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Patent Filing Suggests Ford Pickups Could Get Movable Step

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a movable step that could be used on Ford pickups, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 6th, 2021, published on November 10th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0355737.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a large number of pickup-related patents over the past several months, including one for a summer venting window that could be utilized as a rear window screen, unique cargo modules, a modular storage system, a multi-panel bed, a pivotable sill assembly, a new type of cargo management system, and a bed to cab pass through system. Now, this new Ford patent continues that trend by outlining an idea for a movable step for pickups.

While some of the patent drawings depict a step that looks just like the ones that have been present in Ford pickups for years now, there are some notable differences worth pointing out. The biggest is the fact that this step can be moved between one of two positions depending on what’s most convenient for owners, whether that be from the traditional location inside the tailgate or the side of the bed, as we can see in these patent drawings.

In this case, the step would be installed in the tailgate, as is currently the case, but it would also be removable, unlike today’s tailgate steps. Owners could move the step to the front side of the bed, where there’s a door that covers another area where the step can be attached. Users can then keep the step stored in that location, or just use it to retrieve items that are more toward the front of the bed versus climbing all the way into it.

As Ford points out in the patent, such a feature could be quite useful, particularly for those that are towing a trailer – especially one that uses a gooseneck of fifth wheel hitch – but still need to retrieve items from the bed. Given how innovative features routinely launch in the highly competitive truck market on an annual basis, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this one come to light, too.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Bob

    How about using the side hatch DOOR as the step? And then I don’t have to drag a 30lb piece of tailgate around? The hatch then stores sliders, straps, etc.

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    1. Ryan

      I’ve always wondered why no one puts a little toolbox there, there’s tons of wasted space

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      1. RWFA

        If you look to F-series from the late 60’s and early 70’s, there was a lockable box on the side. Only problem is it caused corrosion issues and with the rise of extended cabs, that storage space moved inside the cab.

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    2. RWFA

      Totally agree. Expecting a customer to install a step every time they want to climb up to access a toolbox in the bed is a bit ridiculous. My guess is somebody already owns the extensible step in side pocket patent and this is a clumsy work around.

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      1. Lance

        Doesn’t make sense cause ford the the GM style bedside step on the new superduty

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        1. Lance

          Also the article says the patent was filed back in May of 2021, so maybe this was the work around for the GM patent but they got the ok to use them in the 18 months since and this removeable step will never see the light of day.

          Reply

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