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HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs

HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs

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No more trying to balance on narrow trailer-frame beams to get at your boat. Attach this sturdy, clamp-on step to your trailer's tongue or frame and you'll be able to access your boat quickly and easily. 1-800-496-5010 to order Heininger Holdings boat trailer parts part number HE4036 or order online at Free expert support on all Heininger Holdings products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs. Boat Trailer Parts reviews from real customers.
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Heininger Holdings Boat Trailer Parts - HE4036

  • Step
  • 9 Inch Long
  • 5 Inch Wide
  • Heininger Holdings

No more trying to balance on narrow trailer-frame beams to get at your boat. Attach this sturdy, clamp-on step to your trailer's tongue or frame and you'll be able to access your boat quickly and easily.


  • Unique step makes it easy to prep your boat for trailering
  • Bracket mounts directly to trailer tongue or frame
    • Clamps around frame with included hardware
    • Adjusts to fit different-size beams
  • Non-skid step surface
  • Durable steel construction
  • Powder coat finish resists rust


  • Application: up to 3" x 5" trailer frame or tongue
  • Step dimensions: 5" wide x 9" long
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • 1-Year limited warranty

4036 Heininger Holdings Hitch Mate Boat Trailer Frame Step

Video of HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs

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

Video Transcript for Heininger HitchMate Boat Trailer Step Review

Today on our boat trailer, we'll be taking a look and installing the Heininger HitchMate boat trailer step, part number HE4036. With our step securely mounted in place, it's going to make it easy to get up on to our boat if we need to put the cover on, or do any last-minute adjustments before we trailer it. This step is designed to hold 400 pounds. It's got this nice heavy gusset that's going to keep it from bending. It is powder-coated. It's going to cut down on any rust and corrosion.

It's got a non-skid surface on top, so when you step on it with your wet feet, you're not going to slide off. It's going to be completely adjustable, as far as height, and widths of trailers. We're on a 3" trailer here. This should go up to a 5. Our bolts are 4" long, so if you've got a little bit thicker of a trailer frame, it'll fit on that as well.

There's plenty of excess there. Let's go ahead and show you how to install it. We're going to go ahead and figure out where we're going to mount our step. You can mount any place on the tongue of your trailer, on the frame, or on the side of the frame depending on where you need to to gain access to your trailer easily from the ground. You probably want to keep away from any place that's got a curve to it, because it's not going to mount securely and it could come loose. We decided we're going to put ours right here.

It comes with these 4" bolts. We're going to start by putting our bolts through the bracket, this side up to the frame. Take our back plate, and we're gong to slide it on. Take our flat washer, and our nylon lock nut. Start that one on. We'll do the same for the other one.

Now we can take our other two bolts. We're going to put them to the next hole down that lines up, past our frame rail. You want to have a little bit of gap in there. We're going to take a 17mm ratchet, and we'll start to draw these up. We'll go down to the bottom on the opposing side, we'll tighten it up as well. That way we'll be doing a criss-cross. We'll snug those down, and we'll repeat that for all four of our bolts. You can go ahead and make sure we have it all nice and snug. Now you're ready to use your step. If we decide that you want to move it somewhere else, just loosen these up a little bit and you can slide it back and forth, or you can adjust it up a notch either way to bring the height of the step up or down depending on your needs. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Heininger HitchMate boat trailer step, part number HE4036 on our boat trailer.

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HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs - HE4036

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (51 Customer Reviews)

No more trying to balance on narrow trailer-frame beams to get at your boat. Attach this sturdy, clamp-on step to your trailer's tongue or frame and you'll be able to access your boat quickly and easily.


Great product. Extremely well made and heavy duty. Used on the tongue of my boat trailer to stay dry when winching the boat on the trailer. Highly recommend!

Still extremely happy with product. Makes me question why I did not purchase sooner. Great Product and price.
David - 12/13/2021


I am very pleased, as well as impressed, with my new trailer step. It was simple to install and easy to use, making the task of climbing in and out of a boat a very simple matter. It is handsomely built, and will support up to 400 pounds! What more could you ask for?


Good quality. Allows unloading a boat without getting your feet wet. I love mine.


First e-trailer rocks! No one ships things the next day and are received the next.
Personnel are polite and courteous.
I purchased a boat trailer step that goes on the trailer so you don’t have to get your feet wet and is easy to get in the boat.
Every bass boat trailer needs one.
For your trailer or hitch needs.

