East Manufacturing has made its aluminum air tank as standard on all trailer types and models. According to the company, this was done in an effort to reduce the weight of its trailers.
Made with less corrosive and lighter material than the steel air tank, the aluminum air tank weighs 13.8 lbs., 10.7 lbs. less than the steel, the company said. The trailer air tanks provide air pressure volume to operate the pneumatic system, including brake actuation and suspension performance (including lift axles, steer axles), tire inflation, tailgate operation and more.
Each East trailer has a minimum of two tanks so a tandem-axle trailer weighs 21.4 lbs. less. The more axles added to a trailer, the more tanks required. Multi-axle trailers with a variety of lifts and/or steer axles could translate up to 150 lbs. in weight reduction the company added.