If you’re in the market for a new truck, or have just bought yourself a new Ram 1500, there’s no doubt that your starting to look for running boards for your new ride. Even though trucks are the ultimate versatile vehicle, they can be challenging to get in and out of, especially for children and those with limited mobility. Fortunately, there are a wide array of step options for your truck, from traditional running boards to sporty nerf bars and simple side steps.
Here, we’ll examine each option to help you choose which one might be best for you.
Running boards are flat, wide boards that run the length of your truck’s cab. They provide a wide and uniform stepping surface for the length of the board. Running boards meet the carriage of your truck, so that there is no major gap between the two. The uniform stepping surface combined with the shared line of the truck cab makes running boards a streamlined, integrated choice as a step. The wide surface makes it a stable and safe choice for those with limited mobility or shaky balance.
Nerf bars were originally used to protect the sides and undercarriage of the truck from debris encountered off road. These bars have gained popularity as a step though because of their sleek and sporty appearance. Nerf bars are often spaced away from the body of your truck cab, which distinguishes them visually from the truck cab. They are often tubular or oval shaped and provide a flat, no-slip stepping surfaces at cab doors.
Side steps are a great approach for people who just want a simple step into and out of their truck. If you get side steps, you’ll need to be sure that both you and your passenger feel comfortable spotting these smaller steps so you avoid a misstep and potential fall when exiting the truck.
Rather than running the length of the cab, side steps are slightly larger than the width of your foot, making for a compact stepping option that doesn’t greatly alter the look of your truck. These steps may look similar to a metal rung, or they may look like a shortened running board. Even with this little step, there are lots of options!
Regardless of which step option you choose, running boards, nerf bars, and side steps all have a wide range of options. You’ll need to consider if you’re interested in:
- Chrome or black
- Textured or rubberized
- Additional features like a boot scraper
- Cab length or wheel to wheel (for running boards and nerf bars)
Wheel-to-wheel running boards and nerf bars are ones that extend beyond the truck’s cab, from the front to back wheel. The big advantage of these steps is that they allow a stepping surface at the truck’s bed, which can be especially helpful if you’re not particularly tall, if your truck is lifted or if you need to easily access items within your toolbox.
If you have questions about the best step for your truck, or if you want a quality install on your new running boards, contact the service department at Bryant Motors. We’re here to help your new truck function its best for you for years to come!