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Old 01-03-2010, 08:46 AM   #29
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WOW.... interesting. thanks Robert !
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:53 AM   #30
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Bob, that's an interesting tool to stand on the tire, but it would probably have migrated to the front of the bed and be just out of reach. Keeping a stool convenient has been our solution (when I can find out where "convenient" is). It also helps to have small feet to fit on the spoke (I don't) and the spoke has to be just right. Maybe an arm lengthener would help.

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Those are cool steps Bob,

Our techs use them every day to work on the big truck engines. That way when you climb up there the stool doesnt kick out and cause you to get hurt.
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So, what do you have against a tailgate step?

In my opinion that's the best solution to aid getting into a truck bed. I believe you can get them as an option on newer Ford pickups (perhaps on other brands - I don't know), or you can buy a tailgate step and attach it yourself on one edge of the tailgate.

The problem with a step or a ladder is where do you keep it? If you put it in the truck bed it may slide away from the tailgate to where you'll have trouble reaching it when you need it. If you have an extended cab and can keep it behind the seat it'll take up space that might be better used for something else.

The cement block suggestion is about as practical as carrying a pole and doing a pole vault to get in.

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Old 01-03-2010, 10:05 PM   #34
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So, what do you have against a tailgate step?

In my opinion that's the best solution to aid getting into a truck bed. I believe you can get them as an option on newer Ford pickups (perhaps on other brands - I don't know), or you can buy a tailgate step and attach it yourself on one edge of the tailgate.

The problem with a step or a ladder is where do you keep it? If you put it in the truck bed it may slide away from the tailgate to where you'll have trouble reaching it when you need it. If you have an extended cab and can keep it behind the seat it'll take up space that might be better used for something else.

The cement block suggestion is about as practical as carrying a pole and doing a pole vault to get in.

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YES.... a tailgate step is a great solution. some trucks come with them... some dont. but.... you can get them put on after market and they look fine.

i have priced them out to see what they cost and i would rather save the money and use a step stool.
and ....what i would do is get one that i could put a bungee cord thru and attach it to one of the rings in bed of the truck. that would keep it close and easy to get to as soon as you lowered the tailgate.

so.... i have solved that problem cheaply. unfortunately.....simple things like that ....i am looking to solve without spending alot of money.

thanks everyone for your suggestions.... in the end.... i think the
folding 2 step stool is the right idea.
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The cement block suggestion is about as practical as carrying a pole and doing a pole vault to get in.

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Thanks for noticing, and commenting on, my tongue-in-cheek suggestion. Maybe I should have suggested helium ballons strung together.
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Getting into the bed of a VERY tall pickup...

The small platform step-ladder has several advantages that have sold me on its place in the scheme of things:
  • It comes in very handy for cleaning the windshield on that same tall vehicle.
  • It comes in handy for releasing the travel-locks on my Zip Dee awnings.
  • It is very handy for replacing bulbs in the trailer's clearance lights.
  • It is very handy for securing items carried in the Suburban's roof rack in those rare instances when it is used.
Also, when I had the Chevrolet Silverado, it was easy to keep it handy with velcro retainer straps screwed to the tailgate.

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P.S.: The carpeting in the back of the Suburban tends to keep the ladder wherever I place it, but it is usually against the tailgate much as in the Silverado.
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Long as there are handholds! Key to avoiding falls. Sooner or later one is tired, the weather is wet (or, worse, cold & wet), I'm distracted in the midst of handing something down, off-centered, bending, turning . . . .

Since I employ the tail-to-tailgate+rotate method, I found that the best addition to the truck was a HOPPY #74211 Tailgate Torsion Spring:

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(Best installed with three men: two to maneuver tailgate ends, and one to hold static weight. Those little Ferds or Chebbies might be easier, can't say). Two finger open OR shut, unlike some other ways.

I found that, invariably, I had something in my hands going in or out of the truck bed, and that bending as I approached or departed -- and turning the body -- was a problem. This took the "pain" out of using the tailgate constantly and eliminated being off-balance.

The addition of the factory plastic bedliner makes everything easy to slide, so grab and hook makes for fast work even on an 8' bed. No violation of the three-point rule.
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The Tundra tailgate has a built in (OEM) system, perhaps a hydraulic lift as is used on hoods and tonneau covers, that makes lifting and opening easier. Maybe other manufacturers have that too.

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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?
I get a running start,dive in and hope I don't hit anything too hard.
Seriously. I am tall enough to sit on the tailgate or hike one knee up and climb in. Otherwise I would carry a folding step.
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....what i would do is get one that i could put a bungee cord thru and attach it to one of the rings in bed of the truck. that would keep it close and easy to get to as soon as you lowered the tailgate.
That is exactly what I did, put a folding step stool in the bed witha bungie through it = no more having to try to fish it out, the stool that is.
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Yes. I could soooo use on of those to put my kayak on top of my truck. I could make one if I had too but a decent one at a decent price would be quicker.
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