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HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - 9" x 6" - 500 lbs

HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - 9" x 6" - 500 lbs

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Now you can step into your truck bed with ease and load and unload your cargo faster. This unique step has a support strut that slides 12-1/2" out from the receiver opening so that it can be used even when your tailgate is down. 1-833-496-1390 to order Heininger Holdings hitch step part number HE4045 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Heininger Holdings products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - 9" x 6" - 500 lbs. Hitch Step reviews from real customers.
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Heininger Holdings Hitch Step - HE4045

  • Extendable Step
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Standard Step
  • Steel
  • 9 Inch
  • Heininger Holdings
  • 500 lbs

Now you can step into your truck bed with ease and load and unload your cargo faster. This unique step has a support strut that slides 12-1/2" out from the receiver opening so that it can be used even when your tailgate is down.


Features:

  • Unique, hitch-mounted platform lets you easily step into your truck bed with the tailgate down
    • Support strut extends step platform up to 12-1/2" from your receiver opening
  • Low-profile appearance when not in use
    • Support arm slides back beneath truck or SUV
    • Step platform folds up against hitch receiver
  • Non-slip, molded step surface
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Corrosion-resistant yellow zinc plating on support bar
  • Lockable hitch pin included
    • Padlock sold separately


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Step platform dimensions: 9-1/4" wide x 5-1/2" deep
    • Measures 3" from end of receiver when step is fully retracted and folded
  • Capacity: 500 lbs
  • 1-Year limited warranty


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4045 Heininger Holdings Hitch Mate Truck Step






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HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - 9" x 6" - 500 lbs - HE4045

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (63 Customer Reviews)

Now you can step into your truck bed with ease and load and unload your cargo faster. This unique step has a support strut that slides 12-1/2" out from the receiver opening so that it can be used even when your tailgate is down.

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Great product for a reasonable price - works as advertized and very strong. Etrailer's customer service was beyond compare - an email was sent to me at every step of the shipping process, and they upgraded me to a superior shipping speed at no extra cost. Great company to deal with and great pricing.




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I have been looking for a unit like this to be able to get in my Chevy 2500 HD. I grew up in times where the trucks were close to the ground but these new ones are extremely high and I am a short person. I always go to etrailer on items like this. This item works fantastic. I love the way you can drop this big tail gate and have this unit out and it comes out so you can step on it and right up on the tail gate. Even with the tail gate up you can have the step down and makes it so much easier to step up to the rear bumper and on into the bed. I just wish I would have had this sooner. The quality looks good and is easy to slide in and out and move the step up and down. I will let you know how it holds up later on. Also I have the big 10 ply TransForce tires on my truck and a spare. This unit had about 1inch clearance between it and the spare. It worked fantastic. I would have sent a picture but I do not know how to do all of these modern items like that.


Comments
The unit is still working like new and it still looks fantastic. This is one of the best items I have bought because of the safety part of it. Getting up in the bed of my 2500 HD is so easy. Thanks for a good product.
William B - 04/11/2021


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I liked the Heininger HitchStep so well on my 2018 RAM Quad Cab and use it so often that when I decided to get a 2019 RAM Regular Cab (with 8' bed), I wanted another one of these hitch steps on it...and if I want to tow, it goes off and later back on in just a minute. These are very well made products, but I do recommend the locking HitchMate Threaded Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock as other people like these steps too, and I want to keep mine! It makes it much faster and easier for me (age 68 retiree) to continue to do substantial work with my trucks, like hauling a queen size bed and frame to the recycle center today and plywood sheets on the back haul home. I've also found etrailer.com to be excellent to deal with, very fast to ship, and got my second hitch here in great shape. I would have bought my first hitch step here too had I only known about them then!


