September 28, 2005,
I installed my order of Airtabs™ about two and a half weeks ago just before heading back home to Thomasville, GA. When I left I had about 30 city miles on that tank of diesel. At 170 miles, the fuel gauge was only down to 3/4 when usually it would be about 3/8 to 1/2. Thinking there might be a problem, I stopped and filled the tank.....13.35 mpg. I've never seen anything over 12.1 and that was only once as I recall. Most generally, the fuel efficiency on the Columbus, GA to Thomasville, GA run is 10.01 to 10.9 MPG. The next week I got 12.25 MPG with about 50 city miles on the tank. I'll fill the tank later this week and let you know how it's doing. Yes, the truck handles differently on the highway. There is less influence from passing big traffic and the tail plume is greatly reduced. I still need to install a cab deflector to reduce the frontal surface loading. So, with the only difference being the installation of the AirTabs, I am realizing an improved fuel economy.
Stephen R., Chief Engineer, Columbus, GA
Received June 2, 2008, Jack, Hope you like the pictures. You know how I feel about Airtabs being my 3rd truck and 3rd set of Airtabs, the stability of the truck is unbelievable. All of us that have them know that "Big Trucks don't Suck" at least anymore. Thanks for coming out to our trucks and advising where we should put them for even more aerodynamics. Susie M
Received February 14, 2009,
I thought you would like this picture for a comparison. Both trucks had been running together and had just come across Donner Pass, CA on wet nasty roads. No snow or ice... just wet roads. The back doors were interesting to me as they show that even on wet roads the back of my truck looks much better then a truck not running Airtabs.
Airtab Comment: Please note how much cleaner the back door of the Airtab truck (truck on the left) is compared to the back door of the non Airtab equipped truck (truck on the right).
Received May 10, 2008,
We have had our AirTabs over two years now and they have seen every type of weather. We have our truck washed a minimum of once a month and sometimes twice a week if we run in salt. We have had the truck power washed and we have also had it washed many times at a Truck O Mat as we like how the brushes clean the AirTabs. Through all of this washing we have never had to replace a single AirTab they just do not come off. I like the AirTabs for many reasons, my top reason is that I can see behind the truck in all weather. We ran a load with two other trucks through a lot of sleet, blowing snow, and packed snow, at each stop they had to clean their rear lights, the other drivers were just amazed at how clean the back of our truck looked. We also like the stability of our truck with the AirTabs. We are starting the search for a new truck and before we ever haul our first load with it we will have AirTabs on it. We highly recommend this product to all drivers!
Team driver with husband Bob C. Owner Operators leased to FedEx Custom Critical
See Linda driving in the Skills Challenge FedEx Custom Critical June 2007 Click here
Bob and Linda C. new truck began operating in June 2011. After using Airtabs for 5 years on their old truck (see previous comments), they didn't hesitate to add Airtabs to their new truck.
Received June 2007,
I love my Airtabs. They make such a difference in the handling. The day after I put them on, I drove U.S.83, in Texas. For those that don't know, that is a two-lane, 70 m.p.h. highway. I didn't feel a single truck that I met, amazing. The back of my truck stays cleaner than before. One drawback is that motorcycles like to ride behind me because there isn't the turbulence that is normally there. I'm a 50+ year old woman and had no problem installing my airtabs myself. This will be my first winter with the airtabs on, I look forward to seeing them work as well with snow as they do in the rain. I even plan on decorating for Christmas by putting red ribbons and bows on the back so that it looks like a package going down the road. I know that with the airtabs deflecting the dirt and precipitation my decorations will look good all season.
Jeanie S.,The Whirlwind Express
June 12, 2008,
I know you must be getting tired hearing me rave about Airtabs, but I just had to update you once more. It's been a little over a month since I added the Airtabs to the cab of my truck and I have seen a consistent improvement in my fuel efficiency. I'm talking .2 to .3 mpg. Instead of getting between 9.5 to 9.7, I've gotten up to 9.91. It's frustrating, 9.91, three times, not 9.95, not 10. Thanks for a great product, it's a no brainer when it comes to return on investment.
