PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Car Hitch Step

By PetSafe
Rated 4.2308 out of 5 stars
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$159.95Chewy Price

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About This Item

  • This hitch step helps protects your dog’s joints, legs and hips by providing an easy way for him to get in and out of the car.
  • Features lots of traction to help prevent slipping or falling.
  • Steps swivel, fold and lock in place for easy stowing while driving.
  • Designed to be easily installed into any 2-inch vehicle hitch and fully adjustable to fit the height of your truck or SUV.
  • Compact design is able to support pups up to 200 pounds and is a great alternative to dog ramps.

Questions & Answers

19 Customer Questions

Can you show a picture of this when folded?
Answer by ChewyFeb 04, 2021
Please see the attached image below.

how do I use this on a truck with the tailgate? It seems like it would be under the tailgate, do you sell an extender for trucks?
Answer by ChewyAug 05, 2017
The Solvit PupSTEP Car Hitch Pet Step is intended for use with a car that has a lift gate.

Does this car hitch pet step have a lock on it, like a bike rack does to prevent it from being stolen?
Answer by ChewyAug 17, 2017
This item doesn't have a lock on it, but needs to be securely installed prior to use.

One of the answers states that the steps extend just short of 12 inches in the rear. I'm assuming this is in the down position. How far out does it extend when folded?
Answer by ChewyAug 17, 2017
While there's no particular height that the Pet Step will extend while folded, they're easily adjustable so they can be removed if they happen to be blocking a door or backup system.

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Rated 4.2308 out of 5 stars
65 Reviews
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65 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bomonghani on Feb 9, 2022

and SUV-must-have!

One of my pups had to get all 4 dew claws removed while he was getting "fixed". His dew claws were crazy long and had caused some issues for him. I decided to get some steps for the back of my Jeep to make it easier for him to get up and down so that he didn't have to jump or get picked up. My pups love the steps! It makes getting in and out of the Jeep so much easier, even more so now that it's winter w/ snow and ice on the ground. The fact that I can fold them up and just leave them on the jeep makes things a lot easier as you don't have to stow any ramp or stair system inside the vehicle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MarieBee92 on Dec 2, 2021

Great investment!

We have used these stairs for years! My (100+ pound) old dog is so thankful that he can still get in the car for rides & this product has made it possible. We live in the country, down a dirt road that has many a pothole. Sometimes we're forgetful & don't fold them up while the vehicle is in motion. They've scraped pavement & backed in to things, but they're still going strong!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Mohawk on Oct 13, 2021

Not what I hoped for but better than what I could find elsewhere.

I was so excited about this delivery for my new mastiff pup. It calls for a 2-inch hitch, but my Subaru Outback had a 1 1/4 inch, I purchased an adapter not sold here. That required some custom work, nip tuck to shorten the adapter. Presto change-o worked like magic, but what I discovered was the steps are not solid, there is wiggle in the step unit, which makes my dog a little nervous, and the gap between the top step and the bed of the cargo is still something to navigate, I am hoping we can train around it. For a young dog full of excitement, it will be challenging. I think this was a GREAT concept and could not find anything comparable.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Zach on Aug 2, 2021

Solid, "Terrifying", and slightly Annoying

We've tried a ramp (unsuccessfully) and moved to stairs thinking our aging dogs would appreciate the help getting into our VW Atlas. Unfortunately, neither of them are comfortable with it and fear using the steps. It's easy to assemble and install, the biggest downside is if you have a newer vehicle your backup alarm is going to constantly go off any time you're in reverse. That was enough for my wife and I to decide this isn't the solution for us.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on Jul 12, 2021

Getting comfortable with it.

Got this for my four year old Border Collie. She has no problem jumping into our Suburban but I worry about an injury jumping out. Have to hold her collar and guide her but is learning. Have to fold it down to open hatch, takes seconds. Does not block backup camera much and mine has learned it is permanent and does not sound the alarm anymore. Got a locking hitch pin as added security from theft.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tee5 on Jan 5, 2021

Amazing shipping

We ordered this for my mother-in-law for Christmas late assuming it would not be here until after. It was delivered in three days! (what?) On top of that the thing is really sturdy and can even be used by my mother-in-law to get in her expedition (she's 5'2" but its really for her golden)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Doglover on Jun 16, 2021

Does not work for Jeep Wrangler

Had to return this to Chewy. It does not work for a Jeep Wrangler.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Goldenmom on Feb 4, 2021

Nice, but not for vans

This step is really nice, but it's not for low riding vans. It sits too low to use. This arrived very fast, but unfortunately will have to send it back.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Bcgal on Oct 20, 2020

Beware , no return for iPad user.

My older dog is afraid of it because it wobbles & made noises when she tried to step. Also, if you don’t have a high vehicle or one with a built in receiver,it will be too low. When I ordered I thought I would be able to easily return it if it didn’t work, however I was unable to open the return label because I only have a phone & tablet. Was told by Chewy customer service I would need a lap or desk top to open the label & they offered no help beyond that. I am now stuck with this step, just taking up space in the garage. I am usually very happy with Chewy but not this time.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Patton on Dec 25, 2020

Step for SUV hitch

This works great for our 10 year old German Shepherd and our 4 month old German Shepherd is learning to use it. Saving their hind legs.