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After a year on both of my Dodge RAM 1500’s I don’t know how I could have gotten along without them. At nearly 70 now, I routinely pull it out to clear the tailgate, the tailgate, and walk right up into the bed with both arms full. It’s very steady I used an extra nut to tighten the locking hitch pin tighter and is a perfect length to clear the tailgate when down. It’s still very fast and easy to swap out for a trailer hitch on the rarer occasions I need to do that, but I use these steps just about every time I use my truck. If you don’t have steps built in on your truck these are just about essential for fast, easy, safe use. etrailer was a great source: they had it at a great price, shipped fast, and delivered a great product.
Richard N - 03/30/2020


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I really love this product work great!!!




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This is a quality piece, for sure, will do the job as intended. I didn't use it in the conventional way, I needed a step on the side of my aluminum-bodied 2017 Ford F250, so I had to make a customized weldment-bracket modification to my truck, and came up with what you see in the photo.




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The idea is good. The problem is the position in the middle of the tailgate. Didn't solve my problem of getting up onto the tailgate. It's too hard to just step up without having something to hold onto. I seldom use mine.


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I dont use it. Didnt solve my problem of stepping up onto the tailgate. Too hard to use without being able to hold onto the side of the truck.
Judy P - 07/25/2019


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We bought two hitchmate truck steps extendable off of you and the one has rusted, it is very hard to put the step down so that we can step up on it. My wife can not put it down anymore. To hard to do. You said that it should not rust. Very disappointed in that product. Bought for a F150 Ford Truck.




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Purchased this for my 2019 Ram. So typical of American manufacturing. The rubber step pad was not installed correctly, it has a high spot. There were metal burrs preventing the step from folding down flat. I can and will fix these issues because that is easier then sending it back, which is what I should do.




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Enclosed are pictures of my awesome Hitchmate truckstep.I love it!




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Extremely well made. I used my locking hitch pin for security. The step when it is extended from the recommended installation position of closet to the tailgate is slightly too short. However if you move the pin to the rear hole when stopped it is perfect. It is just what I was looking for (easy install) at the right price.


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I use the step extensively . I use the step a lot. There is an added benefit it acts as a bumper.
Robert S - 06/04/2016


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I ordered and installed the HitcMate HE 4045 on my 2011 Chevy Colorado crew cab Z71. It performed well and was easy to install. The long tubing cleared the spare tire by quite a few inches when fully retracted under the truck bed which was my main concern. Had to work it a few times to get the hang of opening and closing up the platform...


Comments
Still working like a champ
Effron S - 09/09/2015
Working like a champ...I did get a stainless steel locking pin for it...Thanks for inquiring.
Effron S - 09/09/2015


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As advertised including the reviews, the step is quality made, easy to install and use. Excellent price point. Again etrailer is a great company to deal with!




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This product has helped me tremendously in stepping into the bed of my truck. I am a short person and this product is excellent. Product is manufactured with great stability with quality machining. Thanks for having a truck step like this that extends out to clear the tailgate when it is in the down position.


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Excellent I use it a lot and great product
Thomas J - 12/04/2018


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I installed in 3 min on 2014 Tundra no issue at all worked as described. It extends far enough to lower tailgate. Even on first hole. Well worth money ray with WD 40 once in a while will keep it loose. I’m 300 lbs and can’t get in back . A happy camper.




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I love it because I am old and short. However, in the beginning I was able to fold the step up and flat. After maybe 7-10 times using it you can't budge the step. So, it stays open all the time, but it would be nice to be able to fold it up.




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Raising and lowering the pad is a little trickey but definitely makes it easier getting in and out of the truck bed once you master the pad motion. Mounted to a Chevy Avalanche and the 2nd mounting position is needed because of the size of the tailgate as it moves the pad further away from the tailgate when the gate is down. As usual etrailer is an excellent supplier with very fast delivery, keep up the good work.




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Received it and put it on the truck. There was a hole in the package and it appears that the hitch pin that comes with it must have fallen out being as it wasn't in the box and the hole in the box. Other than that it works. just a little high step for me and my wife. Have to get on a knee to get out and in because of truck bed tent mattress.




