Mesilla Valley Transportation prides itself on fuel economy and its Great Dane Champion CP specification that provides 1,000 lbs. more cargo weight for its customers
Las Cruces, New Mexico-based truckload carrier Mesilla Valley Transportation prides itself in its fuel-efficient fleet of International ProStar tractors and Great Dane Champion CP trailers, complete with full aerodynamic packages.
Las Cruces, New Mexico-based truckload carrier Mesilla Valley Transportation prides itself in its fuel-efficient fleet of International ProStar tractors and Great Dane Champion CP trailers, complete with full aerodynamic packages. Each vehicle is also equipped with wide-base single drive tires and is retrofitted with an auxiliary power unit.
The right spec'
According to fleet co-owner Royal Jones, "We switched trailer brands a couple of years ago because getting the trailers we needed from our previous supplier was becoming a challenge. In addition to being able to specify the new Great Dane trailers to meet our needs, we were delighted when we found the trailers not only provided the durability we require as a truckload carrier, but were also 1,000 lbs. lighter than the competitive models we had been buying. The weight savings has allowed us to offer greater freight capacity to our customers." The fleet also expects longevity from its equipment, as some of its trailers in operation are more than 12 years old. The fleet operates 1,300 trucks and owns 4,600 trailers, which travel routes throughout the U.S. and into Mexico.
With fuel savings in mind, Mesilla Valley made the decision to outfit all of its dry van trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails and ATD-Transtex side skirts. It also works with drivers on achieving the best fuel economy and prides itself on training drivers to attain better than 7.25 MPG.
The right investment
Jones says that his company invests in equipment that helps contribute to a profitable business rather than become a drain on the bottom line; buying good quality, lighter trailers is part of that investment. However, he notes, "With Great Dane trailers we don't over-spend–yet another factor that adds to our profitability."
Weight Savings & Fuel Efficiency
Offering the latest in fuel-efficient design and rubber compounds, both in tread and sidewalls, the Greatec R135 Ecopia features Bridgestone's innovative Waved Belt™ casing design. Also, along with stone rejector platforms to fight stone drilling, the manufacturer's exclusive Turn-in -Ply™ bead design contributes to enhanced casing durability and retreadability.
The Greatec R135 Ecopia wide base trailer radial has both Defense Groove™ and Equalizer Rib™ technologies to resist irregular wear, along with a Bridgestoneexclusive shoulder construction that promotes even shoulder wear for long original tread life.
EPA SmartWay® verified and fully compliant with CARB requirements, Bridgestone's Ecopia trailer radials help preserve the environment by conserving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and by reducing waste by enhancing treadwear and retreadability. These trailer tires from Bridgestone will also help cut costs for Great Dane customers by promoting optimum fuel economy, both when the tires are new and when retreaded with Bandag FuelTech® products that complete the Ecopia solution.