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Complete Reference Manual
• December, 2010 • January, 2011 • February,2011 • July, 2011 • April, 2012 • May, 2012 • October, 2012 • August, 2013
The information contained in this manual is the sole property of Strehl, LLC and may not to be used for any other purpose than as a reference for TrailerBlade dealers and customers. It may not be reproduced or reprinted without the express written permission of Strehl, LLC. All copyrightable text and graphics, the selection, arrangement, and presentation of all materials (including information in the public domain), and the overall design of this manual are the property of Strehl, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to download and print this manual for only for TrailerBlade customers and dealers and only for the purposes of viewing, reading, and retaining for reference. Any other use, solicitation with, copying, distribution or modification of information or materials in this manual, whether in electronic or hard copy form, without the express prior written permission of Strehl, LLC, is strictly prohibited.
History of Revsions • SB1. April 11, 2011. Minimizing Overhang of Panels • SB2. April 12, 2011. Warning Against Striking Struts with Hammer • SB3. June 6, 2011. Shims Required on Steel Crossmembers. New
Clamp Design. • SB4. September 6, 2011. New Packaging. • SB5. March 1, 2012. Warning Against Improper Installation of Safety
Straps. • SB6. August 16, 2012. Safety Straps Replaced with Safety Cables.
Strut Modifications to include Safety Tabs. • SB7. May 22, 2013. Great Dane OE Installation Hardware Requirements
Service Bulletin History
Series-3
Steel Composite Panel
Steel Composite Panel
260”
22”
8”
260”
Packing-4
TrailerBlade standard packaging is based on 10 Kits (1 Kit = 1 Trailer). Every 10 kits consists of 3 packages: 1 Crate, 1 Pallet and 1 Carton. Below is the detail of each packaging, including weights for the standard configuration.
1 crate of upper panels and hardware (kit # 204000 1 of 3) Crate dimension: (L=107,W=48,H=86, HU=1.00) 255.61 CFT Crate Weight: 1750 pounds Shipping Class: 60
1 pallet of mounting struts (kit # 204000 2 of 3) Pallet dimension: (L=36,W=36,H=36, HU=3.00) 81 CFT Pallet Weight: 750 pounds Shipping Class: 60
1 carton of lower rubber skirt ( kit # 204000 3 of 3). Skid dimension: (L=45, W=45,H=70,HU=1.00) 82.03 CFT Skid Weight: 300 pounds Shipping Class: 60
Kit # 204000 1 of 3--Upper Panels and Hardware -- one crate contains 10 kits of Upper Panels and Hardwares. One kit includes the following:
2 (204101) - Center Panel Assembly 1 (204102) - Left Front Panel Assembly 1 (204103) - Right Front Panel Assembly 1 (204104) - Left Rear Panel Assembly 1 (204105) - Right Rear Panel Assembly 1 (204112) - Skirt Accessory Kit: Safety Straps, Rivets, and Lower Skirt Attaching Washers 1> -Installation Manual
Panels & Accessories
Packaging Upper Panels and Hardware are in the crate. Each Crate contains 10 Kits Worth of Panels and Accessories
Panels & Accessories, Continued !
A ccessories K
Installation M anual x 1 C
opy!
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Panel & Label Kit x 1 Kit
Labels are attached to the reverse side of one of center panels.
Instruction manual is placed between panel kits and skirt accessory kit
Inside View of Crate
Packing-5
Kit # 204000 2 of 3--Mounting Struts - One Pallet contains 10 kits of mounting Struts. There are 4 Struts in one box. One kit requires 8 Struts (2 boxes). There are 5 screws (for safety tabs, 1 extra is provided) and 8 shims (for steel cross member mounting) in each box. They are in a separate plastic bag.
Shims for steel crossmember mounting and Screws for safety tab securing are in a plastic bag in each box of struts.
