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Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs

Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs

Item # 288-08400
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Hitch step makes it easy to step into your truck bed or access your cargo area. Easily extends out for use with your tailgate down. Assembly can be folded out of the way to keep the step from becoming an obstacle. Pin and clip sold separately. Call 800-298-8924 to order etrailer hitch step part number 288-08400 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all etrailer products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs. Hitch Step reviews from real customers.
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etrailer Hitch Step - 288-08400

  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • etrailer
  • Swing-Away Step
  • Extendable Step
  • Standard Step
  • Steel
  • 9-1/4 Inch
  • 500 lbs

Hitch step makes it easy to step into your truck bed or access your cargo area. Easily extends out for use with your tailgate down. Assembly can be folded out of the way to keep the step from becoming an obstacle. Pin and clip sold separately.


  • Hitch step makes it easy to get into your truck bed or access your cargo area
    • Platform provides a convenient step at the base of your bumper
  • Extendable support arm allows you to use the step with your tailgate down
  • Pivoting assembly can be folded out of the way when not in use
    • Keeps the step from becoming an obstacle
  • ABS plastic, non-slip step surface
  • Durable steel construction
    • Black powder coat finish resists corrosion
  • Pin and clip or hitch lock (sold separately) is required to secure to hitch


  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Step platform dimensions: 9-1/4" long x 5-1/8" wide
  • Distance from the center of hitch pin hole to front of step platform:
    • 24-7/8" With step extended
    • 17-7/8" With step retracted
  • Weight capacity: 500 lbs
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Side by Side Extended and Retracted Length

Extendable Hitch Step

This hitch-mounted step makes it easy to hop into the back of your truck bed or reach your luggage rack. And it easily extends so that you can use the step with your tailgate down.

How to Extend the Step Platform

To extend the step, simply pull the knob on the side of the support arm out and pull the step toward you. To slide the step back into the retracted position, simply pull the same knob on the side of the support arm while you push the step in toward your hitch.

Fold Away for Storage

You can fold this step assembly to sit flush with your bumper when the step is not in use. This keeps the step from becoming an obstacle.

How to Pivot the Step Platform

Simply pull the knob that sticks out of the bottom of the support arm. This allows you to pivot the step assembly to the side.

Hitch Step in Stowed Position

Simply release the knob when the step assembly is in the stowed position.

08400 etrailer.com Extendable Pivoting Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 9-1/4" Long x 5-1/8" Wide - 500 lbs

Customer Reviews

Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs - 288-08400

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (91 Customer Reviews)

Hitch step makes it easy to step into your truck bed or access your cargo area. Easily extends out for use with your tailgate down. Assembly can be folded out of the way to keep the step from becoming an obstacle. Pin and clip sold separately.

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Just got it hooked it all up seems to work great, only negative so far is I wish it was a little bit higher off of the ground but other than that seems solid hopefully it'll work good for a long time I definitely would buy another one 573858

Turns out that my concern that it was to close to the ground was it down fall, going over a driveway dip it hit the concrete approach and the thin weld holding the two pieces togeather broke and its inside the housing frame which is difficult to get to re-weld I will get around to fixing it eventually but for now its in two pieces in a box.
Dirk - 10/14/2019


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It arrived in excellent condition. I haven't had a chance to use it yet 538376

I love it. Other people see it and are quite impressed with it and its ease of operation.
Raymond - 07/06/2019


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Works good, my only complaint, didn’t expect it to be so big. Great service from etrailer, it will be my first stop for any other items for my new truck. 566741

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If your truck has a 3 in. Receiver with a 2 in. Insert you won’t be able to utilize the hole that positions the step closest to the bumper. The reinforcement gussets on the unit prevent it from clearing the extra width of the 3 in. Receiver . Aside from that it is a well made product . Better suited for a half ton truck with a standard 2 in. Receiver. 529367

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I compare the part to a standard drop hitch the outside corner radius is not same. It’s a an inferior part. 599353

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I would have liked to give this item more stars but it didn't work out for 2 reasons, 1 is using it with the factory receiver (F250) it sticks out way to far (even in it's retracted position), and the step is a little wobbly. I did not feel safe with the distance I had to step from this step to either the bumper or into the bed. I went ahead and ordered the weather tech, more simplistic step that will insert flush with the hitch providing more of a safer step. 658102

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I have had 2-F150's with a step in the tail gate. My current truck doesn't have that feature. I have installed and tried this step and found it makes getting into the bed much easier. I do like and recommend this product 744666

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Excellent made heavy duty. I had bought an different brand first and it was really filmsy made and broke quickly . This one great quality. Fast shipping I got it next day after ordering. 496592

After one year still works great. Im glad I bought it. Had fast shipping and its built tough.
brian h - 04/14/2019


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Everything about this product was as advertised .I got my package in only 3 days. For the price I don't think you can do any better. Seems very sturdy. I noticed a couple of reviews said they had to file out the receiver to get it to fit. They must have had some type of aftermarket receiver. The receiver I have on my truck came with my F-150 and it fit perfectly. It took every bit of 30 seconds to put it on. 610174

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I own a Chevy Silverado 2500. when I first purchased it I had to re- drill the holes in it to get it to fit. That was a pain in the Butt. Thank God I had the metal drills to do it. When buying it , should be ready to fit into trailer hitch. Other than that it was excellent and has been a godsend on getting up into the pickup bed to get things out. I like it very much. 690657

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Excellant quality, functions as expected 828422

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Don't use everyday but when I need to get in and out of the back of truck a lot it is handy to have. 822545

