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Old 07-30-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Airtab testimonials?

Anyone tried airtabs and have good or bad things to say about them?

How hard are they to install?

I'm looking for relief from being pulled into trucks when they go by.

I did a search and there were just a couple who tried them when they came up on the forum earlier in the year but perhaps more have tried them since then or those who tried them has some longer experience to report.

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Search on "airtabs" and quite a few threads have discussed this.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:59 AM   #3
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I have spoken to many that have installed them over the years and most would not do it again. Very little gain other than keeping the back a little cleaner.
On the P30 - P32 chassis the pressure in the airbags is very critical to handling and ride quality and should be monitored on a regular basis. On our previous rig (P-32) I found that I could tame the beast simply by adjusting the airpressure. Its easy to do and doesnt cost a thing.
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I installed them two years ago. They are very easy to install. It seemed that my DP handled a little better with them but MPG is hard to make a statement about because the small increase would be hard to identify among all of the other variables. I am convinced that the principle is good and would buy them again. The thing is to put them on and reap the benefit rather than wait. The longer they are on the more miles you have to see the benefit. It was one of the few thing I could do to help the aerodynamics of my DP for which the manufacturer did very little. For a year I have slowed my cruising speed to 55 MPH and that has dramatically improved my MPG. Maybe the Air Tabs are helping too, it is hard to say.
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Thanks for the input!

Thanks everyone for the input. I will likely give them a try.

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They are actually pretty Ugly, Not sure why You would want to add Clutter to the Beast!
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Thanks everyone for the input. I will likely give them a try.

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i think you would probably get more bang for your buck ''$'' with a rear track bar. the ultra trac track bar made a big difference in the way it feels when a large vehicle passes me, coming or going.
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Thanks for the input

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Thanks for the input. I will have to check out the cost on those for purchase and install since almost everyone reports they work.

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A track bar (front or rear) will do more for your "truck" problem than Airtabs ever could, even if they worked perfectly. The principle of the Airtabs is to reduce the vacuum behind your rig and that does little or nothing to affect a passing truck.
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94 adventurer 34ra 454 chevy

Hello MIchille,
I recently purchased a 94 Winnebago adventurer 34ra with a 454 chevy. I am going to attempt to install the front air bags myself. I was advised to use a vacuum pump to suck it down as small as possible and work them in from the bottom. I will keep you posted on my progress. Hopefully I will attempt this week. They should arrive today via ups. Just curious about your front ac, does it only have one skinny belt that drives your ac compressor? Thanks, James
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Anyone tried airtabs and have good or bad things to say about them?

How hard are they to install?

I'm looking for relief from being pulled into trucks when they go by.

I did a search and there were just a couple who tried them when they came up on the forum earlier in the year but perhaps more have tried them since then or those who tried them has some longer experience to report.

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Not sure

Hi James,

I opened the engine compartment but could not see anything like what you describe. My guess is I would have to pull the dog house to see the belts as I recall seeing them the one time I looked in there. However it is very difficult to do so I'm not likely to be looking in there any time soon.

Good luck and have fun with your new unit! Did you post pics somewhere?

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454 chevy Power steering pump pulley alignment

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Hi James,

I opened the engine compartment but could not see anything like what you describe. My guess is I would have to pull the dog house to see the belts as I recall seeing them the one time I looked in there. However it is very difficult to do so I'm not likely to be looking in there any time soon.

Good luck and have fun with your new unit! Did you post pics somewhere?

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Hello Michelle,
I am new at this rv-ing as well as the communicating on this forum site. I just now found your reply. Thanks for the effort. You will not be able to see anything looking from the front engine compartment. The easiest way to view the pulley and belt alignment is the under side. Pls turn the wheel to the left and shut engine off. Slip under between the left wheel and bumper. You will have a good view to eyeball the power steering pully alignment vs the other pulleys. ie the ac belt alignment. My power steering pulley appears to be tilted back a little. It is not on the same plane/parallel with the other pulleys. Does yours only have one skinny belt that drives the ac compressor? Thank you for your help in this matter. My curiosity is bugging me on this one.
No pictures posted----I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer on this computer stuff.
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Took some pics

Hi James,

Luckily I have one of those boards with wheels so I can comfortably slide around under there. I took some pics. I don't think I saw what you expected me to since I couldn't see any belts on that side but you may see it since you know what your looking for. I did get to see all the shiny new parts I've had installed over the last two months so it was a good thing for me to do. On the other side I saw what looked to be the fan belt but that was about it as far as belts go. I just looked back at the pics and they don't really show much.... I will send you an e-mail so I can send you the pics.

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