1 Pallet = 10 Kits = 20 Boxes = 80 Pieces
Each Kit takes 2 boxes (4 struts in each box).
There are 20 boxes on a pallet.
Mounting Struts Lower Rubber Skirt
Kit # 204000 3 of 3--Lower Rubber Skirt - One Carton contains 10 Kits worth of Lower Rubber Skirts. There are 10 rolls in each Carton. Each roll contains 2 pieces.
1 Carton = 10 Kits = 10 Rolls = 20 Pieces
Each Kit takes 1 Roll (There are two pieces in each roll).
There are 10 rolls in each carton.
Shipping Quantities
• 1-3 Kits will ship in a carton on an 8’ x 3’ pallet. • 4-5 Kits will ship in a panel crate.
Small Quantities
• A Flatbed Trailer will hold 120 Kits • A Dry Van Trailer will hold 160 Kits (Since the crates load
longways, a loading dock with adequate space is required for vans)
Truckload Quantities
Safety Cable included in Hardware Kit # 204114
Left Front Panel Center Panel Left Rear Panel
Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108
Lower Skirt # 204106
Right Rear Panel Center Panel Right Front Panel Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204105
Lower Skirt # 204106
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204101
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204103
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204104
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204105
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204102
There is a universal replacement panel kit #204101R that will replace any panel. It is an 8’ square panel and it comes complete with rubber edge trim. The panel must be trimmed to fit. Templates are included in the kit. Mounting hardware must be purchased separately.
Parts Diagram
Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108
Lower Skirt # 204106
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204101
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204103
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204105
There is a universal replacement panel kit #204101R that will replace any panel. It is an 8’ square panel and it comes complete with rubber edge trim. The panel must be trimmed to fit. Templates are included in the kit. Mounting hardware must be purchased separately.
Safety Cable included in Hardware Kit # 204114
Replacement Parts, Curb Side
Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108 Strut # 204108
Lower Skirt # 204106
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204104
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204101
Replacement # 204101R
OE# 204102
There is a universal replacement panel kit #204101R that will replace any panel. It is an 8’ square panel and it comes complete with rubber edge trim. The panel must be trimmed to fit. Templates are included in the kit. Mounting hardware must be purchased separately.
Safety Cable included in Hardware Kit # 204114
Replacement Parts, Road Side
Replacement Parts, Hardware
*Included with Strut
Prep-10
DO
• VIEW THE INSTALLATION VIDEO ON YOUTUBE. TYPE IN “STREHLUSA” TO FIND THE VIDEO • REVIEW THE MANUAL CAREFULLY • CHECK WITH YOUR DEALER OR THE FACTORY BEFORE MODIFYING THE DEVICE IN A WAY
NOT COVERED BY THIS MANUAL • INSPECT TRAILERBLADE BEFORE EVERY TRIP • INSTALL SHIMS WHEN MOUNTING THE DEVICE ON STEEL CROSSMEMBERS • USE A TORQUE WRENCH TO TIGHTEN THE THE STRUT BOLTS TO 42 POUNDS OF TORQUE. • ENSURE THAT THE SAFETY CABLES ARE INSTALLED IN A LOOP AND THAT THEY PLACE NO
TENSION ON THE UPPER PANELS. • FASTEN THE PANEL TRIM WITH THE SUPPLIED FASTENER. • APPLY THE ID AND WARNING LABELS. • CHECK THE STRUT BOLTS FOR TIGHTNESS, THE SAFETY CABLES FOR WEAR AND ALL
FASTENING POINTS ON TRAILERBLADE AT EVERY TRAILER SERVICE.
DO NOT
• DO NOT INSTALL THE PRODUCT WITHOUT USING A TORQUE WRENCH TO TIGHTEN THE STRUT BOLTS.
• DO NOT INSTALL THE SAFETY CABLES SO THAT THE PANELS ARE UNDER TENSION WHEN THEY FLEX INWARD.
