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Old 11-07-2007, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question Tail Gate

Can anyone share thier thoughts on replacing the tail gate of a TV with a vented tail gate. I have seen articles that state this helps save on gas milage and I also have seen articles that say this is not true. Any thoughts???
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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Don't know if it will help with non-towing mileage but if you are planing on the V-shaped style it would sure make hooking up the 5'er a lot easier. I've been toying with the idea myself but have never made the plunge. Guess if I ever mess up my current tail gate then I might do it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:13 PM   #3
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we still have our stock tailgate, used to take it off, then i got lazy.
i dont think towing the brick at 65-70 if much affected by the tailgate up or down or off
we still get 11-13 depending on right foot action


one thing having to raise the tailgate does for me after i am hooked up is ensure i look at the hitch one last time to check for lock, before i close the tailgate
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"The MythBusters" did an episode on tailgates and MPG.
See the results and the update here:
http://kwc.org/mythbusters/2005/11/e...s_cures_f.html

The update shows results for mesh, and hardtops too.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:17 PM   #5
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"The MythBusters" did an episode on tailgates and MPG.
See the results and the update here:
http://kwc.org/mythbusters/2005/11/e...s_cures_f.html

The update shows results for mesh, and hardtops too.
I saw that episode. I imagine the big sail of a 5th wheeler would change the airflow into the box beyond what they were finding though.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:46 PM   #6
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does not help with milage but it will save you about $700 when the stock gate gets bent in half.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:23 AM   #7
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Been there did that with the previous trailer and truck

we then went to a 5'er tailgate that was louvered.. didnt make a difference in mileage, just made it easier to hook/unhook.
we even built a wind deflector for the 5'er, which helped about 1-2 mpg, and kept the bugs off the front.
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Dang you can tell it's almost the weekend, I was thinking PARTY. I can't see the tail gate helping much when you have such a square profile. I did have a bag blow out of the truck when we brought our 5ver home that had been in the back for about a week once the trailer was hooked up. Maybe every little bit helps, since we are back over $3.00 a gallon and rising.
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Dang you can tell it's almost the weekend, I was thinking PARTY.
That's exactly what I originally thought when I saw the subject line!
I used to bring my other travel trailer to the parking lots at the local college football games and TAILGATE PARTY!

I still go, but not with the trailer. (which really helps in this frozen tundra!)
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