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

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

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Darby Bed Extender - DTA944

  • Darby
  • 48 Inch Width
  • Hitch Load Extender
  • Folds For Storage
  • Steel


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 (included) or lock (sold separately)
  • 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)
  • Lifetime warranty


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







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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Darby Hitch Cargo Carrier - Load Extender - 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:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (317 Customer Reviews)


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Shipping was lot faster then anticipated, they made that big box online site look like amateurs. Thank you 607923



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I love this load extender. I've used it a number of times to haul longer material and the results have been excellent. A few months ago, I picked up some longer material from a lumber mill, and the owner aw it while we were loading and wanted to know where he could get one. I gave him ETrailer's email address and told him to check it out. I highly recommend this extender 558637


Comments

After a year I dont use it as often we bought a longer utility trailer but when Im just picking up small amounts of longer material, its quicker than hooking up a trailer and easy to use. It stows away easily in my shop when Im not using it. Still love the product.

Steve S - 08/27/2019

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Works great to carry my 16' canoe in my Dodge pickup. 194611


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It works great

Bill M - 05/26/2016

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My problem was how to transport securely my 16' kayak in the 6.5' bed of my Toyota Tundra. Tne Darby "Extend-A-Truck" concept appealed to me and since the price was very reasonable, it was Made in USA and shipping paid, I bought one and it has proven to be "just what I needed". My kayak loads easily, is safe when mounted (I taped a 4' length of foam pipe insulation over the Extend-A-Truck" crosspiece to protect the hull) and is very secure in transit. I am very glad I bought this product. 159075



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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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Still working out great. No complaints.

Steve S - 04/02/2015

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Wonderful product. Very good price. Wobbles a bit where in receiver. But I can fix that 137957


Comments

Still use it and it works fine.

Mike l - 06/29/2015

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Product came as described. Was quite dirty coming out of the box.Coat of dusty dust had to be cleaned up before use. Was fine after clean up. Red flag was included. Nice addition. 141037


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Working out quite well. I get a lot of comments at the home improvement stores.

jerry h - 07/12/2015

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Works great, though I wish the metal tubing was a little thicker and the ends inserted a little further inside the hitch receiver. This product is a must if you have a short bed truck and have any intention of carrying lumber or anything else longer than 8 feet. I was able to carry 12 foot 6x6s home without any issue. 627850



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I’ve only just received this item so I can not give an opinion on functionality but it feels like a solid piece of equipment. I love that it can be disassembled for easy storage. It arrived on time. My only disappointment was that it did not contain a safety flag that it was supposed to come with. Aside from that, I would definitely still purchase this extender regardless. I have a short bed Dakota that Keeps me from starting any projects due to limited truck bed space for towing wood longer than 8 ft. I would buy from this company again. Blake 448455



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Got this to use on a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK to carry a kayak. I wasn't sure if it would clear the 32" spare tire on the Willys model but it does. When not in use it stores away real easy also. 490888



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The rack fulfilled all expectations, was concerned about how it might affect vehicle stability, HANDLED GREAT !! I would suggest that the manufacturer add 2 more tie down eyes to the longer extention section, for convenience. Again,very satisfied. 296270



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I use the Darby Extend-A-Truck hitch for hauling 2 kayaks. It works exactly as I wanted it to. I did shorten the square tube several inches and drilled new hole for the latch pin. 559628


Comments

Weve moved from hurricane targeted Florida to North Carolina. Looking forward to using the kayaks up here in rivers and lakes. The Darby Extend-A-Truck hitch up here as well. Very sturdy and will last forever.

John p - 08/30/2019

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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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The "Truck Extension" (mfgr's name for it) arrived today, in excellent condition. It's heavy - as it needs to be - & appears well-built. Both pins needed to use it were included, as shown in the product photo. It will be used on a F-150 Crew Cab (only a 5-1/2' bed) to haul longer lumber. The cross-bar is just enough over 10 feet out on my truck that I may drill another mount hole to move it in when needed. The welded loops on the cross-bar are spaced just about right to stabilize 4-foot wide sheets. A not-so-obvious nice feature: disassembled, the long bar slides inside the cross-bar, making it convenient to store and to haul when not in use. 268319



