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Old 10-12-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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towing with or without a tailgate??

Does anyone know which is best for fuel economy towing a 5th wheel with or without a tailgate?

Thanking you in advance,

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Old 10-12-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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Does anyone know which is best for fuel economy towing a 5th wheel with or without a tailgate?
Thanking you in advance,
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Mythbusters did a PU truck mileage test with and without a tailgate.
If I remember correctly the mileage with was slightly better with, however the test was done only with the PU, (not towing).
Hopefully someone with real world towing experience will post a reply.
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Towing my trailer I have not gotten enough data as I generally do not remove the gate.
I disagree with the Mythbusters on the tonneau covers though. That I have enough data for me.
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Can't think it would make much difference. And be hard to test and quantify.
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With the frontal area of the 5th wheel and the nose of the 5th wheel over the truck bed, I don't think you could tell the difference in fuel mileage with or without a tailgate.

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I would figure you would get better mileage with the tailgate....Reason for this is that you have to keep going back to pick up all the crap that fell out of the back of your truck,,,,cus you dont have a tailgate......
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I would figure you would get better mileage with the tailgate....Reason for this is that you have to keep going back to pick up all the crap that fell out of the back of your truck,,,,cus you dont have a tailgate......
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My neighbor tows with a tailgate and looses anything placed in front of it. To me there is enough turbulance back there that it could effect mileage.

I have a grilled tailgate and leave everything behind the hitch and nothing moves. As if open has smooth air flow. Left a small can of wd40 on the hitch one time and it never moved.

But open tailgate create more vaccum behind the cab and creates win drag. There is nothing better then tonneau cover.
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Thanks to all for your answers to my question.
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I second that with a tailgate, there is a TON of turbulence and eddy's in the bed with a fifth wheel. Had a bad a trash that kept lifting up and would've flown out. With a louvered gate, things move much less.
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[QUOTE="caissiel;1764372"]My neighbor tows with a tailgate and looses anything placed in front of it.

I had that happen to me one time. Cost me a $500+ tailgate. Was towing my toyhauler with my Dodge. Had a couple of the big ratchet tie-downs with the long straps in the bed between the hitch and the tailgate. Was driving about 55 and looked out my passenger side mirror and noticed one of the straps was dangling back there. As I went to pull over,...all I heard was a loud pop. The trailer tires ran over the strap and tried to pull it back, but the hook on it caught my tailgate and ruined it. Got to the dunes and had to just about destroy it to get it opened so I could unhook from my trailer. Needless to say, I took it off and tossed it. Now I have a tailgate with no badge on it.
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