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Truck Running Boards: Shoe In, or Boot?

Readership feedback to the question of running boards was off the charts.  Literally 164 readers chimed in – and how!  Who would have thought that running boards would spark such a passionate response?

As you’re about to see, the majority of TCM readers have running boards on their truck camping truck, and love them.  It seems that many of us have married height challenged wives who aren’t about to pole vault, trampoline, or otherwise climb into our trucks.  No running boards, no truck camping accomplice.

Another often cited reason is the protection running boards provide from rock chips and other road debris.  That’s a compelling reason for running boards that I’ll be thinking about.  We’ve already added mud flaps for this exact reason.

I also found the comments about seat deterioration due to sliding out rather then stepping down quite persuasive.  Ten years ago we bought an eight year old 1998 Ram 3500 without running boards and the front seats were definitely worn on the outside edges.  It seems the running board to seat wear connection is no myth.

On the other hand, a good number of readers don’t like how running boards get dirty and/or full of snow.  Another running board issue readers lament is how they subtract precious ground clearance for off-road travel.  Cost and weight are brought up, but mostly the dirt gathering and ground clearance are mentioned.

So will we get running boards now?  Probably, but I like to think, study, research, and otherwise mull around endlessly about these things first.  Just ask Angela!

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you have running boards on your truck?”

“We have AMP Research PowerStep running boards.  My wife is short and needs a step to get into the truck.  We had a truck with the step bar and found we slipped off occasionally.  The AMP running boards are a secure step.  I like the power retract feature to help keep them clean.  Plus, the retracting feature does not reduce ground clearance.” – Mike P., 2016 Ram 3500, 2017 Lance 1172

Hallmark camper running boards

“Yes, we have running boards on the truck.  The running boards are from GMC.  The truck has a six-inch lift with oversized tires, so running boards are a must to get into the truck!” – Janet Schoenberg, 2015 GMC Sierra, 2015 Hallmark K2

“Yes, I have them due to a medical condition.  My previous truck, a 1994 Ford F250, did not and I did not feel the need for them.  I have the stock Dodge tubular running boards that go under the front and back doors of the truck.” – Keith Wright, 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, 2014 Arctic Fox 990

“I have more than one truck (only one with a camper, though) and all have running boards on them.  They’re great to step on, and/or to kick the mud on your boots off with, or to stand on when washing the windows or cab roof.  Their primary purpose for me is to keep cars in parking lots, when opening their doors, from dinging my sheet metal!” – Brian Horner, 2016 Ram 3500, 2016 Lance 1062

“I wouldn’t be without running boards.  I have an extended cab.  I bought a pair of used ones off a Tahoe of the same year.  They bolt right on to the factory bolts.  If you had a crew cab, you would get running boards off a Suburban.” – Steven Sternberg, 2013 Chevy 2500HD

“Yes, I have a Westin nerf bar style step on a four-wheel drive truck.  Since I want my 5’1” wife to accompany me on camping trips, I need a way to her to climb in.  The Westin nerf bars are not very heavy.” – Jim Hunter, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2005 Arctic Fox 1150

“No running boards for me.  The truck isn’t high enough to make getting in and out difficult.  Besides, they collect a lot of salty snow in the winter and add even more weight to a truck with a very limited payload.” – Mario P,, 2006 Tacoma, Homemade camper

“We have factory running boards on the truck, and use them all the time.  I wouldn’t be without them.” – John and Marylou Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

“Yes, I have dealer installed factory boards.  I don’t know the manufacturer.  I like them except they are the chrome, not stainless steel, and they rust.  I would get stainless steel in the future.” – Tim Biehl, 2003 GMC 3500, 2002 Lance 1161

“We have Lund steps and we love them.  I’m 63 years old with bad knees, a hip replaced, and I’m 5’7”, so I’m not jumping into anything.” – Bob Presto, 2008 Silverado 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“We have running boards.  Our running boards were ordered when we special ordered the truck.  We and another couple were going out west in our previous truck.  She has MS and wasn’t sure about getting into the truck, so we put running boards on it.  They are wonderful!  No more climbing (jumping) in for everyone.  So when we decided to get a new truck, the running boards were a no brainer.” – Pat Bullock, 2016 Ford F350, 2001 Lance 1030

N fab full length 3-steps running boards-Klukas

“Yes, and I love them.  I have N-fab full length three steps.  They are easy to install and are superior quality.  The step hoops are located under each door and in front of the rear wheels.” – Dan Klukas, 2015 Ram 2500, 30′ travel trailer, a truck camper dreamer

“I put on full width running boards just before a trip to Alaska.  I observed many trucks with narrow running boards or none at all.  They had gravel and mud clear up to the windows and beyond.  My truck was almost always fairly clean.  Another plus was mud flaps.  My truck is now eight years old and looks like new.” – K. Newton, 2008 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 915

“Factory installed.  I did not have running boards on my previous truck. I thought they cost too much!  I have found the benefit of having them is more than I thought it would be, but they can be slick in bad weather.” – George Hughes, 2010 Ford F350, 2004 Arctic Fox 920

“Yes, I have running boards.  I’m not sure of the make since I bought the truck used and they were on it.  They are stainless with rubber footpads.  I love them.  I’ve got too many miles on me to be jumping into the truck.” – Randy Smith, 2001 Ford F350, 2017 Adventurer 910DB

“Yes, we have factory installed running boards.  We can’t imagine the truck without them.  The only downside was Bill at Truck Camper Warehouse had to cut them shorter to install our tie-downs.  Luckily, they were chrome pipes and he was able to shorten them without affecting their look.” – Ken and Sue Laufer, 2015 3500 Chevy Silverado, Northstar 12STC

“Yes, they where standard on our truck and we like them.  The co-driver couldn’t get in without them.” – Robert Mayton, 2014 Ford F450, 2015 Lance 1172

“I bought my truck used, and it came with running boards.  I love them!  It is much easier to climb up, sit down sideways on the seat, and shake the snow off my boots before putting my feet in the cab.  My previous SUV did not have running boards and I was too cheap to install them.” – Christine Dyer, 2012 Chevy Silverado, 2016 FWC Hawk Shell

“I don’t have boards.  I have tubes.  They don’t tend to lift the pickup and reduce traction in deep snow as much as running boards.  I also shopped tubes that are depressed, not cut out, for the step pad inserts.  There is less corrosion if they aren’t cut.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

Running boards cool look

“Yes!  We have our truck decked out and the running boards are part of the cool look.  I think most of the time we still just jump in and out.” – Jerry Bonneau, 1995 Ford F350, 2002 Lance 1061

“Yes, we have running boards.  They are made by Dee Zee and we are very happy with them.  Not only does it make it a bit easier for my wife and I to get in and out, but they make it a lot easier for our two dogs to get in.” – Bruce Bowens, 2015 Ram 3500, Planning Camper Purchase Now

