Do you like power deployable running boards?

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Never had RBPs but I for sure can say they kick AMPs butt, DUDE.
Lol .... I will never buy AMP steps myself, but I sure the hell wouldn't pay for the OEM ones either ...

AMP says they have greatly improved their steps and corrected all the fitment issues especially on RAM trucks ... I seriously doubt it ...and RBP steps have been on back order for RAM trucks for over a year and I don't think they are actually going to continue making them ... Kelleigh Ash the Vice President for RBP was fired and is now with Belltech suspensions as the marketing director lol ... that lady really screwed up RBP to tell you the truth, but she did something right with the RBP steps ....
 

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I've got Amps on my '09. They were the only ones that would come down far enough for the wife and not take up all my ground clearance. Over four years now and they still work great.

From what I've read, Amp Research invented the power steps and licensed them out to various manufacturers. Admittedly, that doesn't make them the "best", but as with most anecdotal "evidence", it goes to experience. If you had a bad time with them before, you're not likely to buy them again. If I got a new full size truck, I'd have no hesitation at all of putting another set of Amps on it.
 

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This is why I don't like them. Love the concept but no protection. Getting new flares for the third time under warranty next week. A local guy is going to 3M them for me where the problem area is. FCA won't cover the tape, go figure.
 

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Like mine for the same reason as @Wahrsuul, makes getting out of the truck so much easier for my wife, they come out farther so her foot can find them stepping down, the nerf bars just didn't come out far enough for her to easily find them. I'll put them on my next truck without question.
 

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I like the clean look of the power running boards, I have had the running boards that are just bolted on and I have slipped off them. My Big Horn did not come with running board so I added them.
 

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My 2020 Ram 1500 Big Horn did not come with any running boards and the step up into the cab was a bit too much for my wife.

After comparing aftermarket alternatives and getting installation quotes from a couple of 4x4 specialty stores, I realized having the dealer install OEM power steps was my cheapest and best option. I like the clean look and they work well for my wife. I did have to go back to the dealer about a month later for an adjustment when one side stopped extending properly, but they've now been working fine for months. A plus is that the dealer bundled them into the OEM standard new truck warranty.

When I was elk hunting this October on rough, narrow forest trails at 8,000 ft elevation in northern Arizona, I would have scraped fixed tube steps on trail-side logs and upcropping rocks. These retractable steps escaped unscathed. I like having the option to disable automatic extension to make exiting the truck quieter when parking at the end of a 4x4 trail at 5:30 AM to climb towards the even higher country where the elk were bedded down.
 

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No way you can honestly say that the OEM power boards are better than RBPs Stealth Power Running Boards or the AMP steps lol ..seriously dude
I've taken a look at the RBP's, and have a couple of concerns about them. First, they don't look like they sit as low as OEM power steps when deployed. They appear to sit about the same height as many fixed steps. Second, they don't look as solid when you step on them. In their video, every one of them drops a little when stepped on. My OEM's deploy lower, which make them easier for shorter people to use. And they're more solid when using them. However, I'm only judging them by their own video. I might feel differently if I was to actually use them. But if given a choice between the two, I'd go with OEM.
 

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I've taken a look at the RBP's, and have a couple of concerns about them. First, they don't look like they sit as low as OEM power steps when deployed. They appear to sit about the same height as many fixed steps. Second, they don't look as solid when you step on them. In their video, every one of them drops a little when stepped on. My OEM's deploy lower, which make them easier for shorter people to use. And they're more solid when using them. However, I'm only judging them by their own video. I might feel differently if I was to actually use them. But if given a choice between the two, I'd go with OEM.

They are actually stronger than the other steps out there ... they have 2 motors and actually have an extended drop version for all steps of an extra 3" ...

I have had mine for over a year now and not one single problem with them .... the finish is actually still almost like new, I have had several people close to 300 lbs stand on them and they have been surprised of how sturdy they are ....the mounting points have never gotten lose and I know because I always check everything on my truck to make sure everything is tight ...

But to each their own .... AMP has been around for a lot longer and they actually make MOPAR power boards they just don't brand them, I have however seen a few AMPs installed at the dealership and they designated them as MOPAR but have the AMP logo on them ....

If AMP actually did something about their motors and the fitment issues "I" would have no problem with them, but over the years they have had their share of problems but that is just like with every other brand of product out there ...I am sure at some point now that the RBP steps have been out for 2 years and change they will end up with bad reviews and complaints about them out there ...

 

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They are actually stronger than the other steps out there ... they have 2 motors and actually have an extended drop version for all steps of an extra 3" ...

I have had mine for over a year now and not one single problem with them .... the finish is actually still almost like new, I have had several people close to 300 lbs stand on them and they have been surprised of how sturdy they are ....the mounting points have never gotten lose and I know because I always check everything on my truck to make sure everything is tight ...

But to each their own .... AMP has been around for a lot longer and they actually make MOPAR power boards they just don't brand them, I have however seen a few AMPs installed at the dealership and they designated them as MOPAR but have the AMP logo on them ....

If AMP actually did something about their motors and the fitment issues "I" would have no problem with them, but over the years they have had their share of problems but that is just like with every other brand of product out there ...I am sure at some point now that the RBP steps have been out for 2 years and change they will end up with bad reviews and complaints about them out there ...

That's good to know about them being stronger than they look. I was only going by the video. And in that video, every one of them flex a bit when the person steps on them. I'm a little skeptical about them being the strongest, but again, I haven't used the RBP steps.

I've read conflicting claims on who makes the power steps for Mopar. Some claim they are made by AMP, and others claim they are a different design. I don't know which is true, and I really don't care. My current truck came with the Mopar steps, and I'm very happy with them. They sit at a perfect height, and are very solid feeling. I weigh about 225 lbs and there is no bounce at all. In fact, they feel more solid than some fixed step tubes I've owned.
 

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3rd set of rear fender flares installed today, truck is only 2.5 years. Just ordered wheel to wheel steps. My OEM power steps will be up for sale in a couple of weeks. I'll be in Ontario until end of January. Need rid of ASAP.
 
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