Smart Spec’ing Trailers

Disc Brakes are the Future!

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Protecting Your Trailers From Harmful Chemicals

Soaps are Diluted Chemicals

Wash solutions commonly used for trailer washes contain caustic chemicals that can cause irreversible damage to your equipment. Understanding the recommended pH balance for your wash solutions will help you find the right solution to protect your equipment without causing unnecessary harm.

Safe pH Levels
for wash solutions range from 5-9. Using chemicals outside this range are too acidic or alkaline and will accelerate corrosion and damage your trailer. 

Comparing pH Levels
You can measure the pH level of your wash solution with a simple litmus test. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic (alkaline) a substance is on a scale of 1 to 14. A level of 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic and more that 7 is basic. The acidity or alkaline of a solution increases exponentially from one pH level to another. In other words, a chemical with a pH level of 3 is actually 10 times more acidic that one with a pH level of 4, and 100 times more acidic that one with a pH level 5.

The below photos represent a stark difference in what washing with a stronger pH solution can do to the integrity of your trailer. Both trailers were made at the same production plant, were made in the same month, are the same year trailer, but have different wash cycles. 

This trailer doesn’t get washed on a regular basis. 

This trailer gets washed regularly with higher pH level solutions which are eating away the protective trailer coating making it more indefensible to corrosion. 

Disc Brakes are the Future!

Our industry (and the North Central Region in particular) continue to move towards a higher concentration of Disc Brakes on semi-trailers. Disc Brakes offer several advantages over the popular drum brakes including that they are less likely to freeze during the extreme cold of our region. 

Air Disc Brakes for Trailers Gaining Momentum!
Air Brake Conversions Expected to Rise 25% in the Next Coupld Years!

In 2015, just 5% of semi-trailers sold in North America has Air Disc Brakes. Over the past 2 years, over 30% of new trailers sold through North Central Utility included the Disc Brake option, and that number continues to grow.

Disc Brake Benefits:

  • Reduced stopping distance
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Extended service life
  • Reduce brake fade

Check out how quickly Disc Brakes can be changed.

Utility Makes 20,000 lb. Floor Standard

You require the highest rated floors available without adding excessive weight to your fleet. Utility raised the bar in 2018 by increasing their standard dry freight trailer floor rating to 20,000 lbs. They are RAISING the bar again in 2019 by making a 20,000 lb rated duct floor standard in the industry’s leading reefer

They are protecting your investment from the increased cycles that come with the shorter hauls. The increased tare weight in the reefer is less than 200 lbs.

20K Dry Van Floor

– Standard in 2018
– 1 3/8″ laminated hardwood
– (3) screws per board

20K Reefer Floor

– Standard in 2019
– 25% greater capacity
– Increased wear surface