Arctic Fox with running boards

“We do have running boards on the truck.  We have factory installed wide running boards and would not be without them!  They assist us and our older Golden in getting into the truck.  Another benefit is that the boards keep the sides of the truck pristine and free from mud and rock chips.  I would not get the chrome pipe type of running board as I have had this type in the past.  I found that they did not give me the benefits mentioned above.  They may look cool, but are not as functional as the wide fiberglass ones we have.” – Bill Mayer, 2005 Ford F350, 2007 Arctic Fox 990

“I have tubular chrome running boards.  My truck is a quad cab and the steps go the full length of the cab which makes for easy access for myself, my wife and two kids.  It also saves the wear on the front seats so you’re not sliding across the seats and wearing out the cushion and cover.  My truck is nine years old with 129,000 miles and the front seats look new.” – Rick Lanagan, 2008 Ram 2500, 2012 Lance 855-S

“I have factory running boards.  It makes getting in much easier for us.  It’s pretty much a must for my wife.  It also helps access latches on the pop up and for cleaning the windshield.  I haven’t had a clearance issue yet, but would like the weight loss since I am very close to max load capacity.” – Kent LeBoutillier, 2011 Ford F250, 2015 Palomino SS-550

“I have stainless steel running boards that are the full length of the crew cab.  The truck is eleven years old and they still like they are brand new.  They protect the entire quarter panel.  My 5-foot tall wife can easily get in the truck.  Many people ask were I got them and I don’t know.  They were installed by the Chevy dealer in West Virginia” – Richard C. Raymond, 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500, Palomino Winter Creek 11.5 RS

Running board dog step

“Yes, we have running boards.  We bought the truck used so I don’t know the brand.  They are a two piece tubular chrome design.  One piece covers the crew cab and the other covers the bed in front of the rear wheels.  The truck is stock height, so I don’t use them but Linda does and they’re great for the grandkids.

step for Snickers

Step for dog tucked away

Above: The step slides away easily when not in use

The dog doesn’t like them, so I added a step for her.  Mud flaps front and rear seem to keep them clean.  I’d probably add them to a new truck.” – Tim and Linda Zeh, 2005 Chevrolet 3500, 2007 Arctic Fox 1150

“My truck came without running boards and it took me two hands to climb into the truck. I’m 5’ 6″.  I also worried about safety getting out.  So I added the Ford accessory 6-inch flat chrome running boards with black tread.  The tread is nice and grippy, and the boards look great.  Now I can hop in and out of the truck without a second thought.” – Anne Stauffer, 2017 Ford F-350, (In process) 2017 Alaskan 8.5′ CO

“Yes!  They are Ford runners.  My knees are shot, and getting in and out without them was very difficult until I installed them.  Also, before our beagle passed on, they were great for him.  I don’t care about the weight.  I wouldn’t own a truck without them.” – Tom and Karin Slack, 2011 Ford F350, 2008 Okanagan 85SL

“I have the stock factory running boards.  My truck sits high naturally and with the camper on the truck, I level it out with air bags bringing the truck to unladen height.  If there were no factory running boards on the truck, I would have to have a step to make it comfortable to get in or out.” – Bill Gahafer, 2008 Ford F450, 2013 Lance 1181

“Yes, tubes and I would not be without them.  I can get in, but the shorter home boss needs them.  The truck is almost 10,000 pounds empty.  What is 50 more?  Pretty petty.  We prefer the comfort.” – Bob Nelson, 2015 GMC 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 1140

“I have AMP Research Power Steps.  They go lower than standard running boards when open and fold up under the truck when closed.  They are fully automatic in that they open when you open a door and close when you close the door.  The new models even have a delay that keeps them open for a little bit when you close the door.  The delay keeps them from closing and reopening when you close the back door and go to get in the front door.” – Leonard Pennock, 2006 Ram 3500, 2002 Eagle Cap 950

“Yes, the truck has a full set of Luverne polished stainless steel running boards. I also have a V-Shaped Luverne bumper and a Pacific dually package.  The running boards run the full length of the truck including the back of the rear wheels.  They are super at protecting the vehicle and camper on gravel roads.  Plus, they just finish off the look of the truck.  I had the same set up on a 1994 Ford F350 years ago.

The Sierra truck carries a 1130 Lance camper while pulling the folk’s 30 foot Jayco travel trailer.  Weight has never been a issue.  The Duramax is an assume engine.  It’s a great rig.” – Richard Osman, 2007 GMC Sierra 3500, Lance 1130

SnugTop Cover on truck

“As you saw on my photo for last weeks “tuna” question, I have running boards.  The Dodge is a big step up so they are really necessary.  It keeps the truck cleaner and protects the lower panels from rock chips.  Here’s something I learned from a friend without running boards; without them the seat wears much faster on the outside edge from sliding out instead of stepping out.  I have the Omni stainless steel boards.” – Bob Holland, 2012 Dodge 3500, 2013 Adventurer 910FBS

“Yes, the truck has standard equipment running boards.  On our last truck, a 2004 Chevy dually, I installed a set of round bar steps.” – Ron Pucul, 2016 Ford F350, 2007 Lance 1055

“Yes, flat-step full running boards are a necessity for me.  At 4’10”, I need the full step to stand on while I arrange the driver’s seat.  My husband is 6′ and there is lots of rearranging when we switch drivers.  I could slide out of truck without running boards, but not get into any seat in the truck without them.” – Judy Embry, 2014 Ford F350, 2004 Lance 1071

“I have full length factory installed running boards and love them.  The truck is too tall to get in without them.  Getting in the box would really be a bear without them.” – Casey Farrell, 2016 Ram 2500, 2001 Lance 915

No running boards on Nissan

“We run right around max payload.  We try and keep our weight down as much as possible.  We also put a 2” lift on the truck.

Nissan with no running boards because of ground clearance

We enjoy the clearance when off-road.  We have the long bed crew cab version, so with a long wheel base, every inch of clearance helps.” – Josh Shenker, 2016 Nissan Frontier, 2001 Palomino B600

“Yes, I have Dee Zee running boards and I do like them.  I have had the same type of running boards on the last four trucks that I have had.  They are the solid aluminum tread plate kind.  I think they not only work well as the step to get in the truck, but they also keep all the slush, ice, and salt from getting on and into the body of the cab.  It will help to keep the rust from starting for a couple extra years.” – Joe Peters, 2012 GMC 2500, 2016 Arctic Fox

“I have the stock Ford OEM running boards and I love them.  They look great, and are very utilitarian.  They have a large wide foot surface with excellent tread make getting in and out of the truck easy as well as working/cleaning the roof.” – Tom Jenkins, 2012 Ford F350, 2012 Arctic Fox 992

