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

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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







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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for etrailer Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the etrailer extendable hitch-mounted step for two inch hitches, part number 288-08400.What we have here is etrailer's very own hitch step. It's gonna mount directly to your hitch. It's gonna give you access to the bed of your truck, or to the top of your vehicle, a little bit easier. One of the things I really like about this step is it's not permanent. I can take it off, I can switch it between vehicles. Say you're on a work site, and you have a ladder rack on the back of your friend's truck.

You can use this step, as long as he has a two inch hitch, to help get the ladders down.Another great thing about this, it's gonna have a 500 pound max weight capacity. It's gonna be a hundred pounds more than some of the other styles out there.Now we'll show you how to use the step in a real life situation. My knees are starting to hurt a little bit, maybe I have hip problems. For you out there who have some hip problems, it's hard for you to get in and out of the back of the truck because you need to get something that's all the way up in the back, we have the solution.When you're done using it, simply push the knob on the bottom, rotate it in, and you can carry it like that. Or you have the option to completely remove it if you're pulling a trailer.It's gonna be constructed out of a durable black powder coated steel that's gonna resist corrosion, so it's gonna last you quite a long time.

The step pad's gonna be made out of an ABS slip-resistant plastic. You can see here it's got a lot of tread, so it's gonna work well in wet conditions. Your step's gonna have two plastic knobs. This knob here is gonna be to extend your step. This knob here's gonna be to fold the step so it sits underneath your bumper.It's gonna offer two hitch pin holes, depending on your application on your hitch.

They are gonna be a standard 5/8" in diameter. So I'm gonna give you a couple of measurements, from the hitch pin holes to this edge of your step pad. From this most forward one, from the center of the hole to the edge you're looking at about 17-7/8". From this hole to the outer edge you're looking at about 15-3/8". Now keep in mind that's fully retracted.When we extend it, which sticks in it, you pull the knob and slide it out.

From that most forward hole you're looking at about 24-7/8". From this hole you're looking at about 22-3/8". So it gives you plenty of space, or plenty of movement, for different size vehicles.One great thing about this step is it only weighs 18 lbs, so it's very lightweight. Now this step does not come with a hitch pin and clip, so you will have to pick one up when you order your step. What you're gonna do is just slide it into your hitch, line up one of your two hitch pin holes, insert your hitch pin, and clip.And that'll do it for a look at the etrailer extendable hitch mounted step for two inch hitches, part number 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   (66 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


Comments

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


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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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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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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


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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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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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Strong construction, very good design 611218



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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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Installed in minutes no assembly required F150 I keep step stool to get in bed of truck this unit is great tailgate up or down I can step up & it folds away very good price for quality product 541843


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It still working great use it all the time

Mike - 07/15/2019

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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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concept is great, however the 2 inch tube was not welded square to the side braces and therefor it would not slide into the receiver. Had to grind off the side of the receiver in order for the tube to slide in. Also the knob on the release pin that allows the step to pivot out most likely will soon vibrate off so I put some locktite on it. After mounting, it functions well and looks good on the truck. It was difficult for me to get into my truck with the canopy on. This took care of that problem. The price was very reasonable and I doubt if I could have built one any cheaper. 574901



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The trailer hitch step that I ordered (Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches) arrived and was exactly as advertised. It is of excellent quality and arrived in excellent condition. My order was actually expedited at no additional cost to me and arrived within four days of order. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this product to others and won't hesitate to use etrailer again in the future. 494414



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Excellent quality and so easy to use and adjust. It adjusts forward and backward as well as side to side with the push/pull of knobs. Using on my golf cart which has a rather high, rear-facing seat. 589102



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Way too easy install, just what I was looking for! Easy for me to get in , remove it when you don’t need it, 539446



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I am very please how fast the item came and how the condition of the was. 562852



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I have a company that has used the Pilot AS-551Z hitch step for years I can't find them anymore so I tried on of yours. The product arrived very quickly and appears it will work very well for them . They are testing the first one and if it works well I will be ordering 5 or 6 more for them. 552297




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Wish I had known about this step years ago. Works perfectly! Great quality. 731028



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This step really helped me out. I have a 250 Ford and need help getting in the bed of the truck. Very well built and easy to use. 730594



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Just received it and put it on my truck. Seems to be looking very sturdy and i am very happy with it. Thank yous for the quick shopping! 728980



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This is a quality step. It performs well & has held up very well. It is study and supports my weight. An excellent alternative to the very expensive units. 727657



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This product is much heavier than I expected which is a major plus. Because of the depth of my garage I didn’t want to add any extra length to my pick up. This step folds neatly under the bumper with very little sticking out the back. Excellent value for the price! 727209



