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 |  Jul 04 2013, 3:52 PM

3. Bed Steps

2012 Ford F-150 FX4

Ford started the trend, and Chevy has now jumped on the bandwagon, with both brands now offering steps specifically designed for easy access to the bed.

In Ford’s case, the step is pulled out from inside the tailgate, while a grab handle is raised from on top of the folded down tailgate. Ford also offers small side steps that are located just in front of the rear wheels.

Chevrolet takes a simpler approach by using a corner step that is integrated right into the bumper. This was first seen on the Chevy Avalanche, but it didn’t last. Now, Chevy has resurrected the bumper step for its new 2014 Silverado.

Unloading items such as bricks or lumber out of the bed of a pickup is made infinitely more convenient by a bed step, and it helps to save the knees.

  • Soyntgo4it

    Air suspension what a joke. Worst idea ever!

  • BulkZerker

    Guess you never put anything in the bed… or on a flatbed.

  • In2Trux

    You see Air Ride suspensions in the sweetest Hot Rods and in the most luxurious cars. Why don’t you like yours?

  • BigPaul

    I Air ride on the back of my ride only. It’s a hybrid system I dreamed up on my own using a four link and a watts linkage. I use four bags and they are staged to provide unparalleled carrying capacity and a very smooth ride. The quad bag system works with the ZO8 sway bar the Dime came with. The four link is reversed and the shocks are where they should be because of the reverse four link. A ride height sensor keeps the bumper at the same height no mater the load. The Currie nine inch carries one ton with ease. I loaded an old Detroit Series 92 V6 diesel in the back tied it down and drove away with about six co-workers scratching their heads trying to figure out how. I can park my truck in places my buddies with their One Ton Duallies cannot and they are blown away when I hitch my 12 foot trailer on the back, with the bed full of camping gear and drive to the camp grounds, pulling the hills faster and easier than they can. The LQ4 makes that happen. Air Ride rocks, all you have to do is think it through to the ultimate use, YOU wish to use it for. All this and 28 Miles to the gallon when commuting. Getting rid of that damned V6 was the best thing I have ever done.

  • Bilbo

    If OEMs didn’t jack up the bed height trucks wouldn’t need a step.

  • nitebell

    Nice job Ford, backup cameras have been around for a long time, too bad you mounted a fragile camera in the tailgate that gets slammed constantly, Oh I get it, you’ll charge $1,500 dollars to replace it one month after the warranty ends.