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Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender - Roof or Truck Bed

Darby Watersport Carriers

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Code:   DTA944

Price:$114.95


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Darby Watersport Carriers - DTA944

Features:

  • Mounts to existing 2" trailer hitch receiver
  • Adjustable design allows for use with different size vehicles
  • Extends for use with roof rack or truck bed loads
  • Constructed of heavy duty tubular powder coated steel for durability
  • Installs and removes in seconds: secures with standard pin and clip (not included)
  • 4' wide support to secure load
  • Stores flat behind seat when not in use


Specs:

  • Works with 2" x 2" trailer hitches only
  • 350 lb load capacity
  • Includes pins to secure Extend-a-Truck
  • Includes red safety flag to alert drivers of the extended load
  • Extends 49" horizontally for bed level hauling
  • Extends 9-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole when used as a roof rack extension
  • Vertical Adjustments (from the top of the hitch opening):
    • adjusts vertically between 13-3/8" and 20-3/8" (for bed height)
    • adjusts vertically between 53-3/8" and 60-3/8" (for roof height)

Load Extender Dimensions
Load Extender Dimensions
Load Extender used horizontally for bed level hauling

Load Extender used vertically for roof level hauling

944 Darby Industries Extend-A-Truck 2 in 1 Load Support for 2" Hitch Openings

Replaces C235





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Video Demo Darby Hitch Cargo Carrier DTA944
Darby Hitch Cargo Carrier DTA944 Review

Video Transcript for Darby Hitch Cargo Carrier DTA944 Review

Today we're going to review part number DTA944. This is the Darby extended truck hitch mounted load extender for your roof or your truck bed. This part will mount to existing two inch trailer hitch receiver. The adjustable design of this will allow for use with different size vehicles. It extends for use with roof rack or a truck bed loads. This part is constructed of a heavy powder coated steel for durability,.

It installs and removes in seconds and it secures with a standard pin and clip. The top part here is 4 foot wide to support and secure the load. Again this does work on a two inch by two inch trailer hitch. I have an example here of it inserted into a two inch trailer hitch. It does have a 350 pound load capacity.

It does include the pins to secure the extend a truck. Another part that is included is this red safety flag to alert drivers of your extended load. Now I have it installed in for a roof load. Basically it will extend out from your hitch pin hole 9 1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole when used as a roof rack extension. The vertical adjustment, I have it at the lowest setting right now, which is 53 3/8 inches.

If you take the pin out and want to raise it the very top highest position would make it 60 3/8 inches. Now what Im also going to do is show you how to convert this for a truck bed load. Basically you can just take this top part and we'll sit this down and then you'll want to remove the pin and clip that holds it in. slide it out of the two inch receiver. Now you turn the long part and stick it in there.

Then we'll put the pin and clip back in. that's bringing it down to your truck bed height. Then you'll be able to insert this into the, for a truck bed. Now that will extend it out from your hitch pin hole 49 inches horizontally for hauling with your truck bed. It will also have the adjustments like we mentioned the other way. The lowest it would measure at 13 3/8 inches. The highest will be 20 3/8 inches for bed height. That should do it for review on part number DTA944.


Customer Reviews

Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender - Roof or Truck Bed - DTA944

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (36 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ham S04/27/2011

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The Darby Extend a Truck comes just as advertised and is perfect for my kayak and surfboards. The hitch mount is a little loose, but tying it down well is no problem. etrailer customer service is excellent and they ship fast. The same item can be found at a lower price however. 12433



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul C08/06/2012

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The extendatruck hitch is a helpful piece of equipment - solidly constructed and very easy to install. Note you do need to guy it down to the truck with ropes when using in the top-carrier position or it will rattle like crazy - I would not want to be traveling anywhere unless the unit's crossbars were tied. That said, I used it to carry a heavy fishing kayak for 250 miles over a pickup bed to cushion the ropes/tie-downs against the truck lest you end up with rub-marks on your vehicle. Works awesome in the lay-down mode. very quick to tie a kayak down and launch in prepped position. 50672



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Norm B.06/05/2011

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Great tool for many jobs. Well made,very strong.I also use mine to haul my canoe. 16165



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike L.03/25/2014

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Seems to be a good product, minimal sway when anchored as suggested. Does the job as a rear kayak mounting point. The only note is that it will not fit a Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited without airing down or removing the spare. If the pin location was 1/2 inch farther back it would work perfectly.122061



