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Making Life Easier When You Own A Pickup Truck

Men and women alike are now driving pickup trucks. Even families are using trucks more because they are designed now for more comfort and passenger space. You can add some items to your truck to make life easier and more user friendly, save your back and joints and help kids and seniors enjoy riding in it.

How many times you have had grocery items or things you’ve bought at the hardware store roll to the back of your truck bed causing you to have to climb in the back or try to reach over the side, only to discover you can’t reach what you are after.  Truck manufacturers are making truck beds taller. Combine oversized tires or you may have yours lifted, in these cases, getting to the cargo in the bed may be really tough. You may want to consider a bed step to eliminate this headache.  Bed steps make easy work out of climbing into or out of the tallest beds. A side step mounts under your truck bed at either the right or left side, giving you access to the bed interior from either side.  A rear mount step is attached to the rear bumper frame, typically on the left side, to allow rear access to your bed at the tailgate. Both steps are lowered for use with a tap of your foot and kicks back up when you’re done using it.  It practically becomes invisible when it’s retracted. Best feature of all is that the steps bolt on to your vehicle at the existing mounting holes on your truck's bumper and frame in under ten minutes. No drilling or  modifications  needed.

The best add-on I ever applied to my own pickup truck was my running boards.  My wife is a shorty and they helped her get into our truck with ease. The same would be true for kids and older folks when hoisting themselves from the ground might present a challenge. There are several types of running boards, namely traditional flat, tubular and power. Flat running boards are typical of factory running boards circa 1940’s on autos and trucks. Today’s boards have a wider stepping space.  Tubular running boards are constructed of chrome or painted aluminum or steel tubes, generally 3-4” in diameter with a non-skid step plate and are considered to be the most popular.  Recently, power running boards have been introduced for the truck enthusiast who wants to be a “step ahead” and desires an extra-special something for their truck.  They operate automatically upon opening your truck door by descending into place and locking securely from the rocker panel of the cab. Once inside your truck cab, they move back into place under the rocker panel giving a near invisible look.

Another example of a handy truck accessory is the DeeZee Tailgate Assist. It eliminates the sudden drop and heaviness of the tailgate by allowing one-hand usage for this task. It is designed to slowly lower the tailgate using a shock absorber so that man, woman or child could virtually use one finger to open the tailgate instead of two hands.  This feature comes in very handy when you are carrying items in your arms, eliminating a struggle to open the tailgate.  This simple edition is also extremely helpful in protecting the longevity of your tailgate, as well as being a safety measure to all operators.

When you are ready to make your life easier while using your pickup truckArticle Search, consider some of these items and come on over to to learn more about these items and how they can assist you. I look forward to helping you find what you need.


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I am a NYS licensed Auto Damage Appraiser, CSE certified, I-Car Certified, and have worked in the automotive industry for decades. I've had the opportunity to teach auto body repair to misled kids in a classroom setting, giving them a chance to have a trade for a viable income. I found this very rewarding. Previously, I was all about the American muscle cars of the 60's. Now, I find pickup trucks and the way they have evolved to be my fascination and focus. I truly enjoy hearing from fellow pickup truck enthusiasts, so stop in to and leave a comment on my website or any of my truck blogs or articles.

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