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Bed extender

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What kind of bed extenders have you all had experience with and liked. The boonedox one looks to be the best for maintaining ground clearance. Just got a truck and have a salty pdl. As an aside if anyone has advice on long load lights for the kayak that would be appreciated. I do a lot of traveling at night. 

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The standard $50 Ebay model works great, the tall uprights are very adjustable. It now only gets used for transporting multiple yaks or very long trips.

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The Cheap Harbor Freight is rusted, ugly, over 10 years old, left outside and still keeps going. 

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Yakima. 
 

It’s much lighter than the cheap harbor freight and doesn’t rust. It offers the same ground clearance as the Boonedox but can be oriented vertical for a roof rack and has an optional extender 

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I have one from Amazon for around $75.  Have had it for about 5 years and still does the job.  Only had to replace a pin that popped out once.  Kayak stays on my truck all season until I need to take it off for whatever reason.  Then back on the truck it goes.

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Got a deal on a boonedox, which works great. Otherwise I would’ve went with the Harbor Frieght one.

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If length matters; the horror fright model is 36”, verses the 48” of most other extenders.

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I have one from Cabelas.  Weighs a ton and will survive the apocalypse.  I really don't need it (or use it) for a 12'er in a 6.5' bed with the gate down.  

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The yakima is super light but it also flexes a bit. The steel ones are more rigid. The goal post style uprights are worth it if you are loading in off camber situations, as it keeps the yak from sliding off.  I welded uprights on an older steel one and put LED trailer strip lights on them.

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Half ladder racks are great setups if you don't mind drilling some holes...

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On 11/7/2022 at 9:14 PM, G8trwood said:

The yakima is super light but it also flexes a bit. The steel ones are more rigid. The goal post style uprights are worth it if you are loading in off camber situations, as it keeps the yak from sliding off.  I welded uprights on an older steel one and put LED trailer strip lights on them.

picture please?!!!

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