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Old 02-13-2013, 10:52 PM
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I have a cover so that people don't use my truck bed as a dumpster & they don't see what i carry in my truck bed, out of site, out of mind, so to speak. It also keeps water, dirt, dust, bird dung, leaves, etc. out of the bed.
YEP!!!! Keeps most your stuff in the bed out of the weather/dry. Works great for luggage, etc,,,

If you only want to improve your mileage, you will never see a big enough return on your investment to offset the cost of the cover, but, there a lot of other reasons/benefits involved with a cover.

I bought an Access 'Lorado' in early '10,,, VERY happy!

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If I remember correctly, the Mythbuster testing confirmed that the best setup is to remove the tailgate and install a tailgate net. That gave the best MPG over anything else (albiet hardly noticeable). Get a cover U need to keep things dry and clean, everything else (gaining better MPG) is of no real use in the real world. BTW a Government Motors VOLT...really! I know U probly picked one up with that big discount. IMO the Volt is obsolete, bring back the small diesels, better yet allow us Americans to buy the diesels that the rest of the world already have! A VW Polo will get 75mpg+ all day long! Sorry, pet pieve of mine
If that is a pet peeve, then you need to get rid of your truck. Chrysler was also bailed out by the government, and Fiat has not yet been able to buy out the rest of the feds holdings in the company. As for the 75 mpg of the Polo, I'll take zero gas consumption over 75 mpg any day of the week. Last time I put gas in the Volt was last August, and I still have well over 3/4 tank. Not everything that the oxycontin addict says is true. What he will not admit to is that the Volt was under development before obama ever became the communist party's wet dream of being president. Those tax credits are also the work of none other than George W. Bush.

The right and left wing talking heads on T.V. and the radio are the governments best friend. Both sides exist solely to keep those foaming at the mouth solidly in their protracted rage, and fighting with each other about who is better than who. Meanwhile, the government continues to rob us ALL blind, and laughs at our gullibility and ignorance about what is really going on in dee sleaze.
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YEP!!!! Keeps most your stuff in the bed out of the weather/dry. Works great for luggage, etc,,,

If you only want to improve your mileage, you will never see a big enough return on your investment to offset the cost of the cover, but, there a lot of other reasons/benefits involved with a cover.

I bought an Access 'Lorado' in early '10,,, VERY happy!

http://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-...A1952A0A0.aspx
That's exactly what I'm looking at. A co worker has a different brand that is a bit less expensive, yet pretty much the same thing. Since the fuel penalty seems to be pretty much non-existant, I'll be ordering one soon. I don't like having to fill the cab area with stuff when it can be put out back.

Oh, and as a mention, I just got back from a trip to Billings, MT. and managed to squeeze an even 21 mpg out of my truck, running 60 mph, and having a bit of a tailwind for the first nearly half of the drive home, and no wind for the rest. I'm curious to see what I can eek out of the truck when the engine gets broken in and we're on summer gas.
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If that is a pet peeve, then you need to get rid of your truck. Chrysler was also bailed out by the government, and Fiat has not yet been able to buy out the rest of the feds holdings in the company. As for the 75 mpg of the Polo, I'll take zero gas consumption over 75 mpg any day of the week. Last time I put gas in the Volt was last August, and I still have well over 3/4 tank. Not everything that the oxycontin addict says is true. What he will not admit to is that the Volt was under development before obama ever became the communist party's wet dream of being president. Those tax credits are also the work of none other than George W. Bush.

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My pet pieve was that the USA can't get all the great diesel vehicles that the rest of the world has. They even make them here and ship them overseas, sucks. I'd love a Toyota Helix!! Yup U are right, Chrysler also took ball out $. Looked at Chevy and Ford 3/4 tons and they were $15,000 more than I paid for my Dodge so I got a Dodge, it's that simple. For some reason people think us little " r " republicans loved the neocon Bush, NO don't care for him either, just hate the socialists more is all.
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My pet pieve was that the USA can't get all the great diesel vehicles that the rest of the world has. They even make them here and ship them overseas, sucks. I'd love a Toyota Helix!! Yup U are right, Chrysler also took ball out $. Looked at Chevy and Ford 3/4 tons and they were $15,000 more than I paid for my Dodge so I got a Dodge, it's that simple. For some reason people think us little " r " republicans loved the neocon Bush, NO don't care for him either, just hate the socialists more is all.
I get tired of the "Government Motors" crap, and how people complain that GM had the audacity to build a vehicle that does what no other vehicle was capable of. It screams of rush limbaugh copycatting, and his hatred of alternative energy revolves solely around the fact that it tends to attract liberally minded people. His own bigoted narcistic closed mind refuses to look at the fact that we are in a world where energy is becoming a very real problem, and we need to be looking for solutions NOW, while we are not in some form of REAL crisis. By the end of March, the weather up here should be good enough to go back to driving the Volt daily over the truck, and I'll be thrilled with not having to feed a vehicle that is netting 11 MPG around town.

Diesels are great for giving the owner the feeling that they are "saving" at the pump. Unfortunately, it takes more of a product suffering from an increasingly volatile commodities market to make the stuff. Diesels have a place, but will do nothing to push us towards energy independence.

Instead of hating on the Volt, maybe you should go drive one to see what the car is really like. I've owned at least 30 cars in my life, and NONE of them can compare with it in the feeling that I get while driving mine - including the Ram.

BTW, it's a Toyota Hilux.
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Again U are right it is Hilux (sp) however it's spelled I want one. I don't hate the product (Volt) what I don't like is the way it was presented, discounted and sold with gov. help. If it is such a great vehicle (which I think it is BTW) it would have sold itself in the free market but.... A small diesel for me would make more sense. I don't live or work anywhere near a major city and all my driving and work is very rural and hilly, with lots of dirt rds and broken pavement hauling equipt. (hence nice to have a Hilux). Problem now is the diesel engine has been strapped with so much government "clean" air garbage it makes the cost much greater to have one here in the US. Doesn't make sense to have a "clean" diesel burn twice as much fuel (DPF,Urea, EGR) to get the same or worse mpg and be better for the environment. Anyway, glad U enjoy the Volt. I think its ahead of its time and a good vehicle in its own element just like the Honda Insight (sp?), which didn't sell well when it came out either.
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There's a reason the HFE model comes standard with a tonneau cover.

From http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/...l-economy.html :

"It turns out the biggest gains are to be found on pickups not by dropping the tailgate (a common misconception), but by installing a tonneau cover. "A tonneau cover improves the aerodynamics dramatically on all pickup trucks," according to Ford's Wegryn. "In general, a tonneau cover can provide a drag reduction of 2 to 7 percent, depending on cab style, box length and overall vehicle Cd. Average fuel economy improvement ranges from 0.1 to 0.3 mpg." From an aero standpoint, it doesn't make a difference if you choose a soft or hard cover."
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I have seen right at 1mpg improvement with the cover installed on my Dakota R/T. I have not tried it with my Ram yet mostly because it's a PITA to remove the cover.
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1. Mythbusters never tested covers. They tested tailgate myths.
2. The "air bubble" created in the bed is due to turbulence. Turbulence is not ideal.
3. "The weight hurts the mileage" Seriously? These trucks weigh close to 5,000 pounds. Do you really think a 30-50lb. cover is going to affect MPG more than the aero improvements? The difference in weight on an empty or full 34gallon tank is 192lbs. If 30lbs. had such a detrimental effect on mileage for a 5,000lb. truck they wouldn't have put tanks that can hold that much fuel.
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