“Yes we do.  Cathy’s legs are just a bit shorter than mine, so they had a hard time getting into the cab.  We have Westin oval full length nerf steps in stainless steel.  They don’t hug the cab so dirt and road salt can’t accumulate and the stainless won’t peel or rust.  Those are important factors in northern New England.” – John and Cathy Strasser, 2012 Chevy 2500HD, 2013 Eagle Cap 850

“We’ll be getting a new truck in a few weeks, and ordered it without running boards because of concerns about ground clearance going into rough boondock areas.  We’ll see.  The Ford stock running boards on the 350 hang low.  I’m interested in recommendations from other F350 owners about what running boards they have used that don’t hang below the lower body line versus the lower frame line as in stock.” – Bob Eckert, 2017 Ford F350, 2015 Lance 825

“I do but I chose them as an option when ordering my heavy duty F150 so don’t know what kind.  I originally ordered them to be able to reach the roof clasps on my Northstar TC800.  It turns out my arthritic hands make those clasps too difficult to use, so I found a hard side.  But that arthritis is everywhere!  So, yes, I love my sideboards and do not believe I could get in and out of the truck without them.” – Michele McLeod, 2013 F150, 2000 Travel Hawk 9.5

“I had them on an earlier truck, but they were too low and got ripped off in the woods.  I won’t have any again.” – Bill Strickland, 1996 Ford F250, 1999 Lance 845

“No, we don’t.  I probably should have added them to aid my wife getting in and out of the truck, but I just haven’t done it.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 990

Amp Research Running Boards Retracted Amp Research Powersteps on Ram Truck

“Yes, I have running boards on my truck.  They are Amp Research Powersteps. My wife and I love them.  She is vertically challenged and the powerstep seems to be a little lower for the first step up compared to my old Ford F350 with the DeeZee aluminum running boards.

Aluminum DeeZee Running Boards

Above: DeeZee aluminum running boards

The Amp Powerstep doesn’t protect the truck from mud and gravel thrown from the front tires as well as the DeeZees, but they are up out of the way when stowed.  I installed molded flaps on the front to help with that.” – Dan Guptill, 2015 Ram 3500, 2008 Bigfoot

“Yes I have them.  They were on from the factory and I love them.  Our truck is four wheel drive and I bought it new.  I told the dealer that we were towing a fifth wheel (we were at that time).  They lowered the truck approximately two inches at no cost to me.  I do not miss the clearance and it is easier to get in and out.” – Ed Chauvaud, 1999 Ford F250, 2014 Northern Lite 9-6Q

“We have round running boards.  They are the only reason I can jump up to get into the cab.” – Laurel Wilson, 2013 Ford F350, 2016 Four Wheel Granby Shell

“We have factory installed running boards, but would have had them installed if they were not on the truck because of the height and the ease of getting in and out with them.” – John Shields, 2016 Ford F350, 2017 Northern Lite 10.2

“Original Equipment running boards are still in this truck.  I am not on the tall side.  I like the running boards so I’m not reminded of how old I’m getting every time I get in.  I can stand on them to wash the windshield, too.  This is a high clearance truck so the running boards have little effect on clearance.  They do collect mud.  That makes me wash the truck more frequently, so that’s good.  I suppose the additional weight is not desirable but, with the 7.3L there is not much that will improve fuel economy or performance.” – Bill Ortiz, 1999 Ford F350, 2003 Bigfoot 25c 9.6

Delta III running boards

“Yes, I have Delta III boards and would be at a loss reaching the top of the truck or the windshield without them.” – Steve Nicholas, 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2000 Lance 810

“Yes, they came with the truck.  They are a Nerf Bar type.” – Tim Murray, 2002 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet Ascent

“Yes, they are factory fiberglass installed.” – Wilbert Hinkle, 2001 Dodge 3500, 2017 Palomino SS-1500

“Yes, I have running boards.  They are Ram factory installs.  They make it much easier getting in and out of the truck, especially with aches and pains.” – Robert Baker, 2015 Ram 3500, 2006 Lance Legend 1191

“Functional running boards are an item manufacturers have sacrificed in favor of style. Jumping into your truck is fine for kids, but once one passes 70, which has been some time for me, jumping is out of the question.  On my former truck I had stir-ups which gave me the lift I needed.  But, they hung down below floor level and didn’t do well meeting rocks while boondocking.  For my current truck I found the AMP retractable running boards.  These give me the lowered lift we need with a firm stable platform, yet they retract and stow out of the way for rough terrain.” – John Hodan, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2003 Lance 915 Lite

“Yes, we have boards and like them (Grandpa/Grandma rig).  They are OEM wheel well to wheel well on a dually.” – Mark B, 2017 Ford F350, 2017 Hallmark Everest and Four Star custom toy hauler/cargo trailer

“Yes, we have GM factory installed boards.  They are a necessity for my 6’1″ height because of my 29″ (short-a@*#) legs.  They are especially essential in the winter months when the truck is a daily driver.  It sits about 4-6” taller with the camper off.” – John Desjardins, 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2002 Globetrotter

“I have Go Rhino running boards on my truck.  I like them and I couldn’t get my 92 year old father in the truck without them.” – Howard Bisco, 2015 Ford F250, 2014 Palomino HS6601

“I do not have running boards.  I jump up to get in the truck.  It would be a good investment!” – Charlie Young, 2013 Chevy 2500HD, 2004 Sun Valley 8.50se

“I do not have running boards on my truck and I don’t want them either.  I feel they get in the way more than help with getting in and out of the truck.  Of course there is the advantage of being tall enough to not need the extra step.  Like Gordon and Angela, the day may come where I might need them, but for now I am fine without them.” – Wanda Myers, 1999 Dodge 2500, 2003 Hallmark Cuchara

“I like the boards that came with my truck.  The truck is high and I don’t want to slide in or out.  Plus, it’s bad for the seats.  I don’t know what they weigh, but 50 pounds is nothing.  The truck weight is 6700 pounds and the camper is 3700 pounds.  If you slip jumping, you won”t be camping!” – Clayton Flyte, 2014 Ram 3500, 2003 Bigfoot 30c

“Yes, we have running boards.  They are made by Westin and painted black like our truck.  We like them.  Even though we are more than physically capable of stepping into our two wheel drive truck, we like the convenience of the slightly lower first step that the running boards offer.” – Buzz and Sherri Merchlewitz, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 2015 Hallmark Ute

“Sure do.  We have both the factory solid mount steps/running boards on the truck and Amp Research automatic retracting steps/running boards on our modified 2005 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon.  While the permanent-position running boards on the truck work well, we very much prefer the auto-retract boards on the Jeep, which has a 6″ lift.

