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Old 08-01-2005, 08:54 PM   #43
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Not the best news for removing the tailgate......

"Another interesting result was that lowering or removing the tailgate caused a larger increase in drag on 6-ft. boxes than on 8-ft. boxes. Installing the mesh gate was shown to yield the worst results of all. In one example, the Cd increased from .48 to .53 with the mesh gate in place of the solid tailgate."

"...for an average pickup, the fuel saved by leaving the tailgate up is likely to be on the order of 122 gallons over 100,000 miles of freeway driving"

That's only about $300 worth of diesel

The good/bad news can be found at:
http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20050427.html
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...05/ai_n9439015
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:18 AM   #44
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Well, I don't know about the 6 1/2 ft box but with my 8 ft, dually CC and all, I haven't seen any difference one way or the other. I got around 8-9 towing and 17 and change empty with the tailgate on and with the Turbo-net. If there is any difference its so little that a change in wind or driving speed or one drag race and it doesn't matter anyway. My take is that the lack of turbulence, ease of hook/unhook, far outweighs whatever difference there might be, if any. Besides, those compartment doors and tailgate cost a lot more than a dab of diesel fuel, IMHO.
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:39 AM   #45
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Vette Racer:
Well, I don't know about the 6 1/2 ft box but with my 8 ft, dually CC and all, I haven't seen any difference one way or the other. I got around 8-9 towing and 17 and change empty with the tailgate on and with the Turbo-net. If there is any difference its so little that a change in wind or driving speed or one drag race and it doesn't matter anyway. My take is that the lack of turbulence, ease of hook/unhook, far outweighs whatever difference there might be, if any. Besides, those compartment doors and tailgate cost a lot more than a dab of diesel fuel, IMHO. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom,

I agree with you 100%. I found them
at J.C. Whitney for $75. It really is a great idea.... thanks

I also think the air dynamics in the rear bed completely
different when hauling a 5th wheel.

The issue of using more or less fuel is not
an issue......it's moot point.
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56, I should have said that I agree with the article when not towing. Lowering or removing the tailgate will drop your mileage some, contrary to popular belief. Actually a bed cover is the best for mileage I believe.

If we all had Sean's money we could all have gold plated V notched louvered tailgates on our trucks. Myself, I'll go the cheap way!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If we all had Sean's money... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But Tom:

Then I wouldn't have any!! You call that 'fair'?

Hey...you got me looking at some of the rolling covers...Clark- did you have one on 'ol Red? What did you think of it? Seems to be the cat's meow for both worlds...

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Actually I had and now have on the new truck an Extang soft cover that I roll up behind the cab. I went with the soft cover because I am in the back of the truck so much I didn't want to go thru the hastle of removing an 8' piece of painted fiberglas cover all the time with no place to store it. The soft cover only takes a couple minutes to either hook or unhook and even though it's not designed to prevent theft, it does keep things clean and protected while on the road.

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