Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Sturdy, lightweight Step Gate installs on the passenger's side of your tailgate to provide 2 steps up into your pickup truck bed. Also secures bulky or long items for transport. Removes or folds out of the way in seconds
NOTE: On trucks with plastic drop-in bed liners, the bed liner will need to be trimmed so that the mounting plates of the Step Gate are in direct metal-to-metal contact with the tailgate. Sandwiching the bed liner in between the plate and the tailgate will result in the step being unstable and becoming wobbly over time. For trucks with spray-on bed liners, the Step Gate can be mounted directly to the bed liner.
Step Gate works as a safe, comfortable way to get up into your truck bed. It's also handy for securing hard-to-transport items such as pipes, construction supplies and gas containers. Double-step gate functions the same way as the single-step model shown above - just fold steps together.
When not needed, Step Gate folds up - step to step - onto the tailgate. All you have to do is close the tailgate and go. The main part of the unit removes easily when necessary.
Notes on Operation
The hinged step brackets of the 2-step model of the Step Gate are secured with a spring-loaded locking bar. Follow these steps to open the hinged bracket.
Warning: Do not operate your truck with the step in the down position. Always stow the step bracket before moving your vehicle.
Video of Convert-A-Ball Step Gate - Universal Truck Tailgate Step - 2 Steps - Passenger's Side
Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
We're going to show you part number CAB-SG-2R, the convertible step gate. Let's go ahead and lower our tail gate, and take a look. This is a competed assembly on the tail gate. It may look like it take a lot of room, in case you need to use your truck as a truck, you can always take this off, it's really easy. Pull up on this button right here, push forward, whole simply comes off. You have full access to your truck, then. When you want to use it, we're going to put it back, line up our front half, pull up on the button, pull back in.
Let the button snap into place, and you're good to go. This can stretch from 1 inch square tubing, all the way around, of course, except for the plates, and it's all covered in a powder coat finish. Does have a weight capacity of 400 pounds. You also want to know the capacity of your tailgate as well. On the install side of things, it even provides a drill bit, which is really nice. Next, we'll go ahead and show you how we installed. Beginner install, well, we'll go ahead and work with 3 main components.
There's these 2 base plates, and the part that holds the step, and it's also a handhold. We're going to loosely put these together. We've got a tab we have to pull up. We'll go ahead and slide it into the plate, until the pin falls in. We'll just line up the front half. Okay, now we'll go ahead and maneuver it, where we have the most contact with the sheet metal.
This is a universal fit, so we got to find the right spot for it. Going to move on over to the far side as possible, so on the front here, we got good attachment points on the sheet metal. We need a minimum of 4, more is better. We'll do the same thing with the back, and adjust it. Not much we can do with here, so probably just drill a new hole, and attach the sheet metal here.
We can use this hole, we'll have to go through the plastic part on the tailgate here, but there is metal behind it. Again, stay as far forward as possible. We'll probably use these 2, okay. It looks like we can use this attachment point here. The places where there's a space in between, you don't really want that. You just want as much metal to metal contact, with the fasteners. I'm going to use a paint marker to mark our holes. We're going to use the provided drill bit, that comes as kit, and we'll go and drill out our holes. Okay. Let's go ahead and use the provided screws to attach our plate to our tailgate. We're going to need a 3H nut driver, or a socket. Okay. Now, we don't have to crush them, just get them nice and snug. All right. Now, like I said, I'm just going to drill out the hole, using the bit that it comes with, through both pieces of metal. Alternately, you can probably stack a bunch of washers, and go through this part as well. I'm going to match the hole in the plate to these holes here, so I'm go ahead and drill this out, using a quarter inch bit. Just light pressure, just to get through this part here. Don't worry about hitting the tailgate. Let's go ahead and place the second into place, and use the same fasteners as before. Go ahead and put our center section into place, just like that, towards the front, pull up on the button, slide it back, tool snaps in. All right, now we can go ahead and install the steps. All right, what's going to happen is the bolt's going to go through here. There's a plastic washer that'll fit in between here. Push the bolt through here, to the other side, just enough to get it started. Install another washer, push the bolt on through. Then we install the lock nut, and we'll go ahead and snug it down. Okay, now, to tighten up our hardware, we going to use 11/16 wrench and socket. Okay. Now we're going to tighten it. Want to make sure it takes up all the slack and has smooth action. Let's go ahead and check for a full range of movement. Looks like everything works good. We'll go ahead and install the caps, go on top of the screws. All right, put our caps on our screws. It's kind of push into place. Okay, with our caps on, our install is complete. Let's go ahead and fold the back up. We can put our tailgate up, or if we don't want it it place, we can simply remove it. That'll finish it for the convertible step gate, part number CAB-SG--2R.