It turns out that I didn’t have any choice in buying the Amp Research running boards back when the Jeep was new.  It was Linda’s daily driver for about five years and she refused to climb into the lifted Jeep in her work skirts until I installed the running boards. In our opinion, they’re the only way to go unless you use your vehicle to slide over rocks in the outback.  Some new pickups like the 2017 Ford F-150 Platinum come factory-equipped with retractable running boards that, when the doors are closed, are hidden from view.” – Gene and Linda Yale, 2016 Dodge Ram 5500, 2017 Host Mammoth

Running boards on F350

“Yes. They are whatever Ford puts on the F350.  I have previously owned a Nissan pickup and a F150 short bed and they did not have running boards and I did not even think about it.  However, they were standard on my previous F250 and on my current F350.  While I could hop up if I had to, I like them.” – Fred Patterson, 2013 Ford F350, 2002 Lance 1161

“I have original equipment running boards.  I could not do without them.  I’m short and they are a great help getting in and out of the truck.” – Ralph Bunn, GMC 2500 HD, 2004 Four Wheel Camper

“I do not.  All they are, are mud collecting devices.  Plus, I get to help my wife get into the seat.  That’s my hug for the day.” – Steve Evans, 2014 Ram 3500, 2012 Lance 825

“I have Chevy optional 6″ oval side rails with indented step pads for front and rear doors.  The one ton is a Z71 four wheel drive and without the side rails, my short legs could never make the trip up to the cab.” – Joe Sesto, 2015 Silverado 3500, 2015 Bigfoot 2500 10.6e

“I have Amp Research running boards and I like them.” – John Walicek, 2014 Ram 3500, 2009 Lance 815

“My truck came with cab-length running boards as part of its Lariat specification.  I seldom think of them; sometimes stepping on them as I enter sometimes stepping over them.  My 90 year old dad, however, seems to appreciate the one on the passenger’s side as he gamely clambers aboard when the occasion occurs.  I’ve noticed that they do keep road spray away from the door seal, not that it’s usually a concern out here in southern California, except this year!

So, dearest petite Angela, does gangly Gordon enter first and pull you in or is he a gentleman and boosts you up before he hops aboard?  Inquiring knuckleheads want to know.” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford F250SD, 1999 Lance 920

“Yes, we have running boards.  No idea what kind because they were on the truck when we bought it used.  They’re the flat kind, not the bars.  I love them.  I’m not particularly tall and would have to jump into the truck.  Our daughter would need a boost (she’s 7 and over 50 pounds now) which would be tiresome!  When we were truck shopping, we looked at a Dodge Ram and even with the running boards, it was like climbing a ladder. That wasn’t why we didn’t buy it, but it was part of the consideration.  We would have also needed a much longer set of stairs for the camper.  As it is, we had to build a platform for the stairs because our truck is taller than the one the camper was on before.  The stairs are kind of scary as they are because of the height, they have no railing, and they are slippery (that might make a good QOTW; how do you make the stairs safer?).  Our 13 year old dog who is missing an eye and has a cataract (poor depth perception) flat out refuses to go down the stairs when it’s dark.” – Melissa Malejko, 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 1981 Okanagan

“Yes, I have Ionic 3″ Black Nerf Bars and they do the job.  Crawling in and out of my truck was getting very tedious.  My wife is only 5′ 3” and it was nearly impossible for her.” – Patrick Strang, 2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD, 2011 Lance 950S

“I do have running boards and they are the stock Ford version.  I like them a lot and plan on upgrading them in the future.” – Kelsey West, 2000 Ford F350, 2011 Northern Lite 9-6QCSE

“Yes, I have the Barrel type and don’t know the brand name.  I like them a lot.  It saves us from having to jump into our truck as my wife is not capable of doing that.” – Russell and Lesley Johnston, 2001 GMC 3500 diesel, 2010 Palomino

“No, I have rock sliders.” – Cuneyt Uysal, 2005 Toyota Tundra

“Yes, I have factory running boards.  My wife could not get in truck without them.  It’s possible me, too.” – Clifford Bowling, 2015 F250, 2015 Palomino 5502

“I have AMP power running boards and wouldn’t have a large truck without them.  I never used running boards on my older trucks because I would have torn them off on rough roads.  With the power boards, they tuck up out of the way when the doors are closed.” – Michael Scott, 2011 Chevy K-3500, 2013 Lance 1191

“No boards.  I just jump in.” – John Pence, 2006 Tundra, 2016 Four Wheel Hawk

“Yes, we have the factory running boards and love them.  They look sharp and are very sturdy, too.” – Daniel Osterhout, 2015 Ram 1500, None right now, Looking at a Northstar 650 SC

“I was not a pole-vaulter in college and I am only 5′ 6”.  The Chairman of the Board is even shorter.  It’s tough when she is wearing a dress or skirt.  The $500 option and the extra 50 pounds to me is a no brainer.  If 50 pounds is that much, do you only fill your gas tank or water tank three-quarters full?  Think about it.” – C. S. Mobley, 2016 Dodge Ram 3500

“I do not have running boards on my Ram, but I do have the optional factory step.  I did not know if running boards would complicate putting Torklift tie-downs on, so I went with just the step.  The height of my 2500 Ram does make it a problem to get in and out of (do not know what advantage that much height gains).  My dog can not make it in without a step stool and it took me awhile before I could do it smoothly.  The dog leaps right into my 1500 Chevy.  I keep telling myself left foot first or I get all tangled up.  Now that the tie-downs are on I might have my dealer see what running boards will fit.  I don’t usually like running board as it is just another thing to get banged up off-road, but my current truck sits so high that there probably is not much danger in that.” – Terry Gfeller, 2015 Ram 2500, 2013 Lance 865

“Yes. I bought the truck second hand and they were already installed.  They’re made by Ford.  I like them because I’m over 70 and it makes getting in a little easier.  When I first got in I came very close to banging my head as I’d never had a truck with them on before.  Even now I still have to tame my entrance lest I crack my nut.” – Tony Bridge, 2007 Ford F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 811

“Running boards came with the truck as a stock item.  It’s way too high to jump up, so my shop made a step for me.  I am too old to be jumping up into a truck.” – George Randall, 2012 Ford F350, 2016 Arctic Fox 865

“Yes, I have running boards that came with the truck.  I love them and need them to get into the truck.  The GVWR on the truck 10,000 pounds.  With myself and a full tank of gas the truck weighs 7,000 pounds.  The weight of the camper is 2,980 pounds dry weight, so I have to be careful when I load up not to exceed the GVWR.  I love the camper because of the dry bath and the fact that it’s paid up.  Because of the weight, I can’t pull my 20′ boat, so I use the camper to do fly fishing and camping away from lakes.” – Roger Couturier, 2012 F250, 2001 Lance 1030

“Yes, factory boards.” – Bill Richcreek, 2013 Ford F350, 2014 Lance 865

“Yes, we do have magnum RT steps.  We recently bought this truck and we have never had them before.  Our first stop was to buy a step for me to get my 5’4″ bad hipped body in a truck that is so tall I can’t see in the windows.  So yes, I like them.” – Stacie Link, 2016 Ram 2500, 2001 Four Wheel Grandby

