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Donna D. 08-27-2014 08:45 PM

Which is more fuel efficient, driving with a pickup's tailgate up or down?
 
Another interesting read and video.

To solve this tailgate debate, we went inside the wind tunnel at Ford to test the aerodynamics of the 2015 Ford F-150.

Which is more fuel efficient, driving with a pickup's tailgate up or down?

thoer 08-27-2014 08:57 PM

Cool find Donna. Now I'd love to see how it looks towing all our various Escapes!

Klem 08-27-2014 10:31 PM

Thank you! Been wondering the answer since I was a kid and my friend took off his tailgate to go faster .... he just lost things out the back.

gbaglo 08-27-2014 10:35 PM

Off topic: Earlier today I was wondering what the purpose of the pad is that you see draped over the tailgate of some pickups.

Jim Bennett 08-27-2014 10:41 PM

Great link, Donna. I had heard of similar finding, but it is nice to watch that video for proof.

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Originally Posted by gbaglo (Post 64607)
Off topic: Earlier today I was wondering what the purpose of the pad is that you see draped over the tailgate of some pickups.

They are usually for carrying bikes in the back, where the box is too short for them to fit inside.

http://www.cargogear.com/imagelibrar...pad-4bikes.jpg

46indian 08-27-2014 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gbaglo (Post 64607)
Off topic: Earlier today I was wondering what the purpose of the pad is that you see draped over the tailgate of some pickups.

They are also used for surfboards, paddle boards, etc.

Jim Bennett 08-27-2014 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by 46indian (Post 64619)
They are also used for surfboards, paddle boards, etc.

Yeah, we don't get too many of those around here. LOL

Ron in BC 08-28-2014 12:44 AM

Well, who am I to argue with engineers with their own wind tunnel:D

But I really don't believe that demo is an apples and apples comparison.

Not to belabor my lack of knowledge but that demo is a static display of smoke flow. A true test would measure dynamic drag and I don't believe for a second that there's less drag with the tailgate up. Also they don't show the smoke flow, from the front, with the tailgate down.

Are the claims real or is it a tightly scripted marketing plan to sell the new design of the tail gate? I'm a hard sell.

Ron

rbryan4 08-28-2014 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron in BC (Post 64630)
Well, who am I to argue with engineers with their own wind tunnel:D

But I really don't believe that demo is an apples and apples comparison.

Not to belabor my lack of knowledge but that demo is a static display of smoke flow. A true test would measure dynamic drag and I don't believe for a second that there's less drag with the tailgate up. Also they don't show the smoke flow, from the front, with the tailgate down.

Are the claims real or is it a tightly scripted marketing plan to sell the new design of the tail gate? I'm a hard sell.

Ron

I'm a hard sell too. But, Myth busters did a segment on this very topic some time ago, and they also got better mileage with the tailgate up. They explain why at the link:

Driving With Tailgate Up Is Fuel Efficient : Discovery Channel

ruscal 08-28-2014 02:17 AM

It's one of those things that defies logic, but it's good for all of us with trucks that our stuff doesn't slide out the back while getting better mileage.
Russ


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