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Bed extender for kayaks

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by Ghost_ed., Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Jan 28, 2020 at 4:59 PM
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    I'm looking for a bed extender for my short bed that would adjust enough in height to sit level with my bed storage/platform. I need a solution to haul kayaks for short trips without loading them on the roof every time. Anyone with a similar setup?
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  2. Jan 29, 2020 at 1:57 PM
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    Answered my own question. Boonedox T-Bone XL looks like the way to go.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2020 at 8:23 PM
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    Boonedox is way pricey, you can get a good adjustable bed extender for $60-$100.

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  4. Feb 12, 2020 at 4:16 PM
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    How high will that one adjust?
     
  5. Feb 12, 2020 at 4:57 PM
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    I wish I knew if the regular t-bone would work with my bed storage. The xl version is more expensive and no free shipping deals. I'll dig into it some more.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2020 at 5:43 PM
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    If I get a chance I can install mine and send you some measurements on it's height. I did not buy the pads for the round t-bar, the end is 2.0" in diameter. There is 2 small pieces of blue foam that come in the shipping box on each end like below. Also a contact at Boonedox's could probably answer your questions.

    https://boonedoxusa.com/

    "The XL T-bone is made for lifted trucks, or trucks that have a storage system on the bed (Decked type system) that need extra height. Adjust from 23" to 32" measured from the top of your receiver."



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    Appreciate it. Yeah they recommended the XL to me but it's possible that the regular will work too and I can save a little cash.
     
  9. Feb 15, 2020 at 12:32 PM
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    The Boonedox T-Bone bed extender at it's highest setting is 4" above the bed of my 2020 Tacoma.


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    The Boonedox T-Bone bed extender at it's lowest setting is 2" below the bed of my 2020 Tacoma.


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    Measured with no lift or blocks with stock tires 265/70R16. Method: Extend the shipping box the bed extender was shipped in by laying it in the bed with no bed mat.
    (This is the standard bed extender not the XL T-Bone)


    Kinda chilly today!


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    I really appreciate that!
     
  11. Feb 15, 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    No problem, your welcome! I was busy outside today installing my LED reverse bulbs and OEM bed lighting kit. Measured the Boonedox bed extender first and finished up the day by installing my Spiker hood struts.
    Awesome day!
     
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  12. Mar 6, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    I use the Yakima Long Arm. It adjusts from bed level to the top of my diamond back cover.

    from their Website:
    • Low Bar Heights - 40 in, 37 in, 27 1/2 in, 14 1/4 in
    • Mid Bar Heights- 41 3/8 in, 38 1/4 in, 28 in, 15 1/4 in
    • High Bar Heights- 42 3/4 in, 39 1/2 in, 29 in, 15 3/4 in
     
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    Ranch cap w/ rhinorack bars, 5100s, Deaver AAL, 2” front receiver, Matt Gecko bedlights, yadda yadda…
    Oh ok, I saw the headline and I thought you had a kayak with a bed. How cool would that be.
     
  14. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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    truck carry gutters.jpg i put mine on my cover utilizing the Yakima long arm.

    Picture does NOT show my Kayak!!
     
  15. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    I like your truck! You need to update your profile too.
     
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  16. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:23 AM
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    SCORE! Done. Thanks
     
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    Will the Boonedox carry 2 kayaks?
     
  18. Sep 29, 2020 at 3:22 PM
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    back to bone stock.
    it will. my T-bone just showed up and i did a test fit at work. the thing is pretty behemoth. storing it will be a pain. i'll probably break it apart for the long storage sessions, but i plan on fishing thru the winter..so we shall see.

    if your two kayaks fit in the bed it will fit the T-bone. virtually the same width. the "second" hole position put it damn near exact with my tailgate with respect to elevation. my kayak is fairly wide, so it will run down the middle.

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  19. Sep 29, 2020 at 6:09 PM
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    Thanks for the info! I figured the 2 would not fit in the bed. So I went this way.81E44F5C-8892-4040-8DDB-9EDC700FFFC9.jpg
     
  20. Dec 31, 2020 at 4:35 AM
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    I just went through this with my truck. I was set on the T-Bone extender, but started looking at the Yakima Long Arm because it offered more adjustability for the height. I bought the Yakima. It is much lighter than it looks and does the job perfectly. I just bought pads to cover the bars for cushioning. I put a utility type hook on the wall of the garage to store the rack when not using. I also use a thick cable lock on the extender, when attached to the hitch. I don't want it to disappear off my parked truck, while I'm out on the rivers.
     

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