I'm an owner-operator for North American Van Lines. Experience has shown me that strong crosswinds seriously affect the stability of my cabover Freightliner and 51 foot furniture van. Following the installation of Airtabs™ at the rear sides and top of my trailer, I noticed an immediate drop in wind whip and a corresponding increase in directional stability. I recommend the Airtab® System to anyone wanting similar improvement.
"At the same time the Airtabs™ were installed the engine was rebuilt so Kerry has no reference regarding fuel savings" Airtab, LLC
Laurysen Kitchens has a 53 foot Great Dane Trailer fitted with Airtab® that has a run once a week between Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie. Since being installed they have used between 45 to 60 litres (12 to 16 Gallons) less for each leg of the journey, roughly 800 km (500 miles) each way. In addition to fuel savings Bill Laurysen says that his driver notices the overall handling of the rig is better with less trailer sway in cross-winds. 45 litres of fuel equates to about 3% fuel savings. Bill wishes that his Western Star Sleeper with fairings could accommodate Airtab® so he could see the benefit of them there as well. Within a few weeks the tabs have paid for themselves and now the rest is profit.
Airtab, LLC would point out: 45 litres of fuel @ $.70 CDN is $31.50 now $26.47 US
April 7, 2004 Yoda writes.....(his trailer did not have the top done yet)
I have only had the tabs installed for 5 days, But would like to report the following.
The first day I drove in high (gusts to 35 mph) winds, (North Carolina),I was very pleased to notice that the wind did not knock me around on the road at all!
We normally haul light loads, and wind is very hard on us! I am really satisfied that the effects of the tabs in wind is reason enough alone for the people I know to install them!
Next I want to talk about fuel economy and power! I have a 470 HP caterpillar.I have not yet got enough miles on the tabs to give you fuel savings figures, but there is a definite change! My turbo boost gauge was constantly reading 5 pounds less than I was used to seeing while running on cruise control! I have 900,000 miles on this truck and am very familiar with how it handles, I felt like my engine had developed extra power and was at first forced to use cruise control to keep from going faster than I wanted due to the truck running so much better than I expected!
From the 2 fills I have done since installing the tabs I see a noticeable reduction in fuel used. Give me a month to get all the averages and eliminate the odd good or bad fuel mileage and I will give you real numbers,But so far I have been pleasantly surprised as I did not expect a great difference. I am actually buying less fuel on known routes!
With the cost of fuel going through the roof again any fuel savings is worth having, but for a 379 Pete to have what looks like a half mile a gallon increase is worth dancing in the streets about!
Many people wondered at my investment in a full roof wind fairing, and I only expected 2 tenths of a mile a gallon savings! These Airtabs™ may make the difference between survival and bankruptcy for some people, and for such a small investment! ( the fairing is 2 grand installed although I got mine used and installed it after market at some savings!) If anyone wants to laugh at me for those strange looking things I have installed on my truck and trailer, I will laugh quietly all the way to the bank!
Rusty (yoda) Wade
April 21, 2004 Yoda writes after Airtabs™ installed on trailer roof. He now has complete set on tractor and trailer.
Hello Jack, Yes I finally got to drive in some rain. I was very impressed.
I also have 2 weeks preliminary fuel use data, and I am wondering if anyone else sees what I am seeing!
My average fuel consumption on cruise control before the tabs was 6.3 MPG..... My average for the last 2 weeks is 6.9MPG... much more than I expected...... Thank you for your product, I am waiting for Marvin to finally get his installed to see if his figures are near to mine, I already know he will be impressed by both the handling and the visibility aspects,but that fuel MPG gain is very very welcome in today's fuel market!
July 15, 2004 Yoda provides a Airtab® update.
"My fuel mileage is still up by half a mile a gallon.... Visibility is still remarkable in rain, I am waiting for some snow to test."
October 27, 2004
Jack as you know I like my Airtabs™ and this is to let you know how much I miss my Airtabs™ . The trailer I pull all the time went in to the shop to have E track and lights installed, and to have the floor sealed. I was told to hook to a spare trailer and come get mine in a week............That was almost a month ago and I MISS MY Airtabs™ . This Truck and Trailer do not handle the way it did with the Air Tabs on both units, there is a noticeable handling difference with out the Tabs on the trailer, the wind is more a factor now then with the trailer Airtabs™ but not as bad as when I had NO Airtabs™ at all, and the spray in the rain, It's BACK.
The price per gallon is now over $2.109 and my mileage was up by .5 to .6 per mile.
To me it looks like I will save about$1,000 to $1,300 a year depending on how high the fuel goes.
Have a good day and Jack ,Thanks for Airtabs™ , It's money in my pocket.