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (61 Customer Reviews)Sturdy, lightweight Step Gate installs on the passenger's side of your tailgate to provide 2 steps up into your pickup truck bed. Also secures bulky or long items for transport. Removes or folds out of the way in seconds
1st I want to thank etrailer for the quick shipping. Within a few hours of placing my order I received two emails. One said my order was in stock at their warehouse and would ship immediately. The second said To expect delivery in 3 to 5 days instead of the 5 to 10 originally quoted. I received it in 4. When looking at the reviews before ordering I noticed several complaints about the box being busted open upon arrival. Mine was also busted open on the end but luckily the hardware package was still there. This seems to be common problem, maybe they need to do something about that. Now on to the step. Installation was fairly easy it took myself and a friend about 1.5 hours. It could be done in only a few minutes on a gate without a bed liner. The step is built well with the exception of one thing. The hing that attaches the second step is too lightweight and attached with small rivets. This thing is rated for 400 lbs. I weigh 265 lb. and the 1st time I stepped on it with a little pressure to see that the tail gate was strong enough the hing immediately stretched at the loops that the pin goes through and the rivets loosened. A hing with welded loops and welded to the step instead of rivets would have fixed this problem. I'm sure I'll need to repair this at some time. Because of the way the step is offset from the handle it has a considerable amount of side flex when stepped on. This shouldn't cause a problem as long as the ears on the bracket don't give up. Overall I think I'll be happy with it and it sure makes it way easier getting in and out of the truck. Oh, and one added bonus, using the handle when opening and closing the gate makes it a lot easier. 121807
by: Ralph B.06/30/2016
My SG2R was delivered yesterday and I installed it that evening on my 2011 GMC Canyon. I thought the directions were easy to understand, the install was very straight forward and took less than 30 minutes. I climbed in and out of my truck maybe 6 or 8 times, each time folding the steps in and out, just to see how it was going to work and was happy with how easy it is to use. After some routine driving around today, I examined the entire Step Gate system and have 3 minor issues I wanted to share. 1. Both of the decals that say "Caution: Not A Step" and "Fold Down" failed to stay on as intended and have already blown off. The residue on the frame where they were both located is very slimy, rather than sticky. If you will provide me with some new replacement decals, I will be happy to use a solvent to clean the frame and re-apply them. If you don't want to do that, I'll just leave them off. 2. Where the first step folds down and makes solid contact with the Rear Base Plate, as designed, the powder coating has already chipped away on both parts. My only concern here is living in Oregon, this will become a source of rust overnight. I may look at sticking a small, hard rubber pad/strip where those parts come together to try and eliminate that issue. 3. This unit really rattles a lot when just driving down the road. I've got the 3/8" bolt, 2 nylon washers and lock nut about as tight as I can and still get the steps to fold down and back up like they should. The rattle all seems to be originating from the space between the two base plates and step bracket. All in all, I know I will get a lot of use out of this Step Gate, as it clearly makes it easy and safe getting in the back of my truck. Thank you, Ralph B. Eugene, OR 266850
by: George B.10/10/2013
Great Tailgate step, Easy to install. I can get in and out of the truck a lot safer. When I sleep in the back, I can close the tailgate by using the handle. 103340
Excellent product. Easy to install, less than 30 minutes. I have a 2012 Ford F150 4x4 with a full size bed (8'). It can be a bit difficult for some to get into the bed without assistance. This has solved that problem. I did add 2 nylon washers with double back tape to the area where the top step contacts the mounting bracket. etrailer.com sent the item in a very timely manner and there customer service is excellent. Definitely a great place to do business with. 212562
by: Lee B.11/17/2014
This double rung tailgate step works great. I am a big guy (300+lbs) and this product has no issues with that. Instalation was easy, I had to cut my tailgate protector so that the step mounting plates sat firmly on the surface of the tailgate (etrailer write-up informed me of that prior to purchase). Only one slight issue with the product... the retaining bar that holds the ladder assembly onto the mounting bracket didn't travel very far (retaining bar barely sat in retaining hole and thus would come out of retaining hole if I hit a bump in the road) I solved this by gently decreasing the gap (with a hard mallet) in the mounting plate reciever slots and drilling a hole in the tailgate to let the retaining bar travel further into retaining hole. I also increased the travel of the retaining bar even further by removing the stop pin located on upper portion of the shaft of the retaining bar. The end result works very well. But again, these were just minor adjustments. The product is great. 161240
