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:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jlwlnig0Fo#GU5U2spHI_4
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.
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.
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 half.. 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.. Seriously... Your devoted Airtab user..
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 June 2, 2008
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 weshould put them for even more aerodynamics.
We couldn't find a ladder while we were in Denver, so we just put the Airtabs up the side of the sleeper as far as we could reach. Then we tackled WY winds.
Even with only half the tabs installed, the difference was amazing!! The winds weren't bad westbound, but we had 50+ mph crosswinds over Elk on the way back. John is totally sold on Airtabs now. They improved handling so much that we couldn't believe it. We had waited 13 hours in Rawlins for the winds to get below 60. Now we believe we could have made the run pulling our light trailer right through the middle of the winds. We can't wait to install the rest of the tabs just to see what kind of mpg increase we get.
Then I took the wheel through Kansas. Every once in a while the winds would rock the truck a little, but I didn't wear out my arms fighting the steering wheel and didn't really feel the crosswind. I think it was in the 30's.
We have already started telling others about the tabs.
Received August 3, 2009
I installed Airtabs on my West Coast mirrors in 2008. Just as the Airtabs decrease the buildup of dirt and snow on the back of the truck, rain and snow don't wrap around the mirrors. There is a small area in the lower, outer corner of the mirrors that gets wet, but nowhere near as bad as they used to be. I'm inherently lazy, so it's great to not have to clean my mirrors as often.
To blend in with the mirrors I painted them silver using Krylon Fusion for Plastic paint. I would also recommend using Krylon Fusion Clearcoat before installing them. To overcome the curvature of the mirror backs I used Automotive Goop to help secure them.
Thanks for a great product.
I finally installed my airtabs on Monday. I had bough them at the Dallas
truck (GATS 2009) show but hadn't put them on yet. On Monday I got a call from Jack
Latimer from Airtabs and he was wondering how they were working out for
me. I told him that I hadn't put them on yet because I had put other
things on the truck first that I had also put on at the truck show. As
most of you know I had to put on my Pittsburgh power stuff first.
Now I have the Airtabs and I love them. My truck no longer sways in the
breeze and I couldn't believe the handling improvement in the severe cross
wind I was in. I drove in a cross wind all day and usually my arms would
hurt so bad by the end of the day. Not this day though I actually had to
check the trees and flags to see if the wind had calmed down. I'm not
making this stuff up. You will just have to try them to see for yourself.
Yesterday and today I had a chance to try them out in the rain. I can
actually see the cars in my mirrors even if they don't have their
headlights on, the spray is cut way down. I cannot believe the difference
with the Airtabs on my truck and I'm kinda sorry I waited so long to put
them on. Oh and one more thing on the level with a head wind my boost
gauge is down 3 to 4 lbs and I am pulling the hills even better.
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.
Received November 2010
I now have 50,000 miles on my truck and I am told the DD 15 gets broken in at about 65,000 to 70,000 miles. Since the truck is brand new I don't have a MPG comparison without the Airtabs. But I can comment on my observations using Airtabs.
The Airtabs on the truck I am getting lots of questions on the road about if they work or not. I will tell you all this for the small investment that these little triangles are, they are worth the money. The reason they are is because they do work. In the cross wind you do not fight the wheel throughout the day. In the rain you do not get the spray on the mirrors or up the side of the trailers which can cause visibility to be poor. These two reasons alone make them worth it. Without fighting the wheel you are less tired which makes you a safer driver. The visibility situation goes without saying that they improve safety in the wet weather.
Gina A. and She-La