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Old 10-19-2005, 21:27   #1 (permalink)
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Tail gate up or down?

Hi

Came across this web page on the effects of driving with the tail gate up or down, as well as having a camper shell on or off. I figured the camper shell on was bad for mileage, but according to this site the most efficient way to travel is with the tail gate up.

Here's the link: Tail Gate Up or Down?

Guess I'll go back to keeping the gate up.

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Old 12-15-2005, 06:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tail gate up or down?

Up is correct! If ya happened to watch the show "myth busters" they did an episode on this very myth. And the results were that is the tailgat is in the down position there is more air drag on the rear of the vehicle, causing a decrease in fuel milage.
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Old 12-15-2005, 19:19   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Tail gate up or down?

and they did it with two brand new F-150's. awesome.
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Re: Tail gate up or down?

I saw that episode too. It makes total sense that Ford would design the truck to get better mileage with the gate up since that is the main purpose of a truck, carry things without it falling out the back.
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I saw that episode too. It makes total sense that Ford would design the truck to get better mileage with the gate up since that is the main purpose of a truck, carry things without it falling out the back.
its not just ford's design, its trucks in general. have you ever just throwin a paper bag or something in the back of your truck then drive down the freeway? the bag woun't fly out because of that vortex from the tailgate holding air in the bed. it works the same way in all trucks. not just fords.
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Old 01-07-2006, 08:31   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Tail gate up or down?

i wonder who came up with that? or if it was just a fluke? either way...since ive seen that episode a few months back my tailgate has been up.
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