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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

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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

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

Item # 288-08400

Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (109 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The step hitch does not work the step needs reengineering it has to much slope in it 928084

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The unit is pretty sturdy. Would've given it 5 stars, but arrived slightly damaged as powder coat was scratched off in two of the corners. 922262

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Works great. Very sturdy and allows me to reach areas I could not reach without a step and folds completely out of the way. 920371

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This is great 901961

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If you are a big guy like me you need to buy this! I weight 350ish and it works amazing. Very sturdy. 899680

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Very fast delivery and arrived in excellent condition 897469

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Works as advertised. Only wish it had an additional detent at a 45 degree angle so you could grab the box corner of the truck when stepping in or out....Otherwise solid item and helpful for getting into the bed even with the tailgate down 875579

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It worked absolutely perfect held up to some pretty heavy use. Then my tailgate came open and I lost it. 872235

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5 stars 863720

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Well first off, my wife loves it for ease of getting onto the back of her Honda Ridgeline, we are getting older so this "step" really helps. It was a breeze to install. Great product ! 860751

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This took two minutes to install and let’s me save my knees loading and unloading in my Tundra bed. I’m old and my knees hurt. No longer! 859635

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The product works as described. It makes getting into the bed a snap. The stepfolds out of the way but not completely under the bumper 98% of the way though. Great product 853808

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I have used my Hitch step for about a year now and all I have to say is that Hitch step has preformed 100% percent! I find myself using it about 30 to 50 times each week. I own a new Ram 2500 that sets high in the air getting into the back bed was a job in it self until I purchased the Hitch step. I have looked at many options for my truck but the hitch step was the only one that made all around sense. It is a made of metal and very easy to extend out and put away and another thing I like was once I put Hitch step away it does not stand out in your way but goes neatly under the bumper. I have had many people stop me and asked me where I purchased Hitch step because like me, they wanted a step that did not take up space in bed of the truck or having to go threw a number of steps to make the other type steps to be able to use them. The Hitch step is quick and easy along with working great! Like I said above it makes all around sense. 853501

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Great step easy to install and is working perfect after one year, very happy with it 839082

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can etrailer Brand 288-08400 Hitch Step Be Used in a 2-1/2 Inch Receiver
    Although the # 288-08400 etrailer.com brand hitch step you'd looked at isn't available in a version for a 2-1/2 inch hitch, you can always use a hitch reducer sleeve like # 58102 which would reduce the hitch receiver opening down to a 2 inch, which is compatible with the hitch step. The sleeve could also be used for other hitch mounted accessories you might have. I've linked to product videos for the hitch step as well as the reducer sleeve.
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  • How Far Out Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Sticks Past Hitch
    The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole of the # 288-08400 to the furthest point out when in the stored position is 6-1/2 inches.
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Step for my 2020 Ram 2500 Tradesman
    I have a good option for you but you are correct. There are currently no Bestop TrekStaps similar to part # B75306 designed for your 2020 Ram 2500. Your truck is also too high for the Truck-Pal part # 10-3000. Instead use the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches part # 288-08400 This has a great design and allows you to use it when the tailgate is up or down. Check out the video my buddy Adam made on it to see how it works. It is really solid.
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Info for this part was:

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