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Product shipped and was delivered on time and in good order. Product worked as advertised. I was very pleased with the product.


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Working very well. Im happy
Bill B - 12/17/2020


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The hitch step is great when you need it. Provides extra measure of safety climbing in & out of the truck bed. The telescoping shaft is nice when you have the tailgate down. Nice product at a fair price. Thanks!




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Even though the product was on back order when I placed the order, I was immediately contacted to inform me and offer me alternative products. When the order was shipped, I was informed and given a tracking number. Upon receiving the product, it was exactly as advertised. Throughout the entire process, I received excellent service. Thank you very much, Marc




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First day but this step appears to be exactly what I was looking for. Dodge 2500 is a high truck and when the tailgate is open I would need a ladder to get into the bed but with this step is very easy. I highly recommend this to anyone.




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Just received my hitchmate step and CIPA towing mirrors for my 2017 Ram 2500 after seven days all the way to atlantic Canada. Both products are a simple and fast install and look good on the new truck. I would recommend them to anyone who need such accessories. Well pleased with both products and service from etrailer.




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Product is what I expected and fits my F150 perfectly. I would gladly recommend the HitchMate TruckStep Extendable with the Bulldog Hitch Lock to others with the help of the excellent support group of this Company.




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This is a very clever item for my RV with a rear door. If I stop along the highway, I don't have to set out my large portable stair to gain a comfortable entry. One down side is that it becomes the lowest item on my truck and scrapes the pavement occasionally, wherever there is a dip, such as entering a driveway. As a result of the scraping, I expect it will rust eventually.




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This is my second step for my Ford F350. My first one got damaged when I was rear ended. The first step worked so well and was so handy that as soon as the insurance company settled up I ordered a new one. My only concern with my first step was that you need to keep it clean and oiled once in awhile otherwise it starts to stick and is hard to open up.



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See what our Experts say about this Heininger Holdings Hitch Step



