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Old 10-13-2021, 03:02 PM   #1
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So I did a search on Airtabs(these things: https://www.airtab.com/index.htm) here and most of the posts are fairly old and don't say much.

I've seen a lot of reviews which are extremely positive in regards to them stabilizing trailers in crosswinds or with passing semi's, neither of which I have an issue with, but am curious about any MPG advantage they might give? Some reviews mention some gains, but I imagine that's a hard thing to quantify with how variable conditions can be while towing(head winds, temperatures, hills, weight etc)

I am generally towing on 65+ mph freeways and often have to contend with 10+ mph headwinds. My fuel economy is often sub-9 and even into the 7's on bad days. just wondering if these might help a little due to high speeds I am usually traveling at with the headwinds.
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I think this is based on a similar principle to the dimples on golf balls. In theory it looks great. The price actually isn't bad. You could probably do a trailer for under $300. If it works it would be interesting to see what the ROI is.

https://buyairtab.com/installation/
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:06 PM   #3
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I think this is based on a similar principle to the dimples on golf balls. In theory it looks great. The price actually isn't bad. You could probably do a trailer for under $300. If it works it would be interesting to see what the ROI is.

https://buyairtab.com/installation/

Yeah I think It would work out to $175 for me or something like that. My math said I needed 64 of them at 2.75 a piece
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If your biggest concern is mpg, you won't be able to notice the difference except through wishful thinking. You'll never recover the cost.
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If your biggest concern is mpg, you won't be able to notice the difference except through wishful thinking. You'll never recover the cost.
Over the past five years I’ve spent annually an average of $2,500 in fuel while towing. I found their claims of a 5% savings less than believable. At 2% the ROI four or five years. Plus cosmetically, meh. I’ll pass as well.
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Over the past five years I’ve spent annually an average of $2,500 in fuel while towing. I found their claims of a 5% savings less than believable. At 2% the ROI four or five years. Plus cosmetically, meh. I’ll pass as well.
But there is also driving range and stress on the tow vehicle you can benefit from. It doesn't just need to be about the $.

But sure, yeah, thats why I asked. I am finding it hard to get any kind of really source on mpg's.
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Kinda off topic, but I have wondered if an enclosed trailer underbelly helps with MPGs and how much if it does. Jay
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Same difference as air tabs. MPG is already so crappy you'll never notice the difference.
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How many commercial highway trucks do you see with them?
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How many commercial highway trucks do you see with them?
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I'm with the majority here. If they were effective, you wouldn't be the first person thinking about it and there would be substantial information out there about them. If you want better fuel mileage, the easiest thing to do is slow down a little bit.
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