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  • Recommended Way to Carry a Kayak for a Ford F-150
  • As long as you have a 2 inch receiver on your 2016 Ford F-150, I recommend the Thule Goalpost # TH997. This is one of our better options for kayak carriers and installs directly into your hitch. In addition to this carrier I recommend using a roof rack to secure your kayak to the roof of your truck instead of the foam blocks. If you have the SuperCrew Cab, the Rhino Rack Aero Bar Roof Rack kit is a great option. This include the Crossbars # RRVA150S-2, the Legs # RRRLKVA, and the Fit...
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  • Recommended Canoe Carrier For Short Bed Truck
  • The longest load extender is the Erickson Big Bed Load Extender for 2" Hitches - 400 lbs # EM07600. This is 52-1/2" long x 48-1/2" wide. For a 16 foot canoe, there really isn't a good solution for such a short bed without going onto the roof. I recommend the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924 for your application. If you really don't want anything on your roof, then I recommend the Malone MicroSport Trailer -...
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  • Recommended 2-Kayak Carrier Solution for 2015 GMC Sierra Double Cab with Folding Tonneau Cover
  • Folding tonneau covers can sometimes be tough to fit along with a ladder rack since often both will use the same or similar attachment points on the tops or sides of the bed rails. But I do have a great solution for you for transporting two 14-foot kayaks with a total weight of 150-lbs that will actually cost you a lot less than many quality ladder racks AND avoid any concerns about compatibility with your tonneau cover. The solution I recommend is a hitch-mount load support bar....
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  • Recommendation for Carrying 2 Kayaks on 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
  • There are a few options for carrying 2 kayaks on your 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab. I will give you both an economy option that I recommend just for occasional use and also a higher end product if you plan on using it more often. I recommend using a hitch mounted load extender along with a single-bar roof rack. A good entry level product is the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 which includes both of these features and will carry your kayaks by sliding the load...
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  • Recommended Method to Transport Kayak and 4 Bikes on 2015 Ford F-150
  • Hitch-mount load extenders like the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 do not include a built-in bike carrier feature nor are they suited to any add-on carriers. However, you can install a 2-inch front-mount hitch # C31068 in your 2015 F-150 and place either the Darby carrier or a hitch-mount bike rack in that front hitch while keeping the other item in the rear hitch. Or if you happen to have available space in the bed of your truck you could use the Darby in either...
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  • Truck Bed Extender Recommendation to Carry Kayak or Ladder in Truck Bed
  • If you have a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver on your truck, then you may be interested in the Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender, # DTA944. This is the only product that we carry that will extend past your tail gate to carry items such as ladders or a kayak. You may also be interested in the Darby Foam Kayak Block, # DTA924. This will protect the hull of your kayak from the metal crossbar. Our other truck bed extenders will extend your truck bed to the length of your...
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  • Kayak/Canoe Carrier for Use on Hard Hatch-Style Tonneau Cover on 2007 Dodge Ram 1500
  • We do not offer any kayak carriers intended specifically for mounting on a hard tonneau cover but we do offer foam-block type kayak carriers that could simply rest on top of it and work well for you. These are intended for transporting kayaks on a vehicle with a bare roof. The linked page displays all such foam kayak carriers. These offer the advantages of low cost, very light weight and simple installation. They also require no drilling or modification to your hatch-style tonneau...
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  • Can Darby Extend-A-Truck Carrier/Load Extender DTA944-968-924 Travel Long Distances
  • The Darby Extend-A-Truck Carrier with Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack, part # DTA944-968-924, can be used with your 2014 Ford F-150 with 2-inch hitch to transport items like ladders, kayaks, canoes and your SUP. There is no limitation to the distances you can travel but it will be a good idea to periodically clean off the cab roof where the carrier bar rests to remove any trapped dirt or grit that could cause abrasion to your paint. This would be a good daily travel...
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  • Recommended Rack for Kayaks Allowing Tonneau Cover on 2017 Nissan Titan SL 5.5 Foot Bed
  • Unfortunately there is not a ladder rack fit for your truck from any of our manufacturers that utilizes the stake pockets to allow a tonneau cover on your 2017 Titan SL 5.5 foot box. Your options are certainly limited with a tonneau cover on your truck, but I do have a solution for you. I recommend the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier w/ Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924. This system will give you a weight capacity of 350 lbs.
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  • How to Use Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier and Tow a Trailer at the Same Time
  • To use the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 while towing a trailer at the same time you would either need to use a multipurpose ball mount such as # D210 or install a front mount hitch on the tow vehicle and use it there instead of at the back. If you had a 2015 Ram 1500 for example you could use front hitch # 31374 as long as the truck is a 4x4.