Running boards for Ford diesel truck

“We absolutely have running boards!  This is for two reasons.  First it allows my wife and I to step up into our rather high dually with ease.  Also, their design also acts as a full length mud flat that prevents sand, mud and stones from being flung up onto the sides of our truck!  I wouldn’t be without them.” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB

“I have Chevy OEM 6″ oval running board to the end of the cab.  I love them, and I don’t have to boost the wife into the cab.  Plus, they look good!” – Owen Wellington, 2013 Chevy 2500HD

“I have nerf bars and would not be without them.” – Dewey Lackey, 2003 Silverado 3500, 2014 Lance 1172

“No running boards!” – DeWayne Brown, 2014 Ram 3500, 2007 Capri Rodeo Delux

“I have Luverne chrome tubular side steps and a Luverne chrome tubular grill guard. They came with the truck we purchased used.  It’s very satisfactory for entering and exiting the cab.  It’s almost impossible to climb into the F350 otherwise.” – Rick Johnson, 2004 Ford F350, 2007 Lance 1181

“Yes, we have OEM running boards installed by the dealer.  With the height of our truck and the age of the occupants, we opted for running boards.  Yes, they do add weight, but we think they’re better than falling flat trying to get out.  Plus, my wife weighs 100 pounds soaking wet.” – Rob Zimmerman, 2016 Ram 3500, 2017 Arctic Fox 1150

“I have the Luvernes and I like them very much.  They are sturdy and good looking. They make getting aboard our four wheel drive dually easy.” – Tom Andersen, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2003 Lance 1172

“Absolutely, I have the factory boards.  I cannot imagine jumping up into my cab.  Using the grab bar and the step makes it so much easier and safer getting into and out of my truck.  When your senior years start to reach into the 70s, you tend to lose some of that spring in your step and bend in your knees.” – Carlton Basmajian, 2012 Ford F350, 2016 Wolf Creek 850

“Yes, I put them on many years ago.  Why?  Because I wanted them, and for no other reason.  I do like them and they are all aluminum so they are not very heavy, may be 20 or 25 pounds.  I put them on too many years ago to remember what make they are.  I believe it’s the decision of the owner if they want running boards or not.” – Bob Vea, 2003 Chevrolet 3500

“No running boards because of the cost of purchase plus installation.” – Tom Adams, 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 1998 Northland 10’

“No running boards for me.  My truck is two wheel drive, so it’s not terribly high.  I’ve just always been able to make the hop into it.  Also, for me, it comes down to looks.  Some trucks look good with them, and some not.  I like mine without.” – Ron Williams, 1997 Ford F250, 2003 Lance 1010

“Running boards are a must the older and stiffer you get.  We bought our 1993 camper new and it wasn’t our first camper.  We’ve been truck campers since 1973.  This camper has been on several trucks over the years, all with running boards.  In the past I always used DeeZee boards.  On my current truck I had factory GM boards installed because it was easier on my aging body than installing them myself.  Running boards have gotten a lot classier looking since the 70s and they are still just as functional.  Strategically located grab bars also compliment running boards when getting in and out of a high truck.” – Ron Snell, 2012 GMC 3500, 1993 Shadow Crusier

“Yes, we do have them.  They are full length fiberglass covering the full length of the cab as well as the front part of the truck’s bed.  I can’t tell you the make since we ordered them with the truck.  We think they are great since they fit tight to the truck and are wide enough to stand on with your full foot.  We looked at the ones which are a basically a flattened tube, but they did nothing to keep spray off the sides of the truck and were not comfortable to stand on.” – Bill Billyard, 2000 Dodge Ram 3500, Palomino Winter Creek 115RS

“I had shorty (cab-length) aluminum diamond plate running boards on my last truck, a 1983 F250 standard cab.  They were great for getting in and out, especially for my wife and kids who were at the lower end of five feet.  Now I have full-length aluminum diamond plate ones that came on my present truck.  I don’t know the brand, but they incorporate splash guards both front and back.  The really cool thing about these is that they allow one to get to contents of the bed when the camper is off the truck.  I probably pay the price in reduced fuel milage (however the truck isn’t driven all that much).  The convenience of having a step up where it counts outweighs this.” – Alan Keith, 1993 Ford F250, 1997 Lance Squire 165

“It was a factory option.  It was lowered three inches to permit getting in and out of the truck with ease.” – Tom Evans, 2004 GMC 3500, 2005 Lance 920

2015 Ford F350 supercab running boards

“I requested 6″ angular chrome step bars when the truck was ordered from the Ford factory.  2015 Ford F350 trucks are quite high, and I’m somewhat short .  Jumping would not have helped.  The step bars are great.  They extend the length of both doors. My previous 1997 Chevy 2500HD regular cab did not have running boards.  I installed an aftermarket single step that served me well.” – Vic Smith, 2015 Ford F350, 2013 Adventurer 89RB

“The truck has factory installed running boards.  Having two knee replacements, I would not be able to get in and out of my truck if they were not there.  It is an easy step up into the driver’s seat.  When I ordered the truck, I made sure they were part of the package.” – Heather Rutherford, 2016 Ford F150, 2015 Camplite 5.7

“A bit of a precursor to my answer is that I use my truck for many things, including my work.  My work is not typical.  I am a Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot, an Exercise Therapist & PT, and FBC (Full Body Cycling Coach) and Bicycle Tour Guide.  So, I am generally pulling a trailer full of balloons, fitness equipment, bicycles and related matter. Prior to the mega cabs, I owned Suburbans, in all cases, 2500 series built to 3500 specifications or more.

In all cases I am not only hauling and carrying, but I very frequently am also carrying a full compliment of passengers or more (don’t tell the DOT).  If I could find an affordable six door mega cab or stretched Suburban, I’d be a very happy person.

But here is the thing.  I really do travel off-road.  Balloons travel where the wind takes them and so we’ve landed in places you can’t imagine.  Likewise bicycle endurance events or adventures races (fitness clients) take you into the deep hinter lands of our nation.  And in my spare time I love off-roading.  So my rig rides on oversized tires, built suspension and has some serious horsepower to move it all.  The end result is that at six feet tall, I still have to use the grab handles to get in and out of the truck. Some of my 5 foot 2 inch passengers have a real issue with doing so.  So I’ve had side steps on my Suburbans, and they ended up crushed and bent.  I used to not mind that, thinking it was protecting the trucks rocker panels, but guess what?  A good bump and bang, and the lesser brands bend right up and into the rockers doing more damage than mother nature might have.  So I gave up on the concept of running boards.

I have been intrigued by the AMP and Rampage electric retractable, but as much as I’d like them, their prices are outrageous.  I fear at the end of the day they would only be crushed into the vehicle as well and worse, a 1000, motor would have to be replaced when some minuscule aspect of it was misaligned due to off-road travel.

