Originally Posted by IceOnFire
We couldn't find a 4WD with the front bench seats which was our #1 priority. I couldn't care for the tailgate step either as we will get an aftermarket side step which works better esp since you can't open the tailgate with the trailer attached.
If I had to do it over, we would have ordered a truck with the options we wanted. We couldn't wait as we'll be embarking on a 11 day trip in less than 2 weeks which includes stops in Big Sur and Yosemite which has some challenging terrain.
As for the Tailgate step... I did not see the need but now that I have it I am so glad I have it. I have a Cap on my truck so I climb in and out from the back to load it up and that step makes it so much easier. I thought it was gimmicky before I bought it but now I think otherwise, at least for my situation.
I am able to open my tailgate when hooked up to our BHBE, it is close but Im able to open it. I open it to slide in or out the Hitch bars when un-hooking the WDH to back it into our yard.
I would of ordered as well and/or waited for the 2017's as it is a whole new platform versus the 20 yr old platform our trucks are on but like you was in a time crunch so got the closest thing to what I would have ordered.
Your 11 day trip sounds very nice... we would love to get out to Yosemite. We just watched the National Parks series on PBS and that one is on our list to visit... but its 2,800 miles from home.
We have a 16 Day trip in July... Florida to St. Louis and back.