Trailer Tracking FAQ

Frequently asked questions about XTRA Lease trailer tracking

Q. How does tracking on the trailers I rent from XTRA Lease save me money?

Trailer tracking makes you more efficient.

When you know where your rented trailers are and can see they’re sitting idle, you can return them faster.

And when you run a few simple reports on your trailer tracking data, most likely you’ll find you can rent fewer trailers and do more with the trailers you do keep.

Here’s something to think about: How much is it worth to you to be able to return a trailer when you’re finished using it, instead of when someone remembers it hasn’t been returned yet?

Q. Why did XTRA Lease install trailer tracking on its OTR van and reefer fleets?

We believe trailer tracking is essential to add visibility, lower costs and increase efficiency for our customers…period.

We made an investment in 2000 to outfit our fleet with tracking. That’s a strategic tack we haven’t wavered from. Every year we re-invest in that commitment by installing new tracking systems on every dry van and reefer we build for our fleet.

Q. Why doesn’t XTRA charge for trailer tracking?

In the fall of 1999, when we first considered adding trailer tracking to our rental fleet, we asked ourselves, “How are we going to charge customers for this?”

The answer is…we can’t.

While tracking certainly is a real cost for us, we feel it’s just like all the other enhancements we’ve made to our trailers over the years. We don’t charge separately for things like LED lights, side skirts, or low rolling-resistance tires…why should we charge for trailer tracking?

Also, hundreds of carriers could use a single rental trailer over its useful life. Each carrier has different needs. Making trailer tracking a uniform, consistent tool means it’s available no matter which of our customers needs it.

Trailer tracking isn’t an add-on; it’s a must.