I’m preparing to head out on a three to nine month tour of the nation to ride and balloon.  If any sidestep manufacturers want to get in on a sponsorship, let me know.  We’ll promote you via truck, bike, and hot air balloon, and a PR program.” – Matt Fenichel, 2006 Ram, Looking For A Used Lance

“I do have running boards and will always have them!  They are Ram factory four door nerf style.  These work very well and don’t catch too much mud.  Overall, they work very well.  I have a bad back and other health issues which sometimes means that I need to use the steps to get into the truck.  My wife is only 4’11.5″ tall, so she must have something to use.  She refuses to use a step stool.  The door on the truck is about 24″ above the ground level so steps are a must.  Besides, the steps allow me to clean the top of the truck when washing it or to step out of the cab when I’m stopped in deep water.” – William Palmer, 2008 Dodge, 2008 Lance 915

“I have running boards.  It was a factory option purchased when the truck was ordered. I love them.  They are made of plastic, so they are not very heavy.  I use them every time my wife or I gets in or out of the truck.  I could not live without them.” – William Jones, 2003 Ford F350, 1997 Bigfoot 10.6

Running boards GMC and Arctic Fox camper

“We have OEM GM stainless steel rectangular tube running boards and would not be without them.” – George Visconti, 2015 GMC Sierra 3500, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“Yes, I have running boards.  They help in getting in and out of the cab.  This truck is eight inches higher than the previous truck.  I wish they were wheel to wheel running boards so that the truck bed could be accessed better.  Also when the truck is stored, the running boards can be used as tie-down points for the truck’s cab cover.” – Ron Richardson, 2014 Ram 3500, 2012 Wolf Creek 850N

“I have AMP-lighted running boards and love them.” – Vickie Welch, 2016 Ram 2500, 2016 Lance 850

“Yes, unfortunately I do have factory Ford running boards.  I don’t care for them, but when your better half is barely 5 foot tall, running boards are a necessity.” – John Hood, 2012 Ford F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 1140

“Yes, I ordered them from Amazon, but the brand is not known.  They are on my extended cab F250 and are full length running boards.  I installed them myself.  We are very pleased with them.  They greatly assist the entry and exit from the three-quarter ton truck.  I would not want this truck without them.” – Kenneth Reynolds, 2015 Ford F250, Adventurer 89RB

“Yes and we certainly would not even consider it to be an option to not have them.  I don’t think my wife would be able to get in or out if we didn’t have them.  Our Ram has 20 inch tires, so it is quite high.  I think the brand we have is Go Rhino.” – Allen Brummel, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2016 Northstar 650SC

“I have factory running boards.  It’s the only way to get in and out.  My buddy has a F350 without running boards.  With 250 pounds yanking on the steering wheel, it was not long before the bearing into the top of the steering gave up.” – Bill Harrington, 2004 Ford F350, 1997 Sportmans

“We have original round tube style step bars which help with entrance and exit.  They do their job and have not caused any problems.  The entrance into the rear doors for our dog is helped by a ramp which clips onto these bars and allows the dog to enter and exit without having to jump.  Nails and leather interior don’t work.” – Eric Devolin, 2007 GMC 3500, 2006 Adventurer 106DBS

“I have Westin Pro Traxx 4-inch.  I love them and couldn’t live with out them.  I am 6’2″ and had to jump to get in my truck.  These look great and work for me.” – Mika Douglas, 2016 Ram 3500, 2013 Lance 1181

Running boards Outfitter Camper

“Yes, I do have full length running boards.  I don’t know the brand as I bought them 20 years ago.  I do like them and my wife at 5’1″ needs them.  They did force me to put dually swing out brackets on the front jacks.” – Kevin Presson, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, 2011 Outfitter Apex 9.5

“Yes we do and I believe they are factory.  I not only like them, but with my pants inseam of only 26”, I have to have them.” – Mark McVicker, 2005 Ford F250, 2013 CampLite 11s

“When we bought our truck it didn’t have any running boards.  Since we take our rig off-road (we have a mild 2 1/2″ lift) I didn’t want to install anything that could possibly get caught on an obstacle.  A friend has the Amp Research retractable running boards and we decided to try them out.  They are fantastic!  The steps actually lower more than standard fixed running boards and completely disappear when retracted.  They also have LED lights.” – Eddie Fort, 2016 Ford F350, 2016 Hallmark Everest

“Yes, I have factory running boards.  I would not have a truck without them.  These large four wheel drive trucks are high and we are not getting any younger.  Plus, the other big benefit is the amount of rocks and debris that the boards keep off the side of the truck.  The only place where I could see them not being useful would be if you were going seriously off-road, but it’s not likely with our big heavy rig.” – Wes Hargreaves, 2016 Ford F450, 2006 Snowbird 108DS

“I have factory running boards on the Ram.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Timothy Cooper, 2016 Ram 3500, 2007 SunLite

“I have Go Rhino 4000 Nerf Bars on my new Tacoma.  I’m 5′ 6″ and thought they would improve access.  Not really.  If they’re used for a step, they are too high, resulting in lowering my body down to the seat.  It’s more efficient just to hop in.  Nonetheless, the passenger’s side bar saved major damage to the truck body this winter when I drove off a road to avoid a vehicle sliding on black ice.  The passenger’s side bar took a major hit, as did the mounting brackets.  The bar was torn lose and the front bracket was broken. My body shop guy said the damage ($2,650) would have been far greater without the bar partially absorbing the impact.  I had a new bar installed.” – John Dillman, 2017 Toyota Tacoma, 2016-17 Four Wheel Camper Fleet

“We do not have running boards or side steps.  I never cared for look of the round steps/bars. Plus, I felt they got in the way.  As I am a getting older I’m finding more and more people complain that I don’t have them, including my wife.  I like the look of the newer OEM 6-inch side step for the crew cab that goes back to rear wheel well.  It looks nice and provides access to the bed.  I plan to purchase and install them in the next six months.” – Kenny Beal, 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

“No, we don’t.  We haven’t needed them yet.  It is good exercise to grab the bar and jump in!  My husband is 80 yeas old and just had a knee replacement and we will be fine without them when camping season starts again.” – Joan Humphrey, 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2013 Adventurer 80GS

“I have AMP Research power steps.  I love how they are actually usable for entry and exit due to them swinging down and out when the door is opened.  The other thing I love about the power steps is that the retract up and under keeping them snow and ice free on the step surface.  I’ve had tube style steps before and found that they were not very functional for entry and exit.  They did nothing more than get your pants dirty as you rubbed on them during entry and exit.  One last great feature of AMP power steps is the LED lighting on the steps during our long dark Alaskan winters!” – Allen Jedlicki, 2012 GMC 2500HD, 2014 Wolf Creek 850SB

