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Old 11-04-2012, 02:49 AM   #1
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Question New Jeep Owner (JKU) - Dog and I need steps - advice?

I've been wanting one for so many years, and i now finally have my dream car - i mean jeep! 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Sport S, auto, max tow, among other things. I've been glued to this forum since i brought her home 3 nights ago, so i've already been introduced to and caught the bug lol, but first things first i really need steps for my chocolate lab and myself! sifting through the posts, i haven't found anything about recommended dog entry/exit solutions, and now i'm wondering if i should get rock slider/side step combo instead of just steps....

Dog step - i don't really like the idea of having something in my hitch receiver all the time, and i'm not sure the surface area is deep enough for my lab? thoughts? what do you use?

side steps - jeep is black with the aluminum wheels. i want steps for function but also the look! i'd love something mostly black but with an aluminum color trim/accent to match the wheels, but not having luck..anyone ever seen? don't really like the tube look and want steel or aluminum construction.

rock slider combo - i read alot of posts reccommending the ace product. i dont plan to do major off-roading, but i wonder why not have protection in case? thoughts? does the matte black finish look silly next to black clear coat? what about the weight? if i plan to eventually pull a small boat from time to time that will already push the max, will weight of these (or any) steps affect my capacity to tow?

i feel so overwhelmed, and all i want to feel is excited!! my little (80#) girl goes everwhere with me, though, so i need a solution fast before we're both hurting!

thanks for the help! i'm really happy to be here

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:18 AM   #2
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Found a couple of options for the dog.

Otto Step

Original Pet Loader (ABS)

As for the owner, it's really going to depend on how you intend to use your Jeep.

If you don't plan on sliding across rocks, just about any step system will work, however I am partial to this one: Bestop 75122-15 - Bestop® PowerBoard™ for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec , I don't have them just like the idea of them being out of the way when not in use.

If you intend to get into heavy rock crawling, some sliders can function as somewhat of a step. I've got Nemesis Billy Rockers on my JK and they have a shelf that is about two inches deep that works as a step in a pinch.

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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I have a ramp & I hate it. It's too big & bulky to carry around, it takes too long & she's not too fond of using it so I gave up. I have sliders but they dont help her much. I started just putting her harness on her even with the doors on so she half jumps while I pick her up by that to get her in and out. It works so much better for us.

I think the step in the hit h is a great idea but wouldn't work for me because I have a tuffy security deck back there, plus you have to open the back window which is a pain with a soft top.

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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I have an English Bulldog and I ordered the Otto step off ebay for 40 bucks. It does go in the hitch but you take it out and keep in the back of your jeep. I put it under her bed in the back. Works really well.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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We end up using the "middle" of the jeep for the dogs and the back for our stuff because we like the dogs near us. So seats down, dogs in and out the side doors. Our male is about 75 pounds and has had hip surgery. He is used to putting his front paws up and then I just lift his bum. The next mod that I want to ease this is actually the smart door stops that keep the doors open. That really is the hardest part is when the door is trying to shut on you.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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First thing I bought for my Jeep was a dog ramp from PetSmart. Great ramp, dog hates it. I have an old Golden Retriever. Next I got ACE rock rails and Rubicon rails for off roading. The Dog is very happy with these.
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First thing I bought for my Jeep was a dog ramp from PetSmart. Great ramp, dog hates it. I have an old Golden Retriever. Next I got ACE rock rails and Rubicon rails for off roading. The Dog is very happy with these.
So the dog's able to use the rails to get in n out??
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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We end up using the "middle" of the jeep for the dogs and the back for our stuff because we like the dogs near us. So seats down, dogs in and out the side doors. Our male is about 75 pounds and has had hip surgery. He is used to putting his front paws up and then I just lift his bum. The next mod that I want to ease this is actually the smart door stops that keep the doors open. That really is the hardest part is when the door is trying to shut on you.
We've been trying this but 'lifting bum' not so easy n she's scratching fender in process. I also don't think her just jumping out can be good for her...? :-/ she has aging shoulders and hips. She has to be close to me too; she's still trying to get used to it, though!
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So the dog's able to use the rails to get in n out??
Chewie can get his front legs into the back seat floor. Then his puts his left rear leg on the ACE rock rail. At this point I grab his right leg and hoist him in. Getting out, he puts his front legs on the rock rail then jumps. He seems happy. When I tried to get him to use the ramp, he would not go up it, rather he would go to one side and try to jump up. The rock rails work better for him.
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I have a 140lb one year old newfoundlander and he uses the otto step to get in the back of my jeep and has no issues with it. They are light and easy to put in and out.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:47 AM   #11
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Oh Man this brought back some memories....

My Keeshound passed about 2 years ago now, but when she was young and spry, could jump right into the Jeep in one bound. After she got to be about 12, it got a little harder for her and I started picking her up to put her in. Her first and last rides were in a Jeep, and both time she was carried in and out.

Damn, I miss that Dog.....
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #12
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thanks for all the info and your experiences; i really appreciate it!
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:25 PM   #13
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I have the Otto dog step that i got off eBay. Great quality product (and light) that just slips in/out of the hitch and stores on the side of my cargo area. The only issue is that i need a drop-down hitch adapter since my jeep is sitting a good 4-5in higher now...

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Found a couple of options for the dog.

Otto Step

Original Pet Loader (ABS)

As for the owner, it's really going to depend on how you intend to use your Jeep.

If you don't plan on sliding across rocks, just about any step system will work, however I am partial to this one: Bestop 75122-15 - Bestop® PowerBoard™ for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec , I don't have them just like the idea of them being out of the way when not in use.

If you intend to get into heavy rock crawling, some sliders can function as somewhat of a step. I've got Nemesis Billy Rockers on my JK and they have a shelf that is about two inches deep that works as a step in a pinch.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:16 AM   #14
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Not knowing what can't be done, what about mounting powered motor home steps under a modified bumper that would fold/extend out when needed?
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:43 AM   #15
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It's too big & bulky to carry around, it takes too long & she's not too fond of using it so I gave up.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:11 AM   #16
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Lovin the dogs in jeeps pics
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Those portable steps look like they may work.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #18
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I got a folding ramp off amazon, plastic with sandpaper type ramp. Pup is getting used to it. RELUCTANTLY. 18 month Chocolate lab. 90 pounds worth of pure excitement. Ramp is good up to 150 pounds. Folds up nice and fits in the back without taking up too much room. FWIW...

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