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Heininger 3052 PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch Step


Price: CDN$ 249.95 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • An instant, multi-use step that provides dogs and people better access to your SUV
  • Install once-step twists under car/truck for storage, with no need to install and remove for each use
  • Fits 1.25-Inch and 2-Inch hitch receivers and allows for 6-Inch of height adjustment
  • Fully assembled out of the box--simple and easy to use
  • Platform has a non-slip surface

Frequently Bought Together

Heininger 3052 PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch Step + Heininger 6033 1.25-Inch Threaded Receiver Trailer Lock (Black)
Price For Both: CDN$ 274.90


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 55.9 x 48.3 x 25.4 cm ; 12 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: 3052
  • ASIN: B004BU5WHG
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 21 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #917 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Twistep is the best way to provide a step up into your vehicle for your canine companion. An instant, multi-use step that provides better access to your SUV, the Twistep installs in your hitch receiver and with a simple lift of a pin twists to help your dog load in or out of the vehicle. The Twistep will fit 1.25-Inch and 2-Inch hitch receivers. The Twistep attaches securely to the hitch receiver of your vehicle and stores under the bumper when not in use. It holds up to 400 pounds on a Class III hitch. Corrosion-resistant coating ensures a long life. Unlike a bulky ramp or other step setup that you need to unload to use and then pack away again after use, the Twistep is simple and easy to use.

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By Sarah on Feb. 13 2014
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It is so easy to use and fits perfect under the jeep. It's very sturdy and swivels super smooth. The dog had no problem learning to use and now gets in and out with no help. Super great product:)
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Love it and my back loves it more! 2 large dogs and one will not jump in by himself. So far so good.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on Aug. 17 2013
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The twistep seemed to be a great solution for my overweight bullmastiff to get in and out of my full size SUV but, he would not use it no matter what. For a lighter more agile dog, this would probably be great, but it proved to be useless for mine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Save your dogs! Nov. 25 2011
By A. L. Stump - Published on Amazon.com
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I take my dogs to the park, to classes, and around town in a Jeep Liberty. Both dogs are young and agile (one large and one medium golden retriever)- for now. But I still worried about them jumping out onto our concrete driveway. While this step seemed expensive, I figured one trip to the vet for a broken or strained leg or shoulder would cost quite a bit more.

The step installs easily and stows out of the way under the back of the Jeep. It's easy to use and the dogs learned how to use it in literally seconds. My husband also discovered this makes a great seat when he takes the Jeep 4-wheeling up in the local mountains and he wants to stop for lunch.

I did buy the lock for the step as a normal hitch lock won't fit through the provided holes used by the bolt that attaches this to the hitch.

I've demonstrated this to quite a few people in my dog club, and everyone (with larger dogs) was very impressed. One of our trainers who has three mastiffs already bought one for herself. As she said, a good ramp for a large dog is well over $100 and requires a lot more work, fuss, and space to use.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Doubts be gone March 6 2012
By D - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes this item is high priced, but it is a quality product and works quite well.
My lab is getting older and I was getting concerned about joint problems from jumping in/out of the SUV.
I wanted a ramp or something that would eliminate the joint impact from jumping.
Most ramps are bulky, and then you have to use valuable space to "store" them.
This step is very solid. One of the biggest benefits is that it swings under the car so that you can leave it mounted to your trailer hitch and not have to "store" it inside the car.

Also the surface of this step is true rubber, rather than the tar paper like covering that can be found on a lot of pet steps and ramps (which reviews have said scratch, tear and peel easily). It seems like this rubber will wear well and provide for years of use

Only 1 warning, they've designed this very well, including the fact that in order to get a hitch pin to actually fit it, you basically have to buy item 6033 from the same manufacturer. Since the holes are partially threaded the typical 1/2" hitch pins will not fit it, and after spending a saturday afternoon visiting 6 different stores that sell trailer items, none of them had anything that fit either. On the bright side, after buying the 6033 hitch, the step is ROCK SOLID with no wiggle at all. If you don't care about a wiggle, but want to lock up the $250 investment, I was able to temporarily use a thin trailer lock pin to lock it on, although it resulted in a loose fit, but it wasn't going anywhere. Some sights also offer the 6033 lock for free with the purchase of the step (of course I discovered that after buying on amazon) of course if I didn't like the step returns with Amazon are so easy it was worth paying extra for the lock.

My lab was a bit hesitant to use it, but after some training and treats she's getting the hang of it and it is becoming a natural use.

All in all, a good investment, especially since 1 vet bill could cost more than the cost of this step.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
DO NOT order the 6001 LOCK with this unit Sept. 30 2013
By Lyle W. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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The lock that is associated with the Dog step does NOT fit....so why would they "link" the two on the sales page? (others pointed this out, however I missed it)
Use the 6033 lock only.
One would think Heininger would have this resolved with Amazon by now.

Also if you own a 2006-2011 Tahoe or Yukon, and somer Pathfinders, you have to call them to have them send you another bracket.
Not a huge issue, however it adds time to when you thought you would be able to use it.

I'll give it a 5 star for now...just installed it...feels solid. Looks nice.

irritating to have to send back a lock though.....

Update 60 days: very pleased. This unit is solid and works well. I suspect the one negative review had an incorrect hitch to attach to as this unit does not wobble at all. My 13 year old Golden loves it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful Dec 26 2011
By Sand man - Published on Amazon.com
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I have an aging Newfoundland and was picking him up to get him in the car. I put this step on and within a few minutes he was climbing into my SUV like climbing a set of stairs, no problem! Well worth the money!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It should be recalled...and terrible customer support. March 2 2014
By R. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
I used to love this product. I used it just about everyday for almost 2 years. I recommended it to several friends.....
That was before it one day simply fell off of our vehicle when our dog stepped on it to get in the SUV.

On closer inspection the part that broke was a cast metal piece made out of low-quality metal. Both sides of the bracket broke at thin points where two allen bolts went through the bracket. It is likely that the metal simply fatigued over time due to the bouncing and vibrations until one day it simply broke.

I contacted the manufacturer (Heininger Automotive) and sent a picture of the broken bracket. I was told that the design of the unit has changed and that I have the "old" design which they no longer make parts for. They offered me a $25 discount on a new unit.

I originally purchased the unit at a local store off of the clearance rack. It was new in the box, but the box was a bit beat up.

Fortunately the step fell off in our driveway when our dog stepped on it and not after hitting a bump while doing 60 MPH on the interstate.

Now, whenever I see a vehicle with one of these attached I change lanes.
There is a fundamental design flaw in their "old" units (I have no idea about their "redesigned" ones).....but the old units are certainly hazardous and they should NOT be used.

Good luck getting any sort of help or support from the manufacturer. These folks do NOT stand behind their product. I will certainly avoid doing any business with them in the future.

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