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Old 01-29-2016, 09:04 PM   #57
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I have to agree with Roger H. Two different vehicles are the way to go since you have a long commute every day. In reality, if you honestly figure how few miles you'll really end up towing a TT, it just doesn't pencil out that one tug will fit all your wants having a 5th wheel. Just IMHO, having an RV of any kind is not a must but an extra activity and I have to "pay to play".
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Old 01-29-2016, 10:34 PM   #58
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I agree with sokhapkin on bed covers not improving gas mileage. I have run mine with and without a bed cover and I always check my mpg. There was no difference.
I seem to remember getting better mileage after putting the shell on my Ford Ranger but that was many years ago so I could be mistaken. In any case I intend to put a shell or bed cover on whatever truck I get. If nothing else it will keep the snow from accumulating in the winter.
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:46 AM   #59
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Towing Miles

We've been retired for a little more than 15 years, traveling over 7 months a year. We find that our tow miles average only about 1/2 the miles driven. During this period we have never owned more than one vehicle at a time.

Originally we towed with a Honda CRV and averaged about 21 mpg towing, now towing with a Honda Odyssey averaging 18-19 mpg. We are conservative drivers and rarely exceed 60 mph, and than only on the Interstates which we tend to avoid.

The Odyssey is much more comfortable to drive than the CRV though we always thought the CRV a comfortable ride but in comparison to the Odyssey, we can see we were wrong.

Since only half the driving is towing we look at overall mpg and the Odyssey is at least equal to the CRV.

If you're not towing a lot, as has been suggested by a few, mpg of the tow vehicle is not important. A primary tow vehicle factor is reliability, you can buy a lot of gas for the cost of a single repair.
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:57 AM   #60
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It's a myth that truck shell improves MPG. Usually MPG drops a little because of added weight.
I agree. The caps are big and heavy and it is not only the weight, but the volume of air they displace and push around, increasing the drag.

A bed cover (tonneau), on the other hand, is widely considered a benefit, based on my quick google search. The change may be small, 20 mpg increased to 21 mpg (5%). I made myself a cover shortly after I got the truck and I can see the benefit. The cover is light weight and easily removed when I have to put the hitch in the bed. The weight of the hitch and the cover are pretty close.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:49 AM   #61
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I don't think gas mileage is the primary reason pickup truck owners choose a cap vs. tonneau vs. open- has more to do with what kind of cargo you plan to carry and maybe some appearance preferences as well. In my experience the added weight of a cap over the primary drive wheels is an advantage in some situations.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:57 AM   #62
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I agree with you Jon. I wanted a cap or bed cover even if it meant a little less mpg. My Tacoma has the now discontinued step side bed and I couldn't find a cap to fit it so I got a roll top cover and there wasn't much of a selection on those for Toyota step side beds either. I do like to be able to hall certain items and keep the cover closed. Out of sight, out of mind. Plus its nice to have items out of the weather.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:52 AM   #63
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I've also heard that driving with an open bed, tailgate closed, doesn't add as much drag as you might expect. The bed becomes a pocket of higher pressure air at speed and acts a lot like a tonneau. Don't know if that's an Internet myth or not...
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:44 AM   #64
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I think the composition of the cap makes a big difference
We found a very light weight aluminum she'll with large opening windows. Having that on pops me up a couple mpg on my Tacoma X-cab
Our previous truck/shell combo was a full sized GMC with fiberglass shell. Very heavy shell but mileage unaffected, no better or worse


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