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Old 11-22-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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New Truck Running Boards

I just thought I would post that there are other alternatives to the tube style running boards put on most trucks.

When I bought my truck, a new 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 SRW SB, it came with the chrome tube style running boards.
I found that they were mounted to high and too far underneath on the truck. This made it difficult to both get in and out of the truck as all you would get is a toe on it on entry and a heel on it on exit.

It was an accident just waiting to happen.

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My previous truck, a Ford F-150 had power running boards that I really liked so I did some research and found that Amp Research makes power running boards that fit my new 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 truck. I immediately ordered a new set for my truck.
Here's a link to their site.

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I had them installed at my truck dealer through the service center.
They tuck right up out of the way and you don't even see them when retracted. When retracted, they sit up behind my front wheel well mud flaps and should stay free of mud, ice and snow.

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The running boards deploy instantly on opening any door and are lit under front and rear door frames for night time.
They drop down about 9" from the body and sit proud of the frame so that you have a full 6" of step to get up into or down out of the truck.

My wife and I love these things and they are one of the best options I could have gotten for my truck!

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Old 11-22-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
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I'd like to add those running board to my truck, but, it's too far down on the needed list, right now.

Congats Les!
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For me, it was a matter of slipping off them. It became priority for me.
I also have a bad knee and I'm not small. Hopping up onto the tube rails still caused me a problem. My Ram 3500 sits pretty high off the ground. The power running boards put the step at just over half way from ground level. Much easier on my knee.
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Yes, I concur with the slipping. I learned quickly to be sure-footed stepping on the rails.

I'm not to the point of bad knees, but, I don't enter and exit high vehicles as easily as I use to.

The Amp Research running board will go high on the list under a couple of conditions: I start having issues of getting into the truck, or, DW makes any negative mention of the tube rails.

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I put a set of the AMP Research powered boards on my lifted 2011 powerstroke. Pretty easy to install and I never had a problem with them by the time I got rid of that truck last year. Good choice. They'll serve you well.
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I've had the AMP steps on my truck for a few years now. No problems and they were one of the best investments I've made!
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I've had the AMP steps on my truck for a few years now. No problems and they were one of the best investments I've made!
This is the second truck for me with them. Wouldn't hesitate putting them on the next one either.

It's funny how when you pull up and park somewhere and get out. Anyone standing by the truck or people in a restaurant window all of a sudden stop their conversation and point at the truck after seeing the running boards drop down and then retract.

They are "The Bomb"!
Always makes me smile everytime I get to use them!
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For anyone who wants to see how the Amp Research Power Folding Running Boards work, here's a YouTube link.

http://youtu.be/0MyKWhq860w
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Very good idea Dogpatch !!! I noticed right away the tube type steps on our new Silverado were fairly useless.. they look nice,,, Better than nothing,,, but,,, the wife is 5' tall, so getting in and out of a 2500 4x4 is a "be careful" thing at our age... (even me) I'll look into that. Thanks,,, Monkey
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I find that running boards that work the best are not the best looking ones. I have been using the Lund aluminum ones fender to fender for 20 years and they are safe and tuff.

I never feel safe jumping on the small tube, and the step rubber is in the wrong location for me. And they never are practical for box access. Specially when hooking up the trailer. Worthless for me

It's just me but my truck needs to be tuff and useful and looks are secondary.
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I like my Romik boards. Stainless steel, protects the side of the truck and made in the USA. They are as solid as the cab. No electrical wiring and no moving parts to wear. The Amps are nice as long as they work. The location of boards is not a good one for moving parts or motors.
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AMP steps really are a great quality product. I considered installing them on my 98 RAM but went to current setup when fulltiming. For us it works well and look good. Custom made pull out bed step for hitch and toolbox access.

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Those Amp Running Boards look good and functional. Money well spent.
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I like my Romik boards. Stainless steel, protects the side of the truck and made in the USA. They are as solid as the cab. No electrical wiring and no moving parts to wear. The Amps are nice as long as they work. The location of boards is not a good one for moving parts or motors.
I have had three F-150's with the retractable running boards. I live in Iowa where we get lots of snow. I never had a problem with them freezing up or refusing to extend or retract. Made of aluminum with stainless steel pins in the joints. Maybe that is why they come standard with a 5 year warranty.
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