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. Lowest Prices for the best Watersport Carriers from Darby. Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack part number DTA944-968-924 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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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
  • Tie-down straps sold separately


  • 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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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (17 Customer Reviews)

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.

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by: Mike in Medford MA07/30/2014

My kayak carrier arrived within 5 days of my order, in perfect condition. Because I had researched various options, I was aware of how this device was structured, and there were no surprises. I put it all together in about 6 minutes, and had my kayak mounted and ready for a 1 hr drive to Cape Anne MA within another 10 minutes. (advice: you should either mount the included foam cushion up front, and figure out how to cushion the rear of your kayak, or simply order an extra bolster for the rear of the kayak support.) For short hauls, I've used the rear mount WITHOUT any extra strapping to guard against right-left wobble, and it's not a problem. For longer hauls, the brace to bumper strapping is probably a good idea. All in all, I considered many homemade options before I found this product, and in the end this has proved to be the best option. Convenient, not terribly expensive, and very sturdy! And by the way, the reason I'm not attaching a photo -- the thing is in the back of my truck right now, because I use it frequently. It assembles/disassembles so quickly that I only use it when I need it. When on the truck it looks exactly like the photos! 143527

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by: Johnny B05/03/2013

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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by: Steve08/12/2013

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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by: Ed R01/04/2015

I've gotta say that the pictures, videos, questions and answers about this product are 100% accurate, and very helpful! I recommend you view them all. My comments are focused on I have rarely seen such a well run, organized and responsive site! When have you ever asked a question on a site, and gotten an emailed response while you are still surfing the web? Gotta love that. After researching what was available (that's what WE ALL DO, RIGHT?) I decided I wanted the Darby Extend-a-truck kayak carrier system. Since Christmas was coming, I mentioned my choice to my very generous sister-in-law, who gave it to me as a gift. Unfortunately, she purchased the components from a different site. Even after returning her purchase, and paying return freight, it was cheaper on! Ordered Christmas morning and delivered on January 2nd. From now on, etrailer will be the first place I go. 167663

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by: Michael D.07/05/2013

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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by: Larry04/14/2013

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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by: John B04/17/2014

Great product and Great customer service! Buy with confidence from these guys. I ordered my product with the standard 5-7 day shipping and was upgraded to the 3-5 day express no additional cost to me....and without me asking for it! When does that ever happen?! Thanks very much team. Very happy customer here! John B. 125782

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by: Jamil09/16/2014

Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier is a very simple, easy to install set-up and it works really well. Very pleased with this purchase and ET service. 151204

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by: Les C.01/05/2015

Works great on my F250. Follow the instructions and use plenty of straps to secure your kayak. 167708

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by: Ken O.06/26/2014

Great buy. Easy setup and sturdy. Strapped a Hobie kayak on top of my Nissan Frontier, leaving room for the toolbox and plenty of camping gear in the bed for a great NH weekend. Can't wait to use as a bed extender. Well worth the money. 137874

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by: Ken R.06/11/2014

Very pleased with product. Was pleased that it was exactly as described. Used it to transport a 13.5 foot tandem. Worked well! 135147

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by: Brent05/02/2013

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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by: Diggin4fire10/29/2014

Made the 1,800 mile trip from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Memphis, TN with no problems! 158462

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by: Derek G.07/16/2013

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

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by: roger l09/07/2012

this is just perfect for my kayak and my truck great product 54095

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by: Richard Bennett10/21/2014

