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Old 01-15-2022, 01:18 PM   #1
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Truck Bed Cover--yes, no or indifferent?

My RAM came with a framed bed cover that locks down to the side rails--just wondering if anyone else had experience with a bed cover while towing and can tell any difference in handling between cover/no cover while towing?





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Old 01-15-2022, 01:59 PM   #2
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I have one on my truck, don't notice anything different with it on or off. It covers my Blackstone and generator from prying eyes.
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:02 PM   #3
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I believe myth busters did an episode of bed covers. They found they can actually hurt economy because they disturbed the air flow. Now this wasn't while towing but I'd not hang my auto in them saving anything but keeping eyes off your stuff 8n the bed.
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Even if it does make a difference (I think not) it would be in the single digit percent range. At 10-12 MPG when towing you're talking low decimals of difference in MPG.
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:29 PM   #5
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I have a rollup just to keep prying eyes off my stuff and to keep the pine needles out of the bedrug.
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Old 01-15-2022, 03:52 PM   #6
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My mileage while towing is bad to start with. Adding the bed cover after 10 years without did exactly nothing to improve it. Driving slower made a 2 mpg improvement though.

Cover is great to keep stuff from blowing in or out and keep sticky fingers out.
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Old 01-15-2022, 04:18 PM   #7
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I have a vinyl/aluminum panel cover. I never considered it as something to improve fuel mileage. But it's essential for me since I keep a lot of stuff in the bed. I love it.
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IMOHO.........Personal preference. You either want one or you don't.
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Old 01-15-2022, 06:28 PM   #9
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I had a roll up on my last truck and it was awesome for keeping things dry. my new truck has a tri fold which at times is annoying for when a dirt bike is being loaded but the 1st 1/3 is nice spot to keep things somewhat dry while towing a 5th wheel.
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Old 01-15-2022, 06:34 PM   #10
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Like ours for keeping things dry and in the bed.

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Old 01-15-2022, 06:38 PM   #11
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Love my metal tri-panel folding cover, rails clamp to bedrails as mentioned. Keeps bed clean, pretty dry (heavy rain still a little water will get in) and your stuff away from prying eyes, and will take more than a pocket knife for unauthorized access.


Does absolutely nothing for handling or mileage except add weight. I got it when I bought my pickup to tow my camper, which I had spent the money for my old pickup I had 23 years. Less disposable income back then. A good cover is not cheap.
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I've got an inexpensive roll-up on my F-150 and it has held up very well.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:09 PM   #13
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I have a vinyl/aluminum panel cover. I never considered it as something to improve fuel mileage. But it's essential for me since I keep a lot of stuff in the bed. I love it.
Same ^^^
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:17 PM   #14
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I have a cover on my 2015 GMC and I like it. If you are looking to buy one and you tow a fifth wheel, you need to be caredful on measuring. If you get one of those that folds back then make sure the sections don't stack to high and interfere with the trailer.

If you are looking for one of those that roll back towards the cab and when rolled up they create a big roll down into the bed, you will lose space that to put stuff while you are towing (I put my generator and portabote parts under there).

Lastly, make sure they don't interfere with your 5th wheel hitch.
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Iíve got a Bakflip hard cover, and canít imagine leaving the bed unprotected. I also canít justify paying $3k to $4k for a cap.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:48 PM   #16
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i watched a flip bed cover get torn off of a f150 ford east of amarillo in a 45+ mph wind on I 40. started vibrating across tailgate then 1st section popped up ,tbe #2, section etc. and it looked like a flying saucer . landing in the bar ditch. 2nd time on a toyota trd between Canadian tx and Canton ok. i have a Pace Arrow roll top. it vibrates some but it is in tracks ,and flip tops lay on bed rails.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:54 PM   #17
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We have a Tri fold with a fifth wheel with 68k miles and no problems.
Great cover, easy to remove and put in back seat if needed for larger items. Easy to remove with 4 quick release levers.
Having a cover has been very helpful, well worth the extra cost.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:57 PM   #18
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I believe myth busters did an episode of bed covers. They found they can actually hurt economy because they disturbed the air flow. Now this wasn't while towing but I'd not hang my auto in them saving anything but keeping eyes off your stuff 8n the bed.

I remember that episode. They tested covers, tailgate up vs. down, and I think the tailgate replacements. Definitely tailgate down lowered mileage vs tailgate up due to how air moves thru and around the vehicle. Swapping the tailgate for one of those cloth web things improved mileage mostly due to weight reduction. As I recall, a cover was from neutral to negative, mostly based on how much they weigh. So my thought is a cloth type tonneau is neutral on mpgs and the big fiberglass covers are negative due to weight (marginal improvement due to wind resistance offset by the weight).


FWIW, I run with a folding tonneau mostly to keep the bed covered. Keeps folks from using my bed as a trash can and hides what little I may have in it.
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Old 01-15-2022, 08:06 PM   #19
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I too have a vinyl trifold bed cover but, I've not noticed any changes in mpg's while towing. Definitely helps with prying eye's as others have mentioned.
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I have the bed cover just to help keep things dry and debris out when parked and also keeps things safe. Later RJD
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