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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.
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.
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.
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Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (154 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.
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
by: Chris S.07/05/2016
The Extend-A-Bed arrived fine, I assembled it and although I wouldn't call it lightweight, it was not as heavy duty as I had expected - like for example, my old bicycle rack I purchased years ago that I mounted to the hitch on our old Suburban. However I'm sure it's up to the job it's intended for. I did notice some play where the two parts connect although probably won't be as apparent when all is cinched down. Having a Nissan Titan with "tie-rails" around the upper perimeter of the bed I plan on strapping the upright to these "rails" in the bed rather than the rear bumper - it will not only brace the pole against side to side movement (pitching) but also pull the pole forward thus helping support the weight of whatever's being carried. This is a great product for the price since you're killing two birds with one stone - you have a small roof rack system for ladders, poles, canoe/kayak, etc. as well as a support for those long heavy things you can't, or don't want to, mount up high so end up rather precariously in the bed. Now the negative part and why this is only rated three stars. There is a single pole roof "rack" that comes as part of the Extend-A-Bed kit, problem is mine arrived with nothing to attach it to the roof - no strap, no ratchet, no hooks, nada. I could get sarcastic here but I won't. Suffice it to say someone screwed up somewhere and as I can't mount the roof rack, the whole thing is useless to me. I'm hoping e-trailer will dig up whatever I'm missing and Fedex them over to me. 268461
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
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
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 etrailer.com. 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 etrailer.com! Ordered Christmas morning and delivered on January 2nd. From now on, etrailer will be the first place I go. 167663
by: Chad W.09/22/2015
Easy Setup and installation process. Solid construction. By far the best addition I have had to purchase for adapting my truck to compensate for my hobbies. 100% satisfied with the product. Fastest delivery I've received so far. Ordered and received within 5 days of purchase. 2 Thumbs up! Wish there were more companies out there like this. 227036
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
by: Richard Bennett10/21/2014
Came exactly as described. Fast shipping, thanks guys! 157290
by: Melissa K.08/02/2016
After searching for several months for a way to carry a kayak on a silverado with a Tonneau cover, I finally found the perfect solution. This rack made it wasy to haul a twin heron two person kayak while keeping the storage area for the Tonneau. The rack is easy to install and is very sturdy with the help of some ratcheting straps. For short distances, it was also great to flip the rack and utilize the truck bed instead of having to lift the kayak onto the roof each time. I am very happy with this product, and was pleased with the quick shipping. 278252
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
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 shipping...at no additional cost to me....and without me asking for it! When does that ever happen?! Thanks very much etrailer.com team. Very happy customer here! John B. 125782
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
by: Chad K.08/16/2016
Product is made very well and it exactly what I was looking for in order to haul my kayak and also utilize my bed cover at the same time so that I could lock up luggage. Perfect for what I needed. The only down side...I only received one bar pad for padding under the kayak and both the roof rack and the hitch extender require one. 284372
by: Larry W.09/01/2015
Used the product over the weekend on top of my Silverado, worked great. Hauled my 16 ft. canoe easily during 2.5 hour trip. Have also used it as an extension for local trips. I would recommend this product and e-trailer to my friends. E-trailer made buying easy and had it to me in 4 days. Thanks a lot. (Sorry no pictures) 223344
by: Les C.01/05/2015
Works great on my F250. Follow the instructions and use plenty of straps to secure your kayak. 167708
Easy to install and worked great to transport an 11 foot long paddle board to the beach. This is a great quick fix for carrying a long load on a short bed. Make sure you use good tie-downs and strap your load in tight and that will take most of the wiggle out of the bed extender. 263536
by: Dana L06/13/2016
