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PortablePET Twistep Hitch Mounted Step for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - 400 lbs

PortablePET Twistep Hitch Mounted Step for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - 400 lbs

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PortablePET Twistep Hitch Mounted Step for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - 400 lbs Black HE3052
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Help your small or arthritic dog get into and out of the back of your vehicle easily by providing him with a large, sturdy step. This unique platform slides into your trailer hitch receiver and conveniently rotates beneath the car when not in use. Great Prices for the best pet supplies from Heininger Holdings. PortablePET Twistep Hitch Mounted Step for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - 400 lbs part number HE3052 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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Heininger Holdings Pet Supplies

  • Vehicle Steps
  • Small Dogs
  • Medium Dogs
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Help your small or arthritic dog get into and out of the back of your vehicle easily by providing him with a large, sturdy step. This unique platform slides into your trailer hitch receiver and conveniently rotates beneath the car when not in use.


  • Hitch-mounted step makes it easy for your dog - or his human - to get into and out of the rear of your vehicle or the bed of your pickup
  • Platform twists out for use and rotates beneath the back bumper for travel
  • Adjustable height ensures that step will clear underside of vehicle
    • Just line up the holes on the step platform to those on the receiver bar and then bolt in place
  • Rubber, anti-slip step surface
  • Anti-wobble receiver bolt included
  • Durable, corrosion-resistant construction
    • Sturdy steel frame with glass-filled nylon platform
  • Fully assembled for quick, simple installation


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" or 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Step dimensions: 22" wide x 19" deep
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Height range: 6"
  • 1-Year limited warranty

PortablePET Twistep

This unique, hitch-mounted step is perfect for your pet, and perfect for you too. Give your dog an unassisted boost into the back of your SUV or the bed of your pickup truck. Step up to reach the roof of your car, van or SUV. Use the platform 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.

To swivel the step, press the button on the side of the tower. This unlocks the cover, allowing you access to the pull knob. Lift the pull knob to release the swivel feature and rotate the platform 180 degrees. When the Twistep is in place, in either the stored or step position, the locating pin will snap into place.

3052 Heininger Holdings Portable Pet Twist Step

Item # HE3052

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PortablePET Twistep Hitch Mounted Step for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - 400 lbs - HE3052

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (22 Customer Reviews)

Help your small or arthritic dog get into and out of the back of your vehicle easily by providing him with a large, sturdy step. This unique platform slides into your trailer hitch receiver and conveniently rotates beneath the car when not in use.


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.


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.


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.


A must have for a 115 lb dog!

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


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 11 year old baby (130# Anatolian Shepherd) has no problem using the step. He actually waits for me to pull the step out before he'll get in the back of the Outback.

It is difficult to find a lock for the step. I have a 2 receiver and havent been able to find a lock. I tried item HE6001 and the tread portion of the pin is too large. The lock recommended with the Twistep is for a 1-14 received and doesnt fit a 2 receiver. Ive purchased generic locks from my local store which have been too large. The pin diameter has been too large or the shaft has been too short. My husband is going to have to drill out the hole so I can lock the step.
-- comment by: Cathy R - 03/22/2014

Product is still working great and Jake enjoys getting in the vehicle.
Cathy R - 02/18/2015


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.


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!

GREAT! Dogs Love it and I love it
John - 08/01/2019


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!


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.


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!


The step came assembled, read to use.
quality product.
Easy to install and remove.
Plan to use it as a step into the cargo area of a Fun Mover for ease of access.
Comes with instructions and recommendations for maintenance to maximize life of product.


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.


I have a 2007 Tahoe with the step at the lowest drop it contacts the spare tire so we can't rotate it.


This device worked very well for us for an old dog who refuse to be picked up. He has unfortunately since passed away but it served him very well while he needed it. You really have to keep the bearing oiled to keep dirt out of it.


High quality, quick shipping. Our golden retriever loves it.


The step works as advertised. It is very convenient and easy to use.


Well made. Packed and ships well.


Review from a similar Twistep in Pet Supplies

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.


Review from a similar Twistep in Pet Supplies

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.


Review from a similar Twistep in Pet Supplies

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.


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