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Just curious about Tonneau covers quickly. I've got an OEM soft leather roll up on my ranger right now, but I think for Ecodiesel I will be considering either a full on hard top or at least a folding soft top.

Anyone have any suggestions or preferences?
 

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They can be a little pricey from what I have seen, so I would probably go with a soft cover.

Are you wanting it to protest stuff in the bed from weather, or are you trying to block stuff in there from the eyes of people who may steal it? Both?
 

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They can be a little pricey from what I have seen, so I would probably go with a soft cover.

Are you wanting it to protest stuff in the bed from weather, or are you trying to block stuff in there from the eyes of people who may steal it? Both?
not really, like the look, plus you do see a SLIGHT gain in fuel econ because the air flow is smoother over a covered bed than an open bed...
 

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Under the mileage crunch the OEM's are under now, if there was any mileage benefit to be had with a tonneau cover, all of them would come factory equipped, especially the EcoDiesel; if it made a difference it would have one stock and get 30...

If you just like the looks, get the lower-cost soft cover. If you're after keeping things locked up, get the hard cover.
 

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I had one of those on my last Ram truck. Lost a MPG over having nothing on the back.
Just an option if you need something to keep the cargo dry or a camping trip. Whatever fits your needs. If your looking to keep stuff dry and keep mpg then go with a flat cover. Myself, I like camping with the tail gate down next to the the lake. Also my dogs like staying dry while also having the head space when traveling.
 

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I have an Undercover Flex on my 3500 and really like it. 3 sections that fold up, arms to hold it in the up position so you can use your entire bed, and it comes off in about 5 minutes.
 

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that whole mileage debate is.. well a debate

but it does help keep the black cleaner if that is worth something

they are pricey though
 

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The cover wont improve your gas mileage. I like to use mythbusters because people seem to relate with it better than anything else.

Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: If you drive a pickup, common sense might lead you to think that opening the tailgate on the road is the more fuel efficient way to go. In fact, the idea that tailgates block airflow and increase drag became widely circulated, and some truck owners intentionally drive with the tailgates down to ease up on gas consumption.


Closing the tailgate actually improves fuel efficiency because it creates a type of airflow called a separated bubble within the bed of the truck. As wind rushes over the moving truck, that bubble of slow-moving air deflects it over the raised tailgate. By guiding surrounding air over and across the bed of the truck, that vortex effect prevents added drag.


However, driving with the tailgate open eliminates the bubble effect, pulling the air toward the truck bed and creating more drag rather than deflecting the wind. Some gas-conscious pickup drivers still swear by leaving their tailgates open, but science sides with leaving it up.


Driving With Tailgate Up Is Fuel Efficient : Discovery Channel

But the cover protects things in the back of the bed that need to be dry or locked up. But i wouldn't use it to improve your gas mileage.
 
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