Heininger PortablePET Truck Twistep Pet Step

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Give your best friend the boost she needs to hop into the bed of your pickup truck with the Heininger PortablePET Truck Twistep Pet Step. Made especially for pickup trucks, 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
  • Easily swivels out from under the pickup truck in seconds and tucks away under the bumper when not in use; simple to install on two-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 pickup truck.
  • Sturdy steel construction and 22 x 19-inch rubber-padded step holds up to 400 pounds; also makes an ideal step or stool for people!

Special Note

The Twistep Pet Step is also available for SUVs.

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  • Dimensions
    46 x 22 x 10 inches
  • Weight
    38.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Material

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.


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    Would be perfect for my needs but it didnt fit under my spare tire even though it was adjusted all the way down. To be fair spare tire sits pretty low under the hitch. The truck is a 2017 F250 4x4 with stock 34” tires

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