“We don’t have running boards at this time.  I would like to find just a hoop style step that is frame mounted.  My wife is only 5′ tall and it is somewhat difficult for her to get into the truck.  We have looked at running boards, but I find the price to be pretty high.” – Lane Noyes, 2017 Chevy Silverado, 1992 Jayco

“I have running boards and would not be without them!  It also saves the leather seats by not putting so much pressure on the edge of seat when exiting the vehicle.  Mine are round, but I would purchase flat ones if I ever need new ones.  They are safer because your foot does not slip off as easily.” – Harvey Stallings, 2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD, Travel Lite 890SBRX

“Yes I bought 6-inch wide running boards made of stainless steel by Winston.  My wife is short and this truck is high, so it makes perfect sense.” – Frank Joly, 2008 Ford F250, 1995 Bigfoot

“Yes I have aluminum full length DeZee. I could do with out them, but my lovely wife loves them to get in an out easier. She is short on one end.” – Paul Henderson, 2000 Chevy 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 992

“We have Ford stock factory running boards. We like them because we aren’t as young as we used to be.” – Jerry Hall, 2013 Ford F250, 2014 FWC Grandby

“No running boards.  They fill up with snow in the winter and seem to be more hassle with parking than they are worth.  We keep a small step stool in the truck for older friends that need help getting into our cab.” – The Wandering Werners, 2012 Dodge 3500, 2005 Lance 981

“Yes, I have running boards on all my pickup trucks.  Here in Ohio with the amount of salt and grit applied to the roads in the winter, the running boards help protect the bottom of my truck from being sand blasted.  I prefer Luverne cab length aftermarket running boards.” – Matt Arnold, 2013 Ram 3500, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“We have the factory running boards that came with the XLT package of the truck.  They are fine and definitely beats taking a running jump to get up in the seat. Though the stock height suspension isn’t that high, a step is still quite nice and comfortable to get in and out of the vehicle.” – James Thomas, 2013 Ford F350, 2013 Host Shasta

Aluminess Sliders with Four Wheel Camper

“Yes, I have Aluminess Sliders.  They are pipe and provide a smooth profile on top and to the bottom.  I added 3M tread grip to the top to make them less slippery when wet. The truck sits on 37’s with a 2.5″ AEV lIft which puts the step up into the truck at 2′-4″ above the ground.  I’m 6’3″ tall and it is a long way up for me.  For my wife at 5’4″ it was a no go without the added step up.  They are also handy for standing on when doing the roof clips on the camper, (mine are 9′ off the ground and I can only reach 8′) and when washing the windshield at gas stations.” – Bill Elwell, 2016 Ram 2500, 2016 FWC Flatbed Hawk

“Yes, I have running boards on both my pickups and on my van. Love them!  I find them very handy to step on to get stuff out of the cab or out of the bed.  I drive a lot of dirt roads and the running boards keep gravel from wearing away the paint on the lower quarter panels.  All of mine are DeeZee brand aluminum.” – Oleh Melnyk, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 1996 Bigfoot 2500

“We installed nerf bars on the driver’s and passenger’s side because it was too far to jump.  We like them very much.  It makes life easier and we are not concerned about the weight.  I don’t know their weight, but I’m sure they were not 50 pounds.” – Bill Nelson, 1993 Ford F250, 1994 Cascade 11 ft

“Yes, I have running boards.  They were already installed on the truck when I purchased it.  Otherwise, I would save the money and not put them on as they can hang up the truck even on tame off-road outings and get damaged.” – Don Closson, 2014 Ram 3500, 2013 Adventurer 950B

“Yes, I do.  I think they are a factory installed option.  I live in truck country out here in Arizona, and I have seen a lot of the exact same running boards like I have on other Dodge Ram crew cabs.  Do I like them?  You bet I do!” – Tom Miner, 2004 Ram 3500, 2005 Host Yukon

“Yes I have running boards.  They are factory installed and I like them very much because it makes it so much easier to get in and out of the truck.” – Richard Blohm, 2016 Ford F450, 2015 Lance 1172

Running boards on Ram truck

“Yes, my Dodge has running boards.  They are the round tube kind of style.  They were on the truck when I bought it.  Yes, I use them to get in the truck.  Even with me being 6’4″ I still need a little help getting in this truck.  I have absolutely no thoughts of ever removing them. I  have had zero issues with them.

My question back to you Angela and Gordon is, “Have you thought about bringing one of those small trampolines to place outside the door to bounce in?”  Boy, I can just picture that one there!” – Rich Bain, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2010 Adventurer 810

“It would be too difficult to get in and out of my truck without running boards.  I do not particularly like them because the cut out where I am supposed to put my foot is not in the ideal location.  I am not concerned about the weight of them.” – Ben Hansen, 2006 F350, 2005 Lance 981 Max

“Our truck came with factory installed running boards.  They run down each side from front to rear door openings.  Even after taking the lift kit out of our truck, we need these boards to step up and safely get into the cab.  The boards are chrome-plated with black safety tread for traction.  We wouldn’t be without them.” – Shelley Pike, 2009 Ford F350, 2006 Lance Sportster 950

“My running boards are factory installed.  They are great.  Without them I could not get into the truck with its height.  They also allow me to stand on them and access the windows on my camper from the outside.” – Glen Dougherty, 2015 Ford F350, 2016 Northern Lite 10.2 SE

“My husband and I own five trucks and three of them have running boards.  For this question I assume you mean the one that carries the camper.  Yes, we have running boards.  They came with the truck (since we never buy new that is the method of determining which trucks have running boards).  I do not know what kind they are but they are solid (not tubular) and run the length of the crew-cab.  I am vertically challenged so I like them, and so does the dog.  If we were to replace them my husband would like the power ones that slide under the truck he says to increase fuel economy.” – Tricia Mason, 2009 Ford F350, 2008 Montana Ponderosa

“I do not have running boards because I drive off-road and sometimes on muddy trails. Running boards shorten my ground clearance.” – Rick Scalise, 2015 Ford F250, 2016 Ford 6.8

“I have Leer tube type running boards.  They work great.  My wife has a disability and needs an extra step to get into the truck.” – Randy Bunce, 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2002 Sun Lite Skyhawk SB

“I have what are called Nerf bars or what Ram called chrome step rails.  The main reason to respond to this thread is that I know you have a Ram truck.  What surprised me about the rails from Ram was that they are the widest part of my single rear wheel truck.  You would hit something with them in a sideswipe situation before anything else. That was not the case on my 2004.5 truck with stock Ram rails.  Having said that, the rails on the newer truck have more room for your feet as you step inside.

