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Old 11-24-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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Wink Getting it up....

Now that I have your attention...

All I'm talking about is getting my big butt up into the bed of my new 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab safely... and of course getting back down dignity and safety. Your thoughts?
  1. Lighted Hitch step - seems OK for a half ton, but it's still going to be a big first step up and down, plus at 5' 6" I don't know if my legs are long enough to clear the tailgate
  2. Folding step stool - red plastic to match the color of the truck, two step model... bungee corded to the inside of the tailgate. Lower tailgate, remove and set up steps?
  3. Ramp? Overkill?
  4. Something else I don't even know about?
Next topic - A new brake controller. I went to Northern Supply today - first trip - cool, but they only had one brand which looked like something in-house. Two controllers, one $49 the digital one $69. Are these any good? Would I be better off ordering a Prodigy? Other brands?

Third topic - It has pleasantly surprised me how much useful storage there is inside the crew cab. Of course with the great cleanout I did throw away lots of stuff too. There is a lot of room UNDER the rear seats where my weight bars and trunnion now live. Still, it's obvious I will need some storage in the bed, but doubt I'll really need a full tonneau cover. Any wisdom about the best kind of storage boxes to get? I'd like to keep the EU1000 generator, my small grill and possibly one spare propane tank outside - along with misc. crap that you need once in a while - like 60 ft of white hose.

Paula
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:04 PM   #2
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hi paula

did u not get running boards?

if not they are pretty useful.

and IF you want the trick'est ones made check out the amp research retracting version....

Amp Research

very very cool!

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ok never mind, i see you are referring to the bed, not the cab, still the power step rocks!

i use a 2 step rubbermaid folding thingie....

Rubbermaid Folding Step Stool (4209-03)

2 years and 260lbs it still works great.

and don't the chev-ez now have an integrated brake controller option? i'd have the dealer fit one IF it wasn't ordered with it...

you may not want a full tonneau cover but they do improve mpg and some measure of protection/security to bedded items...
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:08 PM   #3
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Paula,
there are several brands of "tailgate steps" available. They bolt to the tailgate inside the bed, extend down once the tailgate is opened. JCWhitney has it. Also just google truck accessories and pick one. use their search for 'folding tailgate steps'. common price seems to be around $50.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:09 PM   #4
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Paula, I keep a stepstool in the bed that I use when getting up into the truck bed or for reaching anything more than two feet from the tailgate. I'm 5'5'' and can't reach over effectively at all without the stepstool. One thing I hope to add to enable reaching is a piece of step that runs from the beginning of the truck bed to the wheel. We have the running step for getting up in the front seats and crew seats, but I really need that to continue on to give access to the "front" part of the bed. I remember asking for that when we got the truck, and all the men just smiled and ignored me. ARGH!!! Maybe I'll have that by spring! We use storage boxes when camping, and I really like having the tonneau cover to "hide" the bed contents. ~G
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:45 PM   #5
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:00 PM   #6
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i find that my metal tool box make a great first step and the top of the tire makes a fairly good second step.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:41 PM   #7
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Brake controller

A Prodigy is a great controller. When I bought my GMC2500 last summer I took the Prodigy from my Suburban and gave it to the salesman. The new truck is prewired, and it is simple for those folks to find the wire harness and plug it into the controller and mount it. No extra charge.

For those of us who are "vertically challenged", a plastic step stool is a necessity. Anything - one step or two - will help a lot. I have a topper on my truck that has opening windows on the sides which also helps provide access to the "stuff". Good luck.

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Old 11-24-2007, 07:48 PM   #8
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ER A...buy a new Ford with the built in tailgate step and handle? ...Just kidding
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:31 PM   #9
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I use a contractor box for extra storage. It's a heavy duty plastic lockable box about 2' high by 3' X 2'. I have used it for a step. I have a roll up tonneau to keep things out of sight and cleaner. It's lighter and easier than the hand ones. "Myth Busters" demo show a decrease in milage using one though.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:53 AM   #10
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Hey Paula,

Can't comment on the 'big step' as I drive a van (I DO like the blue pill idea though ), but if you give some thought to what your brake cotroller is doing and how much you depend on it to properly operate the trailer's brakes, how could you consider any off-brand of controller? Look at what's at stake if the controller fails........

Go for it and get a Prodigy or new P-3. For safety's sake! You owe it to yourself and your trailer!!!!!
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Why get in the bed? Just use a bed slide and bring the contents to you! IFW Bed Slide
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Now that I have your attention...

All I'm talking about is getting my big butt up into the bed of my new 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab safely... and of course getting back down dignity and safety. Your thoughts?
  1. Lighted Hitch step - seems OK for a half ton, but it's still going to be a big first step up and down, plus at 5' 6" I don't know if my legs are long enough to clear the tailgate
  2. Folding step stool - red plastic to match the color of the truck, two step model... bungee corded to the inside of the tailgate. Lower tailgate, remove and set up steps?
  3. Ramp? Overkill?
  4. Something else I don't even know about?
Can't help you on these. I am 5' 10" Getting the bed is no problem.
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Next topic - A new brake controller. I went to Northern Supply today - first trip - cool, but they only had one brand which looked like something in-house. Two controllers, one $49 the digital one $69. Are these any good? Would I be better off ordering a Prodigy? Other brands?
Most of the stuff at Northern is junk or nearly so. I would not buy anything from them that I depend on. Get a prodigy or equivlent.
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Third topic - It has pleasantly surprised me how much useful storage there is inside the crew cab. Of course with the great cleanout I did throw away lots of stuff too. There is a lot of room UNDER the rear seats where my weight bars and trunnion now live. Still, it's obvious I will need some storage in the bed, but doubt I'll really need a full tonneau cover. Any wisdom about the best kind of storage boxes to get? I'd like to keep the EU1000 generator, my small grill and possibly one spare propane tank outside - along with misc. crap that you need once in a while - like 60 ft of white hose.

Paula
I had a weatherguard saddle box.
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It worked well. Whatever you do get one that opens all the way across that way you can put long things in. I needed more space and got a topper.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:39 AM   #13
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My self Paula I prefer a Lear Cap that I can lock. Mine has no windows and the rear window in the cap is covered . OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND I aways say. I can keep my Gen,toolbox,trailerSpare,extra propane and gas for gen.Leveling lumber(also for tire changing) Just some food for thought. Oh I have a foldinstepstool that MaryLou found at GoodWill works great for gettin my fat ass into the bed also.LOL Oh my brake controler was only bout $40 i think its a BRAKEMAN. Good Luck
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:42 AM   #14
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Step

I had a step welded up at a welding shop. It has a square tube that inserts into the receiver hitch on the truck. When installed the step is 1/2 way between the ground and lowered tailgate. The actual step part is expanded metal so it is very slip proof. The length of the tube is equal to the width of the lowered tailgate plus the width of the step plus enough to go into the receiver. It's easy to store when not in use - pull it out of the receiver and lay it in the truck bed. Cost - very little. Can send pic if anyone is interested.

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