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Old 10-21-2018, 09:41 AM   #11
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Itís only necessary if you want to give up significant fuel mileage
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Hereís one example of why a RV tailgate is a bad idea.

https://removeandreplace.com/2015/07...te-up-or-down/

Doing this is worse than installing brush guard

Well that is with an empty bed! I see two BIG changes!


That big nose of a 5er creating turbulence in the bed. Many that run stock tailgates have stuff fly out of the bed.


Many also run bed covers, that also reduces fuel mileage, but negates the effect of the tailgate when not towing.
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I do agree that there is a negative effect on aerodynamics at the back of a vehicle that reduces fuel economy. That's why you see some large tractor trailers with those "tails" to smooth the airflow at the rear of the trailer. That being said I would think its not a one shoe fits all when it comes to a pickup. Cab design and bed length, I would think would play a role in the air flow over the bed and tailgate. Either way I haven't found a significant difference with the tailgate up down or with a bed cover.
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