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Old 03-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Airtabs

Hello there fellow Rver's,
Im looking into everything I can do to get as much MPG out of my 1992 Gulfstream as I can when my wife & I drive cross country this summer. While researching the possiblity of wind blades on my RV like those on tractor trailers I cam across a product called Airtabs. Here is the website www.airtab.com it's easier for everyone to read about them then me trying to explain them. The theory sounds logical but who knows, folks will try and sell anything.
Has anybody out there heard of or have tried them? I would love to know your thoughts on them. Thanks to all that answer.

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Here is the last thread on these air tabs: Air Tabs?
I am wanting to get some but have not as of yet, good reading though....
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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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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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.
So not worth it for gas savings. Maybe handling, dirt on toad ect. Just another gimick?
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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I thinking it probably works to some degree, however I am not willing to install on my rig because 1.) I may not have the rig in 5 years. 2.) I think they are ugly. 3.) California sun is hard on plastic and the glue may not last 5 years in the sun. 4.) They are ugly. To each his own I guess. Interesting comments made to how they increased handling performance, I would like to compare my rig with them and without them. I bet they are bear to remove. Keep the rubber side down!
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I agree with Milas. I have seen these tabs on a few trucks and Rv's and find them to also be a dirt collector. If this design made a significant difference in fuel milage, I expect auto, truck and RV designers would come up with something similar. I just set my cruise control to 55-58 and try to keep water and sewage tanks less than half full while traveling. If I wanted to save fuel that bad, I would drive a battery car and sleep in a tent.
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Or draft closely behind a semi with Air Tabs installed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:50 AM   #8
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re airtabs

Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies, i was asking about them because I saw them online but hadnt seen them on and RV's or trucks so i was sure if they were something new or something old and someone just reinvented them. After looking at my class C I wouldnt be able to put them on anyway the surface isnt smooth. The outside of my RV has kind of a wavey design to it sort of like those plastic roof panels people have over their patios or car ports. Thanks again for replying.

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