Modern compact SUVs and CUVs are quickly getting more and more capability in smaller packages. It's easier than ever to find a competent soft-roading ability in a package that's easy to live with day to day like the Audi Q5, new Volkswagen Tiguan, or Subaru Forester. You no longer have to deal with a truck-based vehicle and give up the car-like feel you're used to in order to drive rough roads.
But increased ground clearance can have some drawbacks when you're getting in and out. On some models like the Subaru Forester with almost 9 inches of ground clearance, getting behind the wheel could feel like climbing a mountain, especially if you're under six feet tall, carrying bags or a coffee mug for your morning commute.
Today's vehicle styling is often all about simplicity and sleek lines that keep the side panels free of the features that used to be commonplace on all sorts of cars and trucks. While it may not be hard to mourn the passing of features like pinstriping, gray body cladding, and edgy graphics packages, but you may find yourself missing a good set of running boards when you need to step up to get behind the wheel.
The Romik RAL series Running Boards solve the problem by giving you a sleek European design that looks OEM on all the compact SUV's and CUVs that are available today. Made from aircraft quality, triple wall aluminum with grip assurance technology, the patent pending RAL running boards set your vehicle apart from all the others with safety and style in mind. You can find a set of Romik RAL running boards to fit nearly any vehicle, from Domestic to Asian and European makes. Just choose your application and select the finish that you think complements your vehicle best!
Beyond giving a helping step up into your vehicle, Romik RAL running boards also give the added benefit of keeping your pant leg a little cleaner, especially in the winter. How often have you stepped out of your vehicle and had a mark on the back of your calf from touching the door sill that's covered in slush and road grime? Not only can it ruin a favorite pair of pants, but that stain can also ruin an otherwise professional look for a day at the office. You can also wipe mud or snow from your feet before you get in and keep your vehicle a little cleaner and a little more comfortable inside.
If you or your children have ever needed to jump up into your compact SUV or CUV, or had a hard time getting in with your hands full, check out the styling of the Romik RAL Running Boards. The modern styling and black end caps complement the look of any vehicle while giving you an extra level of safety and function. When you've found your application, you can use the site to find a dealer of Romik products, or purchase direct from the factory. If you have any questions about Romik Running Boards or need to ask questions about a vehicle application, fill out our Contact Form and we'll get in touch with the answers you need.
I have to start this blog with "It's about time"
When the Sprinter was introduced in the US by Daimler Chrysler, the American public was liberated from the dreadful box on wheels they called work vans.
It took other manufacturers a few years to catch up, fast forward to 2018 and today we have the best selection of work vans ever.
Ford has hit a home run with the introduction of the Transit, although the E series is still offered. We cannot see why someone would even look at these vehicles when the Transit does everything better and in nicer style. If the A team was resurrected I'm sure they would drive a done up Ford Transit with all the technological gizmos available today.
Dodge ProMaster, This popular European design has become a favorite of the work and conversion van companies. Great looks and plenty of space inside makes for a winning combination. Front wheel drive allows for a flat floor that can accommodate a variety of seats, cargo shelving, luxury interiors, camping gear etc. The combinations are endless.
Sprinter, The god father of the work vans. We have seen many variants Under Dodge, Mercedes and Freight Liner. Either way you get one hell of a vehicle. Pair this with the available diesel power and 20 MPG you have a machine that can go the long distance and use very little fuel.
All of the sudden is cool to drive a van and we see them on the highway dressed as recreational vehicles. Many are outfitted with enough gear to make a person want to move in permanently. One very important accessory that we see missing on many of these recreational vehicles are running boards.
Romik has introduced a comprehensive line of running boards specially designed for the new breed of commercial and recreational vehicles. The Romik RCV comes complete with all mounting brackets and a six (6) inch running board that will give everyone a boost getting in and out of the their new Van.
Check out our install video to see how simple it is to have running boards on your Van
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is here and it promises to be another great vehicle to keep an eye on for 2018.
