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Best Running boards for old people and dogs - Double Cab

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by MASA, Feb 21, 2021 at 7:08 PM.

  1. Feb 21, 2021 at 7:08 PM
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    MASA

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    Hi all,
    New members here and I'm sure we'll have plenty of questions in the coming months.
    I haven't owned a truck in 40 years and don't own one yet but have had great luck with Toyota and Lexus sedans over the years. My wife and I are planning on retirement within a year and hope to do some travel trailer exploring soon after. We've decided an SR5 with double cab and 6.5 bed will be the tow vehicle (for an Oliver Travel Trailer weighing approx 6K Lbs) and we're thinking about options. Does anyone have opinions on what are the best running boards or steps for older folk and their dogs. We are function over form people for what that's worth. We also live in Minnesota and hope to snow-bird over the next decade or so. Any insight or advice would be appreciated!
     
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  2. Feb 21, 2021 at 7:27 PM
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    My wife was not a fan of the predator side steps that came on my 20 Tundra. For me, it also became old always thinking about where my size 15 foot needs to be planted every time I get in and out of the car. I ended up getting Go Rhino RB20. These side steps have also made it much easier for the dog to hop in as well.

    20210209_080052.jpg
     
  3. Feb 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM
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    At first I love the predator steps, now I need something bigger for my daughter step up and down. How much you paid for your and from where if you don’t mind me asking
     
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    $557 shipped after a coupon code from a youtuber (I think its "untamed") who reviewed the side steps. That was the best deal I gound. I considered sliders with welded plates but saw them in person and didnt feel they had enough coverage for my big feet.
     
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  5. Feb 21, 2021 at 8:05 PM
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    BravoDeltaRomeo Old Man Blue

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    For dogs, make sure there are no gaps between the steps and the truck body.

    Open type drop steps can be bad too.

    Both are dangerous if they get their paws/leg stuck in there when jumping or or down....snap.

    We have removed our entirely until I get some full top plate sliders that are right against the truck body/frame etc
     
  6. Feb 21, 2021 at 8:06 PM
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    you got the bed liner one ?
     
  7. Feb 21, 2021 at 8:08 PM
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    Yes indeed I did. It matches the OEM spray in bed liner I already had. During this recent snow and ice storm in my area, the bedliner texture was as grippy as usual.
     
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    Buy once, cry once.....Amp Steps.
     
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  9. Feb 21, 2021 at 8:27 PM
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    Whicked gaps for dogs to get their legs stuck in their and snap off.

    Just about the worst you can get for dogs jumping into the cab.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2021 at 9:34 PM
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    Ummm ok.
     
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    GoRhino RB10 here, makes it easy for the kids
     
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    I got rid of my nerf style boards and found a set of OEM running boards that came off a 2020 for $175. Much easier for my kids to get in and out now.20210221_143529.jpg
     
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  13. Feb 22, 2021 at 4:29 AM
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    RB20s with the bed liner are about the best I have seen. No gaps, no slip and flat step surface.
     
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    I have the Bestop Powerboard almost half the price of AMP
     
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    I have Iron cross Patriot boards, wide step and aluminum with rubber step. Take a look online. There are always deals to be made on any step you want.
     
  16. Feb 22, 2021 at 7:26 AM
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    Are you just looking for general running board and step recommendations....or do you want them to be dog friendly?

    Many are posting recommendations that don't take this into consideration as it is probably something most non dog owners don't even think about.

    Some more info and suggestions here.
     
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  17. Feb 22, 2021 at 7:29 AM
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    The oem steps that came on my truck are great. No gaps for dogs to get caught, and grippy enough even when wet.
     
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    Thanks, they need to be dog friendly or we won't get them.
     
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  19. Feb 22, 2021 at 11:58 AM
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    Then watch the gap where they mount. That was the issue we had with our OEM Nerf bars. As soon as I found out it was a hazard, they came off (as you may have seen in the linked thread)

    Go Rhino RB10/RB20 and maybe some of the Dominators, all look like they fit tight against the body with no gap for dog legs or feet.
     
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