Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-28-2017, 07:33 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Salfordville
Posts: 16
Dually side bed steps- boards

I run a 2016 F350 dually as my tow vehicle. Getting older- it's hard to get anything out of the front of the bed without climbing over the side while hitched up. Another thought is we are buying a 5th wheel and getting to the hitch will be problem. Any suggestions on steps or short running boards that I can install in front of rear tires? Thanks!
engineer78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-29-2017, 05:16 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: west Michigan
Posts: 405
Quote:
Originally Posted by engineer78 View Post
I run a 2016 F350 dually as my tow vehicle. Getting older- it's hard to get anything out of the front of the bed without climbing over the side while hitched up. Another thought is we are buying a 5th wheel and getting to the hitch will be problem. Any suggestions on steps or short running boards that I can install in front of rear tires? Thanks!
I didn't want to install something permanent, so I bought a unit off Ebay that unfolds and hangs over the rear tire on my dually. Advantage is that I can take it to either side, disadvantage is storing which I do currently under the rear seat. Ran $40. Just a thought.
__________________
'03 Dynasty Chancellor 40' A/H - '93 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Life has many choices, eternity has two...choose wisely!!!
uncledon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2017, 05:31 AM   #3
paz
Senior Member
 
paz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Full-timers - Home is where we park it.
Posts: 4,717
HERE is what I use. It's light weight, it folds flat, and the top step is higher than running boards would be.
paz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2017, 09:22 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by uncledon View Post
I didn't want to install something permanent, so I bought a unit off Ebay that unfolds and hangs over the rear tire on my dually. Advantage is that I can take it to either side, disadvantage is storing which I do currently under the rear seat. Ran $40. Just a thought.
X2 we use the same over tire step
donnandon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2017, 09:48 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Castle Rock Co USA
Posts: 561
I carry a step stool in the bed of my truck, enables access to bed and aids in hitching.
__________________
2011 Montana-3400RL
Towed by[B]'99 F-350 SD PSD DRW Lariat
RichR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2017, 11:53 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 60
My truck has one of these on either side, they swivel back when not in use. Not cheap, but very handy to step up and reach into the bed.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RNY6OG...=2KULX69DLYIAI
kgburns1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2017, 10:15 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
NW Explorers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 216
Ditch your conventional hitch and get an Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection. No climbing required to hitch up or disconnect, quiet - no clanging and banging on launch or stopping, 24K lb. tow rating, 4,500 lb. pin weight. You can install it in or remove it from your truck by yourself in a few minutes. I've towed 3 different 5ers with 2 different trucks about 20K miles with the Andersen and can't imagine going back to a conventional hitch.

Happy trails,
__________________
Bill
'16 Mobile Suites 39DBRS3 '20 RAM 3500 Laramie Crew Cab Dually 4X4 6.7L HO Cummins, Aisin trans, 4.10 gears, Rear Air Suspension, Andersen Ultimate 2
NW Explorers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2017, 11:02 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
CecilD's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 829
The problem with the fifth wheel hitch is that it will be pretty much centered over the axle which is the widest part of your extended fenders. Running boards or bed steps may still not allow you to reach the hitch.

My hitch has an extension handle and release bar so it can be hooked up and released without climbing over the side. However I install a security padlock on it and I have to access the hitch. I use an aluminum folding step stool from Harbor Freight that gives me 13" of height and it works well for me. It sits in the bed while towing high enough that I can reach it. My truck is old and doesn't sit near as high as your rig. I find the stool is very convenient for other things and is worth hauling around.
CecilD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2017, 09:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Trent McCain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Colby, KS
Posts: 146
I installed these running boards from Willmore Mfg. They weren't cheap, but makes access to the bed easier. Install was quick with no drilling at around 30 min and that included removing the factory steps. Just another option.

Trent
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20170303_085931.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	99.8 KB
ID:	175884  
__________________
Trent & Jody.
2004 DRV Mobile Suites 33RS3
2016 Ford F350 DRW Lariat 6-pack 4x4 Diesel 14K GVW
Trent McCain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2017, 07:36 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
shane wood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 218
I use a light aluminum household 3 step ladder app 4 ft works great throw in back of truck or in front storage
__________________
2015 3500 Denali DRW
Pushed by 2015 Redwood 36RL Loaded
shane wood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2017, 03:53 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
MtnTrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Currently; SW Cali. Sunny & warm!
Posts: 1,323
I purchased this handy aluminum step at Harbor Freight. (*On Sale) https://www.harborfreight.com/step-s...orm-62515.html
Fits the hitching jobs perfect, great for many other tasks also. Washing truck, trailer, windshields, under-hood checks etc.
Best of luck.
__________________
J & J, DRV Suites ES-38RSSA #9679
GM Denali, 3500HD-Max, 4x CC, 8' DRW,
EZGo-TXT, Clubcar Precedent
MtnTrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 08:28 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 813
I prefer a 2ft step stool. running boards are to close to the truck to get anything of weight out of the back of truck.
Wild Card is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2017, 02:20 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Army Nurse's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 106
I installed a set of aluminum running boards from Owens. These are their Classic Series Running Board. They make it a LOT easier to reach into the bed to get to the B&W hitch. As a side benefit, they also keep the sides of the bed much cleaner by blocking most of the road spray.

I also installed 3/4 inch LED markers, because I like to be seen by people who might otherwise pull out in front of me. I like they way they complete the running boards.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ram Now.JPG
Views:	45
Size:	234.4 KB
ID:	176893  
__________________
2011 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 36PFT
9.3 Liter Maxxforce 10 (International HT570) -- 350 HP, 1150 lb/ft Torque
No, it's not the same engine that had all the issues in semis.
Army Nurse is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
steps



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dually 6' or 8' bed? Flatlander1 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 15 06-02-2017 08:55 AM
To Dually or not to Dually? jbenoit28 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 36 02-02-2016 08:28 AM
Question, Turning a one ton non-dually to a dually. Wildbob52 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 28 02-09-2013 02:43 PM
Boards Purpose Max1 Excel Owner's Forum 15 09-11-2007 09:44 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.