by: Charles M.05/10/2013
I recently received my tailgate ladder and installed it today...Man what a difference getting into the bed of my pick up....I ordered the two step ladder and I'm glad I did...in my opinion the one step leaves the step to high...all and all the two step ladder is the way to go...I would definately recommend buying this product 79689
by: Gary C06/14/2014
The installation was very simple. It functions as advertised and sure makes getting up in the truck bed much easier on my 60 year old bones! I recommend it highly. 135576
by: Mike W.09/25/2014
A must have ladder. I have a 2014 Ram 1500 with the RamBox bed and a BAKFlip FiberMax - 126203RB folding cover. The ladder works great and was easy to install. However, I didn't want to leave it in the bed to move around since I had to remove it to close the tailgate and cover so I bought a 3/8"X3.5" Handle Locking Pin to replace the bolt and nut. I can now pull the pin to remove the ladder steps and pull the pin up holding the assembly to the tailgate and store the ladder in one side of the RamBox.. 153094
by: Ken B08/05/2014
All that I expected. Delivery was very prompt and in very good condition. Good job.. 144455
by: John M.02/14/2013
Okay I paid for express shipping 3-5 days Came the 5th day at 7pm. Tracking number they gave was not the shippers but there's so I could not track on my own only with there site so I had no idea when it was coming till after it was here. The step came an is nice but bag that holds the screws an all was ripped open Missing some screws an caps No big thing. Tailgate easy-lift well I ordered one (1) an got five (5) an don't like it at all There are no bushings to go between rod an sheet-metal so I can see a lot of tearing between sheet-metal an rod over time No good in my book. 66350
by: Mike M.07/01/2013
I am a fabricator as a hobby. I was actually designing a product simular to this one to build for myself when I seen this one. It works just as I had hoped, ease of operation and removal is good. little problem : It is a heavy item to ship and the box was opened when I got it. Additional stapping would be a good idea or at least place the two existing staps over the box ends that open would be a simple fix. luckily the parts inside were also bubble wrapped otherwise I'm sure I would be calling for missing parts. 86960
by: Larry Y.05/04/2015
I received this product within a week of ordering it and the installation took less than an hour. This service was top notch and I certainly would order from them again. The tail gate ladder works great for this elderly man climbing in and out of my truck. My only regret is that I didn't order this ladder years ago. I like the idea I can lift the locking pin and remove the ladder assembly if needed. Wonderful device, you can't go wrong purchasing this. 189989
Its ok. The lower second step could be about 2 inches lower for us 4 x 4 truck owners. I had to drill a hole in the tail gate where the vertical pin drops in to secure it better. Mine is kind of rickety due to too much clearance where it slides into the base mount giving an un easy feeling when climbing the ladder. Put in as many lag bolts as you can is my advice. Like others said I had to glue the bolt cover caps on. I think it will work out fine. 220508
by: John R.06/19/2014
Installation was straight forward, no problems, took about half an hour. Makes getting into truck bed a breeze. Unit folds up properly. Easy to remove if it were to interfere with the truck load, but in normal use it remains in place. 136574
by: Gary H.10/11/2012
All parts were complete in the box. Instructions were complete and easily understandable. Had the 2 step gate installed in no time at all with no problems from start to finish. This item is certainly going to make it a lot easier on me getting into and out of the back of my truck since age has taken it's toll as it does on all of us sooner or later. I'd recommend this item. Price is competitive with other stores. 56962
by: Charles P.10/26/2012
Ordered Convert-a-Ball Step Gate expecting it to ship in 2-3 weeks.Very pleased when it arrived in 4 days . Thanks for speedy shipping . Product is exactly as described and exactly what I needed. Makes access to pick-up bed much safer and comfortable for my aging legs!! Will certainly order any future needed accessories for my truck. 58163
by: Bob T11/17/2014
A really nice product, especially for older folks to get into the back of a high pickup. A problem , however, that was not shared is that it will not store or fold up under a tonneau cover. It is however easily removed and can then be left on the floor in front of the tailgate. I would buy it again as it seems strong enough. 161471
This product is a great idea but needs a heavier duty hinge. All of these steps rusted and broke with in 3 months and should not be used on a tailgate. We used them on flatbed utility trucks. When we tried putting them on the tailgate pickup after about 50 climbs they pulled out of the sheet metal. 246867
by: Buddy Hanna05/31/2015
