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Darby Industries 944 Extend-A-Truck

Darby Industries 944 Extend-A-Truck

Description

Extend-A-Truck Extender is designed for secure and safe hauling of long loads above or behind the vehicle. It features a 4" wide support and adjustable height for roof top hauling as well as bed extension. This extend-a-truck can be stored flat behind the seat when not in use and comes with a red flag.

Designed for secure and safe hauling of long loads

Features a 4 Feet wide support

Can be stored flat behind the seat when not in use

Features adjustable height for roof top hauling

Comes with a red flag

Comes with a receiver hitch

Designed for secure and safe hauling of long loads

The extend a truck will fit a standard 2" receiver.

Yes it is. I use it on my 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport soft top to haul my kayak. I use a light bar in the front to support the other end of the kayak.

This would only include the rear hitch support.

I have no used it on a Hobie Mirage Island. I have a Mirage Revolution 13. I believe they recommend a trailer for the Island series. My boat is 13'6". The bed of my truck is 5'. That leaves 8' 6" hanging out. The Island is 18'6" so you would have five more feet out the back depending on the size of your truck bed. The width of the extender is 49". Not sure what the width of the Islander is when the pontoons are folded in. It might work if you aren't driving too far, but if it were me, I'd look into a trailer. Hope that helps.

Things we like

  • Good weld quality
  • Works well for canoe support
  • Price isn't terrible
  • Can be stored behind the seat in a pickup
  • Has loops to use with a ratchet strap to secure load

Things we don't like

  • Square tubing is thin but should work fine for intended load rating
  • Significant slop in the slip joint for height adjustment
  • Paint is very thin, easily scratched and scuffed
  • Item was inside an intact box but was filthy with what appeared to be dust from abrasive blasting (don't open it in your house)
  • Needs more reflective tape on the black tubing to make it stand out
  • Flag included in the box isn't durable
Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

What size trailer hitch does it fit? 2"x2"?

The extend a truck will fit a standard 2" receiver.

Is this tall enough to clear the back soft top on a Jeep Wrangler (for kayaks)?

Yes it is. I use it on my 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport soft top to haul my kayak. I use a light bar in the front to support the other end of the kayak.

is this only the rear hitch piece? or does it also include the roof top piece as well?

This would only include the rear hitch support.

Anyone used this on a hobie island tandem mirage?

I have no used it on a Hobie Mirage Island. I have a Mirage Revolution 13. I believe they recommend a trailer for the Island series. My boat is 13'6". The bed of my truck is 5'. That leaves 8' 6" hanging out. The Island is 18'6" so you would have five more feet out the back depending on the size of your truck bed. The width of the extender is 49". Not sure what the width of the Islander is when the pontoons are folded in. It might work if you aren't driving too far, but if it were me, I'd look into a trailer. Hope that helps.