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Old 01-06-2010, 06:31 PM   #43
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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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I couldn't agree more! Fact is, the last time I took a spill out of my 3500 GMC was when I was "customizing" the bed for use with a roll-out cargo carrier similar to the bed slide. I've never been back in the truck bed since! I also use an A.R.E. fiberglass tonneau cover which gives me roughly 19" vertical under the cover. I've heard tell lately of a "scissor" type mechanizism that permits the tonneau to rize up vertically rather than by tilting up. That would sure help to reach things up near the front of the bed when I didn't want to bother with the cargo carrier. It would be an especially attractive option for the Fords with the front step on the side of the truck body.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:46 PM   #44
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For what it's worth, I, too, use a small aluminum step-ladder. I just toss it in the back of the pickup when we are traveling, under the trailer while at the campsite and in the shower when it is parked at home.

I find it VERY handy to use when loading the truck for a trip. I normally put a rack over the bed to haul my kayaks, which means several trips in, and out, of the bed. Further, once we get to the campsite, I use the stepladder to unfasten the canopy rather than trying to use that stupid "L" bracket at the end of the long arm. That ended up being a better use of the stepladder than for the pickup! One more thing, I hate to admit how many times I have gone out the the Airstream to "borrow" the stepladder to put something away on the top shelf of the closet.

That was one of the best buys I ever made.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:52 AM   #45
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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.
you are lucky to be so tall. LOL i am not short but i couldnt just sit on the tailgate. in fact..... the beds of pickup trucks today as SOOO deep.
i dont remember my old F-150 like that. i could reach into the bed with no problem. well.... that was in 1980.
today it seems theres alot more truck.... for ALOT more money too.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:54 AM   #46
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i did see a folding step stool at walmart that was rubbermaid. it was REALLY easy to unfold very sturdy. the steps are fairly wide and easy to walk up.
its not a bad price either.... like $21.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:28 AM   #47
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Take the plunge and buy the stool.....the longest journey begins with the first..."step".....
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:29 PM   #48
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Trucks are bigger, tires are bigger, but we get shorter as we age. Before this journey is over, we may need ladders to get in a Prius.

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you are lucky to be so tall. LOL i am not short but i couldnt just sit on the tailgate. in fact..... the beds of pickup trucks today as SOOO deep.
i dont remember my old F-150 like that. i could reach into the bed with no problem. well.... that was in 1980.
today it seems theres alot more truck.... for ALOT more money too.
My 06 F-250 is 2 inches taller than my previous 04 F-250 (totaled it) with the same make and model of tire. I had to reset the entire hitch setup.
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