These trucks sit so high that reaching stuff over the side of the bed is impossible for most people. I liked the idea of the bed step that you can get on the F150, and I thought about trying to adapt it. But I decided that thing is too complicated for my taste. So I decided to make my own. This gives me just the boost I need to reach stuff in the front of the bed. And if I need to climb into the front of the bed while the fiver is hitched up, I can step over to the tire and then step over the side.
Ground clearance is important to me, so I tucked it up as close to the bed as I could.
Put a foot pad on it from McMaster Carr. It is a fork truck pedal pad.
Mounted it to the bed strut, second back from the front. This is the only long strut on my long bed, and it happens to be in just the right location. I don't know what the short bed has. The strut is only about 14ga steel, so there is a backing plate inside the strut to distribute the load.
Here are all the parts for one side. I put one on each side of the truck.
I have the longer "Wheel to wheel" step bars on my short bed which works well for getting into the front of the bed. My truck has a lift gate so I have no rear bumper. I would love to have something like that, but located behind the tire closer to the tail light so I can get in the truck easier when the tail gate is open.