  • Type Of Material Used To Make HitchMate Mounted Step
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Mounted Step For 2 Inch Hitches, Item # HE4045, is made from steel. It will give you a total extension of about 18 inches and will work with your tailgate down. It has a non-slip molded step surface for safety and easier use. It works with 2 inch by 2 inch trailer hitch receivers and has a 500 pound weight capacity. I have attached a video that gives a great review of the step for you to check out.
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  • Measurements For HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step
    The Heininger HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step, Item # HE4045, is 9-1/4 inches wide x 5-1/2 inches deep. It works with 2 inch x 2 inch trailer hitch receivers and has a maximum extension when including the step of about 18 inches. It will slide back and forth so it will be mostly hidden when not it use. The step platform also flips up so you can get a nice low profile when in a "stored" position. I have attached a video for you to check out.
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  • Will Support Arm on HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Rust
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question actually features a corrosion-resistant yellow zinc plating on the support bar. This was designed specifically so that rust and corrosion won't cause damage to the step unit over time. I have attached a short video demonstration on this hitch-mounted step so you can get a closer look at its features and see exactly how it works.
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  • Overall Length and Slide Length of HitchMate Hitch Steps, part # HE4045
    I went out to our warehouse, and pulled one of the HitchMate Hitch Steps, part # HE4045 off the shelf. When fully extended, the hitch step is 23-1/2 inches long, when measured rearward from the face of the hitch receiver. It slides a total of 12-1/2 inches which is a separate measurement. I believe that's where the confusion lies.
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  • Will The HitchMate TruckStep Extentendable Fit The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Storage?
    We have not test fitted this product with your 2017 Honda Ridgeline. I can give you some measurements for you to determine if it will fit. The setp when fully retracted sits 3 inches from the end of the reciever. The extension bar will rest directly under your hitch receiver and will be 12-7/8 inches deep behind the receiver when step is down and retracted or 15-1/2 inches underneath hitch end when fully retracted. I have attached a diagram with further measurements to assist.
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  • Will the HitchMate TruckStep Fit a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500
    We haven't had anyone complain about the hitch step # HE4045 not fitting, especially since we added the measurements you mentioned. We have test fit this step on a small Ford ranger and it fit just fine so on a full size 3/4 ton Chevy there should be even more available space. I have included some pictures with relevant measurement and a video review of the step for you.
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  • Will the HitchMate Extendable TruckStep # HE4045 Clear Spare of 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    I spoke with my contact at Heininger on the HitchMate Extendable TruckStep, part # HE4045, and he said they have not had a problem with it hitting a spare tire on short bed or long bed truck like your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. He did mention to take a measurement on your truck to determine if it will clear your spare tire. With the truck step inserted into a trailer hitch the support arm will sit 1-5/8 inches below the hitch receiver opening and the support arm will extend under the vehicle...
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  • Will the HitchMate Adjustable Hitch Step Part HE4045 Clear Tailgate of Chevy 2500 HD
    I went out to our warehouse, and pulled one of the HitchMate Hitch Steps, part # HE4045 off the shelf. When fully extended, the hitch step is 23-1/2 inches long, when measured rearward from the face of the hitch receiver. You should find that this hitch step will provide plenty of clearance when your tailgate is down.
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  • Will HitchMate Extendable TruckStep # HE4045 Interfere With Spare Tire on 2012 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    I spoke with my contact at Heininger on the HitchMate Extendable TruckStep, part # HE4045, and he said they have not had a problem with it hitting a spare tire on short bed or long bed, but it is always possible if something might be changed on the vehicle. He did mention to take a measurement on your 2012 Ford F-250 to determine if it will clear your spare tire. With the truck step inserted into a trailer hitch the support arm will sit 1-5/8 inches below the hitch receiver opening and...
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  • How Far Past F-150 Open Tailgate Does HitchMate TruckStep, Part # HE4045, Reach When Extended
    The forward edge of the step platform on the HitchMate Extendable TruckStep for 2-inch Hitches, part # HE4045, will extend 23-1/2 inches beyond the end of the hitch receiver. You can determine exactly where the 9-inch-wide x 6-inch-deep step will be relative to the edge of your open tailgate by measuring 23-1/2 inches back from your hitch receiver. Since this is the point where the front edge of the step will be, the rear edge of the step will reach back an additional 6 inches behind...
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of the HitchMate TruckStep # HE4045
    The HitchMate TruckStep, # HE4045, has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. That weight capacity could be limited if the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch is lower than 500 lbs. There are not many trailer hitches for pickup trucks with a tongue weight capacity lower than 500 lbs, but there are some out there on small and midsize trucks. I recommend verifying the tongue weight capacity of your truck and trailer hitch before using a hitch step.
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  • Weight Capacity of HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Keep in mind though that since this will be mounted to your vehicle's trailer hitch, you will also want to note the tongue weight capacity of the hitch itself. You will need to adhere to whichever limit is lower, the step or the trailer hitch. This is a really nice, unique step that features a support strut that slides 12-1/2 inches out from the receiver opening...