I don’t recall if your truck is a dually.  The rails can also be an issue if you off-road a lot as they can high center before anything else on the truck.  Some folks step up (pun intended) to the automatic swing in/out rails which tuck them away under the truck.” – Mike Wenrich, 2014 Ram 3500, 2015 Northstar 850SC

Running boards Dodge truck

“I have full diamond plate running boards past the quad doors to the rear wheel well.  It’s a nice wide platform for stepping into the cab.  It looks great!  Weight?  What weight at this point?” – David Weinstein, 1999 Ram 3500, 2005 Arctic Fox 1150

“We have frame mounted Westin 3-inch polished stainless steel side bars.  They are holding up great.  We live in Connecticut where they use that ice melt (acid).  The bars will out last the truck.  I use my 2004 Silverado 2500 extended cab as a daily driver.” – John Tseka, 2004 Silverado, 2012 Lance 850

“Yes, they were on the truck new.  They are handy for getting in and out.  We are getting older and four-wheel trucks like ours are harder to enter/exit without them.  They are aluminum alloy, so it is easy to hose off the snow and mud.  They go the length of the crew cab.” – Mike Kolinski, 2012 GMC 2500 HD, 2012 FWC Hawk

“Yes, we have standard factory running boards.  We love them.  A few years from now you will also appreciate them, and so will Harley!” – Lucien Langlois, 2012 Ford F-250, 2004 Lance 1025

“I have always had running boards.  With the truck makers trying to outdo the others on looks and payload, they forget about those that buy from them.  Not everyone is 6 feet tall.  Us shorter people need the side steps to climb in.  In my case, I have a medical reason for having the running boards.  The only time I don’t like them is when I’m crawling under the truck.” – James Tedford, 2012 Dodge Ram 3500HD, 2007 Arctic Fox

“I have the Ford OEM running boards and they were installed when the truck was new. I love them.  It’s a big step up into the cab.  They still look great after almost a decade.  Last year an interior fastener on the driver’s side rusted out and could not be replaced. The running boards were rust free and the brackets attached to the body of the truck were fine.  So we drilled two holes through the running boards and through all four support arms.  We used non-rusting nuts and bolts.  The cosmetics are not the best (although no one has mentioned the 8 bolt tops), but it was better than shelling out $800+ for new running boards.” – Stephen Leonard, 2008 Ford F250, 1999 Lance Lite 815 (optional extended cab)

“Oh yeah.  I maybe 6’1″, but it is still a reach to tuck in the pop-up top.” – Gord Jopling, 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, 2006 Palomino SS-1251

“Of course I have running boards.  They came stock and I wouldn’t be without them.  I am too damn old to hop in my truck, and my wife’s too damn short and old!” – Michael Ashworth, 2011 Ram 2500, 1989 Jayco popup

“I do not have running boards on my truck.  I don’t really like the looks or the cost.” – Jim Hignite, 2016 Dodge Ram 3500, 2007 Lance 1055

“Running boards are practical.  None are more practical or lighter than the standard equipment black molded plastic version that came with my 2010 Ford F-450 XLT pickup.  They were exactly what I wanted.  If I had to replace them for any reason, I would get exactly the same thing.” – Al Munro, 2010 Ford F-450, fifth wheel (but planning a camper)

“Yes, I have Ionic Railway ABS Nerf Bars with aluminum reinforcement and galvanized black brackets.  They are built strong and lightweight.  They won’t rust like OEM factory bars.  They were replaced due to our salt lined roads in the northeast.  It’s an easy installation using the factory holes with no drilling.  The only downside would be the regular attaching bolts supplied.  The step pads are rubber, not plastic like most aftermarket bars, so there’s no slipping.” – Jim Kreamer, 2002 Ford F150, 2006 Sun Valley Apache Chief 6.90 SE

“Yes, we do having running boards.  They are factory full length crew cab running boards.  I’m 6’3” so I don’t need them, but my wife has bad knees.  She loves them for getting in and out of our truck.  They also keep a lot of the road slop off the truck and camper.” – Mike and Nancy Pohl, 2015 Ford F250, 1985 American Pilgrim 8.5 hard side

“I have Dee Zee with heavy grip-strut tread.  They are fine.  I also use a hand grip to assist entry.  They are also heavy.  Although they are the widest, I found they still tuck under the truck somewhat and I don’t have really good safe footing.  I really needed them because I was sliding off the seat and I did not want to wear down the side of the seat over the years. They are easy to install.” – William Close, 2014 Ram 3500, 2012 Lance 850

“We have running boards.  They’re great to step when it’s snowy/muddy to knock the crud off your boots before getting into the truck.  Plus, my wife has short legs, so I’d have to get a ladder out anyway (don’t her tell I wrote this).” – Dave Treece, 2011 GMC 3500HD, 2014 Arctic Fox 990

“We’ve never given our running boards much thought.  We bought our truck used and they were already on it.  So I guess we’ve gotten used to not jumping into this truck.  Our old truck didn’t have them and we did jump or haul ourselves into that one.” – Sue Graf, 2008 Ford F350, 2013 Arctic Fox 865

“Yes, we kept the factory installed tube running boards.  We would have installed after market boards if the factory ones didn’t meet our needs.  They were mandatory for us.  The seat bolsters on our 2000 GMC have ripped because of the sliding in and out.   The running boards allow you to sit on the center of the seat without sliding over the bolsters when you get into or out of the seats.  We keep our vehicles for a long time (we still use the GMC daily) and saving the wear on the seat is important to us.” – Scott Randolph, 2017 Ram 3500, 2017 Wolf Creek 850

“Yes, we have the Ford factory running boards.  They look heavy, but if you check them out, they are hollow tubing.  I would not have a truck without running boards!” – Lloyd White, 2011 Ford F350, 2004 Lance 1210

“Yes, I have Amp Reaserch Powersteps.  These are my third set, and they are definitely the way to go!  They are pricey, but very stable and it’s easy to enter truck.  Also, they tuck up neatly and don’t effect ground clearance.” – Dixon Boggs, 2015 GMC 3500, 2017 Lance 850

“We do.  They came with the truck as a part of the Denali package.  Our truck is a 2015 and is a crew cab long bed.  What I don’t like is the fact that they do not extend far enough back to enable me to use them to climb into the bed.  The latest GM trucks come with a button feature on the back end of the running board.  When it’s pushed it shifts the board rearward to help gain bed access.  Unfortunately, this not available as an after market upgrade or conversion for our truck.

Another type of running board which I think I would prefer to what I have is the one which tucks itself up under the truck when the door is closed and then extends out when the doors are opened.” – David Pracht, 2015 GMC K3500, 1987 Lance LC900

“Yes, I have standard diamond plate aluminum running boards from the doors to mid box.  I like them because they protect my rocker panels and lower box and fender wells from the gravel, salt and mud that is on all roads up north, paved or not.  They make getting in and out of the two wheel drive chassis cab a breeze.  I also like that the original owner of the truck paid for them!” – Rene Poulin, 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, 2000 Bigfoot 2500 9.6

 

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