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Old 11-09-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
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Gas Mileage and Tailgates

I've been looking to see if there is a better way to keep my tailgate position; open, closed, off, netting, etc, in relationship to gas mileage.

I looked into this a while ago and found conflicting information and studies. So far, my memory tells me the best gas mileage to the worst is this:

- Shell (well fitted and lightweight)
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7533243_ef...s-mileage.html
- Tailgate down
- Tailgate up
- Net tailgate
- Tailgate off

Can anyone provide evidence (contrary or supporting or personal) of this?

Tonneau cover better. Tailgate off or net tailgate worse.
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7533243_ef...s-mileage.html
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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I believe mythbusters tested this and concluded that you get better MPG's with the tailgate closed. it creates a swirling effect in the bed an helps push your truck forward.
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I have a tonneau but don't think it does much for mileage. I usually get the rated highway mpg around town. The biggest factor in mpg for me is how hard i press on the gas pedal.
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I see people with their tailgate down and I laugh because it looks so stupid. Also at 1000ish a pop I'm not leaving the tailgate down for longer than it needs to be down.

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I see people with their tailgate down and I laugh because it like so stupid. Also at 1000ish a pop I'm not leaving the tailgate down for longer than it needs to be down.

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X2 whipper, I'm always afraid some asshat is going to hit it with the way some people tailgate, No pun intended!
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