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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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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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I use this receiver hitch rack on my 2011 Toyota RAV4. It fits perfectly, even with the external spare tire. The rack is ideal for carrying a canoe or lumber on the car since it spreads the distance between the front luggage rack on the car and the rear rack, which is the receiver hitch mounted rack. The distance between the front and rear luggage racks on the car is just 3'. Having this rack in place makes the distance 7', which is perfect for most applications. Having the T-bar on the back makes loading a 70-pound canoe by myself simple. I went ahead and purchased the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch along with this rack. With the Quiet Hitch installed and with the securing straps attached, there is very little rack movement. I only wish there wasn't so much wobble without those items, but every rack is like that. The benefit of the Quiet Hitch, by the way, is that it also virtually locks your rack onto the car. I had no problem with bottoming out on a road full of potholes. I'd buy this rack again, and doing business with etrailer is painless. 588058



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The 4ft extension is .100" thick and the "T" piece is .080". The extension slides into the "T" for easy storage. Hitch extensions in general probably should angle up from the hitch to the "T" for more clearance. Since I only need a 2ft. extension for hauling a kayak, I will shorten mine and drill two new holes for the hitch pin. Overall, it's a quality design. With a piece of plywood on it, the extension could double as a work table. 282652



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Great product and easy to use - installs in a few minutes. Only two pieces to the rack so I can store it out of the way under the back seat of my truck when not in use. I would recommend getting the pad that is custom made to go with the rack to keep your canoe or kayak cushioned when on the rack. The width of the rack allows you to fit two kayaks side by side which was a big plus for me. 151961



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I’m giving this product a 4 Star rating. The reasons are this. Very wobbly in the hitch! Being a professional retired welder this piece is well made. I was looking at the kayak carrier kit 240.00, and decided to purchase parts separately , including extra foam pad(184.00) total for all. What you do not get are the tie down straps for kayak. You can purchase a lot of straps for 56.00 bucks. I intend to modify so I can easily adapt to my RV trailer hitch by pulling one hitch pin. Overall this is a really good product and I could not purchase material and build it any cheaper or better. 552139


Comments

Unfortunately I have only used my carrier one time! It worked great and I was most satisfied. We have not used it since because of Hurricane Florence! Home was flooded and we are still in the process of putting our home back in order!

David - 08/10/2019

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Excellent quality! Fast, fast delivery! 575300



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just what I needed. arrived in 3 days. very easy to use on Colorado. 282206



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Great product, helpful, convenient, versatile, easy, fast - I don't use it every day but when I do it makes many things easier. And, tremendous price. 728217



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Simple and very useful in different applications. Don't need to post a picture, it still looks and performs like new. 708451



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The bed extender has been working great with our short bed pickup for hauling our 13 foot raft. It is a much quicker/easier solution than using a trailer. 699608



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Worked out just great, allowing room for a large bike rack. 699864



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I ordered the Extend-A-Truck (DTA944) just before noon on Wednesday, received it on Friday and I only paid for regular ground shipping. Used it on Saturday to haul lumber in my short bed pickup. I could not be more pleased with the service and the product. It will be so much easier to load and unload the kayaks. I'll bet by re-configuring it to the roof position that I can hoist Bambi up for field dressing, should the opportunity arise. 683420



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The DTA944 hitch cargo carrier worked perfectly to extend the load space on my Highlander for a 17 ft. canoe. It also made it much easier to slide the canoe on the roof rack. Very slick. 666290



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works great for carrying my kayaks over my truck cab! 655912



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Worked well for bringing home 168 feet of baseboard and trim wood. Used it with the Darby Turbo-Rack on the cab, and also used a folding ladder to provide extra support for the very flexible trim. 647533



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Works great I have an oversized two person kayak that I can now easily transport without a trailer. With my Toyota Tundra short bed and my Toyota 4Runner. 611065



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Product does not fit tightly in receiver otherwise works great 598169


Comments

There are various anti-rattle devices like # RM-061
Roadmaster Quiet Hitch for 2" Trailer Hitches
$28.50
that will prevent a hitch mounted accessory from moving around in the receiver.

