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Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack

Darby Watersport Carriers

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Darby Watersport Carriers - DTA944-968-924

Carry your canoe or kayak safely and securely on your pickup truck. This setup includes a rooftop crossbar, foam kayak block and hitch-mounted extension piece to create a full system. All you need is a 2" trailer hitch receiver and your boat.


  • Convenient rack system lets you securely carry a kayak with your pickup truck
  • Extend-A-Truck load extender slides into your 2" trailer hitch and adjusts vertically for use with roof rack
    • Quick, easy installation - insert into receiver and secure with standard pin and clip or lock (sold separately)
  • Universal-fit, round crossbar mounts to your vehicle's bare roof to support your canoe or kayak
    • Place non-scratch foam feet on roof and telescope bar in or out to match width of vehicle
    • Run strap through your truck cab and secure inside
  • Sturdy foam block attaches to load extender to provide contoured, cushioned resting place for your boat
    • One block is included
    • Additional blocks can be purchased separately
  • Support bars and crossbars are constructed of durable powder coated steel


  • Application: naked-roof vehicles with 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Hitch-mounted extension:
    • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
    • Width: 48"
    • Vertical adjustment (from the top of the hitch opening): 53-3/8" - 60-3/8"
    • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to upright bar: 9-1/2"
  • Rooftop crossbar:
    • Weight capacity: refer to your owner's manual for vehicle's roof capacity
    • Width: 45" - 60"
  • Foam block dimensions: 18" long x 5" wide

Creating a kayak-carrying system for your truck is easy with this unique kit. First, slide the Extend-A-Truck load extender into your hitch in the upright position. Then adjust the extender vertically so that it matches the height of your roof. To install the rooftop crossbar, simply set the bar and roof-rack feet in place on your roof and secure the strap inside your vehicle with the included cambuckle.

Place the sturdy, non-scratch foam block across the top crossbar of the load extender to create a safe and secure cradle for your boat to sit in. The wide cutout on the bottom of the block allows it to fit securely over the crossbar. The foam block will fit over the rooftop crossbar as well, so you can purchase another to ensure that both ends of your kayak are cradled by protective foam during transport.

Extend-A-Truck Load Extender used Vertically
Extend-A-Truck Load Extender Dimensions

The Extend-A-Truck load extender is an economically priced load-carrying alternative that is easily removable and fully adjustable to fit multiple cargo applications. In addition to using it as part of a roof-rack system, you can also position it so it sits lower and extends out farther from the rear of your vehicle so that you can carry long loads that would not otherwise fit in your truck bed.

Extend-A-Truck Load Extender used Horizontally
Extend-A-Truck Load Extender Dimensions

944 Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mount Load Extender

968 Darby Turbo-Rack Universal Single Bar Roof Rack

924 Darby Foam Kayak Block

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Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack - DTA944-968-924

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.6 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael D.07/05/2013

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Texas coast, I needed some sort of way to carry my yak with my truck having a bed cover on it at the same time. This carrier works awesome, I know some of yall are thinking i wonder if it works. Well it does pretty good too. The roof carrier works great and the truck doors close flush as if the strap wasn't attached. And there isn't any leakage if it was to rain. I also pull a travel trailer so this carrier hooks into my front bumper and I am able to carry it that way as well. If you have any concerns about this product, don't because Im pleased with it and it does its job. 87818

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry04/14/2013

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Product was as advertized and easy to install. Still needs a lot of work to figure out how to secure the boat to the product and truck for transport. Delivery was prompt. 75904

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve08/12/2013

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Product arrived promptly and packaged well with great instructions. Product works as described and is perfect for my situation. E-trailer followed up with in regards to delivery and satisfaction with product! Not may companies do this! Photos show how well this works for my kayak or any number of other situations, especially since the rack will rotate to carry lumber and such. 94621

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Johnny B05/03/2013

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The Darby Extend a Truck kayak carrier arrived quickly via free standard shipping after a personalized courtesy email from eTrailer thanking me for the purchase. I bought this to haul my 13' Hobie Mirage Revolution, and I was surprised at how simple it was to put up. The included single bar roof rack (Turbo Rack) was essential to evenly distribute the front end weight and avoid roof damage on my Tacoma pickup. Although I'm just somewhat disappointed that the hauler doesn't fit snugly into the 2" hitch, it allows only minimal movement during transport and hasn't impacted safety in any way I can see. And I had no issues using a couple of tie-downs to secure the rack to the truck to minimize swaying, one to secure the back end of the kayak to the rack and one to secure the front. I've only had this for a few days but immediately hauled my kayak to and from a service dealer with no issues. I've been looking for something like this for a couple of years and highly recommend this for hauling kayaks. Next up...extending at bed level to haul other stuff, too!78862

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Derek G.07/16/2013

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With the hitch extender I can haul my son's Kayak now. Works great. 89869

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David F06/06/2013

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Great product. Delivered within 5 days of order 83574

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brent05/02/2013

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Product is of high quality and design. Have used it many times to hual one kayak and sometimes two with no issues.78730

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: roger l09/07/2012

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this is just perfect for my kayak and my truck great product54095

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  • Width of Crossbars of Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924
  • The crossbar on the hitch mounted load extender is 49 inches, or 48 measured in between the load stops. The roof-mounted crossbar is width adjustable, from 45 to 60 inches. Your ability to carry two kayaks will depend on how wide they are at their widest point.
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  • Locking 2 Kayaks to a Roof Rack on a 2004 Toyota Tundra
  • To lock the kayaks to the vehicle I recommend a cable lock like # CAB-10, that you can put through something on the kayaks and then lock it to the trailer hitch safety chain loops. Another option is the Yakima multipurpose RipCord locks, # Y04048. I have included a link to a video review of these straps for you to view. Make sure that you attach the straps or cable to something that cannot be removed itself, like the hitch for example.
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  • Kayak Rack for Use with a 2011 GMC Regular Cab Truck with a Lite Rider Roll-Up Soft Tonneau Cover
  • With your 2011 GMC truck that currently has a LiteRider soft roll-up tonneau cover I recommend the Darby Extend a truck kayak carrier # DTA944-968-924. This is compatible with vehicles that are currently equipped with a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. The Darby kayak carrier load bar can be used either vertically or horizontally depending on your hauling preferences. If you want to use the load bar rack in the vertical position to carry your kayak you will also want to use the roof rack cross
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  • Recommendations for Carrying 2 Pungo 120 Kayaks on a 2011 Ford F-150
  • You may be able to use the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier, # DTA944-968-924, to carry both kayaks at once, but you will want to make sure that the kayaks will fit on the crossbars of this system. The hitch mounted extension has a 48 inch wide crossbar. With your kayaks placed side by side, you will want to make sure the bows or sterns will fit on a 48 inch wide crossbar. Also, the distance between the hitch mounted extension and the roof crossbar will be the length of your truck bed plus up
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