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Step for the Back of a 2016 Ram 2500 Long Bed

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My 78 year old Dad owns a RAM 2500 Truck, using a 2” BandW “Tow and Stow” Tri-Ball Trailer Hitch TS10048BB 2inch x 1-7/8inch x 2inch x 5/16inch Class IV with a 10,000 tow capacity. He does tow a dump trailer and occasionally move a backhoe on a trailer as well. He needs a STEP to get in and out of the truck bed, and I am looking for suggestions. I have two ideas, but need an expert’s opinion or different idea. OPTION #1 Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 4inch /Rise #RM-077-4 With this adapter, I imagine I could use the top receiver for a step, and the bottom receiver for his BandW Tow and Stow. OPTION #2 Brophy Hitch Extender with Step - 2inch Hitches #ST12 With this, I imagine he could merely extend his BandW. My dilemma with both above options, is that I’m not certain he would still be able to tow the heavy backhoe. Would he? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Expert Reply:

I may have a solution for you but Roadmaster dual receiver # RM-077-4 cannot be used for towing trailer and it only has a tongue weight capacity of 400 pounds so it is not a good option. Hitch extender with step # ST12 would be a good option. The only problem is that since it is an extension it will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 33 percent. And it is rated for just 350 pounds tongue weight itself so it isn't a good option either.

If you can tell me the year of the Ram 2500 I can determine if there are custom options that will work and still allow full capacity of the hitch.

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The RAM 2500 is a 2016 (6.4 Hemi) with an 8’ bed and ARE tall cap.

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Ok, great. I have some good news. There is a step that will fit. It is Bestop bed step # B75306. It is a fit as long as the truck does not have the type of exhaust the exit out right behind the rear tires.

The great thing about this step is that it mounts to the truck so it is always there. Your dad won't have to lug around any extra parts like with an extension step.

There is also a side step version, # B7541315, which can only be installed on the driver's side. This one is also retractable.

Truth be told they are a little on the pricey side but based on customer response they are well worth it!

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