Jeep has just released the 2018 version of the Grand Cherokee, loaded with luxury features such as Active safety and security lane assist, blind spot monitoring and, Park assist. This is not the jeep that most of us grew up with. Gone are the boxy styling, the harsh bouncy ride and that interior that yelled " I'm stuck in the 80's"
The new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior is a work of art, with full driver control and enough gadgets to keep its occupants comfortable and safe. Dual sunroofs, supple leather seats, soft to the touch surfaces that exude luxury.
Jeep has given the public enough models to match everyone's taste and budget. Eleven models to be exact, starting with the Base Laredo to the beast called the Trackhawk.
Now we know Trackhawk owners are probably never going to ask for Romik running boards, but we do know that the rest of the models can surely benefit from our popular line of RAL, RB2 or RZR European made running boards.
Our RAL-B running boards have also become a fashion statement with the High Altitude models. Black wheels and black running boards make a strong statement. The Trailhawk model also looks great with the matching black running boards.
Grand Cherokee owners rejoice! Romik has you covered. Check out the simple how to video below.
Honda has definitely hit a home run with the new Ridgeline G2, packed with some unique features that make this the perfect truck for the weekend enthusiast.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline hit the market a little bit over a year ago, some people labeled it as the "Pilot" with a bed. This is a true truck with some incredible and capable road manners. The Ridgeline G2 definitely is the best riding truck bar none.
Lets talk about the interior, the best layout and use of ergonomics on the truck market. We've tested all types of trucks and models and not one comes close to having such a luxurious feel to it. The dash is modern, the heated seats extremely comfortable, the rear seats ample enough for 3 adults and when not in use to carry passengers becomes this enormous cavity that can hold large boxes or gear.
The Ridgeline G2 also benefits from modern styling, the LED headlights and DRL's are unique and really stand out. The front end of the vehicle is aerodynamic and bold enough to say I'm driving a truck. The bed is 5.4 in length and wide enough to carry equipment, the composite bed is strong enough and scratch resistant. No need to pay extra for a bed liner or spray liner. The trunk is huge, we are surprised why other truck companies don't do the same,Its handy!
Lets make one point, this is not the truck for the lifted crowd, and will probably never be but for the weekend warriors looking for a truck to haul camping gear or to tailgate at a sporting event than this is your truck. This is a family truck as well, just add some Romik running boards and the kiddos will have easy access to the rear seats.
If you are on the market for a midsize truck, definitely check out the new Honda Ridgeline. If you already have a new Ridgeline G2 than check out the running board offering by Romik.
Fall is that time of year when new vehicles start to hit the showroom floor. This year welcome new models from Audi, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford and the rest of the manufacturers.
Finding accessories for that brand new SUV or Truck you just invested in should not be a problem. Companies such as Romik have access to these vehicles before they hit the streets and are prepared by the time you buy your brand new vehicle.
If steps or running boards are high on your priority list, Romik will be first to market on many of these 2018 models; if your model is not readily available be sure that Romik is working around the clock to bring them to market.
Welcome 2018 Models!
“Romik is a leader in SUV running boards and offers one of the largest selections of products with coverage from Acura to VW,” said Nicholas Gramelspacher, vice president of sales and marketing for Meyer distributing. “This fast-growing segment is very important to Meyer and its customer’s base.”
“We are excited about this new partnerships,” said Hugo Baeza, Romik’s executive director. “Romik is the brand that opens doors to new markets for many jobbers. With over 95-percent coverage in the SUV market we strive to make products for every new SUV coming out in the market.”
January 23, 2017
Why is the Romik running board weight capacity higher than the competition?
Recently we had a customer call in and ask, what makes the Romik running board so much stronger than the competition.
For starters lets talk about the strength of the Romik Running Boards. Depending on the model you choose the Romik RAL SUV running boards are rated at 400 lbs. The RAL-T Truck running boards are rated at 450 lbs, the RB2 running boards are rated at 450 lbs while the RZR running boards are rated at 350 lbs.
How is this possible when most of the competition rates their boards at 200 lbs to 300 lbs? The answer is Engineering! Romik running boards use TRUSS design elements found in bridges and buildings. This simple design has been in use for 1000's of years and proven to be the strongest way to design a structure that needs to hold considerable amounts of weight.
When shopping for quality running boards make sure you know the weight capacity and construction of the product.
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