I am super pleased with my tailgate 2 step. I am 75 years old and it was getting to be a little problem getting in and out of my 13 Chevy. pickup now I'll be able get stuff in and out another 10 years or so. Was real easy to install by myself, Like it when I can still do things for myself. 199170
by: Owen T03/20/2015
Quick shipping. Easy installation but I used a socket set for the screws - enclosed wrench too small. Since my truck is a 4X4, I purchased the 2 step gate based on previous reviews. The step makes it so much easier to get into my truck bed. Should have bought one years ago!!! 179906
by: Fred r06/18/2014
If you can use a drill and turn a wrench then you'll have no problem installing this product. The only question is "how long will it hold up?". We will see. Other then that, delivery was prompt, item was all that was said. Installation a snap, about one hour.(I took my time) 136455
by: Lonnie P.08/24/2013
Step arrived the next day via UPS. I installed that evening and have enjoyed it very much. great item to aid in gettin up down from my Dodge 2500 Ram... Previous to the step I had to set on the tailgate pivot then stand up. Now I just step step and I'm in. 96738
by: Jay t.04/01/2015
Sturdy Product and easy to install. Only issue I had was even folded up I can not close my Roll-BAK Tonneau. Thank goodness it is removable. I utilize a small storage locker in the back that it fits perfectly in when removed and folded. 182122
by: J. B.05/08/2015
The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Including the correct size drill bit and wrench was a nice touch. I ended up removing the bed liner off my tailgate. It just seemed like a neater fit. very well pleased 191452
by: jim L11/15/2013
installed product as soon as it arrived,very pleased with results. Third time i have ordered from e trailer and everything was what it was said to be. would recommend e trailer to anyone. 5 star all the way. 107460
by: Randy M.11/25/2014
So far I am very pleased. My Convert-A-Ball step gate arrived in just three days. No damage at all to the packaging. The step gate is easy to install and makes getting into the bed of my F250 MUCH easier. 162417
by: Mike Burns06/19/2012
The product was just what I expected, the quality was good, and installs in minutes. As for the ordering process it could not have been any easier. Delivery was fast. Great business transaction. 44752
by: Connie D09/16/2013
Put it on our 4-wheel drive truck and like it so much that I ordered a single step for our 2-wheel drive truck!! Us "older" folks need help getting up on the tailgate & this works PERFECT!!! 100127
by: Marie Dorey07/20/2012
Have not put to use as yet,just got it this a.m. There are no bolts to assemble it. Bolts should be with it, as some are longer etc. Rating good except no BOLTS 48708
by: Jay W.03/04/2014
Step went on without a hitch and works great. I bought this as a present for my father to help him get up into the bed of his truck. The step seems very strong. 118474
by: Mike H06/09/2016
So far I like it . I had the single step on my last truck, this one is so easy to get up in the truck.I had to add more spacers to clear the removal knob. 259281
Great product.. Reasonably priced and good quality. Installed in 30 minutes and holds my weight and I can get in the bed of ny truck easily... Thanks 91803
by: deborah wager09/01/2016
Great step. Definitely recommend it. A lot less expensive than ford installed tailgate step or chevys step bumper!! 289939
fantastic follow-up, fast shipping and great prices. If you need car or rv parts, you have to shop at etrailer. 54888
I love the new step should have got one years ago. I have bad knees and this step really helps. Thank you 61916
by: millie c.09/14/2016
perfect for short people who rely on getting in and out of the back of a truck for work. thank you 294629
recieved my steps fast and in good shape will order more items as time goes on thank you 67209
by: Joyce G05/11/2011
Perfect for us older folks that can't climb as well as we used to. Great product. 13605
by: Lee B.08/20/2016
This is actually the 2nd one of these I have bought... outstanding product! 286022
by: JIM G11/20/2013
Super fast service and installation was a breeze. Very satisfied!!! 107909
Perfect solution to every "Up-Hi" lifted truck owners dilemma. 83354
by: bill f10/18/2013
recieved in one 1/2 days ups no special frt. great product 104293
by: Dana O07/28/2011
Easy to install and great customer service . 20471
by: Donald C09/23/2015
Easy installation. Works fine as advert ised. 227223
by: Alvah Holcomb09/27/2012
Delivered quick and easy to install. 55886
by: charles c03/24/2016
works great for an old man like me. 241568
Step was a little flimsy. 277827
by: Dave J.07/28/2012
Easy to install and use 49684
by: john g06/19/2016
Fast shipping to Canada 262595
by: Dan P02/15/2014
Slice easy to use 116641
Ask the Experts about this Convert-A-Ball Truck Bed Accessories
Do you have a question about this Truck Bed Accessory?
At etrailer.com we guarantee:
Highest quality truck bed accessories for the best price.
Real product know-how.
Most detailed, accurate truck bed accessory information available.
Information for this part was:
Installations, made easy.
Personalized service for life.
Trusted since 1946.
Info for this part was:
At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.