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eric S.12/05/2013

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I used my load extender yesterday and it worked GREAT.. Very easy to install (using the 2 pins included).. The material is nice and heavy so I wasn't worried about the weight of the load, and I could still raise the tanneau cover and get to the tools in the bed of my truck, even with the ladder still in the rack.. I'm sure I'll be using the rack alot more now that I have it... Great product for the price and I would highly recommend it..109182



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sam T.05/13/2011

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I received my "T-bar" as a Christmas present 4 years ago and have used it dozens of times since to haul canoes with. It was, without a doubt, one of the most useful gifts I have ever gotten! So much so that I gave my son-in-law one for his first Christmas gift from me and am purchasing another one to give as a birthday present to the person who gave me mine. Can't think of a better way to say thank you than that!13881



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chad05/28/2010

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Great extender but take note I bought this to use with a canoe in the bed. It works great for that - strong, easy to load, I love it for what it does. Very worth the money. One thing to note about the description, though, is that the L piece does NOT fit in the cab of my truck. It's too long to fit behind the seat in my 2008 Tacoma Access cab. Other than that I love the thing.3071



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Coughlin03/25/2014

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I have not used it yet but I did hook it up to my Honda ridgeline .It seems well made and fits well into my factory 2" receiver . I did add reflective tape to cross bar and tape to show me where to stop so pin hole lines up near bumper. I will send pictures of it with my 16' Gloucester light dory on it when the weather breaks. Thanks John122122



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: no name04/08/2013

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Not too sure if this is going to work. I have a 24 ft. rowing shell so the rack will not work when the boat is in the bed of the truck but should be OK with the boat on the roof. It's Spring and I have to unwrap the boat and try out the rack. If the rowing shell is too long I know it will be perfect for my Kayack Either way, the rack is made very well74914



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard B.12/17/2012

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I received the load extender in the 3-day window promised (which I paid for) and it has the features that I think will work fine. The square tubing construction is substantial enough and fits my Class 3 trailer hitch nicely. I recently sold my 10 year old Jeep Grand Cherokee and replaced it with a smaller SUV with way better gas mileage and generally lower cost of ownership. But one big feature that I missed from the Jeep was the ability to slap small loads of lumber and sheet goods on the roof rack. My SUV's rack is too small. This extender effectively enlarges my carrying capacity and, while I have not yet used it due to a stretch of wet weather, I suspect it will only take a couple of minutes to mount and secure when needed. I think perhaps for the money a couple of tie-downs could have been included but overall this will do the job.61661



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: BGood07/04/2012

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So far so good...haven't really gotten to 'use' other than trial run but easy to use and sturdy and even came with cotter pins. Will share pictures once I have it loaded with my gear (using as standup paddleboard rack in conjunction with cargo control bar-too easy!).46701



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe V.03/07/2011

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I recently bought a small SUV after my pick up truck stopped running. I needed a way to haul small quantities of 2X4 Lumber, and 4X8 sheet material on top of my roof rack. This roof extender seems to be the perfect hitch accessory available at the right price!. I got free shipping when I bought a few more accessory items. Everything was delivered quickly and appears to be constructed well. Overall a great value. Thanks!8691



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: SCOTT B03/03/2011

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Good product, Fast shipping and good price. I will recomend to friends. Thank you Etrailer!8346



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: lyuba H04/10/2014

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Excellent condition, arrived on time. 124483



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: bub04/02/2014

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used this already for hauling kayaks, came in handy with the short bed on chevy trucks, figure it will be real handy when i need to haul some 12 foot lumber123448



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve S03/31/2014

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The Darby bed extender works just as advertised and is perfect for carrying my kayaks. I received all items I ordered fast and appreciated the excellent communication by etrailer.com.122995



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert03/04/2014

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great product & service 118382



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike Schultz09/04/2013

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Great product that is well made. The service at etrailer.com is spectacular. I had no problems with my order but the proactive updates and information prove it. 98216



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike S.07/11/2013

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Just as advertised. Good quality and useful. The same day it arrived, I used it to transport a kayak in my Jeep Liberty (with retracting roof so I can't install roof mounts!!)88902



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave Gregory06/14/2013

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I love it, perfect 16' Canoe in the back my pickup. It is about time I use my Canoe, It off the river I go. Thanks for the great product84725



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don M.06/12/2013

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This extend a truck is perfect to hold up the end of my kayak as it sticks out of the back of my truck. Easy on and off. It does the job.84318



