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Old 09-19-2013, 07:43 PM
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You'll definitely have better luck in the heat with a solid cover rather than a soft one. I could definitely see the UV rays wearing out a soft one pretty quick. Bakflip also makes a fibreglass version of the G2 (aluminum) which might work better in the heat. I would send them an email and see what they recommend.

You aren't going to see much for MPG gain with any tonneau cover. These trucks are already designed to streamline air over the box. If anything you might see a 0.5 MPG gain but that would be the max....
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I guess I do need to elaborate...

I live in Phoenix and my truck sits in the sun while I am at work! I have always liked the way Bakflip products look. But before I shell out $800 I have a bunch of concerns, but two major ones.

1) In intense heat and sun will a Bakflip or any other tonneau cover last? If I purchase I want it to be look good and be functional for 10 years. Is that realistic?

2) Is there any MPG gain in real life driving? I know it will not save enough to get me back my $800 back, but it would be nice if there was some long term savings. Its my understanding HWY yeilds better MPG savings then city driving with Tonneau's?

I have a 4x4 V6 pentastar if the makes any MPG savings difference... mixed driving I get 19.5 mpg avg

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I live in Phoenix also and have the Bak Flip F1. It has done well, no issues with the intense heat & sun. I would not be concerned, but as an added measure I use a rubber vinyl protectant periodically.

The MPG ? has been raised here before in other threads and the general consensus is there is very little to no MPG improvement to be gained with a tonneau cover. I have not noticed a difference.
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I have the bestop tri fold. It has lifetime warranty, even on the fabric , light, installed in 15 minutes, cost was $269. I bought the bestop protectant too, to maintain the warranty. So far I am pleased. Chrysler has some data on fuel economy. I believe they say 1% better with a tonneau, but confirm it.
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2) Is there any MPG gain in real life driving? I know it will not save enough to get me back my $800 back, but it would be nice if there was some long term savings. Its my understanding HWY yeilds better MPG savings then city driving with Tonneau's?

I have a 4x4 V6 pentastar if the makes any MPG savings difference... mixed driving I get 19.5 mpg avg

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As far as MPG goes. Yes, you are increasing the aerodynamics of your truck by installing a tonneau cover which should, theoretically, increase your MPG. However, the added weight of the tonneau cover is going to eliminate most, if not all, of your MPG gains.

As the previous commentators have mentioned, maybe a .5 or 1 MPG increase in mileage. That's the best you can hope for.
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