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Heininger PortablePET SUV Twistep Dog Hitch Step

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Description

Give your best friend the boost he needs to get into the back of your SUV with the Heininger PortablePET SUV Twistep Pet Step. This instant, multi-use step provides your canine companion with low-impact, low-stress access into and out of the vehicle. Repeated jumping can aggravate or even cause serious joint and musculoskeletal conditions, and lifting a large dog into a vehicle can do the same to you! It’s ideal for use with dogs of all ages and sizes–avoids unnecessary stress on a young dog’s growing hips and joints, gives an active dog a helpful step up after a long day of outdoor activity, and helps an older dog with limited mobility climb into the vehicle.

Key Benefits
  • Twistep easily swivels out from under the vehicle in seconds and tucks away under the bumper when not in use; simple to install on both 1.25 and 2-inch receiver hitches.
  • Low-impact, low-stress vehicle access is great for dogs of all ages, sizes and activity levels; allows for six inches of height adjustment.
  • Helps limit or prevent potential risks like arthritis, leg injuries, back sprains and other spinal injuries.
  • Also eliminates potential personal injury caused by lifting a large, heavy dog into the back of your SUV.
  • Sturdy steel construction and 22 x 19-inch non-slip step holds up to 400 pounds; also makes an ideal step or stool for people!

The Twistep Pet Step is also available for pickup trucks.

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  • Item Number
    132034
  • Dimensions
    19 x 22 x 10 inches
  • Weight
    26.0 pounds
  • Placement
    Car
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Material
    Steel
FAQ

What do I need in order to use the Twistep?

The Twistep for SUV’s requires a 1.25-inch or 2-inch receiver hitch. The Twistep for Trucks requires a 2-inch receiver hitch.

Can I use the Twistep if I don’t have a receiver on my vehicle?

No. A hitch is required to use this product. The Twistep for SUV’s requires a 1.25-inch or 2-inch receiver hitch. The Twistep for Trucks requires a 2-inch receiver hitch.

Do I need to assemble anything when it arrives?

The Twistep comes fully assembled but you may need to adjust the height. Then the only task you will have is to attach the Twistep to your hitch and tighten the bolt with a wrench (They require a 7/8 inch wrench, or 22mm socket wrench fitting).

What is the weight limit for the Twistep?

The Twistep for will hold up to 400 pounds on a Class III Hitch – So don’t be afraid to use this step to reach your rooftop cargo.

How much clearance is needed under the vehicle?

We recommend a clearance of 12 inches from the bottom of your receiver hitch to the ground.

Do I need the Extension Bracket?

The need for an Extension bracket depends on the type of vehicle you own. It is designed to give added clearance when there is a spare tire or gas tank located under your vehicle that would impede the Twistep from rotating. If you are not sure if your vehicle will require this item please contact us.

Known vehicles that require an Extension Bracket are: 2006-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade and/or some Nissan Pathfinders (This only applies to SUV model Twisteps)

How far below the vehicle will the Twistep platform be resting?

At its shortest setting the Twistep sits 6 inches below the receiver hitch.

How far out does the Twistep extend behind the vehicle when it is in the stowed position?

This would depend on several variables. The location of your bumper, how your receiver hitch is installed and which pin hole on the Twistep receiver tube you have used.

Is the Twistep height adjustable?

The Twistep for SUV’s has a variable of approximately 3 inches of height adjustment. The Twistep for Trucks as a variable of approximately 2 inches of height adjustment.

What if my Twistep is difficult to rotate?

Check for rust and to see if your T-Handle has been damaged. Remove the T-Handle with a wrench to see if it is bent or if the tip of the pin has been damaged.

What maintenance do I need to do on my Twistep?

We recommend you clean your Twistep from time to time with soap and water, to ensure sand, grit and other debris does not interfere with TWISTEP's smooth operation. In salty conditions, wash the TWISTEP thoroughly at least every week.

Stow the Twistep out of the way or remove it completely if you drive through a car wash.

Routine lubrication of Twistep is required around the T-Handle shaft to ensure the knob lifts easily and platform rotates.

Apply lubrication to the round rotation surface, the area directly below the tower assembly.

We recommend using Use 3-In-One generously and often .

Can I use the same Twistep on multiple vehicles?

Yes, as long as the vehicles have a compatible receiver hitch. The height may need to be adjusted to the specific vehicle but it is easily removed and installed.

Warranty

1-Year Limited Warranty.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality

    By Catreas on Feb 24, 2021

    Very sturdy and nice size for my 100 lb dog. It's big enough he's forced to use it to get in back of chevy suburban.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    A livesaving step!

