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Old 01-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #85
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On the 2 coaches I had them on I never had one come off. The only time I would think you might have that issue would be if you were sticking them on a curved surface.They are held on by a thin double sided adhesive material. I had a couple that had to go on a slightly rounded surface so I put a small bead of adhesive around the edges.

When I sold the first coach I had them on I took them off thinking I would get some new sticky backing and put them on the second coach. That doesn't work. They do not sell replacement sticky stuff and it would have been a bugger to get the old stuf off. What they do do is sell you a replacement set for half price.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:27 PM   #86
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I was the one who made the comment about the adhesive drying out and coming loose. That may never be a problem for others. I think there are two reasons I've had this experience. 1. My coach spends about 9 months of the year in Las Vegas. In case you were not aware it can occasionally be rather hot and dry here. 2. I've had them on my coach for over 5 years. I've never actually lost one. I noticed after washing the coach that a couple of them were loose so I took them off cleaned the surfaces and glued them back on with silicon. I do make a point of checking them every few months, but it's really not a big deal. I've had to glue about a half dozen back on. It would never deter me from buying them for another coach.

It is hard to believe the comments generated by this thread. I guess it's just the way things are in this country today. Facts are only important if you happen to agree with them. Yes this is Rocket science, buy them or don't buy them, who cares?
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Vegascouple -thanks for filling in the timeline. Agree with you all the way. Everyone seems to have their own set of facts these days (which is a very big issue) and it is rocket science - or aeronautical science for sure. I'm considering it - but if I don't it won't be because I'm a nonbeliever with an untried opinion. Just have scarce resources and have to pick and choose what i spend my money on. If it were well documented that they would pay for themselves in say 1 year of full time adventure (or I could roughly calculate that) it would be a no brainer. But I can't dispute the science (former AF ATC) or the handling improvement implied and experienced by others.

So I learned something here and saw my first Motorhome with a hot tub too! Thanks to all.
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Vegascouple -thanks for filling in the timeline. Agree with you all the way. Everyone seems to have their own set of facts these days (which is a very big issue) and it is rocket science - or aeronautical science for sure. I'm considering it - but if I don't it won't be because I'm a nonbeliever with an untried opinion. Just have scarce resources and have to pick and choose what i spend my money on. If it were well documented that they would pay for themselves in say 1 year of full time adventure (or I could roughly calculate that) it would be a no brainer. But I can't dispute the science (former AF ATC) or the handling improvement implied and experienced by others.

So I learned something here and saw my first Motorhome with a hot tub too! Thanks to all.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #89
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Average miles traveled in RV is about 5000 a year. Average gas cost per gallon Ca is about $4. Average miles per gallon traveled will say about 7 mpg. Time to recoup cost of Air Tabs is about 47 months or so. Gas savings over ten year period current senario...maybe $350.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:33 AM   #90
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Interesting, have never noticed them or heard of them. But a good read this morning. The comments were worth the time spent reading. Thanks all.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:29 PM   #91
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My company runs Mercedes Cargo Sprinters (high roof/extended wheelbase) over a constant route across Nevada between Utah and California. This can be a very windy area and some pretty nasty weather as well. We have several Sprinters on this route and have had the same drivers for years. so they know the route well.

I put airtabs on just one of the Sprinters and didn't tell anyone. :-) I put them up the sides and across the top, cost was around $150. I drove it right after the installation and immediately noticed the difference in handling wind buffeting. After a few trips one of the drivers came and told me that there was a problem with 2 of the vans, that it must be alignment or a suspension issue. He claimed he had trouble in the wind and knew something was wrong because the other sprinter didn't have the same problem! He was referring to the one I had put airtabs on. When I told them they couldn't believe it! It significantly improved the handling, particularly when passing or being passed by semi trucks. We immediately put them on the other Sprinters.

As far as mileage improvement, we haven't noted anything we can put our finger on yet. Our loads are quite variable as far as weight and that along with the variability in the weather makes it hard to compare one trip to the next. The handling improvements alone make them worth whatever they cost.
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Here is one of the many threads on Air Tabs. Mine work as described above.
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I read this thread months ago, which set me on a research project to check them out. Just re-read the entire thread, and the one thing that strikes me is that here and elsewhere, while a few users have not been thrilled that they can't document any real fuel savings, pretty consistently they all talk about a BIG improvement in handling.

Of the people who have actually USED these little guys, I have heard NO ONE bad mouth them.

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