I have a 2007 PC that I purchased as "used". The dealer explained the switch mounted on the lower dash near the driver's door was intended for times when the engine battery was discharged. According to him, the switch interconnects the battery systems. And, the truck could be started with power from the "house" should the situation occur. On my PC , the switch is spring loaded and requires constant pressure. Don't know that it works. Never tried it with the ignition on..
The inter relationship between the step operation and the dash switch being discussed here was never explained in 2007 Owner's Manual. I wonder if the function varies by model year.
I like the alternative wiring solutions being proposed for the door step in this forum. Having read about and actually experienced the door step's erratic behavior, I have experimented with some of the suggested solutions. An override switch that is factory mounted on the wall near the entry door being one suggestion. I have found that switch changes nothing about the door operation. On/Off, Ignition On/Off, Ignition key In Place/Removed. Nothing, nor combinations of positions, affects the door step's operation.
I wouldn't hesitate to replace the failure prone push button switch in the door frame with a toggle to eliminate the erratic behavior, if it weren't for the loss of the initial step deployment. Where does the manual switch being suggested get mounted to allow it being accessible from ground level or inside the passenger compartment?