    By Shepardgirl on Nov 12, 2020

    This steps now allows my big dogs to get in the car with ease. And i dont have to lift a heavy ramp! This step is extremely well made, sturdy and strong. easy to install and use! I wish i would have know of this product years ago!!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Game changer

    By DKent on Jun 10, 2020

    We have two older 80 pound German Shepherds (ages 9 and 12) who we had to lift into the back of our SUV. The Heininger Twiststep came quickly, was super easy to put on the hitch for a 58 year old woman, as my dogs watched. As soon as I was finished both my dogs stepped on the large non-slip Twistep and into the vehicle without any training. It swings in and out of way easily. Great product and a game changer for us as we were having increasing troubles getting the dogs into the suv.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Twistep Pet Step

    By ElkoNevada on May 18, 2020

    I purchased this step because I have a large dog that sometimes has trouble getting in and out of my SUV. He is still unsure of it, and currently is jumping over or to the side of the step to get in/out. I have trained him to use the step to get out of the vehicle (still working on using it to get in), but he only uses it when I entice him with a treat. It's a large step and I think that it will work well over time, especially as he gets older. He just needs to get used to it. My small dog was also hesitant to use it, but needs it, so it is working well for her. One note, when stored under my vehicle, it is closer to the ground than I expected. It is fine for using in town but I am not sure I purchased this step because I have a large dog that sometimes has trouble getting in and out of my SUV. He is still unsure of it, and currently is jumping over or to the side of the step to get in/out. I have trained him to use the step to get out of the vehicle (still working on using it to get in), but he only uses it when I entice him with a treat. It's a large step and I think that it will work well over time, especially as he gets older. He just needs to get used to it. My small dog was also hesitant to use it, but needs it, so it is working well for her. One note, when stored under my vehicle, it is closer to the ground than I expected. It is fine for using in town but I am not sure how it will do with rougher terrain. Also, unless you have removed your tailgate from your truck, this isn't compatible with a truck because an open tailgate would block the step. … more

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent purchase!!

    By Great on Jun 10, 2020

    We have a 9 1/2 year old German Shepherd who is beginning to have difficulty getting in and out of my Toyota Highlander. The step has worked great for him. I would definitely recommend this product!!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Twistep for our SUV

    By LabMom on Mar 22, 2020

    We were recently at a dog trial and someone mentioned this step which would help us load our dogs in the back of our SUV. We purchased it and were amazed at the ease it was for our dogs to learn to use it and save us from having to lift them in the back of our SUV. Best purchase ever.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my senior

    By Jenn on Jun 10, 2020

    This is a great step for my senior dog. Easy to install and perfect height/width.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy for Giant Dogs

    By Emily on Dec 30, 2019

    I have only two negatives about this product, so I’ll get them out of the way first: 1) the 2” hitch adapter wasn’t square, so we had to do a little work with some clamps to get it square and then install was the simplest ever. 2) I need to be better about remembering to swivel it back under my bumper before driving away I purchased this because of the experience I had with my previous Dane near the end of his life. He went EVERYWHERE with me, and when he could no longer jump in and out of my 4runner it was heartbreaking. We tried a ramp with him, but he was already unsteady on his feet and did not trust it. Also, the ramp was heavy and cumbersome to store and use. Also, it requires lots I have only two negatives about this product, so I’ll get them out of the way first: 1) the 2” hitch adapter wasn’t square, so we had to do a little work with some clamps to get it square and then install was the simplest ever. 2) I need to be better about remembering to swivel it back under my bumper before driving away I purchased this because of the experience I had with my previous Dane near the end of his life. He went EVERYWHERE with me, and when he could no longer jump in and out of my 4runner it was heartbreaking. We tried a ramp with him, but he was already unsteady on his feet and did not trust it. Also, the ramp was heavy and cumbersome to store and use. Also, it requires lots of space behind the car. We recently adopted another Dane, and I was adamant that I wanted to start teaching him to use steps or a ramp for the car right away. I wasn’t a fan of the ramps already, and all the other stair options were a pain to store in the car and haul out every time. This hitch step is killer. Nothing to store in the car, swivels underneath the bumper so easily (the hardest past is remembering to swivel it under after the big man is in the car!), and the step is big and sturdy. It was minimal coaxing to get the new boy to try it for the first time, and has been a breeze ever since. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this to anyone looking for a better car loading option. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Tool

    By Nickel on Jan 4, 2020

    Works very smoothly. The dogs immediately adapted to it. A little pricey but well worth it and much better than the AKC ramp we had been using.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product

    By Leslie on Jul 23, 2019

    Get my 165 English Mastiff into truck, no problem.

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