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  • Retracted and Extended Dimensions of HitchMate Extendable Hitch-Mounted Step HE4045
    The Heininger HitchMate Extendable Hitch-Mounted Step for 2-inch hitches, part # HE4045, will extended out from the end of your hitch receiver tube by 3-inches when it is fully retracted into its storage position. When fully extended to its maximum length it can be up to 12-1/2-inches from your receiver opening. This gives you lots of options for putting the step surface right where you need it. The step includes a lockable hitch pin to secure the step to your hitch and it offers a substantial...
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  • Will HitchMate TruckStep Hitch Mounted Step Fit 2012 Toyota Tundra
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question is not vehicle specific and is designed to work with any 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. The only measurement you will want to check is the distance that the support arm will extend back from the hitch when it is mounted. The arm will sit 1-5/8 inches below the hitch receiver and extend under the vehicle 22-1/2 inches from the front of the receiver. You will just want to make sure this will not interfere...
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  • Weight of HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question weighs right around 15 pounds. This is a really nice, unique hitch-mounted step that features a support strut that will slide out 12-1/2 inches from the receiver opening so that it can be used even when your truck's tailgate is down. It is designed to fit 2 inch trailer hitch receivers and the step itself measures 9-1/4 inches wide and 5-1/2 inches deep. I have attached a short video demonstration...
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  • Does Weight Rating of HitchMate Extendable Hitch-Mounted Step HE4045 Change with Position
    The 500-lb weight capacity of the HitchMate Extendable Hitch-Mounted Step # HE4045 does not change when the step is extended to its maximum of 12-1/2-inches. It will support that substantial weight at any position you need to use it.
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  • Total Length of HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step
    I went out to our warehouse to take a look at the HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question. In its retracted state, the base unit measures right at 2 feet from end to end. I have attached an image with this dimension labeled that you can also check out. This is a really nice, unique hitch-mounted step that features a support strut that will slide out 12-1/2 inches from the hitch receiver so that you can use it even when the tailgate on your...
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  • How to Tell if the HitchMate TruckStep Will Clear Spare on Vehicle
    With the truck step inserted into a trailer hitch the support arm will sit 1-5/8 inches below the hitch receiver opening and the support arm will extend under the vehicle 22-1/2 inches from the front of the hitch receiver, when it is completely retracted under the vehicle. I am including a picture of those measurements. If you take these measurements on your vehicle you will be able to determine if this step will interfere with your spare tire when fully retracted. I wish I had specific...
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  • Heininger HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Step HE4045 Fitment on a 2005 Chevrolet Siverado 4x4 Z71
    I can help you determine if the Heininger HitchStep # HE4045 will fit your Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 Z71 Off Road Package 8ft bed. Once the truck step # HE4045 is inserted into a trailer hitch the telescoping support arm will sit 1-5/8 inches below the hitch receiver opening and the support arm,when it is completely retracted under the vehicle, will extend under the vehicle 22-1/2 inches from the front of the hitch receiver. I have linked a picture of those measurements for your convenience....
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  • Can Reducer Sleeve be Used with HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Step # HE4045
    As long as you use your reducer sleeve to convert your oversize receiver to a 2 inch opening you can definitely use the HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Step # HE4045 referenced in your question. The opening the reducer provides will be plenty secure enough for a stable step when it's mounted. The only thing you will want to check for on your 2018 Sierra 3500 are any possible obstructions behind the hitch under the vehicle. When the step is inserted in the hitch the support arm will extend...
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  • What is the Length of Extension of the HitchMate TruckStep XL
    The HitchMate TruckStep XL # HE4037 extends approximately 21 inches from the trailer hitch receiver opening. Also, the platform measures 11 inches by 8 inches where the smaller TruckStep # HE4045 is 9 inches by 6 inches.
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  • Difference Between # HE4045 and # HE4047 HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mount Steps
    The difference between HitchMate TruckSteps, parts # HE4045 and # HE4037 is that the latter is the XL version which has a larger step pad and extends 2 more inches than the standard version. The # HE4045 measures 9-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches and the # HE4037 measures 11-1/4 by 8-1/2 inches.
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  • Recommended HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mount Step for Toyota Tacoma
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # HE4045 referenced in your question extends an additional 12-1/2 inches from its original position, but this will give you a total distance of 18 inches to the end of the of the step from the hitch receiver. If you measured 14 inches from the opening of your hitch to the edge of the open tailgate, almost all of the step platform will completely clear the tailgate when extended. The step platform features a depth of right at 5-1/2 inches....
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  • Dimensions of the HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step
    From the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest edge of the HitchMate TruckStep # HE4045 is about 20-1/2". If you need more room than that we have the XL version as part # HE4037 which measures 29-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole. I have attached some diagrams that you can reference as well as some review videos.
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