• DO NOT TRIM, SHORTEN, CUT OR OTHERWISE MODIFY THE DEVICE WITHOUT CONSULT- ING THIS MANUAL, AN AUTHORIZED TRAILERBLADE DEALER, OR THE MANUFACTURER.
• DO NOT ALLOW MORE THAN 24” OF OVERHANG FROM THE MOUNTING STRUT TO THE TIP OF THE BLADE.
• DO NOT INSTALL THE DEVICE ON STEEL CROSSMEMBERS WITHOUT USING THE SUPPLIED SHIMS.
Preparation
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Short Rivets--For attaching panels to strut (1/4” Rivet Gun Required).
Long Rivets--For attaching lower rubber skirt to panels (1/4” Rivet Gun Required).
Square Aluminum Washer--For attaching lower rubber skirt to panels.
Large Self-Drilling Screw--For attaching safety tethers (5/16” hex drive).
Small Self-Drilling Screw--For attaching panel trim to panel (1/4” hex drive).
Safety Cables --6 required
Shims --For mounting struts on trailers with steel cross members. 16 required.
Hardware Guide
Prep-12
• Rivet Gun that can pull 1/4” Rivets • Drill • 17/64” Drill Bit (New) • 16mm and 17mm Combination Wrenches (Air Ratchet is
Preferred) • Two large Locking Clamps • Chalk Line • Tape Measure • Heavy Duty Shears for cutting lower skirt (tin snips are
preferred) 3/8” and 1/4” Sockets for installing Tek Screws. • Skilsaw with fine tooth blade for cutting panels (if required).
Standard installation time is 2-3 man hours. Allow 4-5 man hours for first-time installation, which includes reviewing the manual and watching the installation video.
Watching the installation video is highly recommended. Go to YouTube and type “Strehlusa” to view the video.
Professional Installation Recommended --Installation by an authorized TrailerBlade dealer or manufacturer is highly recommended. Improper installation can result in safety hazards and can shorten the life of the product. A complete dealer list is available at www.trailerblade.com.
WARNING LOOSE OR BROKEN PANELS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
PRIOR TO EVERY TRIP, INSPECT AND BE SURE THAT ALL PANELS ARE SECURED TO THE PILLAR, ALL PILLARS ARE SECURED TO THE TRAILER FRAME , THE LOWER SKIRT IS FIRMLY ATTACHED, AND THAT ALL SAFETY TETHERS ARE SECURED .
IN SP
IP
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1. Measure the Distance between the rear edge of the landing gear brace and the forward edge of the front tire.If this distance is less than 256”, you will need to trim the front panel.
2. Measure the Distance between the centers of the cross members that are forward of the tandems and rearward of the landing gear brace. The most common measurement is 12”. Sometimes, rarely, the distance will be 8”. Since the center panel is 72”, either 12” or 8” centers will not require cutting. However, ten inch (10”) centers are not uncommon. If the distance between centers is 10”, you will need to trim 2” off the center panel.
For Refrigerated trailers, refer to the refrigerated trailer section.
Layout is available free of charge from TrailerBlade or your local authorized TrailerBlade dealer. Fill out this sheet before contacting so
you’ll have a reference.
Pre-Install Worksheet
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1. Slide the axles all the way forward. Mark the outside edge of the trailer at the middle of the front tire. Measure the distance between the rearward edge of the landing gear brace (the wingplate) and the forward edge of the front tire.
Axles Forward
Mark the edge of the trailer at the center of the front tire.
Measure this distance
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If the distance you measured in step 2 is less than 22’, you will need to trim the back edge of the front panel. Below are the configurations for 22’ and 21’ lengths. Note: Do not trim Trailerblade more than 18”. Its maximum length should not be below 20’6”.
