Ram 1500 Side Step Buyer’s Guide: Which Truck Step or Running Board Is Your Favorite?

This will make your truck accessory decision easier.

2020 ram 1500 side step running board
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What is your favorite side step or running board for your truck? Our friends at AmericanTrucks.com put together another quick overview of the various step options for a new Ram 1500 truck. The choices are the same as for any truck, but the special fitment in list has to do with the latest Ram full-size trucks.

Check out the American Trucks side step buyer’s guide and fitment for a new 2020 Ram 1500 and older models as well.

Side Bars

This is perhaps the most common of side steps for any pickup truck and a more affordable option. It does the job and look pretty good. However, it does not offer a lot of traction surface for the foot.

Running Boards

A running board can be wider like the one pictured with lots of traction surface from the front to the back to put your feet. However, it is closer tucked into the truck’s body and does not offer a lot of assist for getting into lifted trucks.

Drop Steps

Drops steps like this offer more assist for getting into a taller truck, but they can also decrease the amount of side clearance and breaker angle for when you are going off-road.

Power Steps

This is perhaps the most convenient and versatile solution. The power steps. When extended, they offer great assist to get into a tall truck. When retracted, they do not get in the way of off-roading. Although, you need to be careful when deploying these steps when off-road as to not hit and damage the steps.