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Old 02-03-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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GM tailgate step- you've gotta see the humor in this...

I vividly recall the GM commercial where they ridiculed Ford for having an available tailgate step. The gist of the commercial was that real men don't need a step. Not long after, they incorporated the bumper steps which seemed completely ridiculous to me. And now, here we are with GM introducing their own tailgate step. Even devout GM fans have to see how funny this is!!!!! I predict that within 5 years they'll be offering aluminum bodies and smaller displacement turbocharged engines.


Next Chevy Silverado could get this built-in tailgate step - Autoblog
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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I predict that within 5 years they'll be offering aluminum bodies
No need to predict... GM already announced it for late 2018.

GM readying aluminum body trucks by late 2018, report says
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I like my bumper step...
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:16 PM   #4
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Looks to me like another corrosion prone part. My truck sits real high..I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket up side down when I need it...

I got a kick out of the GM commercial about how steel trucks were better. I knew then that being behind the 8 ball needed some positive advertising.

Working in the heavy truck industry where aluminum cabs have been the norm for a decade now, I can tell you (from experience) that crash damage on an aluminum body is 5 times as expensive to repair and a PITA as everything is glued together with epoxy.

I don't need (or want) no stinking tailgate step and considering how flimsy the GM tailgate is now, they had better beef it up a bit or stepping on that step will bow the tailgate.
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:23 PM   #5
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I like my bumper step...
I guess my thing was, how much easier can it be to put your foot on the bumper step as opposed to the bumper itself only a few inches higher? I suppose the bumper step does somewhat encapsulate your foot to limit potentially slipping off. Still, to make fun of another company for offering a tailgate step and imply real men don't need a step, just to mold one into your bumper.......and now offer a real tailgate step....just makes me and . I mean, honestly, if the bumper step is so great I would wonder why they need to offer the tailgate step. But, once again, I haven't used one, so I can't offer any real critique of it's actual usefulness.
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When we had our 5er, we had a ford with the tailgate step and the pop-out steps on the side of the truck.


Absolutely the BEST things since sliced bread! I used the side steps all the time when I worked the 5th wheel hitch and the tailgate step (with the grab handle) made getting in and out of the bed a breeze!
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:56 PM   #7
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I have a GM and it would be nice to have a step incorporated in my Tgate. I use a 3 step, plastic fold up ladder and I use it a lot. I have an aux fuel tank in front of the 5th wheel and I use my step ladder to stand on while filling the aux tank. I be one of those normal guys....5 ft 8 and under.....
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I'm tall (6'6") and I have a fold-down step on my Ram 3500 SRW 4 x4. I also have pull-down steps on the sides for easy access to both sides of my truck box.

It is funny that they advertised "no-step" as not needed for "real men" then went on to add the step... I guess that means that GM truck buyers aren't manly? (Not my opinion, but possibly the company's)
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This is why I just smh at all the my trucks the best, don't buy a ford, gm, toyota etc arguments that people love to have. Who cares? Buy what you like, what works for your needs and wants in a truck. Competition is a good thing because this is what happens. One company comes out with new ideas and if it does well then it can get the attention of other manufacturers and they then incorporate it. I'm sure there are plenty of lifelong gm owners who were like huh that tailgate step is pretty neat, I think I would use that quite a bit, especially the older I get . Well now they can get the truck they prefer and some new tech when they upgrade next . Same with the aluminum body's and the half ton diesels that are popping up now.
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I vividly recall the GM commercial where they ridiculed Ford for having an available tailgate step. The gist of the commercial was that real men don't need a step. Not long after, they incorporated the bumper steps which seemed completely ridiculous to me. And now, here we are with GM introducing their own tailgate step. Even devout GM fans have to see how funny this is!!!!! I predict that within 5 years they'll be offering aluminum bodies and smaller displacement turbocharged engines.


Next Chevy Silverado could get this built-in tailgate step - Autoblog
According to my body repair man, if they do, he will be turning away Chevy trucks for bed repair just like he does Fords now.

Glad I'm old. I own my last truck.
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