Panel 1 7’ Panel 2
6’ Panel 3
7’ 6’ 8’ = 21’+ +
6’ Panel 3
8’ 6’ 8’ = 22’+ +
Trim panel with a circular saw that has a fine tooth blade. Aluminum angle must be trimmed an additional 1” from the edge of panel to allow for the panel trim. Make sure the cut is clean. Any burrs or defects will make it difficult to attach the panel trim.
Trim Panel Here
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2. Snap a chalk line across the cross members from the front of the landing gear brace to the edge of the trailer where you made your mark in step 1.
Chalk Line
Mark made in step 1.
3. Mount Strut #2. If the trailer has steel cross members, you will need to use the supplied shims. Mark 96” from the edge of the landing gear (84” if 21’ configuration). Mount Strut #2 on the cross member closest to that mark. Rotate the Strut so that it aligns with the chalk line. The outboard edge of the Strut’s base should be flush with the chalk line. Tighten the clamps to 42 pounds of torque.
2
96”
Clamps to bottom of cross member.
If the trailer crossmembers are of differing heights, you can order adapter brackets.
• P/N 204109 1” Adapter (Great Dane) • P/N 204110 1 1/2” Adapter (Utility) If the trailer crossmembers are non-standard, (e.g. Stoughton), you will need to order special clamps. See your TrailerBlade dealer for details.
Non-Standard Crossmembers
Steel Cross Member Mounting--Use Supplied Shims
Shims go between bottom of clamp and top of cross member.
Tighten to 42 foot pounds of torque
3. Strut Mounting, Continued .Earlier model Struts feature a safety cable. Later models feature safety tabs. Secure either the safety cable or the safety tab with the supplied self-tapping screws. On the models with safety tabs, secure only one hole.
Safety Tab. Secure to cross member on one
side only. Use the supplied self-tapping
screws.
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5. Mount Strut #3 . Measure six feet (72”) behind Strut #2 (six cross members forward if on 12” centers, 9 cross members forward if on 8” centers) and mount Strut #3. Rotate the Strut so that it aligns with the chalk line. The outboard edge of the Strut’s base should be flush with the chalk line. Note: if the trailer cross members are on 10” centers, mount the Strut at 70”. You will need to trim 2” off the center panel
4. Mount Strut #1 . Measure six feet (72”) forward of Strut #2 (six cross members forward if on 12” centers, 9 cross members forward if on 8” centers) and mount Strut #1 on that cross member. Rotate the Strut so that it aligns with the chalk line. The outboard edge of the Strut’s base should be flush with the chalk line. Note: if the trailer cross members are on 10” centers, mount the Strut at 70”.
6’
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72”
72”
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6. Mount Strut #4 . Measure six feet (72”) behind Strut #3 (six cross members forward if on 12” centers, 9 cross members forward if on 8” centers) and mount Strut #4. Rotate the Strut so that it aligns with the chalk line. The forward edge of the Strut’s base should be flush with the chalk line. Note: if the trailer cross members are on 10” centers, mount the Struts at 70”.
72”
72”
4
72”
7. Mount the rear panel. The Struts are notched so the aluminum angle on the back of the panel rests in the Strut’s notch. Set the panel in place and then align the front edge of the rear panel so it is exactly in the center of Strut #3 (The rear and center panels share Strut #3). The Struts are pre-drilled. Clamp the panel in place and, using the Strut holes as a guide, drill and rivet the panel in place. Secure to Strut 3 first, then Strut 4.
Rear panel aligns in the center of Strut 3. The rear and center panels share this Strut.
Clamp panel and use pre-drilled holes in Strut for guide to drill holes in panel.
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8. Install the panel trim. Slide the panel trim (white, aluminum H channel) onto the leading edge of rear panel and the front edge of rear panel. Secure the panel trim (one side only) with the supplied #4 self-tapping screw.
Bottom View
Panel Trim Panel
Panel trim slides over edge of panels. Slide trim over the panel and then secure at the top with the supplied self- tapping screw. Fasten only one side.
