Bed covers do they help with mpg?

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by Chicagotaco, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. Chicagotaco

    Chicagotaco Active Member

    Just curious those of you guys that have had a truck by adding a hard tri-fold or vinyl cover do you get better MPG with one ? Thanks guys
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  3. dirtytaco

    dirtytaco Well-Known Member

    They do. It creates less drag. It’s not going to make you rich from the extra mpg saved, but nonetheless, it does help a little
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  4. bdarnold12

    bdarnold12 Well-Known Member

    Dropping youre tailgate or removing tailgate and getting one if those nets to replace it will basically have the same effect. The covers, hard or soft, look much better and add a measure of security for stuff in tbe bed.
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  5. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

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  6. OP

    Chicagotaco Active Member

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  7. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    Actually, I was looking for an article from 4 Wheeler magazine from the 80s when tailgate nets were the rage, but this will do.
    It DOES go against tactical thinking, but there it is.
    I agree that a locking bed cover is worth the 1.5 mpg.
  8. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Agreed 100%.
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  9. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    If you have something worth stealing. Mine is loaded and unloaded the same day so its empty 99.99% of the time. A cover would be purely aesthetic for me. Not worth it.
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  10. JDC

    JDC Member

    A soft tonneau cover could pay for itself in no time. To conclude the argument, some sites say a tonneau cover will save you 10-15% on gas. According to the aforementioned studies, a cover will actually save you closer to 6% based on what type of cover and how you drive.Oct 1, 2019

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