Great I use it every time
John - 07/28/2019


This is a very well made product. The craftsmanship shows. I ordered them during the Christmas rush and am surprised how promptly they arrived. Due to hip replacement I can no longer climb over the bow of my boat. This will give me a stable means of walking the tongue of the trailer to retrieve it. Can't wait for the snow to back off to give them a try..

Couldnt be happier. They got a lot of use in the past year. Happy to report no wet feet in that time. Great product...
Dean B - 12/24/2017

by: shipped my trailer step on time and I have been pleased with it performance


Best step ever made to put on a boat trailer in order to help you get in and out of your boat. Strong, and long lasting.


The bolt on step was delivered the day after I ordered it. It is a very sturdy unit and would likely handle more than the 400 pounds it is rated for. I did have to add some washers to each bolt as the bolts were about 1/4 " longer than the trailer channel.


My only complaint is that the bolts that come with this unit are at least 1” too long. Could use somewhat shorter bolts for this product. Great unit and it’s solid.


Good product. It makes getting into and out of my bass boat much easier when launching/loading on the trailer. Pros: Very sturdy, reasonably easy to install, looks good, prompt delivery. Cons: Adhesive holding non-skid to step is weak, step is a bit narrow (I will probably put another alongside it.) Would recommend.


This product does exactly what it's supposed to. Also it's easy to install, should fit a variety of trailer frame sizes, has solid hardware and is built VERY strongly. It's made climbing onto the front of my jonboat with a bad leg safe and easy and has enough room on it for both feet if necessary.


Ever step on your trailer to get something out of the bow of your boat and find that it is an inch out ofyour reach..? Then having to climb into boat to get it..? Frustrating. This trailer step add on takes care of this problem easily. Excellent product, made well. No skid surface is an added bonus, no slipping with wet foot wear.


Awesome product. Easy install and great setup. Easy assist on and off the bow of the boat. A must for any bass boater that loads boat on trailer without assistance.


Good quality and everything I had hoped it would be. Made a much safer on/off the boat trailer by way of hitch area.


Fantastic, strong, heavy-duty step. I was very pleasantly surprised to see how beefy this thing is. It will be a great tool helping me in and out of my boat while it's on the trailer.

Super product, great service, consistently great customer service support all made this an excellent buying experience.


Great step for boat trailer. Delivery fast, step very well built and easy to install. Love the size for easy in and out of boat.


Very sturdy. Easy to install. Much better quality than others I looked at. Bolts are about an inch too long but not a reason to buy something else.

Works great. Should have gotten the trailer step years ago. VERY sturdy and well made.
Steve - 11/18/2018


So far so good. Hoping this will save my fenders on my magic tilt boat trailer.


Product went on very easy. Looks good on the Ranger Trailer. The step will aid me getting into my Z520C from my Tahoe and will solve launching the boat by myself.


Product is very strong and easy to install. It should improve safety during launch and retrieval of the boat. Smaller dimension works well for boat trailers with shorter tongues.


top quality...went on easy !


While we liked the idea, we had a really hard time getting this to work. When we put this anywhere in front of the middle of the boat, the side of the boat made it impossible to use.

It worked fine in the back, but we didn't need it in the back. If you do, this is for you!


Everything perfect on trailer, will order again when needed, thanks


I use this to get on Waverunner while it's on the trailer. Makes it a lot easier.


I use this to get on Waverunner while it's on the trailer. Makes it a lot easier.

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See what our Experts say about this Heininger Holdings Boat Trailer Parts

