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Old 01-02-2010, 05:01 PM   #15
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Had a "board buddy" on another board install those stick-on gadgets on his RV - making great claims as to their advertised and anticipated benefits. No followup info from him on them and their "benefits" - and, strangely, when he later got another RV, those stick-ons were conspicuous by their absence...
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:45 PM   #16
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"Looking at the ad for Turbo shield makes me think of crossing speed bumps. The shield goes first then the tires."

Good point - not to mention asphalt alligators/concrete crocodiles, dead possums and other road debris. Believe I'll pass on all this stuff.
Wonder how long it would take to pay for these air tabs or air dams with the amount of mileage increase you will get? If I put that same amount of money in a good money market account I would probably make considerably more and would not booger up the look of the coach.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:56 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Bill Adams View Post
... If you believe him then you must also believe all those commercial endorsements about being able to make a man "larger"!
Those ads arent true?
Oops...looks like the Extenze stock car team just got a free tank of race gas from me (or maybe a race tire?)
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:59 AM   #18
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Let's get back on topic.

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I read about a spoiler or airstream vortex like device that was attached to each side of the MH near the rear sidewall. they were a series of curved fins that broke the smooth air along the side of the MH and is suppose to reduce the air drag. The article actually say they saw increased MPG. I think the article was in MH or Good Sam magazine more than 1 yr ago. Of course, I can't find the article and do not remember the name of this device, but saw it on a trailer the other day and was curious again. Anyone else remember this plastic looking thingee?
I believe the product you are searching for are called Airtab fuel savers and stability devices.
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A test I would find creditable is take two identical RVs off the assembly line, same loads, same route say a half mile apart and rive them for a few thousand miles. Track the miles driven and very carefully measure the fuel consumed. I'd expect the mpg improvement could be lost in fuel measurements.

You need a variable the tabs on one unit and a control, no tabs, all else exactly equal as possible. Otherwise what is see are mostly opinions with no control in the experiment.
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I think in the ten years since this very old thread was actually fresh no one STILL no one
has really come up with any real independent data on how much effect Airtabs have or do not have. You'd think with the passing of at least ten years someone would have come up with something. Seems odd, or is it just me?

It's always boggled my mind how much Airtabs cost. I find it hard to believe they can cost more than a couple of cents each to make. If that much. Seriously.
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The Air Tabs have been around for quite a while, at least 10 years or more or even longer. If they were so great, you'd think there would be more hoopla and hollar about them.

I've not seen the Turbo Shield before until just now. But when I saw the web site and looked at the photos, sorry..... I just couldn't disassociate my thoughts thinking this is just a modern "Cattle Catcher" that use to be installed on old steam locomotive trains.

Cattle catchers were designed to hit and toss off any wild bulls or cows or even buffalo that would be standing on the rail road tracks. They also make something similar for trains for snow removal on the tracks.

Wouldn't a Cattle Catcher on the front of our trucks and motor homes be an interesting idea!

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Stop and think. Does anyone seriously think that if such a concept really did anything except lighten your wallet, the rv manufacturers would already be using it?
Same for all the other gadgets over the years that promised to lighten your wallet.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:55 PM   #25
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Stop and think. Does anyone seriously think that if such a concept really did anything except lighten your wallet, the rv manufacturers would already be using it?
Same for all the other gadgets over the years that promised to lighten your wallet.
Ok, I was going to stay out of this post since it is so old, but this one hit home. Do you really think that the RV industry is trying to maximize anything but their profits? I agree it is a gadget, but have you actually tried it?

For the price I put it on my MH. It did help with side winds and being blown around by Tractor Trailers, or for me the worse - commercial buses. The improved driving was noticeable. As for improved mileage, who knows, but I doubt it is noticeable unless you have a fleet of vehicles to compare it to.

Really I could spill $200.00 on my MH. Shocks cost more, airbags cost more, tires cost more, and each one of these also contributed to a better handling coach.

If you don't want them don't buy them. If you don't think you would see an improvement in handling then really don't buy them. I will stand by the opinion that they improved my coach to a degree. I like all of my vehicles to perform at their very best. My MH now drives much better than when I got it, and I will still look at and consider other products that are brought to market.
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