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Old 03-25-2012, 09:05 PM   #21
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I will say the wind is violent in the bed while towing. I almost lost a cooler while storing it between the hitch and tailgate. I have a trifold cover and need to store lighter items in the front of the bed under the folded cover. Didn't mean to sound like I was knocking your idea and desire for using a cover while towing, just can't see it saving a drop of fuel but I am curious of your findings.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:11 PM   #22
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I will say the wind is violent in the bed while towing. I almost lost a cooler while storing it between the hitch and tailgate.
Yeah...violent. That's a pretty good word for it. I found out the hard way also. I had a 5 gallon bucket with some stuff in it, and the lid that screwed onto it. The violent wind actually unscrewed the lid and I lost some stuff out of that bucket. After that, I bought a swingout storage bin. I really liked that. Secure and solid. But with my new truck, I have the bed extender. Still deciding if I want to keep that.

Anyway, I'm curious to see how this thing works also.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #23
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Don't know that it will save any fuel, but with the Undercover, it increased about 1-2 mpg not towing anything and about .5-1 while towing a tongue trailer over approx. 10,000 miles total. At todays prices, that would have paid for the Undercover. If it increases .5 mpg max. it will still pay for the material (labor excluded as I am retired) and I love to tinker, so it has already served one purpose.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:11 PM   #24
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Well, we are on our maiden voyage with our new 5th wheel camper for 4 or 5 days. So far everything is working as it is suppose to. Had quite a session with the tv, satellite & G3 getting everything to talk to each other. What a nightmare. Toshiba tv is very slow to react and Forest River should be taken to the woodshed for placing the unit so high that you have to really search for the area the remote will work. I will no doubt move it to a more feasible location and put doors on the shelf and the hole the unit was in. No problems with the tonneau cover, may have to increase the side clearance about 1/2" on both sides to make sure there is no contact with the hitch pin if we get into a more severe twisting situation. Do believe that even tho it is taller than the Flagstaff 831RLSS we towed for 4 yrs, the fifth wheel tows easier and definitely is not affected by passing semis or wind.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:29 AM   #25
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Took the tonneau cover over to the upholstery shop. Should get it back in 2 wks. A little more $ than I expected, but with gas prices like they are and if it increases mileage .25 - 1.0, which I think it will, it will eventually just about even itself out. Total cost will be less than $500 not including labor which in my case is $0.00
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #26
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So how did everything else work out with this cover? Did you actually see any increase in mileage, or note anything else?
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #27
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Will know more about mileage when we go back to Forest Lake TT in Mocksville in a few days over the same roads without the tonneau cover. We have never in over 36 yrs of towing a trailer never had a tonneau cover. Just don't like an open truck bed and there has to be resistance with the air hitting the tailgate, IMO, just common sense.

But, everything worked just fine with the cover. One minor issue was the breakaway switch hit the side of the hole for the hitchpin & gouged a 1/4" x 1/4" place in it. I opened the hitchpin hole up by 1/2" on both sides and moved the breakaway switch up about 3" on the hitchpin.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #28
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Well, our trip to check mileage without the tonneau cover has been postponed. Hooked up this morning, checked brakes, lights and when I started to retract the front jacks I heard several thumps and noticed the motor jumping. Jacks finally got close to storage position. After removing the motor which works fine, I took the top off the driver side jack and discovered at least 2 places on the vertical gear where a tooth was missing. Called dealer, no jacks on hand but will get one ASAP from FR. Supposed to be @ dealer 8:30am Mon.
So, I spent the afternoon measuring and getting up the courage to use a circular saw on a just about perfect Undercover Hard Tonneau cover purchased yesterday on Craig's list for $70. Finally decided to go for it. Attached pics are the initial fitting. Now I have to add some alum strip to the front center seam and add 3 alum strips to the 13" x 48-3/4" cutout to hold it in place when not towing. Also have to make a filler to cover the hole behind the pinbox while towing.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #30
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Well, our trip to check mileage without the tonneau cover has been postponed. Hooked up this morning, checked brakes, lights and when I started to retract the front jacks I heard several thumps and noticed the motor jumping. Jacks finally got close to storage position. After removing the motor which works fine, I took the top off the driver side jack and discovered at least 2 places on the vertical gear where a tooth was missing. Called dealer, no jacks on hand but will get one ASAP from FR. Supposed to be @ dealer 8:30am Mon.
So, I spent the afternoon measuring and getting up the courage to use a circular saw on a just about perfect Undercover Hard Tonneau cover purchased yesterday on Craig's list for $70. Finally decided to go for it. Attached pics are the initial fitting. Now I have to add some alum strip to the front center seam and add 3 alum strips to the 13" x 48-3/4" cutout to hold it in place when not towing. Also have to make a filler to cover the hole behind the pinbox while towing.
What about the one you built?
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