re buying. Others don’t realize that they’re ready to upgrade to a new trailer. Whether you’re looking for a new or a used trailer, CRTS can help you identify the best fit for your situation. 

Should you buy a new or a used trailer? Let’s take a look at the advantages of each.

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Making Trailer Repairs The Right Way Benefits Your Bottom Line

Posted by David Shepherd on Sep 24, 2019 5:07:41 PM

If one of your refrigerated trailers is involved in an accident and the panels sustain substantial damage, you could be looking at a major repair bill. Your insurance adjuster and your finance officer may sign off on the cheapest estimate, but a cheap estimate may damage your business and set you up for more repair work in the future. 

Most adjusters and finance officers won’t understand the differences behind the costs. Their job is to protect their bottom line. At CRTS, we believe protecting your bottom line means making a wise investment into your panel repairs. That may mean spending a little more up front. Here’s why CRTS panel repair estimates may be higher than others—and why that’s good for your business.

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