9. Mount the center panel. The Struts are notched so the aluminum angle on the back of the panel rests in the Strut’s notch. Set the panel in place and then push the center panel securely into the panel trim at the front edge of the rear panel. The front edge of the center panel should be in the center of Strut 2. Check your position closely, then clamp, drill and rivet the center panel as you did the rear panel.
Center panel aligns with the center of Strut 2. The front and center panels share this Strut
Slide panel into the the panel trim before securing panel.
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10. Install the panel trim. Install the panel trim on the front edge of the center panel, just as you did in Step 9. Slide the panel trim (white, aluminum H-channel) onto the front edge of the center panel. Secure the panel trim (one side only) with the supplied #4 self-tapping screw.
Slide panel into the the panel trim before securing panel.
11 . Mount the front panel. The pillars are notched so the aluminum angle on the back of the panel rests in the pillar ’s notch. Set the panel in place then slide the front panel securely into the panel trim at the front edge of the center panel. The rear edge of the panel should be in the center of pillar #2 (The front and center panels share pillar #2). Clamp, drill and rivet the panel as you did in the previous step. Secure to pillar #2 first, then pillar #1.
Secure panel trim with #4 self-tapping screw. Secure one side only.
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14. Attach the panel safety cables. There is one safety cable per panel. Each strap mounts on the cross member closest to the midpoint of each panel. Loop the cable so that the loop runs parallel with the side of the trailer. IMPORTANT: THE CABLE SHOULD NOT BE STRETCHED TIGHT. IT SHOULD ALLOW THE PANEL TO “FLOAT” SO THAT TENSION WILL NOT BE PLACED ON THE PANEL WHEN IT FLEXES INWARD. THERE SHOULD BE NO TENSION ON THE CABLE WHATSOEVER.
Bottom of cross member
Aligned with landing gear
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13. Check the alignment of the TrailerBlade. The entire blade should be straight. The rear edge should not extend beyond the outside edge of the trailer. The forward edge should be in line with the landing gear brace. Make any necessary pillar adjustments and then tighten the clamps.
Aluminum angle at back of panel.
Safety Cable (loop runs parallel with the side of the trailer)
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15. Install the lower skirt. The ribbed edges on the rubber skirt mount to the inboard side of the trailer. Molded into the outboard side of the lower skirt (rubber skirt) is a square cleat. This cleat should abut the lower edge of the panel, giving you an easy way to align the lower skirt. You should start in the middle of the skirt and work outward toward both ends. Using the pre-drilled holes on the panels as a guide, drill through the lower skirt. Use the provided square washers and rivets to attach the lower skirt to the panel.
Panel
Outboard side of trailer
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Refrigerated Trailers There are many different tank configurations on refrigerated trailers. Understanding your particular tank configuration and following the details outlined here are key to a successful installation that will A) Maximize the performance of TrailerBlade and B) Meet the required regulations.
General Rule#1: If crossmember #2 is accessible, then you should not need to trim the tank-side front panel.
General Rule#2: If crossmember #2 is not accessible because either the tank or the tank bracket makes mounting the strut impossible, then you will need to trim the tank-side front panel.
Often it is best to simply move the tank. If this is not practical, you should limit the amount of trimming to what is absolutely necessary. In no circumstances, should you remove more than 36” from the tank-side front panel.
Layout is available free of charge from TrailerBlade or your local authorized TrailerBlade dealer.
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Method 1: Fuel tank is forward of Crossmember #2 and behind the wingplate. No trimming required.
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Method 2: Fuel tank is behind crossmember 2 and is inboard of the wingplate. Cover tank and drill access holes
Access holes are limited to 5” for the fill access and 3” for the gauge access. Use pre-glued edge trim (available from your TrailerBlade dealer) to trim the holes.
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Method 3: Fuel tank occupies crossmember 2. Tank-side panel must be trimmed.