Awesome product, but even better customer service! Etrailer is professional, honest, and extremely trustworthy. The package came exactly when promised and was shipped in an impressive box. They were in contact the entire time even after my product was delivered. Thank you!! 260766
by: Jim D10/09/2015
I just received it today, speedy delivery, everything seemed to fit and the construction was of high quality. If it functions as well as it looks I got a winner. Looked all over for something to haul my two person kayak in my 6ft bed.. Great product,great price... 229645
by: Don K09/06/2016
Product arrived quickly, all components were included. First use was carrying a long extension ladder 200 miles, 80 mph, no issues. Just had a couple of good ratchet straps to tie it down. Have not hauled my kayak yet but see no complications. 291794
by: Don K09/06/2016
Product arrived quickly, all components were included. First use was carrying a long extension ladder 200 miles, 80 mph, no issues. Just had a couple of good ratchet straps to tie it down. Have not hauled my kayak yet but see no complications. 291796
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
by: Dave W.12/16/2015
Kayak carrier. Got it faster than expected. Very well made. I have 4 kayaks, two are 10' two are 17'. I can carry any two at one time. And gthe pieces are simple to install, heavy duty and can be removed easily when i dont need them. 233888
by: Jared M.06/07/2015
Product arrived quickly and well-packaged. All seems as advertised and it looks like a sturdy rack for a kayak. There is a bit of play in the hitch mounting but I suppose you want that so that it won't rust and get stuck. 201465
by: Jeffrey anderson09/06/2016
Very satisfied with the product i received for your company today. Had it hook on my truck in a matter of minutes and my kayak strapped on. Great quality material and the price and shipping time was excellent. 291814
by: Dave R04/12/2016
Great product, high quality, and prompt service and shipping. We are using the Carrier to extend the bed length of our mid size work truck and occasionally carry a ladder. 243892
Haven't actually used it yet but it looks to be complete and received it quick as usual with etrailer. Good value and affordable solution to big load little truck. 234552
by: Rick S.08/08/2016
Very happy with this rack. Carried to 12ft paddle boards 800 miles. Easy assembly and installation. Will also be using for ladders on a regular basis. 281281
by: Jane S02/28/2016
This was the easiest project I have undertaken in a long time! Sturdy rack ready for my rowing scull! Fast delivery and a good price!! Thanks so much!! 238903
by: Patrick W.04/08/2015
Great product! I was really concerned about carrying my kayak in a short bed pickup. The Extend-A-Truck Carrier solved that problem. Very easy to use! 184092
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
Product is of high quality and design. Have used it many times to hual one kayak and sometimes two with no issues. 78730
by: Stan C.10/13/2016
Product works as advertised. After using for over a year I can't think of any design improvement. 306932
by: Sharon S.09/09/2016
Very handy and versatile product. It allows you to carry your kayak many different ways. 292717
by: Bryan L08/13/2016
Product arrived quickly. Great quality. Just what I needed to carry my tandem kayak. 283305
Good product. Does what it's claimed. I'd buy it again if needed, or for a friend. 268755
Made the 1,800 mile trip from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Memphis, TN with no problems! 158462
Rack works great. Just use better ratchet straps it tends to be a little wobbly 260651
Very good product for the cost. Simple, easy to set up, product design. 250940
by: Derek G.07/16/2013
With the hitch extender I can haul my son's Kayak now. Works great. 89869
by: Jim H07/04/2015
this product was everything it said it was and I am very pleased 209388
by: Jake O.04/20/2015
Item description was spot on. Exactly what I was looking for. 186796
etrailer has always provided excellent service and products! 292009
by: roger l09/07/2012
this is just perfect for my kayak and my truck great product 54095
Easy installation. works great. I definitely recommend. 258073
by: Beth R07/19/2016
works great. Haven't tried heavy loads, just my kayak. 273575
by: David F06/06/2013
Great product. Delivered within 5 days of order 83574
Item as described. Good Quality. sent p romptly 245918
by: Brian B.06/22/2016
Well made easy to use and effective. 263733
by: Kevin M.07/03/2016
Very fast, good quality and price 267833
by: Tom D.04/01/2016
Review from a similar Darby Extend-A-Truck in Watersport Carriers
Delivery was fast and the product is as expected. This is great for my short bed truck with a hard cover. I carry a large tool box in the bed and other materials; I can use this to pick up lumber without have to empty the bed. For really long pieces, I can use it in conjunction with the roof luggage carrier. I can use bed high or hard cover high. Excellent product. 242634
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