Change of Heart - The Tailgate Step Rules - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Change of Heart - The Tailgate Step Rules

June 23, 2011

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The first time I saw one, I dismissed Ford's tailgate step option as an old man's accessory. something that looked interesting on the showroom floor but was worth nowhere near the $375 they get for it. I was wrong.

Over the last couple of days, I've used the one in our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor dozens of times for a variety of move-related tasks. It's been invaluable when climbing in and out of the bed while loading scrap metal on its way to the recycler, wood and other debris headed to the dump and for loading and unloading a bunch of those flip-top storage boxes bound for the new garage.

Sure, the Raptor sits a bit higher than other F-150s, but I reckon the difference isn't great enough to change my opinion in a normal F-150 application. Ford's tailgate step has gone from "whatever" to "gotta have it" after just a couple loads.

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On a related note, how many of those boxes do you think Ford's 5.5-foot short bed will hold in one go? The answer is 20, double stacked with the tailgate closed. It's a nice snug fit, too. No tie-downs required.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 26,323 miles


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