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The step is a little shaky when you first step on it ...but it is definitely sturdy. Once you realize that it is gonna shake a bit you don't worry about it. The customer service of this company is superb! I had ordered the wrong pin for the step I was ordering so they contacted me so I could change the order before they shipped it. Wow! That is unusual customer service! 725955



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Makes getting into the tall 4x4 with the tailgate down very convenient, it folds easily in and out 723397



- 288-08400
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works just like it's supposed to. easy to swing out, big enough to sit on, solid, and sticks out past the tailgate when extended. Fast shipping, too. 722232



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Works just like I hoped. I have a 2500hd 4wd and was having a hard time getting in the back of the truck. This makes it alot easier 721993



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Awesome product! Very sturdy and easy to use. Love it. Will love using it when I camp in my truck camper! Easy in and out! 715740



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This is a great addition to my truck. My wife loves it too. Easy checkout and the shipping upgrade was a bonus. I highly recommend this product and this company. 715689



- 288-08400
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Nicely made and works like a dream with the tailgate. Ours has the slot for the 5th so it is even better... 706127



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Works great 695754



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This was a great investment. It's heavy duty and makes getting in and out of my truck bed that much easier. I give it two thumbs up. 694427



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It rusted bad in the north winter. Neither pin will function due to heavy rust. 690913



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Great product! Use it all the time, makes getting in and out of the bed easy, saves on my knee pain! 686957



- 288-08400
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I use it all the time and have 4 friends that have bought one because they liked the convenience. 680839



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Excellent product, very happy with, easy to use. 671539



- 288-08400
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Great step! This step improves access to my truck bed with the tailgate down on my 2012 F250 4x4 with a 6” lift. It’s so much easier to get in and out of the truck bed. Thanks for a great step at a good price. 667880



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fits perfect, work as stated 660922



- 288-08400
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Step works great. Fit the receiver perfectly. Step extends the perfect distance from the tailgate for a easy step up into the bed. 652633



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Product came as ordered, delivered before I expected it. Thank you, product is great 652623



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Perfect. Was what I was looking for. 636445



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Product arrived earlier than expected.. Product is very solid and looks to be made of quality materials. It connected to truck very easily. Works perfectly as described. The selling price was extremely competitive. Made my decision to purchase it very easy. Only outstanding question is how it will hold up over time (Rust). Over all Very Happy with my purchase. . 628810



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Product was delivered quickly and the description is accurate. I recommend a light coat of spray wax on it after you know you're going to keep it, to prevent corrosion. The etrailer folks are solid and provided good communication. 617382



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This is exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't have found a better product to fit my needs then this. Installs easily into the receiver. I needed a step that stows away and this was it. Great customer service as well. 616750



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Designed a way to adapt this unit for a easystep system for my Ranger Bassboat Trailer. It added a bonus feature due to it's swivel function. 616223



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I installed your product on my truck in the dark and it only took about 2 minutes. I tried it out and am extremely happy with my purchase. The whole step system is made of strong durable materials and I would recommend your product to anyone. 615020



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This is so easy to use and works great! Arrived earlier than I expected and exceeded my expectations of how product works. 613290



- 288-08400
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Works very well. Easy install and remove. Would highly recommend this to anyone. I have had several people ask where I got it. 610627



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Product exactly as described and great price. Delivered sooner than expected. 606097



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Product is sturdy, easy to use and tucks neatly out of the way..in fact I can use it in the side position.. Excellent value!! 605629


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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Far Beyond Tailgate Does Extended Hitch Step Reach
  • The hitch mount step # 288-08400 extends 24-7/8 inches from its hitch pin hole to the end of the step. The best way to determine how far beyond your tailgate it'll stretch is to measure 24-7/8 inches out from your hitch pin hole and compare that to the tailgate's distance. If the 19 inches you mentioned is from the hitch pin hole then the step reaches an additional 5-7/8 inches. If you measured from the end of the receiver tube then it won't be quite that far, likely a couple inches...
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  • Is Extendable Hitch Mounted Step 288-08400 Compatible with Hitch Reducer Sleeve
  • Yes, Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 will fit in the 2-1/2-inch to 2-inch hitch reducer sleeves like # 58102 that you have in your 2016 Ram 2500HD diesel pick up. The step's 500-lb capacity means it will stand up to heavy-duty use and easily fold to fit flush with your bumper when it is not in use.
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  • etrailer Extendable Hitch Mounted Step 288-08400 Clearance Measurement for Nissan Frontier
  • You can take one simple measurement to see if the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 will clear your Frontier's open tailgate. With the tailgate open measure from the hitch pin hole rearward to the back edge of the open tailgate. This hitch-mount step has a maximum extended distance of 24-7/8-inches from the front hitch pin hole as shown in the linked photo and video. Note this it does NOT include a hitch pin or lock, but you can use a pin like # C21500 or a lock like # e98882. Please...
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