About My A.R.E. Product

Does a tonneau cover affect fuel economy?

According to these studies, it does.

From the SEMA Research and Information Center -

According a study conducted by Western New England College's Department of Mechanical Engineers, "The best way to reduce drag, and improve gas mileage for pickup trucks, is to add a tonneau cover." Their study yielded gas mileage savings of 8% by adding a tonneau cover to a Dodge Ram.

From Auto Trim & Restyling News – August 2001

From "Tailgate Talk -Does Removing A Tailgate Effect Fuel Economy?"
By Bruce W. Smith

According to many experts, the best way to improve a pickup’s fuel economy is to leave the tailgate up and cover the bed with a quality aftermarket Tonneau cover.

"Tonneau covers on pickup boxes reduce aerodynamic drag,” said Ford’s Jack Williams. “We’ve seen reductions of about 8 to 10 percent on the F150. The average steady-state [cruise control] fuel economy improvement at highway speeds is closer to 5 percent."

Where can I find the serial number for my truck cap or tonneau cover?

You can find the serial number on the inside, driver side rear roof of your A.R.E. truck cap or cover.

Will my cap or cover fit any other truck models?

In general, no. Most A.R.E. caps are custom fit for a specific truck. The height, bottom wrapover, front angle, width, length, and shape are all tailored towards one vehicle

However, for specific fitment questions, please contact us here