I like the depth of my bed. I may not be able to reach everything in it, but I can haul more than my last truck (a 97 F150). I wouldn't trade the depth for anything. As far as a step, I like the step that was previously pictured.
hey, I had a 77 El Camino SS. at 6'3", I had problems getting stuff in the center of that bed also...didn't help that it was dirty so I didn't want to rub against it, but that's not the point.
but seriously. I understand some of you guys are a little older and maybe climbing the tailgate/bumper and the tire are a bit painful. that step thing that mounts to the frame looks like a pretty good option for y'all.
for me though, it looks like I'll have to stick with the other ways to get into the bed. I don't think that frame step could hold my weight. it doesn't hurt that I'm still waiting for my football exploits to catch up to me
I hope is they keep the deep bed though. going back to a shallow bed wouldn't look good IMO
I don't like the tall side walls. I'm 5'-10" and would like to be able to easily reach down to the bed to pick up tools, etc. Yes, its possible to stand on the tire, etc. but I'd rather be on solid ground. I haul lots of stuff also but really don't need the extra tall walls. Just my $0.02.
Funny how the ones most in favor of the deeper bed are "only" 6' and taller, and probably under 40. Average size guys ( 5'7-5'10) DO have a problem reaching over the side to the bottom, also us older farts don't want to drop the tailgate and climb up every damn time we need to retrieve a smaller item up at the front of the bed. That's probably why Ford put a tailgate step and grab pole on the new Super Dutys. Ford built a standard depth bed for many years, and I hauled as much concrete, lumber, and sod as any new truck could handle. There a lot of older truckers out there who would agree.
Absolutely right on every count. I have a 2WD and I can't touch the floor of the bed without letting down the tail gate. These are some big F#^%$&* trucks! They are making them big because of the simpletons who buy a truck because of how big it is. Hey, the manufacturers will make what you want, that's a fact of business. But I swear I would have traded mine off already if they still made the Ranger. Before the F150 I had an S-10 that I got for $750 and was worth every cent The truck was just used up, but I loved it. So, I went to buy a new Colorado back in the fall of '06, but my local Chevy dealer is one of those places where you cannot buy a vehicle. They absolutely will not deal, and beyond that, they are all AHs (yes, that's you, Heritage). Example: I told the helpful salesman I wanted to drive the red 4x4 truck they had on a ramp so you could see underneath it. So, he leaves, ostensibly to get the keys. 10 minutes later he drives up in a base 2WD white truck. How do explain to an imbecile that you need to drive the truck you're interested in?
So, a few weeks later, I saw an ad for a new 2007 base-model F-150 for $12888 at a local Ford dealer, so I got one of those. A great truck, but the thing is huge. I have no doubt I will own a smaller truck, but it has to be special, and I'm not seeing anything at this time.
So, to the original question, no, I don't have anything on the truck that helps me reach the bed floor. I get something to stand on when I might be tying down a load of sticks or something, and if I need to get in, I open the tailgate, grab the gate latch bar, put one foot on the bumper and Alley Oop!