Jeanie S. The Whirlwind Express
Received by Airtab on May 23, 2008,
Here are photos of where I mounted additional Airtabs on the cab of my truck. There is no longer an obvious bug line across the front of my freight box! The Airtabs on the curve of the sleeper are obviously redirecting the airflow up and over. The other day when I was driving into a headwind there seemed to be less buffeting of the truck. I don't notice as marked a difference in the amount of bugs on the front of the sleeper by the stacks as I'd been hoping, but even better the back half of my fenders stay cleaner in the bad weather. That's good because those black fenders usually act like dirt magnets. I think anyone out here with a mid-roof sleeper should be looking at Airtabs as an inexpensive alternative to a fairing or whale tail. Thanks for a great product.
Received June 26, 2008,
I know you are surprised to finally get an email from me... I am a big procrastinator..sorry. But I had to finish eating crow before I could send you your compliments...LOL. As you know, my Friend "Jeanie" has been telling me for about a year how great the Airtabs were. Sad huh? that I am so slow. I finally bought them at the 2008 Louisville truck show and still did not put them on for about a month..
WOW am I shocked.. Not only in the fuel mileage but the handling of the truck when it is windy..Again WOW...My fuel mileage went up about a mile to mile and a hal.. Even better when I behave myself. Last night I got caught in a horrendous storm and I HAD NO spray beside my truck. I could actually see the car behind clearly..I am so excited about Airtabs that I am sharing it with everyone I know. I thought that because I had an class 8 truck that it would not benefit me as with the smaller expeditors. WOW was I surprised..
Oh and by the way, I heard a rumor that you may try to repossess my Airtabs if I don't write something? Well think again. I will fight to the end to keep my Airtabs. Thanks so much for all your help.. And you can give my phone number to anyone who wants to talk to someone who has them.
Your devoted Airtab user. Suzette
Airtabs at the Expedite Expo, Wilmington, Ohio, 2008, There was a fair amount of Airtab activity and talk at the Expo. After the show, five trucks parked to model their air tabs. A sixth truck got a set installed. For readers who may be wondering, Airtabs perform as advertised. They are easy to install, cost little, have no moving parts, and they pay for themselves in a few months.
Received May, 2004,
The first time I drove my truck after installing Airtabs, I noticed a dramatic improvement. This improvement was noted in the truck's handling. Previously, when a semi would pass me, it would pull me towards it and then push me away from it. I was constantly steering to keep my truck straight. Now, 95% of the turbulance from semis has been eliminated. Two days ago in the late evening while in Illinois, I experienced strong crosswinds from thunderstorms. I was amazed at my ability to keep my truck in my lane easily. I also was able to see clearly in my mirrors through the rain at what was happening in the rear of the vehicle. The spray was going straight back, not out to the sides! Previously, I would get 1000 miles on a 100 gallon fillup. The last two fillups I noticed 1100 miles to each fillup. I love the increase in fuel mileage & reduced stress on my engine, but would buy airtabs for the handling & increased visibility alone.
Received February 7, 2006,
I've noticed that since my 2004 International is fast approaching 300,000 miles, the rear tires are showing almost no wear. When I first purchased the 2004 International I had it aligned and also installed balance Masters. At 40,000 miles I found out about and installed Airtabs. Although the Balance Masters and alighnment are suppose to make tires last longer, I believe that the stabilation provided by Airtabs is a major determining factor in making the GoodYear 362 22.5 rear tires last as long as they have. I also have a 2006 International straight truck with 60,000 miles on it. I installed AirTabs on it before I put it to work. I also had it aligned and installed Balance Masters before the truck went to work. The 2006 International show no tire wear at all. John Skinner PS. I am meticulous about checking tire pressure which may also help tires last longer.