New equipment available from Xtra Lease in 2010

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Xtra Lease, a provider of trailer rentals and leases in the United States and Canada, announced it has ordered new equipment that will be available for rent and lease in 2010. The company ordered more than 3,000 composite dry vans and about 400 new reefers. Included in the order is a selection of liftgate and pintle-hook trailers, plus a mix of swing- and overhead doors and spring- and air-ride suspensions on the vans.

“We’ve ordered a variety of trailers this year that maintain our high standard for damage-resistance and durability,” says Bill Franz, Xtra Lease president and chief executive officer. “Plus, the order provides fleets great versatility in meeting specific shipping needs and demands.”

Several hundred 53-foot vans will have liftpads and top-rail protection installed. These features are good for fleets that need periodic usage of vans in railroad TOFC (trailer on flat car) movement. Many new Xtra Lease trailers will get roll doors with e-track cargo control, ideal for fleets providing delivery services.

The 2010 order includes a supply of 57-foot vans for the Southwest region, 28-foot liftgate pups for the Western region, 48-foot pintle-hook trailers for the Northeast region and 53-foot pintle hook trailers for the Southwest. Other trailer specifications include:
• Composite vans offering maximum interior cubic capacity and damage resistance;
• Aluminum roofs;
• Spring-ride suspension on many vans, including an air-assisted slider pin release system;
• Air-ride suspensions on many trailers, including an air-assisted slider pin release system and automatic dump valve;
• Crossmember spacing on 10-inch centers throughout for increased floor rating capacity;
• Sidewall skylights and logistics seams on 24-inch centers on liftgate vans;
• Fuel-saving electronic throttling valve and remote status light with fuel sensor on all reefers; and
• Single- and dual-charge receptacle on liftgates for an improved charging system.