Came exactly as described. Fast shipping, thanks guys! 157290

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by: David F06/06/2013

Great product. Delivered within 5 days of order 83574


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  • You can check compatibility of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 with your truck canopy by measuring from the top of your receiver tube to the top of the canopy at the rear of the truck. The carrier's height is adjustable from 53-3/8 - 60-3/8-inches, so if this height range will allow it to clear your canopy you are all set. A video for this carrier is linked for your review. If you'd like to lock the carrier to your hitch you can use # 7683 from DeadBolt and to...
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  • Need Roof Rack and Water Sports Carriers for Paddle Board and Kayak on 2012 Honda Ridgeline
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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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  • Best Way to Haul a Porta-Bote with a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab
  • I recommend using the Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924. The Extend-A-Truck load extender includes a single roof rack bar and is an economically priced load-carrying alternative that fits multiple cargo applications including your portable, fold-up boat. You will also need a pin and clip like # PC3. I have included a video review of the load extender for you to check out. If you intend to tow your bumper pull camper too you...
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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...
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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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  • How Does the Crossbar of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 Secure to Roof
  • The strap that holds the cross bar of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 to the roof of your vehicle runs through the interior of your vehicle and tightens inside of the vehicle. It would not interfere with your windows or door operations. To see exactly how it tightens check out the video I attached.
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  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Recommendation for a 2011 Jeep Liberty to Clear Roof Antenna
  • If your 2011 Jeep Liberty has a trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver, then you could use the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier and Single-Bar Roof Rack, # DTA944-968-924, but you will likely have to carry your stand up paddleboard at an angle to clear your antenna. A better option for you would be the Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier, # TH810, and the Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack, which consists of the 53 Inch Thule AeroBlade Load Bars, # THARB53, and the Rapid Crossroad...
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  • Canoe Carrier Option for a 2014 Ram 1500 with Ram Boxes
  • I have a solution for you, but we do not carry any ladder racks that will fit with the Ram boxes. Instead, I recommend looking at the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier with Hitch Mount Load Extender, # DTA944-968-924. This system comes with a single-bar roof rack that mounts on the top of your cab and it has a hitch mounted load extender that will allow you to carry the canoe above the cab just like a ladder rack. I have attached a demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • Can Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 be used on 2012 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
  • As long as your 2012 Ford F-150 Crew Cab is equipped with a 2 inch hitch and has a bare roof, you shouldn't have any problems hauling a 15 foot kayak using the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier with Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack, # DTA944-968-924. The universal-fit, round crossbar mounts to your vehicle's bare roof to support your canoe or kayak and is adjustable from 45 to 60 inches. Please keep in mind the roof capacity of your F-150 when loading any cargo....
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  • Recommended Receiver Hitch Adapter and Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for a 2009 Honda Civic
  • I recommend the hitch adapter # HTAD as it will convert your 1-1/4 inch receiver to a 2-inch receiver. You will then be able to use a Extend-A-Truck kayak carrier like # DTA944-968-924. Please take into consideration that the tongue weight capacity of your hitch will be reduced by 50 percent with use of adapter. This is because the hitch adapter moves the load out farther from your vehicle, applying more leverage to your hitch. The bike rack I recommend is the Thule Helium Aero #...
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  • Thule Goal Post and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Chevy Equinox and Silverado
  • If you wanted to use a J style kayak carrier with a T bar like the Darby Extend-a-Truck Kayak Carrier part # DTA944-968-924 you would need to use a Thule Goal Post part # TH997 instead. The Darby is not compatible with any of the J-style carriers we offer due to the crossbar design of the carrier. For a J style carrier to work with the Goal Post you would want the Thule Hull a Port part # TH835PRO. If you follow the link I attached you will be able to enter the year/make/model of...
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  • Kayak/Canoe Carrying Options for 2009 Honda Pilot with Naked Roof
  • Vehicles with a naked roof like your 2009 Honda Pilot can be equipped for transporting a canoe or kayak in several ways, one of which is the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924. The main advantages of this item are that it includes everything you need (hitch-mount load bar, roof cross bar and foam block) and that it allows for a good part of the canoe's or kayak's weight to be borne by the hitch-mounted load extender rather than the Pilot's roof. You also then have the additional...
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  • Could 2 Kayaks be Carried on the Darby Watersport Carriers # DTA944-968-924
  • That would depend on the width of your two kayaks. The width of the upright hitch bar of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924 is 48 inches. If the width of your 2 kayaks side by side is less than that you should be good. This comes with foam block, which for two kayaks you would want a total of four of the part # DTA924. For additional straps you could get the part # Y04057.
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  • Availability of Watersport Carrier for 2012 Nissan Frontier with Utili-Trac System
  • You are correct that there are no ladder racks available at this time for short-bed Nissan trucks with the Utili-Trac system. I do have a solution for you though. If your Nissan Frontier has a 2" trailer hitch receiver, you can use the Darby Extend-A-Truck Watersport Carrier part # DTA944-968-924 to transport your canoe. The Extend-A-Truck load extender includes a single roof rack bar and is an economically priced load-carrying alternative that fits multiple cargo applications. I...
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