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Old 04-16-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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Best innovation, Ford Man Step, or Ram Box?

I have the Ford and use the man step a lot. It makes getting into the bed easy. But wow...that Ram Box. Now that is really a nice feature.

What do you guys think?
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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I have the Ford and use the man step a lot. It makes getting into the bed easy. But wow...that Ram Box. Now that is really a nice feature.

What do you guys think?
How about both if you like the Ram boxes. I have two Amp-bed steps on my truck one at the LH rear corner and the other behind the Mega Cab rear door at the front of the box. This way I can service the Trailair air bag to inflate this to the correct height when towing. An I just use the rear step to get into the bed when needed. They just fold out of the way when not needed.

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Old 04-16-2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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I have the tailgate step, and as an old dilapidated man, I need it. The RamBox is a good idea for those that don't need to haul a camper shell. But it would be useless with my camper shell, and I'd rather have my camper shell than the RamBox. I haul a large toolbox full of tools with me, and I suspect most of those tools would fit in a RamBox. But I need that camper shell to haul stuff out of the weather.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:00 PM   #4
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Love my RamBox, but it does extremly limit what you can use as a topper.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:07 PM   #5
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Though not a RAM fan, those boxes are a great idea. Is there any one making a camper shell or bed cover that work with those? Seems unlikely. But otherwise a great feature for a lot of folks.

We got the bed step with our new Ford, and really like that feature. A buddy has a new GMC 2500 with the corner bumper steps standard. Seems like one of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas.

I was sort of spoiled early on, all the 3/4 and 1 ton Wildland fire trucks I operated had Barden style bumpers crafted by our truck shop. VERY sturdy and a nice wide step with the tailgate up...

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Old 04-19-2015, 09:03 AM   #6
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Not only does the Ford tailgate step make it easy to get into the truck it also makes for a nice seat: when my wife is shopping I sit out in the lot on the gate with my feet down on the step, smoke a cigar and watch people. Quite comfortable. I also like to drive out on the beach for a smoke and sitting on the gate beats bringing along a beach chair.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:12 AM   #7
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Cool idea...I sit on the tailgate on occasion but have not used the step I just dangle my legs but will try putting the step out from now on.
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:53 PM   #8
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I must say the more i use the Ramboxs, i love them, it's amazing how much they will hold, from tools ,to grocery's,so much easier to pop the box and load. Yes, a little less bed space , and just paid $430 for cover, that would have been $250 for the standard bed.Had a trifold cover on my previuos Ram,and always hated how i could not access the front of the bed, so i chose the Truxedo Pro Rollup ( against my son in law, Velro will wear out ? ) More time will tell.

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I'm with SmokeyWren. I can fit more under my topper then would ever fit in a RamBox. I'm still young enough not to need the step either.
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Blurie5- I agree,load & hold more,yes. Ease of access, no. Me old-you younger.

Hopefully time will show you Grasshopper !!
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:42 AM   #11
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Rambox was a fairly expensive option for what you get. My biggest concern would be someone breaking it open with a screwdriver to see what's I side. The damage/repair cost would be substantial.
Most anything I might put in the Rambox fits behind my rear seat in the megacab hidden floor storage.
The tailgate step is a good idea, but again, seems expensive and think about how many pickups have tailgate damage.

I can certainly appreciate both as useful.
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Just bought the truck used or should i say "previously owned " so the Rambox was already there. It was strange that the dealership never listed or even mentioned the Rambox feature, i"m sure it must have been a pricey option.
Never thought about someone breaking into them, but that's a possibility for anything. Maybe should be like my old convertible and never lock it.
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Never use my tailgate in 23 years. Store ot and put it on the truck when selling the truck.
Build my own V shape tailgate sturdy enough that I can use it as a work bench.
The notch allows easy access to the box when gate up or down.
With gate down i step on my ungreased hitch ball and on to the gate. I just leave a lowered ball hitch in and comes handy if I want to hoke my trailer.
I usually use a lockable lowered toolbox in my box so the tonneau cover is not needed.
What I keep on my box no one wants anyway, never lost anything in my box for 40 years.
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and think about how many pickups have tailgate damage.
I have, and don't think I see many, or even any. In any event if my vehicles get damaged I have them repaired: I wouldn't drive around with a bashed in tailgate, it would be unseemly in one my age. ;-) Anyway, if the insurance company had to fix the step along with the gate it'd be no skin off my nose.
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