  • Recommended Step/Walkway for Boat Trailer Tongue
    I do have step options which can be mounted to the tongue of a boat trailer but we don't have any sort of walkway platforms that you were referring to. I recommend the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step part # HE4036 which will fit any tongue up to 3" wide x 5" tall and provides a nice 5" wide x 9" long step.
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  • Step Recommendation for Front of Boat Trailer to Make Climbing in Boat Easier
    We have the Hitchmate Boat Trailer Step part # HE4036 which is designed to attach to the frame of a boat trailer in front of the bow of the boat so that you can climb up and into the boat if needed. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Dimensions of the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step # HE4036
    The step portion of the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step # HE4036 measures 5 inches wide by 9 inches long. The bracket portion of the stop is 5 inches wide by 7-1/4 inches long. The distance from left to right between the centers of the mounting holes is 3-1/2 inches. The vertical distance between the holes is 1-1/2 inches on center.
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  • Step Recommendation for Tongue of Trailer Frame
    Sounds like you are looking for the HitchMate part # HE4036. This is a trailer step that attaches to the tongue of a trailer and gives you a step. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Step for Front of Boat Trailer Frame
    While we don't have any ladders that attach to winch posts we do have the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step # HE4036 which is a step that attaches to the trailer frame to help you gain access to the front of the boat easier. Check out the picture I attached to see what it looks like installed.
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  • Recommended Steps for Front of Boat Trailer
    It sounds like you are trying to add some steps to the tongue of your boat trailer for help getting in the boat. If that is the case then only bolt-on option we'd have is the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step part # HE4036 which bolts onto the frame. The photo attached of the Hitch Stair with 2 Steps part # RHS2 is a custom installation in which the customer welded the shank to the frame but it is not designed for this purpose.
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  • Is the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step HE4036 Available in Aluminum or a Galvanized Finish?
    The HitchMate Boat Trailer Step # HE4036 does only come as powder coated steel. This will offer corrosion resistance, but it will also need to be kept clean to keep this up. We do have a galvanized step available, but it is a different design. The Polar Hardware Folding Assist Step # PLR900 will have a galvanized finish and has multiple applications. The mounting holes will measure 4 inches from center to center though, so depending on how tall your frame is you may need to come up with...
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  • Is There a CE Smith Trailer Fender Step Mount Bracket Wider Than 3?
    I have a different product that may help you as the CE Smith Galvanized Steel Step # CE26212G at 3" wide is the widest that CE Smith makes. The HitchMate Boat Trailer Step # HE4036 has a 9" long by 5" wide step pad. It also uses a non-slip step surface to reduce the risk of sliding off the step. This step will bolt to trailer frames up to 3" wide and 5" tall.
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  • Trailer Step Options for a Boat Trailer
    Currently the only other style of trailer step we offer aside from the # HE4036 that you referenced would be trailer fender steps like part # CE19011 for the left front/right rear or the part # CE19012 for the right front/left rear.
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  • Recommended Platform for Boat Trailer Tongue
    We have a few options for you to consider in a platform for your boat trailer tongue. We don't carry a specific walk board, but we do have some similar items like the following: HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs # HE4036 CE Smith Galvanized Steel Step for 2" Trailer Frame - 15-1/4" Long x 3" Wide # CE26212G-15284GA I've attached some videos to assist.
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  • Strength of Steel Fender to Withstand 200 lb Utilizing as a Step
    The Single Axle Trailer Fender # HP56VR is made of 14 gauge steel and has one edge that is a 90 degree angle to weld it to your trailer and the other has a more rolled edge. The strength of the fender and ability to hold 200 lbs is based on your mounting. To stand on this fender, you will need to not only weld the edge but also as you stated add brackets which will support the weight. The steel is strong, but I recommend using brackets that can hold the weight on their own to ensure...
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  • Trailer Mounted Step That Can Be Installed on Trailer Tongue Near Tool Box
    The DeeZee Specialty Series Trailer Tongue Toolbox # DZ91717P is made of tough polyethylene plastic that is naturally non-corrosive and sturdy but it is not expressly meant for a person to step or stand on it. A child or a person that weighs 110-lbs could probably do so briefly without mishap but a sturdy fellow that weighs 280-lbs probably should not. But we DO have handy step products that might be worth considering for installation near this tool box's same trailer tongue mounting point. HitchMate...
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  • Replacement Boat Trailer Jack Non-Swiveling For Clearance Of HitchMate Boat Trailer Step
    The HitchMate Boat Trailer Step part # HE4036 should fit with a swing up jack depending on where you place the step. The retracted height of the Fulton Bolt-Thru Swivel Marine Jack - Bolt On - Sidewind part # FXP15L is 26" so you may be able to make both fit depending on where you want the step to be located on your trailer frame. If you still prefer a jack that does not swivel, I recommend Fulton Square, Fixed-Mount Marine Jack - Drop Leg part # FHD2500 which has a 30" Lift and 2,500...
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  • Recommended Replacement for Continental Knurled Aluminum 4" Channel Step Pad
    I do have some step options for your boat trailer but we don't carry any factory parts such as the Continental Knurled Aluminum 4" Channel Step Pad. Instead, I recommend taking a look at one of the following: CE Smith Galvanized Steel Step part # CE26212G-15284GA HitchMate Boat Trailer Step part # HE4036 CE Smith Steel Step for Trailer Fender part # CE19011 for left front/right rear or part # CE19012 for right front/left rear The most universal of the above options is the HitchMate Boat...
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