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PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step - Full-Size Trucks - Rotating - 2" Hitches - 400 lbs

PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step - Full-Size Trucks - Rotating - 2" Hitches - 400 lbs

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This hitch-mounted, rotating platform step lets your dog easily get in and out of your truck bed. It provides a step at the base of your tailgate that can be rotated out beyond your lowered tailgate for clearance or under your bumper for storage. Great Prices for the best pet supplies from Heininger Holdings. PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step - Full-Size Trucks - Rotating - 2" Hitches - 400 lbs part number HE3045 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Heininger Holdings Pet Supplies - HE3045

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This hitch-mounted, rotating platform step lets your dog easily get in and out of your truck bed. It provides a step at the base of your tailgate that can be rotated out beyond your lowered tailgate for clearance or under your bumper for storage.


  • Hitch-mounted step makes it easy for your dog - or you - to get into and out of the bed of your pickup
    • Platform provides a convenient step at the base of your bumper
    • Rotates out to extend beyond your lowered tailgate
    • Rotates beneath your bumper when not in use
  • Tower assembly has multiple holes for receiver bar height adjustment
    • Allows platform to be lowered to clear underside of vehicle
  • Rubber, anti-slip step surface prevents dog from sliding off platform
  • Anti-wobble receiver bolt included to eliminate rattling in hitch
  • Durable construction with corrosion-resistant black powder coat finish
    • Sturdy steel frame with glass-filled nylon platform
  • Hitch lock (HE6001 - sold separately) secures Twistep to your truck
  • Fully assembled for quick, simple installation


  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Step dimensions: 22" wide x 19" deep
  • Support bar length: 20"
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Height range: 6"
  • 2-Year limited warranty

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This unique, hitch-mounted platform step is perfect for your pet, and perfect for you too. It allows your dog to jump in and out of your truck bed without your assistance. You can also use the step as a temporary seat to lace up your hiking boots or as a shelf to set your backpack on while you check its contents. And when you're ready to hit the road again, just rotate the step beneath your vehicle for storage and travel.

Twistep by bumper

To position the platform so you can step up onto your bumper or use it as a stand, lift the T-handle and rotate it until the locating pin snaps into place. To extend the platform beyond your lowered tailgate so your dog can get into your truck bed lift the small lever at the rear pivot and rotate it until the second locating pin snaps into place.

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Video of PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step - Full-Size Trucks - Rotating - 2" Hitches - 400 lbs

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

Video Transcript for Heininger PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Heininger PortablePet Twistep, part number HE3045. Bringing Rover along just got easier. The Heininger Twistep saves you the trouble of lugging around a ramp or step-stool and it comes with you. Simply rotate the step around, and once more, and then you're good to go. It's adjustable in and out and up and down so you don't have to worry about it interfering with your spare tire, exhaust, or anything else. It features two step positions, one for you and one for your best friend.

It has a rubberized anti-slip surface and it's powder coated for all-weather durability. The step measures 22 inches long by 19 inches deep here at the center. With it fully extended, from the center of our first hitch pin hole to the outside edge, measures about 44 and a half inches. From the center of our second hitch pin hole to the edge measures about 42 inches. With it folded in those same measurements, we're looking at 30 and a half inches and 28 inches.

With it tucked underneath, from the center of the first hitch pin hole to the outside edge, measures 16 inches. From the center of the second hitch pin hole to the outside edge measures 18 and a half inches. Not only is it going to make it easier for your dog, but let's be honest, if you have a 200 pound mastiff, it's going to make it easier for you. Dingo here only weighs 20 pounds but the step has a capacity of 400 pounds, so bring Beethoven along too. Good boy. Now that we've gone over some features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We'll take it and we're just going to feed it into our receiver tube and line up our pinholes.

Then we'll take our included anti-rattle bolt with our lock washer and thread that through. We're just going to use our 15/16th socket. Good, nice and secure. The nice thing about our anti-rattle bolts, it's going to help reduce all that play and that rattle within our receiver tube and our shank to make it a nice, solid ride for our step. To use it, we're just going to lift up on our T handle and we can spin it either way, just spin it out until it locks into place.

You can use it just like this. It's a perfect people step to get things out of your truck bed. To get it ready for Rover, simply lift up on the blue handle. You can spin the knob either direction until it snaps into place. Then we can drop down our tailgate and load up our best friend. inaudible 00:02:36. That's going to complete our look at the Heininger PortablePet Twistep, part number HE3045. .

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PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step - Full-Size Trucks - Rotating - 2" Hitches - 400 lbs - HE3045

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (35 Customer Reviews)

This hitch-mounted, rotating platform step lets your dog easily get in and out of your truck bed. It provides a step at the base of your tailgate that can be rotated out beyond your lowered tailgate for clearance or under your bumper for storage.


The step was easy to install. Just needed to adjust to allow clearance of the spare.

An idea might also be to add the option for a grab handle that can be used to assist pulling my body up into the bed.

My 11 year lab, came to the step, from a resting position , and she was able to get in and out with less effort and attention n.

Looks to be a great addition !


This is a Back-Saver. I have two large dogs: a Great Dane (108 lbs) she has no issue jumping up into the truck bed, however my Great Pyrenees (98 lbs) is a little stockier and she can't jump that high.

After straining my back for a second time I decided the PortablePET Twistep Hitch Step was a must have and boy has paid off!

Its super easy to open/close and it swivels out quickly locking into place to prevent any sway. It also has a very low profile when closed and the clearance rest higher than the lowest part of the rear differential below my spare tire.