Jan 2005 Update.
I love my airtabs.. And now with snow flying I really love them!
Increased vision behind... less snow build up everywhere above the lowest tab... These things can be worth the cost of the tabs!
They certainly were a few weeks ago, and again this week as I ran in the snow and was able to see behind me when no one else could!
A few weeks ago I had snow packed into my DOT bumper until the back of my trailer was even all the way up to the bottom of my tail light assembly... snow packed into the space between the DOT bumper and closed that hole completely.. BUT the most interesting thing was that my LED tail lights recessed 1 inch above that hole were clear of snow!
I had worried that the not warm LED lights would be completely covered in snow, I should have known better.
The snow which did not rise between my tractor and trailer and did not rise above the bottom of my trailer at the rear did not even settle on the back of my trailer where the LEDs are! I will continue to check those lights, as I always have. ( even bulb lights sometimes were buried in snow) but it sure does seem safer to me that the LEDS are not behind snow that doesn't even rise enough to settle on the ledge in front of them.
Thank you Jack for these little plastic wonders!
Airtab, LLC official statement regarding the LED snow build mentioned by Rusty is as follows.
Aeroserve Technologies Limited and Airtab®, LLC make no representation that the product known as Airtab® will keep the LED lights, incandescent lights or any other trailer tail lights or reflectors on the rear of the trailer clean or free from snow or ice build up. It is up to the operator of the vehicle to maintain and inspect their rear lights for correct operation and visibility in accordance with their operating manual and driving conditions.
Aeroserve Technologies Limited
Peter C. , veteran driver of 35 years operating out of Binghamton, New York says "I think they are worth it just for the stability. I noticed less drag immediately. During my first trip along the NY #17 that follows the Susquehanna River, lots of curves, I ran into the leading edge of a group of thunderstorms... so the wind was gusting from all directions. With the Airtabs™ the rig handled as stable as a rock. I am monitoring my fuel mileage and so far there is an indication that I am seeing savings. I will report again later when I collect more data"
Airtab, LLC would like to point out the row of Airtab® on his wing located on top of his tractor.
Jack, first off let me say WOW, I purchased this 1999 Volvo VN610 in November of 1998. After installing Airtabs™ last week, my truck has never handled any better. The best way to describe it is its like having a Tail Wind every where I drive. My truck and Trailer handle better in windy or no windy conditions. And in the Rain what a difference, I could see better out the back of the unit than I could out the front. I am enclosing Picture of the installation of the Airtabs™ , Installation was easy and only took about 1 hr 45 min to do both tractor and trailer. I don't have any fuel savings data yet as they have only been on my truck for about 1 tank of fuel, but will let you know in my next letter. This product is probably one of the easiest to use and like I said has improved the handling of my vehicle immensely.
During the Hurricane Rita I was westbound on I-20 I started out in Jackson, Ms about 9:30 AM by the time I got to Vicksburg, MS. I hit the rain and wind. The farther west I went the worst it got. I was traveling in winds of 50 mph or greater with gust. I did notice some side-to-side movement but not as much as the other trucks that didn't have Airtabs on them. The rain was so hard it sounded like it was going to come thru my windshield. I didn't have as much spray as the other vehicles but in the rain and wind nothing seemed to keep the spray down. In normal rain I don't have any spray to speak of. I was dodging falling trees on both sides of the interstate so the wind was doing a number on us. I only had about 5,000 to 8,000 lbs in the Trailer so I was getting worried. But the Airtabs help tremendously. My truck was more stable in the wind than the others and it was noticeable to me and to the other drivers who were asking me about my funny looking little pieces of plastic on the side of my Tractor and Trailer. Jack these Airtabs worked great in the wind and rain and I am thankful that I had them on my Truck and Trailer. But I don't think I want to experience that much wind again.
When I first heard about your product I must say that I was a little bit skeptical about your claims. You were kind enough to send me a kit and we installed it on one of our trailers. I personally did the evaluation and immediately found your product to improve the stability on the trailer to the point that everyone who subsequently used this unit made a comment on how straight the trailer pulled.
After having purchased additional Airtab kits and installing them, the feedback from my drivers was very positive. Handling and stability has improved noticeably. Fuel mileage on the other hand is not as easy to measure. I can however tell you that we have noticed a significant change in fuel mileage on our smaller trucks. To give you an example, we normally used about 20 gallons of fuel on a typical Toronto On to Windsor On run with our single car trailer, pulled by a 2000 Dodger Ram. Since we installed your Airtabs we regularly use only 15 -16 gallons. With the price of fuel these days we'll take all the savings we can get. Your product has also eliminated the side shift one experiences when another truck passes you on the highway. Prior to installing Airtabs I was always on alert while traveling in the right lane for other trucks passing me. My vehicle would always be sucked sideways towards the truck passing me. Since installing your product this problem has all but been eliminated. No more white knuckles! I would recommend anyone reading this letter to go ahead and invest in a kit. You will be pleasantly surprised.
