The Jargon for Classic Pickup trucks it can be confusing. Marketing terms for beds only include stepside, flareside, fenderside, uline, thriftside, and sportsside. Fortunately, there are only two common types of truck beds. Fleetside pickup trucks have a modern bed, the outer edges of which are flush with the truck doors, and the fenders are retracted under the bed. Stepside trucks have a narrower bed and bold, flared fenders. In front of these fenders, but behind the cab, they have room for a step to access the bed. This step gives the step its more common name.
What does stepside mean on a truck?
Stepside was originally a Chevrolet marketing term for its narrow pickup bed with flared fenders. While other car manufacturers built similar beds, they used different names for them. But most classic truck fans refer to all beds in this style as steps.
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The step box was originally intended to reduce the amount of metal used in a pickup bed. This made it lighter and cheaper. But many classic truck collectors believe that a step bed enhances the appearance of an older truck that has flared front fenders.
Here are some other names for this style of bed:
- running board chevrolet
- flared ford side
- jeep sport side
- second hand jeep
- dodge utility
What is the difference between Stepside and Fleetside?
A step is a narrow box with flared rear fenders. The exterior of a fleet bed, on the other hand, is flush with the truck door. Therefore, its rear wheels are embedded in the bed.
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Because the entire bed of a step-up must be narrower than the wheel wells, a step-up often has less cargo capacity than a regular (fleet-side) pickup truck bed. But the cargo box of a floating cargo box is often wider than its wheels and has raised humps in the wheel wells.
The fleet side is much more common, few trucking enthusiasts know the term. Most people just call it a pickup truck. But when steps were more popular, automakers needed a term for the fleet-side bed. Here were the most common, according to motor trend:
- chevrolet fleet side
- jeep city side
- dodge sweep line
- GMC wide side
- ford style
Are forklifts still made?
Murphy beds are no longer a standard pickup truck option. Occasionally, automakers have offered a retro-looking truck with a small step between the rear fender and the cab. But for decades, this has been more of a design cue than a type of bed.
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What happened to the step? Originally it was a way to save metal, thus saving money and weight. But as the weight of modern trucks increases, the weight of an additional layer of metal in a truck bed is negligible.
Also, Stepside trucks look especially good on trucks with flared front fenders. But as all trucks adopted a boxy-body look in the 1980s, step-down beds began to look out of place.
Next, read about square-body pickup trucks, or see why step-up trucks have gone out of style in the video below:
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