Fixed up my pickup for camping. The twist step allows my and my German Shepherd to easily step on to the lowered tailgate where she sleeps on a pad. It works great, fits well and I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, there's not much camping going on these days. Stay safe and calm. Life will never be the same but we can hope it will change for the better for many people.


This is a well made, well thought-out invention. The quality is unparalleled and the functionality is superb. It works smoothly and efficiently. Unfortunately, the dog I purchased this for is a little too old for even the small jump into the vehicle from the elevated step, so I am returning it.


Great product, really well built. Fits perfectly right out of the box on a 2022 4Runner. And contrary to other reviews you don’t need to buy a key lock for the hitch because it came with one (I will return the extra one I ordered with the hitch). So I will save that money; it’s an expensive solution but you definitely get what you pay for.


This thing is amazing. Been using it for a year with my two dogs. They love it. It really helps them get up easier into our Ford Escape, especially with getting older. And jump out of the car without as much wear and tear on their joints. I wish I would have bought this 5 years ago. Tried different ramps and stuff, and nothing was as good as this. And the ramps where are on my wife's shoulder trying to lift them out of the backseat area.


I have easily 50 people ask me about our step. Absolutely love it. As a feature enhancement an electronic release would help the mobility challenged. I use mine for my service dog. He loves it too.


Best dog step on the market by far, very user friendly. Sturdy and you can tuck it under your vehicle when not using it. It would be nice if it came with a 2 inch hitch instead of the adaptor on 1/4 hitch.


This is the second TwiStep we have. The first one is still in use on a 2014 Jeep Patriot. This one is on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler. These things are really great and we’ll never go without them again. They are so convenient and easy to use day in and day out. Installation is a breeze, if you have a hitch receiver, you’re almost done already. We have six dogs, these give our older dogs their independence back and makes the smaller dogs feel like the big dogs. They are a touch pricey but nothing else even compares. The bearings do need to be lubed anywhere from monthly to every three months depending on where you drive. Dirt and muddy roads will require lubing more often. The good news is that lubing the bearings takes all of about 30 seconds, doesn’t require any tools or removal and you don’t have to get on the ground to do so. After the TwiStep is initially adjusted during installation, it tucks up under the vehicle and out of the way very nicely. We have no complaints or anything bad to say about these, you really can’t go wrong. Also, a big kudos shout out to the folks at etrailer. These folks are great and thanks for all of the how-to videos.


Love the Twiststep! Have had one for my dogs for years and only had to replace the last one because I sold the car and the new buyer wanted it.
I recommend etrailer for the Twiststep and any hitch needs you have.


I mounted this on a Torklift hitch extension anchored to a Curt 2 1/2 receiver as a person stair to access an Alpenlite Camper on a F350 SD 4x4 SRW. Works great as an intermediate step between an adjustable leg step on the ground and the fold out step on the Alpenlite. Provides a large stable landing pad that Jane prefers to the somewhat wobbly scissor stairs, although I will put on a mount for the Step and Glo stairs with landing gear that will work better in some situations.


My Golden uses it in and out of our 22’ Explorer.
It’s well built and solid to step on. My wife and I highly recommend it for large dogs or people.


A must have for a 115 lb dog!

folded under at lowest bolt setting, slightly rubs gas tank on Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 2018. !!!!!


Excellent platform size. It went on easily, well made.


If you have a large dog this is a must, steps 's right in the back of the car no jumping in and out hurting his joints!


Works well, easy to use, dogs adapted quickly to using it to jump in and out of crates in back of SUV


Owned for over a year and this is an absolutely awesome product ! Highly recommend for dog owners. Leave it all the time with no issues!


The Twistep was ordered to gain easier access to my Alaskan Camper mounted on a GMC HD 2500 4X4 which is rather high. It seems great....non-slip surface and a good size for our two standard poodles. Tucks back under the truck when not in use, and will stay installed. I returned the SilentACT locking hitch pin, as it was not compatible for my application. My truck has a 2 1/2" hitch receiver, with a 2 " adapter, & the locking hitch pin did not work. I purchased a 5" course thread bold, large washers, & locking nut & the bolt is installed thru the receiver, threads thru both threaded areas on the Twistep, and is very securely mounted to the hitch. As the step will rarely be removed, this works fine.


I have a 2014 Escape and wanted to give my dogs a way to get in the back of my car without having to lift or assist them. This works perfectly. Was easy to install - easy to twist to put under the bumper - very secure and study for dogs. The Escape has the foot assisted lift gate - put your foot by the hitch and lift gate opens. Was concerned that every time I twisted it under the car it would open the gate. So far that has not happened and I can still use my foot to open the gate. I have a 2"receiver but the Advantage Threaded Hitch Receiver Lock for 1-1/4" Hitches - HE6033 is the hitch pin you want.


Very sturdy


I love the adjustability and stability of this Twistep. The platform can be moved up or down as well as closer or further from the vehicle. And it's solid and doesn't bang around when driving over uneven surfaces. When researching hitch mounted platforms for my dogs, it was a toss up between this one and a 2-step hitch that folded up. I chose this one based on the size of the platform, which was considerably bigger than the steps on the 2-step hitch, and I'm glad I did. I have a Ridgeback mix and this is the perfect size for her.


Really Really Love it (and so do my dogs). Great Quality. Pretty much changed my life- always have had big dogs!! Great customer service by etrailer!


We have used our PortablePet Twistep for several years very successfully on our SUV. Our German Shepard
Dog gets in and out of the car with ease.


I have these steps on all of my vehicles. They are easy to use and work great for my older dogs.


Really good quality step. Like that it can be adjusted. The price was a put off at first, but really glad I ordered it. Fantastic quality.

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