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Old 12-30-2012, 12:27 PM   #43
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GOOD, Finally a tested road trip result for the air-tab product! I sure would like to hear more from people that used these and hear about the handling differances. Did the rear of the Coach stay cleaner?
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Rear camera never got to the point of not giving a good view. It rained for 400 miles of traveling. Most of it on the Natchez Trace. About half way down we stopped for lunch. Rear of motorhome and car were covered with black dirt. When we arrived at our stop for the night it was all gone. Last 40 miles were on I-20 with continuing rain. I believe the Trace does not get enough traffic to keep road surface clean like the Interstates do when it has heavy rain. We drove down from MI after a heavy snow fall. Lots of salt on the road. Not a spec is visible on motorhome. 400 mile long car wash.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:59 AM   #45
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GOOD, Finally a tested road trip result for the air-tab product! I sure would like to hear more from people that used these and hear about the handling differances. Did the rear of the Coach stay cleaner?
Interesting isn't it. Here we have a product that has been on the market for years and yet, despite some amazing claims made for the benefits of fitting them, here we are relying on a single opinion of their effectiveness.
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Got your sarcastic hat on this morning Tony (-:
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I've had them on our Dutch Star for about 3 years now. I thought the coach handled nice before I put them on. I had no idea that I was automatically compensating when passed by trucks or buses. There was no need to do that after I put on air tabs. The first time I drove in rain it was fascinating to watch the rear camera. It was like we had two outboard motors on each side of the coach. There was a wake on each side of the motor coach continuing around the tow instead of the swirl of water and dirt at the back of the coach. I have a motorcycle on a lift that once got very dirty when we traveled. The back of the coach once a dirt magnet stays much cleaner. I hardly notice the wind anymore as the coach tracks very well. I have no idea how it might have affected my mileage. I agree that air tabs are functional rather than adding to the attractiveness of the coach. However, I really don't think it affects the look of the coach negatively. No one had every mentioned that to me.

The only problem I'm having now is that I need to check them every few months as the glue is drying out. I've to take some of them off and glue them back on again. That could be because I spend a lot of time in hot dry climates.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #48
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Hi

This whole Air Tab thing I find interesting. I am very tempted to try them. I have a 40 DP and maybe they really do work.It seems like the only
People that say they don't work or they are snake
Oil is the group of us that Don't have them..
I can't say I like the way they look but if they help
Then maybe it's worth giving them a shot,
The question I have is can they be removed without a trace of them ever being there?
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The whole point is that they do work to straighten out the airflow and lessen the vortexes behind the coach. This alone will improve the handling characteristics as noted.
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I had them on our last two coaches. I liked the increased stability and the much cleaned rear of the coach and toad. I would have them on our present coach but the rear cap has large radius curved sides and top and I don't think they would be too effective. I painted them to match the coach color and I didn't think thet looked bad at all.

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Maybe they work, but I'm still analyzing to see if using STP helps my motor. I'll put Air Tabs on my list but it might be quite a few years before I finish testing all the gadgets before them .
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Got your sarcastic hat on this morning Tony (-:
No, just the one I usually wear


which leads me to the issue of confirmation bias and framing effect and ....




as evidenced by continuing sales of proven fuel scams and get-rich-quick schemes.


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unlike oil additives, vortex generators are a proven science...
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[QUOTE=Tony Lee;1417437]Interesting isn't it. Here we have a product that has been on the market for years and yet, despite some amazing claims made for the benefits of fitting them, here we are relying on a single opinion of their effectiveness.[/QUOTE]
Well Tony we now have a couple more folks telling thier personal story of how this product works. Myself, claims are not real life descriptions of a true story, and now you can see by the additional posts that I don't have to rely on a " single opinion " As far as them "being on the market for years" , as I posted in the begining of this post I saw them for the first time this spring on that Essex and did not know what they were or even what they were suppose to do, so I find the comments from people that have used them and are using them to be factual and the opinion's seem to all be the same. So now the thread is not based as you claim on a single opinion. I also was wondering if you have ever used these air-tabs or known anyone personally that has due to they have "been on the market for years" ? And after all of those years that you have known about them you personally must not have a opinion on how effective they are?
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For the "nonbeliever" I suggest googling aviation vortex generators and read about the real science involved with FAA/NASA certification not to mention the $250,000 to $500,000 required to recieve the certification for EACH MODEL aircraft.
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I've had Air Tabs on my rig for five or six years now. As others have stated, they help stabilize things, like feathers on an arrow. It makes for a more pleasant experience driving in side winds and when being passed by the big square trucks.

I've noticed that when driving in rain, visability behind the coach is much improved. I assume the tabs are reducing the turbulence, thus directing a smoother flow of air (and water) behind the rig. This must be why the back stays much cleaner.
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