XTRA Lease Adding 9,000 New Trailers in 2015

Ron Kemm
St. Louis, MO—April 16, 2015—New trailers are coming off production now for XTRA Lease, the nation’s leading provider of semi-trailer rentals and leases, who has ordered approximately 9,000 new trailers for 2015.

The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans, reefers, flatbeds and chassis. New trailers will arrive at each of the company’s 53 rental locations throughout the year.

As with recent XTRA Lease purchases, all 53-foot vans and reefers will receive fuel-saving aerodynamic side skirts, low-rolling resistance tires and trailer tracking units to help fleets attack utilization and costs.

New dry vans will include galvanized rear door frames, rear bumpers, and landing gear bracing and wing plates. Some units also will receive galvanized landing gear legs.

“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.”

XTRA Lease has invested heavily in new trailer orders in recent years. Nearly half of its fleet is no more than five years old. The company has added more than 35,000 trailers equipped with aerodynamic side skirts and low rolling resistance tires since 2010, features that save fleets up to 6.5% in fuel savings, based on EPA estimates.

Trailer telematics info helps fleets find unused rental trailers and return them sooner, and reduce the number of trailers needed, providing big savings in rental expenses each year.

XTRA Lease’s 2015 purchase includes a mix of:
• 53-, 48- and 57-foot dry vans
• 53-foot reefers
• 53-, 48- and 28-foot liftgated vans
• 53-foot straight frame and single-drop flatbeds
• 48-foot tandem slider, spread-axle, expandable and double-drop flatbeds
• 20/40-foot tridem chassis

Based in St. Louis and owned by Berkshire Hathaway, XTRA Lease is a leading provider of over-the-road trailers for rent or lease in the U.S.  With 53 locations, the company offers a fleet of approximately 80,000 trailers, including dry vans, flatbeds, reefers, local cartage vans, storage trailers and specialty equipment.