TFX International Specialized Vehicle Transport
TFX is a custom car hauler http://www.tfxinternational.com/
My name is Jeff and I own and operate COBRA , I have a 1998 KW T-2000 and run a 600 hp CAT engine, 13 speed transmission with 3:55 ratio rears on 22.5 low pro rubber, and pull a 2001 53' monon air ride trailer. Tire pressures are kept at 106 psi. drive and steer, and the trailer at 109 psi. I also run 100% synthetic oil.
I purchased my airtabs in November 2004.
First let me say I love my airtabs they have many fuel savings as well as looks for appeal and the improved stability in high cross winds as well as any weather conditions for looking in your mirrors it improves visibility for behind your trailer.
I found after the airtabs we're put on .4 to a .7(fill to fill) increase per gallon (6.4 to 6.7mpg) after just adding them first to the trailer alone. This was a regular run out west MI to UT then to OR grossing at or around 80,000lbs.
The visibility was greatly improved for seeing in my mirrors in high blowing rain, snow blowing, its clearly a needed safety item that every trailer should have on it this day and age.
You'll find your back doors of you trailer will stay cleaner from the snow, rain, ect.
I found it all but eliminated the wagging of the tail of my trailer in high cross winds, because I run plastic plate on my fifth-wheel , and usually the axles are slide all the way forward. To save fuel as well, I had felt like I had put a tail stabilizer on it was like driving a new truck trailer.
The install was very easy just use soap and water, if wax is on your vehicle you'll want to remove with a lacquer thinner wipe the surface clean of bugs grease chalky paint possible buff it real quick with low abrasive buffing compound found at any automotive store, peel off the backing then place in the installers tool that comes with your airtabs kit use a good eye and tape measure with a pencil mark to start the placing of your airtabs its that easy, you have fun putting them on. I think we all love stickers as a kid and as adult!!
Jeff / COBRA
I had heard about the Airtabs on the xm-radio several times and decided to check out the website and do a little more research on the use of the tabs, after reading customer reviews I decided to try them out. I just happened to be in Sauk Center, MN recently and didn't have a load on the trailer and wasn't reloading until the next day. After looking at the list of sales centers there was only 2 in the United States one in Oregon and one in Minnesota, seemed like a no brainer that since the one in Albertville, MN was only an hour away from me that this would be a good way to spend some time and money and help improve fuel economy. I just recently switched my tractor over to super-single tires and ordered a new trailer with super single tires also so decided that the improved fuel economy of the tires and airtabs combined would be well worth the investment. The simplicity of installation of the air-tabs was amazing, just line them up and put them in place, it only took me about 1 1/2 hours to do the installation. I went over to the truckstop and while laundry was being done I was putting on the air-tabs. It didn't take long to notice that the air turbulence between the cab and trailer had dropped substantially. My truck is a 2008 Kenworth T-660 and with the apu from Thermo-King it is a very heavy truck, so I need to keep the 5th wheel slid back farther then I like, which creates a larger pocket for the wind to get into, now with the air-tabs the large air pocket has been greatly reduced and the ability to coast easier and keep my foot out of the accelerator a little bit is very noticeable, and on flat level roads I can easily tell the rolling ability of the truck-trailer combination is easier because of a drop in the turbo boost of 3 to 4 pounds, I will be putting the Airtabs on my new trailer as soon as I take delivery of it. Thanks for the product you provide and keep up the good work,
2009 Long Haul Trucking Calendar images.
Received October 21, 2011
Well Airtabs have done it again! I have had the Airtabs on my truck for almost 2 years now and absolutely love them. Recently I decided to change my business plan and pull my trailer. I purchased the Airtabs for my trailer at GATS 2011 and was skeptical of just how much of a difference I would see since they are already doing such a great job just being on the truck. I was shocked at how much more my boost is down now having them on the trailer. I was heading up I 35 with a 40 to 50 MPH wind with higher gusts and was only seeing 2 to 4 lbs of boost on the flats!!! Amazing! I also don't have the big push with the real strong winds that I had before. I am really eager to see what is going to happen this winter with the snow on the back doors. When I had the Airtabs on just the truck I would still get the snow on the doors but it was higher up than without the Airtabs so now maybe they will be all clean. Keep up the great work guys and I still mean it when I say that everyone needs Airtabs on their trucks and trailers.