Heininger PortablePET Twistep® – The Innovative Pet Stair Step for SUVs.
Twistep is an instant, multi-use step that helps your dog enter and/or exit the vehicle. It attaches to the hitch receiver of your vehicle and stores under the bumper when not in use.
Twistep provides your pet with lower-impact, lower-stress access into and out of a vehicle. Repeated jumping into and out of a vehicle can aggravate or even cause serious conditions like arthritis, leg injuries, back sprains and other spinal damage. And lifting a large dog into a vehicle isn’t easy!
Twistep helps dogs of all ages. Young dogs can avoid unnecessary stress on growing hips and elbows. Active dogs can appreciate a step up at the end of a long day of hiking, hunting and other outdoor activities. Twistep provides older dogs, who may suffer from arthritis and who can no longer enter a vehicle on their own, with a much-needed assist.
The TWISTEP fits most SUV's. We have another model made specifically for a pick-up truck.
Note: The following vehicles require the TWISTEP Extension Bracket (item #3053) to provide additional clearance for the spare tire:
- 2006 - Present Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2006 - Present GMC Yukon
- 2006 - Present Cadillac Escalade
- 2006 - Present Nissan Pathfinder
- 2014 - Present Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2018 - Present Ford Expedition
A minimum of 16” ground clearance is required from the lower-edge of the receiver. It does not fit a 2019-Present Subaru Ascent and most mini-vans due to either the bumper configuration and/or ground clearance.
I have a 3 legged boxer who sits in the cargo section of my 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I had been using a ramp to get him in and out of my car. The ramp was heavy, bulky and took up too much space in the car. I also dropped the ramp on my foot unfolding it, nearly breaking my toe. My dog comes to work with me almost everyday so between the ramp and my lifting him in and out of the car if i was unable to use the ramp due to parking situations, my back was feeling like it may give out at any moment. I finally decided to invest in the Twistep, recommended by someone I met at the vet who saw me lifting my dog into the back of my car. I wish I had bought this sooner! It save me time, energy and if I'm parked in a tight space, I can still use the step! My dog has not had any issue getting in and out of the cargo space of my Jeep! I couldn't be happier with this investement.
I have a 2011 Jeep grand Cherokee and the step fit perfect. I had my trailer hitch installed and they cut out a piece of the OEM panel so I could keep some clearance. I would definitely purchase some of the lube with it. The step is fine when you first start using, but I can see myself needing the lube soon (I’ve had this about a month and use it ~ 10 times per week). I like that you have some options when it comes to the height of the step in relation to the hitch. My Newfoundland had no trouble learning to use the step. My main concern was that the size of the step would be too small for him to trust, but the size and non-slip padding for it is absolutely amazing!
Our Twistep is working great in our Toyota 4Runner! We used a ramp for years but now we have more storage area for traveling and trialing. Our 85 lb female Rottweiler learned to use it effortlessly. Recently purchased the lock for overnight hotel stays. Great product!!!
I tried a ramp for a week for my 120# old dog and he wanted nothing to do with it. I put the Twistep on and without any training or trouble he saw it as just another step. Easy to install, coming from a 64 yr old woman. Don't hesitate on this. It's worth every dollar. This is on a Bronco Sport.
Nice but doesn’t fit my 2025 VW Touareg so have to send it back