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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 800-298-1624 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

  • Swing-Away Step
  • Extendable Step
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Standard Step
  • etrailer
  • 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.


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






Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (146 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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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


Comments
Thrown out. This lasted about a month in upstate NY winter conditions. The pins all seized and wound not release to swing or extend. It seems it was poorly designed for adverse conditions and would not reccomend for any where you may encounter winter weather for an extended time, such as longer than a couple weeks.
Don D - 09/08/2021


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Works great, amazing idea! And when the camper is on I don't have to remove steps!



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The step works as advertised. It is easy to use and is a tremendous help in getting in and out of the truck bed. My main complaint is the Unit was rusting. The paint was not designed to go through a Nebraska winter when ice melt is regularly applied to the streets. I had to take it apart and clear the rust off of it and repaint. A powder coat would stand up better.


Comments
Thank you for your review. Good idea with the paint maintenance. It is sometimes needed on hitch receivers as well. Find more tips here:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/03/2021


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It helps me get into the back of my truck bed with ease because of my arthritis in my back and legs. I can now get into my trucks tool box and get the things I need out of it.



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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 !


Comments
Wife loves it and I do too !
Ernest M - 08/13/2021


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Quality is what is expected now in today's manufacturing. Actually works as advertised but loose and rattles a lot. Teeters when used. I will be modifying to make safer. Manufacturer evidently didn't know how to get quality painting since out of box the so called "powder coating" is already peeling off. Good thing I know how to fix poor quality.



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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.


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I love this product. Being an older short man it is invaluable to me. Ive had many inquiries about it. We love it!
Kevin - 10/11/2020


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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



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I looked everywhere and consulted with multiple dealerships, looking for a rear step bumper for my new truck I could not find anything until I happened upon etrailer.com Not only did the have what I needed, the pricing was very competitive, and once ordered, they upgraded the shipping at no charge to expedite the delivery. This was an excellent purchase and the customer service, including updated delivery information was very much appreciated. I would recommend their services t anyone looking for products they stock and sell. Thank you!



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Great extendable step. Worked well when camping in truck bed tent. Easy in and easy out at a great price.



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This step is what I was looking for. I have a 4x4 truck and it is almost impossible to get into the bed without jumping onto the tail gate. Now I can step onto it. It works as advertised,but it is a good idea to use WD-40 on the working parts before use. Fast shipping.



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High quality and seems strong enough. My only complaint is that the step is loose on its shaft, ie the diameter of the tube the step is connected to is too large compared to the tube it slides on.



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I have a truck bed tent and this will be a perfect step to use when camping.



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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.



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Very convenient when we go truck camping with our in-bed tent.



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Excellent customer service. Followed up multiple times. Keep it up!



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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.


Comments
Still impressed with this product after a year. Works great and have no complaints.
James R - 04/17/2020


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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.



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I received the step and it is great. My son wants one now I’m trying to order another one so i may just call you. Tjanks again Jerey Z.



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Perfect for my 2019 Nissan Frontier. Great product. Easy install. Highly recommed.



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A little bulky but if you need a step like this it's probably S GOOD AS IT GETS.



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Works great. I welded a receiver to the frame and use it to step into the cab.



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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.



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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


Comments
It still working great use it all the time
Mike - 07/15/2019



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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,


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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Hitch Step

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • How Much Does the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step Weigh?
    The Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2" Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs # 288-08400 weighs about 18 pounds. It does have a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds.
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  • What is the Overall Length of the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400?
    The length of the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step # 288-08400 fully extended is 23-5/8" and fully retracted is 16-5/8" from the very outer edge of the step to the outer edge of the shank.
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  • Does Extendable Hitch Mounted Step For 2 Inch Hitches Fit 2011 Chevy Avalanche
    Yes the Extendable Hitch Mounted Step for 2 Hitches - Steel - Black - 500 lbs Item # 288-08400 that you referenced would fit the 2 inch hitch of your 2011 Chevy Avalanche.
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  • Retractable Bed Step Recommendation for a 2020 Ram 2500
    If your 2020 Ram 2500 is a Crew cab or a Mega cab then you can use the # B7541415. We do not have an option for a Regular cab 2500 at this time. This is a spring loaded retractable step that installs on the passenger side of your truck bed just in front of the rear wheel. If you are looking for a hitch mounted step then I would recommend the etrailer.com extendable hitch step # 288-08400 if you need to use a step at the back of your truck bed not just at the passenger side.
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  • Rear Step for Easier Access to Bed of 2006 Toyota Tundra
    Although a step like the # B75300 Bestop TrekStep isn't available for the Tundra, we do have options that would work great for you. If you don't mind stepping over the tailgate, you can use a Hitch Mounted Step like part # CARR183252. The step mounts in a 2 inch receiver hitch, and features a fold down non-slip step. The step is constructed of powder coated aluminum so you won't need to worry about it rusting. If you're wanting something that would work with the tailgate open, a hitch...
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  • How to Determine if HitchMate Receiver Mount TruckStep Will Fit 2020 Ford Expedition Max Platinum
    The HitchMate TruckStep Extendable, Hitch Mounted Step, # HE4045 fits most vehicles but you will want to take some measurements to be certain it fits your 2020 Ford Expedition Max Platinum. First measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the where the end of our telescoping rail will set. This will be about 19-1/2", see the attached image and note the linked product video. Where the hitchstep mounts to the receiver, there is a 1-5/8" gap. Please note other options such as the...
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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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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch for 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 With 30-3/8 Inch Frame Width
    There are two primary reasons why a hitch isn't available for the narrow framed Sprinter 3500 models. First, the vehicles aren't super-common, the wider framed vehicle is much more prevalent. Secondly, most of these vehicles are used as commercial vehicles that have been equipped by aftermarket upfitter companies that commonly add utility or service bodies or steps such as your vehicle is equipped with. It'd be difficult for the hitch manufacturers to develop a hitch because the way the...
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  • Will the Bestop TrekStep # BE67HR Fit a 2021 Ram 3500 Dually?
    I have an answer for you. Unfortunately, I reached out to my tech at Bestop and she confimed that the Bestop TrekStep - Rear Mounted Truck Step - Aluminum - Driver Side # BE67HR will not fit a dually model of a 2021 RAM 3500 (long bed). Dually trucks required the step to be mounted at a different angle than the single wheel. Unfortunately, the # BE67HR will only work with single-wheel trucks. With that being said, we do not carry any Rear-mounted steps that are confirmed to fit a 2021 RAM...
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  • What Side Steps Do You Recommend for Accessing a Tool Box on My 2012 Ram 3500 Dually?
    As far as mounting the Bully Black Bull Adjustable Side Steps - Aluminum w/ Matte Black Powder Coat # BBS-1101S-2 to your 2012 Ram 3500 dually, the steps are only designed to fit under the cab's doors as opposed to being installed at a location under the truck bed. The closest location of installation that is confirmed to work is under the rear door of your 3500's cab. I went ahead and attached a picture of one of neighbors who did that installation on his dually. With the installation...
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