Trim the front panel so that the tip of the blade is at the midpoint of the tank. This will allow adequate access and minimize aerodynamic loss. Typical trim amount is between 12-18”. Do not trim more than 36”
Certif-28
From: Wa l t ze r. Sa [email protected] e p a ma i l . e p a . g o v Date: May 25, 2010 2:46:18 PM GMT-07:00 To: Richard Senatro <[email protected]> Cc: Jason Merrifield <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], SmartWay [email protected], [email protected] Subject: Strehl’s Windblade trailer skirt verified by SmartWay Mr. Senatro,
Thanks you for your interest in EPA’s SmartWay verification program.Based upon the testing report you provided (for testing conducted at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Yuma, AZ, in April 2010) and follow-upinformation, EPA’s SmartWay program is granting your request to verify the Strehl Windblade Model 715 aerodynamic trailer skirt. The skirt is verified as an “advanced side skirt.”
This SmartWay verification is based upon the version of your device usedin the testing. Should the device undergo redesign or be modified in a way that, based upon good engineering judgement, could change theaerodynamic characteristics of the device you must inform us immediately.
While you can consider the skirt verified as of today’s date, we know itis important to you to have your product listed on the SmartWay verifiedtechnology page -- it is important to us as well. We will work to haveyour device posted as soon as possible but no later than June 4, 2010.The SmartWay verified technology page can be found at:http://www.epa.gov/smartway/transport/what smartway/verified- technologies.htm
Your patience is appreciated.
Please take a look at our SmartWay Finance Center’s webpage located at: http://www.smartwayfinancecenter.com/. If you wish to have yourverified products listed on this site, you can request that through meor the [email protected] mailbox. We will then work with the sitemanagers to provide you with access to upload your verified product’s descriptions.
The SmartWay program has strict policies for use of the SmartWay logo.
In summary, manufacturers of SmartWay verified components (including aerodynamic devices) are not permitted to use the SmartWay logo on their devices. I have cc’d Joann Jackson-Stephens who can assist you with detailed questions regarding logo use and your communications materials. Please feel free to contact her directly.
Finally, you may wish to join the SmartWay Community. This is designed for businesses that share our commitment to reducing emissions and fuel consumption in freight movement. You can read more at (the bottom of the page) http://www.epa.gov/smartway/transport/become partner/affiliates.htm. I have cc’d Patrice Thornton who can assist you with questions you may have regarding joining the SmartWay Community. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks again for your interest in SmartWay.
Sam __________ Sam Waltzer SmartWay Technology SmartWay Transport Partnership Group Office of Transportation Air Quality, USEPA (202) 343-9175 [email protected] www.epa.gov/smartway/
Certification
Customer: Richard Senatro Strehl LLC
Test Number: 500039 Test Date: April-10
Vehicle Number: 102511/102512 Vehicle Description: 2011 Volvo VNL64T670
Test Purpose: SAE J1321 SmartWay Certif.
4/29/2010 Test Engineer: Jason Merrifield Date
Link Engineering Company
This test report shall not be reproduced, except in full, without the written approval of LINK
20715 West Happy Valley Road North America Vehicle Test Operations
Phone: (623) 505-9250
Wittmann, AZ 85361
Test Procedure:
Test Results:
Both the baseline and test portions were carried out according to the SAE J1321 and the SmartWay modifications. Twelve laps were driven at a speed of 65 MPH for a total of 41.6 miles and a run time of around 39 minutes. Both trucks started and stopped in the same location off the track where the fuel was weighed. The scale was leveled and calibrated with 2, 50lb calibrated weights before the fuel was weighed before each run. Run times for each vehicle were measured using Sportline Teardrop Sportimers. During each run real-time data for engine speed, vehicle speed, coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature, voltage, outside air pressure and outside temperature were recorded for each lap.