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I like it. Great value. I use it often. I have a 3/4 ton truck and it definitely makes it easier to get in and out the back. 818419

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What a great product and great service in a very timely and professional manner. It is now very easy for me to step up in the bed of my f150 4x4. Thank you 805634

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Works as expected with a few modifications. Had to drill another pin hole for it to be secure and out of the way when folded up for my particular hitch type. 801749

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Have now used the hitch step for a year - works great. Very well built and functional. Easy to rotate from stowed position to use position. Highly recommend. 801660

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Product is study and works well. 799787

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I have a 2019 Ram Pickup. The tail gate is too high for me to comfortably step up to, so I've been looking for a step. I talked with a friend who had a step that extended out and swung in, but it wasn't long enough to use with the tailgate down. I then found this swing-away extending step. 1. It was shipped quickly by etrailer; 2. Very sturdy feeling; 3. It fit into my 2" factory-unit hitch and was easy to install; 4. In the fully collapsed/stored in position, it sticks out about 2" beyond my hitch/bumper (this is with the unit pushed all the way into the hitch) and a portion of the step is about 2 1/2" beyond my bumper; 5. In the stored position, it does not interfere with my dual exhaust; 6. When swung out for use and extended to the first detent, I can use it to step onto the tailgate; 7. The "no slip" pad is stable (and will be better than my friend's all metal, slippery step). This (and a hitch lock) were my first purchases from etrailer, but they won't be my last. 798448

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I have just got the step have not used it much yet. So far I like the way it fits works and folds out of the way, I think it will serve me very well. My friends seem to think it is pretty slick also.No complaints thus far, I think it would be nice to get a hat with an order. I will try to email some pictures . I am 70 so not too spiffy with technology. 791459

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Just what I needed. Once again e-trailer had the right stuff at the right price. Great supplier 785982

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As advertised, fit fine on a '20 Ranger, with it extended it can be used with the tailgate open. Very satisfied. Would recommend. 781944

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Great product especially for the price, pros-installs easily, at the right height to readily get in the bed on my f250, latches are positive and easy to use, extending the step makes it work well when the tailgate is down, nice wide step, seems to be very sturdy Cons- the receiver only fits in the first hole Spot, the spare tire on my f250 won’t let the receiver go fartherIn to the second, closer to the bumper, hole. The step pad has a fair amount of play side to side. I’d buy it again and recommend to a friend 777046

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excellent Awesome Idea The only thing I would add to it is a removal pole or cane-like device of some sort that can be used to hand onto when getting down or up. would recommend to anyone. If I could draw on this thing I could show you what I mean ok take care 772314

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Great product. Works as advertised. Etrailer shipped it quickly when ordered. Communicated tracking very well. I highly recommend Etrailer 771876

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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Hitch Step

  • Dimensions of the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Part # 288-08400
    I have attached a few dimensions of the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step part # 288-08400 for you which you should then be able to use to determine compatible. As you can see, the vertical channel that extends above the shank only does so by 3/16" so I don't feel this will be an issue. However, you will want to pay special attention to the angled portion of the body in relation to the hitch pin hole. If the above will not work for you then we do have the HitchMate TruckStep Extendable part...
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  • What Does Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 Stick Out When Stored
    When turned to the side the step portion of the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 will stick out past the bumper and hitch opening. If you check out the picture I attached you'll get an idea of what it will look like in the store position.
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  • How Far Out Will the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Part # 288-08400 Stick Out on a 2016 Ram 1500
    The Extendable Hitch Mounted Step part # 288-08400 that you referenced is adjustable which means the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on the shank to the outer edge of the step can be adjusted to anywhere from 17-7/8" to 24-7/8". If you then measured from the center of the hitch pin holes to the outer end of the bumper on your 2016 Ram 1500 you would then be able to determine how far it would stick out from the bumper. When we installed the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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  • Length of Extendable Hitch Mounted Step When Sideways
    The Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches # 288-08400 measures approximately 14" when it is sideways, as you can see by the accompanying photo.
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  • Availability of Hitch Mounted Step to Use with Ball Mount
    The etrailer.com Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 features a really great design that makes for easy truck bed access but there is not a way to attach a ball mount or hitch ball to the unit so that you can tow with it still in place. You will need to completely remove the step assembly from the 2 inch hitch on your Ford F-150 in order to install a ball mount in its place for towing. The closest option we have available to what you are wanting to do is with the Buyers Products...
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  • Measurement of Square Tube on etrailer.com Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400
    I went out to our warehouse to measure the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 that you referenced and found that the square tube the step is attached to is 1-1/2 inches x 1-1/2 inches. This is a really nice hitch step that features a durable steel construction, a pivoting design that allows it to be folded away when not in use, and a 500 pound weight capacity. I have attached a short video demonstration that you can also check out.
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  • Fixed and Folding Hitch Steps for 2-Inch Hitch on 2017 Ford F-250
    Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 is not designed for use in the sideways stowed position. The step's design means it needs to be in the extended position for use so that the strongest part of the main structure is there to support the load on it. For a fixed hitch step that will not stick out too far you might consider the Pilot # BBS-1102 or one of the others shown on the linked page. We also have fold-up step # CARR190011B from Carr which is rated for 500-lbs and which is...
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  • How Far Does etrailer Hitch Step # 288-08400 Stick Out From Hitch
    The etrailer Hitch Step # 288-08400 that you referenced extends out 24-7/8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of the step when fully extended. This would be the extendable step that sticks out the furthest that we offer.
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