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Old 01-01-2010, 03:48 PM   #15
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I would install full length running boards that go from the front wheel to the rear wheel.
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:57 PM   #16
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I use the AMP Research bed step. It bolts to the rear bumper and it swings down with a touch of your foot. Very simple, and does't look bad either.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:44 PM   #17
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getting into p.u. bed

My former gazelle days with the ability to jump into the back of a pick up truck are long gone. the need to load/unload stuff is solved with a "bedslide " now a days. The bedslide, contractors version, can hold up to 1200 lbs. of gear. The bedslide easily slides like a big drawer out the back of the pick up, and everything is reachable without the need to climb up or on to anything.
Check them out on their website, I would not leave home without one !!

As an alternative, I hope this helps
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:54 PM   #18
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A neighbour I once had kept one of those plastic 14"x14"x14" cubes that were originally used for milk.

It was handy to put stuff in the bed that was small and roundish (baseballs?), plus it made a good step.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:49 PM   #19
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I couldn't say whether this type of aid is good. There is more to it than convenience.

Better, IMO, that one thinks safety first over convenience. Opening the tailgate and sitting on same to to swivel and "enter" truckbed is still best. My height is an advantage at times, but being off-balance never is. One always needs handholds and secure footing to climb in and out. Three points: two hands & one foot, or two feet & one hand must ALWAYS be in practice. No step, swing and jump. I usually had to "fight" to get a 53' trailer with ladder-steps and handholds on one job.

There's a reason we rely on -- and import -- disposable people in our economy: safety training and ergonomic equipment detract from the bottom line. Don't be among them by using cheap, non-sturdy aids.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:18 PM   #20
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so i was thinkin about pickups.... this new years day.

tell me..... if you dont have one of those tailgate steps that folds down. what do people use?
yes i know the answer is obvious LOL but i thought i would see who uses what to get up there.

i guess a well placed folding step ladder would work. trucks today are so tall with all the springs. i dont remember my old f150 being so tall i couldnt easily get into it. LOL

maybe i am just getting too old.

so... those of you with no attached tailgate step.... what do you use?

thanks and happy new year!
Hi, I guess people have not noticed that the pick-ups [F-150] not only sit higher, but the beds are deeper too. I would hold onto the top of the tailgate and make my first step onto the recessed area where the bumper hitch and license plate are. Then I would step onto the top surface of the rear bumper. Then I would swing one leg over the tailgate, then the other one. There are all kinds of aftermarket steps: Hitch receiver steps, flip-up center [bumper] steps, 1/4 panel, and side body steps. Also, another option that soooooo many people don't know about, is that the tailgate is very easily removed although there is a weight concern; Ask some-one for help.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:49 PM   #21
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thanks everyone. i did see those molded steps at walmart today. i think if i had them placed on the ground near side of the tailgate ( when its down) i could just grab hold of the side of the truck as i stepped up into the bed ...no problem.

i like the idea of a sturdy cube as well .... should be plenty wide. a wooden milk carton would be good too. LOL (just kidding... waaay to heavy)

anyway....thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:42 PM   #22
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Its actually a good question... I just looked for tailgate steps and all kinds of cool products are available..

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Annie, I bought a 2-step stepladder with the top step being a work platform in to Wal-Mart last spring so I'd be able to reach the pull-down strap for the awning after it tore. It works great and I take it in the truck bed wherever I go these days. It allows me to stage materials on the tailgate for later distribution. I get in and out without strain and I can set it up parallel to the sides and reach over into the bed comfortably with my bad back.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:46 AM   #24
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hey Thanks guys ... i like both of those ideas !
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #25
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I first encountered problems with the elevated truck-based tow vehicles when I traded my '84 Jeep Grand Wagoneer on my new 1995 Chevrolet K1500 Z71 Club Cab Silverado. Special accommodations weren't needed to get into the back of the Wagoneer, but were required with the Chevrolet. After searching many options, I went with the platform step-ladder in the illustration below:



It also provides a stable platform from which to clean the windshields on these rediculously elevated vehicles. So far, mine has served well for nearly 15 years. I purchased mine from Lowes, but know that the same ladder can be found through most home centers and hardware stores.

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Then there are those times when something has migrated to the front of the bed and you just want to reach over the side and grab it. Sometimes I've been able to stand on one of the wheel spokes to just get close enough to reach it.

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:55 PM   #27
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i think a 2 step is what i will i went looking at walmart again today and i discovered a sturdy one. $21. i have to check out lowes and home depot.
thanks for your suggestions.
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Then there are those times when something has migrated to the front of the bed and you just want to reach over the side and grab it. Sometimes I've been able to stand on one of the wheel spokes to just get close enough to reach it.

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