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Justin M05/17/2013

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Have not used the product yet but it fits good in receiver and cant wait to use it with my boat. As always great communciation with Etrailer on all products.80661



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob H.11/15/2012

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the Extend-A-Truck Load Extender worked perfectly for my 16" canoe and truck's 5 1/2 foot short bed. The foam kayak block is a must. Your fast service and shipping is very impressive!59476



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike D.10/08/2012

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Works as described. Prompt delivery. Excellent on line catalog and ordering.56659



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob McD.09/18/2012

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Great communication. The product was what I expected, will do what I need, and was sent and received earlier than expected. Customer support kept me informed every step. That is what I expect out of a U.S. Company. 55073



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick w.07/10/2012

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Product was just as represented . Great delivery! Would purchase from you again47384



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: bruce06/07/2012

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this product is fantastic! I highly recommend it.43201



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Warren B05/23/2012

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works great and easy to use on my 2008 rogue . I use this for hauling my 12 ft kayka to the back waters of Venice fl for fishing 41472



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Thomas E02/03/2012

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I received my order on 2/2/12. It got here in 3 days, that was quick. Think you very much.30959



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jan Hicks10/26/2011

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Very fast shipping and delivery. Extremely satified.26111



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry W.10/24/2011

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I love the product I have used it a few times it works great.26055



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark S.10/03/2011

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The product is exactly what I expected and I am pleased with it. The service from etrailer I will rate superior because I have have received none better and this is the standard all online businesses should strive to achieve.24981



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Alan W. Jones08/12/2011

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Just what I wanted with fast shipping. Thanks,I'll see you next time.21716



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: robert tchida05/11/2011

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love the product and the sevice for delivery was excelent13512



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: William G04/26/2011

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Product was received promptly after ordering. Shipment was in great condition when delivered.12404



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Disappointed10/21/2012

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Loose fitting, wobbly, cheap construction. Could be 6 in taller unordered to truly use as a front extension to a roof rack. 57778



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  • Load Rating of Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender DTA944
  • Yes, this Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender, part # DTA944, has a 350-lb load capacity. It mounts to an existing 2-inch trailer hitch receiver. To secure the Load Extender to your hitch, you will need Pin and Clip, part # PC3, if you do not already have one.
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  • Dimensions of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender -
  • The Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender, item # DTA944, is made of 2 inch and 2-1/4 inch square tube steel that is 1/8 inch thick and has a load limit of 350 pounds. The overall width of the cross bar is 49 inches with 48 inches between the tie down loops. The shipping box the extender comes in measures 52-1/2 inches by 14-1/2 inches by 3 inches thick. The design of the extender allows it to be stored flat behind the seat of a pickup. There are numerous other measurements on our
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  • Does The Darby Extend-A-Truck Load Extender Have an Adjustable Cross Bar
  • The Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender - Roof or Truck Bed, item # DTA944, does not have an adjustable cross bar. The pictures you see with the canoe mounted are taken at an angle so the cross bar looks shorter in the picture. The cross bar is height adjustable.
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  • What Parts are Included with Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender
  • There are two main pieces, the L shaped piece and the T shaped piece. Both ends of the L fit into the T so that the cross bar can be positioned behind the truck or up higher level with the cab. The pins that hold the Extend-a-Truck are included, as well as a red flag to hang from the cross bar to alert drivers behind you.
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  • Does the Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender, # DTA944 Come With Straps
  • The Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender, # DTA944, does not comes with the straps you see in the pictures. It does come with a little red flag, though. If you look at some of the pictures of just the extender, you will see two loops, one on each end, of the T part of the extender. You could run safety cables, rope, or hooks through these to help secure the cargo. The other straps are attached in the adjustments holes for the cross bar. You could also wrap a strap around each side of
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  • Will the Darby Extend-A-Truck # DTA944 Fit on a 2014 Ford F-150 While Towing a Trailer
  • It is possible to tow your camper and use the Darby Extend-A-Truck Load Extender, # DTA944, at the same time, however, you will only be able to use the Darby Extend-A-Truck in the upright position (see photo). To use the Extend-A-Truck and tow your trailer, you will want a dual purpose ball mount like part # D210. You can use the upper receiver for the Darby Extend-A-Truck and the lower ball mount for your trailer. If you would like a hitch ball as well, you can use the Tow Ready 2 Inch H
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