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  • Availability of Hitch Cargo Carrier-Mounted Kayak Carrier for 4 Kayaks
  • We do offer hitch-mounted cargo baskets and enclosed carriers. We also have hitch-mount load supports that can be used to transport a kayak or canoe in conjunction with a roof rack. Such an item is the Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Mounted Load Extender # DTA944. For reference I have linked you to our main page for hitch cargo carriers. You can use the filters in the left-hand margin to narrow the results based on your hitch size. I do not know of any kayak rack intended to mount to a cargo...
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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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  • How to Transport SUP on 2006 Honda Ridgeline Fitted with Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Kayak Carrier
  • Yes, that makes good sense...you want a single bar roof rack for use with your Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 to transport your stand-up paddleboard (SUP). No sense paying for two crossbars when you need only one. But I have an even better option for you that will save you even more money! Since your only need is transporting the SUP you can completely avoid the cost of a roof rack bar by using your hitch-mount Darby Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 along with...
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  • How To Carry A Canoe on a 2008 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • Depending on where you want to carry your canoe at on your truck, we have several options for you. If you want to carry your canoe in the bed of your truck, I recommend a load extender, like Darby's Extend-A-Truck Load Extender # DTA944. The load extender fits trailer hitches with a 2 inch receiver and has a 350 pound load capacity. This will allow you to support and tie down the end of the canoe that hangs off the bed of your truck. If you want to carry your canoe above the bed...
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  • Will Two Kayaks Fit on Darby # DTA944-968-924 Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier
  • You could possibly fit two kayaks on that carrier, it'll depend on the width of your kayaks. The crossbar that goes on top the vehicle can be adjusted from 45-60 inches wide and the crossbar on the load extender is 48 inches wide. If you can place your kayaks side by side, and the total width of the two is less than 48 inches, then the Darby # DTA944-968-924 Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier you referenced would work great for you. The carrier includes one # DTA924 foam block, but extras...
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  • Upright Hitch Mounted Kayak Carrier for 2016 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab
  • The price of the Darby Extend a Truck Kayak Carrier part # DTA944-968-924 is basically impossible to beat. For what you are getting for the price it's a tough option not to go with. However, it does use a universal crossbar that wouldn't be quite as secure as a custom roof rack. The crossbar wouldn't go anywhere once installed. But the connection would not be nearly as solid. For additional foam blocks to carry more kayaks you would want the part # DTA924 as well. For lighter duty...
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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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  • What Roof Rack Fits Both 1973 BMW 2002
  • For 1970s vintage vehicles there are few options for multi-fit roof racks. Most manufacturers fitment guides do not go that far back. You will be best served by a universal fit rack, such as the Darby Turbo-Rack Universal Single-Bar Roof Rack, part # DTA968. This part is sold as a single bar, so for a typical installation you will need to order two of these. The universal fit system uses a steel support bar that can telescope from 45 inches to 60 inches and foam pillars with a strap...
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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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  • Can the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier Be Used on Yamaha Rhino 450 UTV
  • The Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 that you referenced is designed for use on pick-up trucks to carry a kayak over the truck bed, but could work well to carry your kayak on your Yamaha Rhino UTV with 2 inch hitch receiver. We will want to take a quick measurement to determine the compatibility of the load extender with your UTV. The hitch-mounted extension is adjustable vertically from 53-3/8 inches to 60-3/8 inches above the top of the hitch opening. If the roof...
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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...
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  • Carrying 2 Kayaks and 2 Bikes on 2000 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The easiest way to transport the Kayaks and bikes would be to begin by installing a roof rack on your Ram truck. You'd need the following parts: 58 Inch Round Crossbar, part # Y00409 Yakima Q Tower roof rack feet, part # Y00124 Yakima Q Clips, part # Y00645 (order two of these) With the rack in place, you'd need a kayak carrier. Rhino Rack offers a J style carrier, part # S512 that will allow you to carry an additional kayak with the addition of the # RRS512X Expansion Arm. The...
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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...
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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...
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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 # Y05006.
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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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  • Will SportRack Frontier Roof Rack # A21004S Fit a 2004 Dodge Stratus 4-Door
  • Roof racks suitable for your 2004 Stratus with naked roof can be viewed using the provided link. You have options from Yakima and Thule, including racks with round, square or Aero crossbars. The system most similar to the SportRack is the Thule rack consisting of parts # THLB50, # TH480 and # THKIT1227. This system uses 50-inch square load bars. I have linked an installation video demonstrating use on a Dodge Charger. This system offers broad compatibility with a variety of roof-rack-mount...
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  • Recommended Canoe Loader And Carrier With Roof Bar For Transporting 1 Canoe Or Kayak
  • 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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  • 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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  • Is the Single Crossbar of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier Available
  • For just the crossbar that comes with the part # DTA944-968-924 you would want just the part # DTA968. This can fit nearly any roof style so it would fit on your 2013 Chevy Silverado. I attached a review video for this crossbar for you to check out as well.
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