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  • Dutchboy
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    International Falls a few miles from Rainy Lake
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    #2205162

    Trucks.

    Seems most pickups sit very high especially the 4 x 4’s. Needing to climb up to get in and out is getting old with my 3/4 ton Dodge. Might get into the market for a new truck, is there any that aren’t so high off the ground. I want to stay with a 4 x 4. The initial target will likely be a F-150 unless I find something else I like. I love the looks of the GMC Denali trucks but again they seem awfully high.

    Thoughts?

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 12698
    #2205164

    Trucks.

    Seems most pickups sit very high especially the 4 x 4’s. Needing to climb up to get in and out is getting old with my 3/4 ton Dodge. Might get into the market for a new truck, is there any that aren’t so high off the ground. I want to stay with a 4 x 4. The initial target will likely be a F-150 unless I find something else I like. I love the looks of the GMC Denali trucks but again they seem awfully high.

    Thoughts?

    They sit very high. My new 3/4 ton ram takes a solid leap to get in. It’s kinda dumb on a regular day but when I use it it’s awesome. If you put a leveling kit in it will bring the height down on the box a little. But they are all tall. And that’s the new reason a tail gate is worth 7500

    Coletrain27
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    #2205165

    Running boards will fix that issue

    Dutchboy
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    International Falls a few miles from Rainy Lake
    Posts: 13904
    #2205167

    Running boards will fix that issue

    Only thing running boards do is give you a step to get up and in. Been there, done that, want a better solution.

    Coletrain27
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    #2205169

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Coletrain27 wrote:</div>
    Running boards will fix that issue

    Only thing running boards do is give you a step to get up and in. Been there, done that, want a better solution.

    Sounds like you need a Honda ridge line I guess

    hdog3385
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    #2205170

    Rams 4 corner air suspension has an entry mode that really gets the truck low. And the retractable running boards go lower than regular fixed running boards. My 92 year old grandma can get in and out pretty easily.

    bigstorm
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    Southern WI
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    #2205171

    Saw a 1 ton dually the other day that looked like it was sitting on the ground (lowered that much) Bet that guy wished it sat higher every time he hit a pothole or pulled into a place with a somewhat steep driveway…

    All kidding aside, I prefer something a bit taller with running boards. depending on the running boards, they can help keep salt and rock chips off of the rocker panels

    Coletrain27
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    #2205173

    Rams 4 corner air suspension has an entry mode that really gets the truck low. And the retractable running boards go lower than regular fixed running boards. My 92 year old grandma can get in and out pretty easily.

    Retractable running boards sounds great but in mn they always seem to get jammed up with ice and snow

    hdog3385
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    #2205174

    I’ve always treated mine with silicone and haven’t had a problem yet. Not saying they are perfect but I love mine.

    hdog3385
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    #2205175

    I should clarify, I don’t silicone the entire running board as that would be slippery, just the front lip and the lowering mechanism. I also have a nice set of mudflaps that do a good job of keeping junk off them.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
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    #2205176

    In my opinion, Silverados ride the lowest of the 1/2 ton pickups on the market…or at least their design makes them appear the lowest.

    I’d argue 4×4 F150s in a typical trim level like XLT might be the highest riding stock half ton?

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 12698
    #2205179

    I’ve always treated mine with silicone and haven’t had a problem yet. Not saying they are perfect but I love mine.

    My old lady runs a body shop and it’s the biggest issue with most vehicles under 2 years old. They are cool but not reliable in salt

    Ripjiggen
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    #2205184

    Quite shrinking or….
    Bye an el camino…

    Dan
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    Southeast MN
    Posts: 2788
    #2205196

    I’ve never had, nor will I have a truck without running boards. Getting in, out, winter time, hands are full, etc. I love them.

    Regarding vehicle height. In a true reflection on where I’m at in life, I chose my last Silverado variation based on an estimated 3 more years of lifting kids into car seats.

    Jason
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    #2205202

    Fords power running boards have been great for me on my last 3 super dutys. Put on approx 200k miles without any issues.I had Amp power boards on my prior GMCs and they where junk and would stick.
    Fords have a connection rod to keep the front and back lined up.

    jwellsy
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    #2205228

    Maybe a Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma.

    chuck100
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    Platteville,Wi.
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    #2205229

    No power running boards or air suspension more $h!t that can and does go wrong.

    CaptainMusky
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    #2205268

    Go with a midsize. They are about the same size as a fullsize truck from the 90s. Ford GM and Toyota all have completely redone they’re offerings this year.

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