"Air Tabs, Many of you have been asking "What are those funny looking things on the back of your Motor Home?" They are called AIR TABS and Karen and I have been testing them for motor homes. We are happy to report that on level land we are getting almost 6% more in mileage. On rolling hills we are getting between 3 & 4% more in mileage. AIR TABS will be at THE RALLY in Cookstown on June 2nd and doing a seminar at 11:00 AM"
Karen & MB Wilson, Wagon Trains RV Tours.
Driver: Mark Johnston, AZ license. 6 years driving cross-Canada for Maple Lodge Farms.
Truck: Volvo, automatic transmission.
Trailer: 53' tri-axle refrigerated. Full load. (Same load and route taken both ways). Truck governed @ 110 km, unless lower posted speed.
Weather conditions: Clear, rain, snow and wind.
Fuel Savings: 7% overall
"Normally, with on-coming tractor-trailer traffic, the units shift or buffet significantly. When we fitted the trailer with Airtabs for the trip back, I felt no shifting at all. I was amazed at the increased stability. Additionally, the unit was tracking much better in the rain and snow conditions and their was a notable difference in the visibility from spray All in all the unit was a better, safer vehicle with Aritabs
Driver, Maple Lodge Farms
We would just like to say, we are very satisfied with our airtabs.
We have a 27ft. fifth-wheel trailer towed by a Dodge diesel pickup. We even have them on our wind-deflector on the truck. So far we have noticed an increase in fuel mileage and a marked increase in stability going down the road. When we pass or are passed by a big rig there is no pulling or pushing, like there was before. We have had other people ask us about your airtabs, so the word is getting out there. In closing thank-you airtabs for a more comfortable, stable and safe ride.
Happy motoring, to you all.
Mike & Ann - Evoy RV'ers
Airtab Article As Seen In Canadian Trucking News
airtabstory.pdf (Adobe PDF file)
Bernie Beleskey, Ontario Director of The Good Sam Club:
"We have had the Airtab System on our 30 foot Fleetwood Travel Trailer for 5 months now. The first thing we noticed was that our trailer was much more stable. Especially in the wind and when transport truck were passing us. We also tried towing the trailer without our 2 stablizer bars installed. We found that in most situations we did not need the stabilizer bars hooked up. Our towing unit tracked very well. We will be traveling to Texas Feb 2006 and we will use the bars. We will also be doing a complete fuel mileage test as well. Since this is our second trip to Texas with our trailer we will have last year numbers to compare to.
As you are well aware, I bought a set of your AIR TABS for my truck and trailer about 3 years ago. I am apply to say they have been riding along for the last 700,000 miles, just stuck on tight and doing their job for every mile, summer and winter. Their greatest winter bonus is how they keep the back of the trailer clear of that massive build up of snow after running on snow covered roads. This also keeps the lights clear and visible. Back in the olden days we all had incandescent bulbs in our lights which generated heat, keeping the lights hot which melted the snow that touched the lights. This keeps your tail lights visible in a snow storm. These new LED diode lights do not generate heat so the snow just builds up until you no one can see your trailer, a scary thought indeed.
I had an interesting experience before Christmas. At the end of November we were dispatched on an 82,000 pound gross load that took us from Toronto to Winnipeg. In Winnipeg they loaded us with a 79,500 pound gross load that took us from Winnipeg to Los Angeles California. We loaded a 79,500 pound gross load of carrots back from Bakersfield CA to Toronto. The only snow we had was from Winnipeg down to Utah. Our truck and trailer worked well and after adding up every gallon or liter we put in the truck, it got 5.73 miles per US gallon. The next week we were off for a few days during which we were called by dispatch. It was a panic! They had a loaded trailer in Toronto that had to go to Calgary and the owner operator who loaded it had a personal problem with his mother and couldn't go. We were asked to drop our trailer, run over to Toronto, pick up the company trailer and head for Calgary. It was the first time we had ever dropped our trailer and pulled a company trailer. It was also a heavy load of 82,000 pounds gross weight just as our last load to Winnipeg had been. The snow started in Portage La Prairie Manitoba so Bettyann had quite a drive to Regina Saskatchewan. It was dark long before we got there but we found a space to park at the Husky Truck Stop. While there we found out the Trans Canada westbound was closed so we had supper and walked back to the truck to bed down for the night. We approached the trailer from the rear and saw at least 4 inches of snow on the back doors.
What shocked me was there were no lights visible. The LED lights were gone. I dug out the snow and there they were, as bright as ever. In the morning we checked the highway reports and they were allowing vehicles but with caution. The snow blew hard all the way to Medicine Hat Alberta and I had stopped twice on the way. In good conscience, I had to check the lights to see if they were hidden by the snow and they were every time. I sure missed our trailer with your Air Tabs.
We reloaded in Calgary with a light load of frozen bread, 66,000 pounds gross for Los Angeles again. We had lots of snow heading down as far as Utah again. We stopped frequently to uncover the lights but by Salt Lake City the roads were dry so that problem was over. We had an overnight layover in Los Angeles and reloaded prepared salads just above LA the next day. It too was another light load at 68,000 pounds. After unloading in Toronto I thought about how similar these two loads had been and it was my best shot at comparing a trailer with and without Air Tabs.
With our trailer, we drove approximately 7,000 miles carrying a maximum load of approximately 80,000 pounds gross on all three legs of the journey. Our exact fuel mileage milage was 5.73 over the 7000 miles and at an average cost of $2.60 per gallon was $3176.00. With the matching company trailer we also drove approximately 7,000 miles carrying a full load on the first leg and lighter loads on the second and third legs. Now Jim, lighter loads usually means better fuel mileage but in this case our total trip mileage went down to 5.46. This meant we spent $3,333.00 for the 7,000 miles.
In my books this means the Air Tabs saved us $3.333.00 - $3,176.00 = $156.00 for this trip.
In very general terms, this kind of saving would multiply to $15,600.00 for the 700,000 miles we have been using them. Not bad for a 300 to 600 dollar investment that just keeps on giving year after year with no maintenance costs. Bettyann and I thank you once again, not only for saving us so many fuel dollars but also for helping us be safer running in the snow.
Dan and Bettyann Stovell