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Latch Step Helps Reach Truck Roof Easily
Tired of stretching to reach a roof rack? The iStep available online can make the task easier. It’s an aluminum alloy mini-step that hooks on to any U-shaped door latch on a car or truck. Just shy of 4 in. wide and 6 in. long, the device is an easy step up from the vehicle doorway. When not in use, the hook folds back into the step for storage.
  When FARM SHOW heard about the iStep, it seemed worth investing the $19.99 asking price, plus $4.95 shipping.
  After promising delivery within 7 to 14 working days, the iStep showed up 6 weeks later, shipped direct from a factory in China.
  The good news is that the iStep appears to work as promised. The bad news is that we paid more than we could have, but not as much as we should have. It turns out the one we bought is a China knock-off of the original Moki Door Step from Rightline Gear.
  In fact, the various cheaper doorsteps - sold at Walmart for $9.99, for example - are illegal knockoffs of the Moki. Developers Alyssa and Zack Brown of Connecticut created the device to help them transport kayaks, bikes and snowboards. This past January, the Browns went on ABC’s Shark Tank, hoping to get a $150,000 investment. Instead, they sold all rights that night for $3 million.
  “We are the North American distributor of the Moki Door Step,” says Liz Wyatt, Rightline Gear. “It is the only one that meets U.S. testing and regulations. It’s made from aircraft aluminum and is powder-coated to protect the finish of it and the car latch.”
  At 8.75 in. long, the Moki is also the only doorstep big enough for 2 feet to stand on. It has a 400-lb. weight capacity. The company added rubber bumpers to the step, eliminated the folding hook to make it more secure in place and added divots for rain to pass through.
  “The knockoffs started appearing early on,” adds Wyatt. “Our lawyers and Shark Tank’s lawyers are working to stop them, but with online markets like Amazon, it is difficult.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rightline Gear, Inc., 17 Westside Dr., Asheville, N.C. 28806 (ph 828 665-1007; toll free 888 685-4327; www.rightlinegear.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3