A total of 4 runs were required for each test to achieve the required T/C ratios. For the baseline test, the first run, with a ratio of 0.986, was not used. For the test runs the third run, with a ratio of 0.984, was not used. The averages for the baseline runs and test runs are 1.013 and 0.945 respectively. By using the calculations outlined in the SAE J1321 spec the % fuel savings between the two tests are 6.68% after the skirts were added which equates to a 7.15% improvement in fuel economy.
To meet the requirements for SmartWay certification of a Class 8 sleeper-cab tractor/trailer combination. The test shall comply with modified test methods for the Joint TMC/SAE Fuel Consumption Test Procedure - Type II (SAE J1321 Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice (October 1986)) as well as the Smartway Class 8 sleeper-cab tractor design, performance and licensing requirements.
Description of Component:
The test was run at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Yuma, AZ. The vehicles were driven on the inner lane of the 3.5 mile circle track. The inner lane is 12.5 ft wide with a paved concrete surface and has a grade change of 0.78 degrees. Testing began with an hour warm-up at 2:15 AM on Friday, April 23rd with all runs being completed by 11:30 the same day. Weather data was recorded on site in using Campbell Scientific Hardware and reported through Weather Underground, PWS ID: KAZYUMA17. Location of the hardware is at a Latitude of N 32 ° 54 ‘ 30 ‘’ ( 32.909 ° ), Longitude of W 114 ° 21 ‘ 37 ‘’ ( -114.360 ° ) and an elevation of 509 ft above sea level. Weather averages are a temperature of 53.2°F, humidity of 72%, wind speed of 3 MPH and wind gust of 4.2 MPH.
GM Proving Ground Aerial View
Test Summary
The test will consist of 2 new 2011 Volvo tractors with cummins engines and Wabash Duraplate 53’ trailers. The test will be a comparison between a trailer fitted with aerodynamic side skirts and one without. The skirts are designed to increase fuel economy through the reduction of trailer drag. The skirts are located below the sides of the trailer in-between the rear axles and landing gear. Fuel consumption was measured by weighing an auxiliary fuel tank with quick disconnect hose found behind the cab on each vehicle. The tanks were fabricated from steel to have a fuel capacity of 20 gallons and have a dry weight of around 100 lbs.
Test Track:
From: <[email protected]> Subject: SmartWay approval of minor modification to TrailerBlade Date: December 5, 2011 7:13:13 AM MST To: Richard Senatro <[email protected]> Cc: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
Mr. Senatro,
The email is a follow-up to our recent discussion regarding your request for SmartWay to consider as "minor" a modification to your previously SmartWay-verified Strehl model 715 ("TrailerBlade").  Specifically, your proposed modification would, without altering the geometry of the skirt, change the point at which you transition from the rubberized lower portion (thermoplastic vulcanate compound) to the stiff upper portion (steel composite).  The transition point would shift approximately 2 inches upward.   SmartWay is granting your request that this modification be considered "minor" and, consequently, it will not affect the SmartWay verification status of this product.
If you have any reason to believe that this modification will significantly impact the aerodynamic performance of the device you must inform SmartWay immediately,  Also, SmartWay review and approval of modifications is done on a case-by-case basis and approval of this modification does not constitute automatic or blanket approval of other modifications.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the SmartWay technology programs.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sam Waltzer ___________ Sam Waltzer SmartWay Technology Technology Assessment Center Office of Transportation Air Quality, USEPA (202) 343-9175 [email protected] www.epa.gov/smartway/
EPA Verification for 205 Series
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Warranty34
Strehl LLC 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard Suite 1630-116 Phoenix, Arizona 85050 T: 866-770-2228 F: 602-606-6920 www.strehlusa.com [email protected]
WARRANTY
LIMITED WARRANTY Strehl, LLC warrants Trailerblade to be free from any manufacturing or material defects for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase.
WARRANTY LIMITATIONS This warranty is valid only under normal use and maintenance. It does not cover damage associated with abuse, neglect, improper installation or as a result of an accident. It is neither transferable or assignable.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND DAMAGES