-- Mike L - 01/17/2019

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Fits very loose in hitch not very sturdy but worked ok 596629



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I purchased this hitch extender for hauling 13 foot Kayaks in my GMC Sierra bed. It has worked out as well as I had imagined it would. What I didn't expect is how often I would use it for other hauls, 9 foot long sheet rock, 12' long finish lumber and moulding etc. Stuff that i would normally have put on my lumber rack is way easier to manage for one person using the extender and truck bed. This was a great value for the money. I like the tied down points and the fact that I can slide the t-bar over the extender bar and have it fit under the rear seat of my extended cab. 596414



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I have a short bed so I bought this so I could haul my solo Canoe wherever I needed to. Perfect. Well worth the money. 584019



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So, having “not” used it as yet I can only it is a good product. I did buy it after-all 573447



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I use this hitch extension to haul my 14 ft canoe in my 5 1/2 ft truck bed. It works great and easy to use. 554705



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All Good 551911


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Outstanding Thank You.

Dan F - 08/09/2019

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The truck extender works great. We use it to haul our 19’ canoe all the time. 550033



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Delivery box was kinda beat up, but figure that it wouldn't be bent. Nice weight and easy to install. Only issue is it is wobbly in the hitch. Will use soon to return 16' moulding and my 13.9' kayak. 549934


Comments

Because of differences in the manufacturing tolerances between the outside dimension of the portion of the load extender that slides into the receiver tube and the inside dimension of the receiver tube, some movement of the hitch accessory is unavoidable. If the movement concerns you, various anti-rattle devices are available to stiffen up that connection. The Roadmaster Quiet Hitch, part # RM-061
Roadmaster Quiet Hitch for 2" Trailer Hitches
$28.50
works well and is highly rated by our customers.

-- Mike L - 08/05/2018

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Great, easy load and unload my kayak. Bought a stabilizer bracket that stops the wiggle.

Sue - 08/05/2019

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Just what I wanted to haul a kayak on my Tacoma Pre-Runner. It is multi-functional in hauling ladders and lumber also. I have found many uses for this hitch. Thanks for a great product. Allen 548925



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Durable and easy to install 538775



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Works great , easy to adjust 530211



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Products shipped very quickly. I ordered on line after viewing how to video and they were very informative. Used for the first time on July 4th carrying two 12 foot kayaks on a short bed Nissan Frontier and no issues at all and very easy to use. 530075



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Great customer service & delivery. Immediately after I ordered the rack, they called me to let me know they could deliver early! This order was placed after I had to cancel an order from another online merchant b/c I never received any communication from them other than the fact that they took my money. Customer service goes a long way! Product is very easy to set up & use as well. Very happy with my order. 527509



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Have used this rack/extension to transport oc1 from northern cal to south cal with not a single negative issue whatsoever. Would not have had the same security confidence just on a regular roof rack. I rate it A+. Suggest using a bolt tensioning lock. SD 525165


Comments

Same as written in the review. Have transported my oc1 all over and three times to Southern California with complete security. Those trips were 400 miles in each direction. Also use it at home for transport to the water, about 5 miles. Never had any problems and boat is secure as can be when properly tied down. Much better than regular roof rack alone

Steve D - 06/21/2019

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The extender rack is extremely solid and provides so much better load support than other racks that I have seen. I have used as bed extension support for transporting kayaks and as roof rack support for transporting canoe. Extremely solid and well built. Height adjustments are perfect. 517267



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Easy to use website and very fast service. Items ordered arrived on time and well packed. Assembling a RV kayak rack from hitch parts. Easy. 511600



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Top portion is a little loose on bottom portion. Feels sturdy though. I put all of my 230lbs on it and used it as a bench. Lol 505493



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Very stout frame! Seems very well buil t. 490854


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  • The TracRac Ladder Rack system you referenced, part # TH27000XT-EX, is one of three confirmed fits for a ladder rack for your 2014 Toyota Tacoma. This fixed-mount ladder rack mounts to the underside of your Tacoma's bed rails with clamp-on hardware, no drilling required. A video is linked to illustrate. All ladder racks for your truck can be seen on the link provided. Typically tonneau covers and ladder racks will use the same points on the truck's bed rails for installation. The various...
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  • We do not carry the Reese Towpower Canoe Loader you mentioned, however we have very similar systems. I recommend the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924. This system comes everything you need for the full system to carry your canoe. If you just want the hitch rail, you can get that separately as # DTA944
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