Best Truck Bed Extenders For 2021

Truck bed extensions secure long loads that do not fit into a standard pickup bed. There are three basic types of bed extensions. Two of the most common extenders work with the tailgate closed.

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Truck bed extensions secure long loads that do not fit into a standard pickup bed. There are three basic types of bed extensions. Two of the most common extenders work with the tailgate closed. The most common type of extender acts like a cage or fence to keep cargo from spilling over the edge or sides of the tailgate. It adds a few feet of usable bed length and relies on both the bed and the tailgate to support the extra weight. Hitch extenders, the second type, look like goal posts on a soccer field. This design works for relatively flat, wide items such as surfboards and kayaks with about four feet of extra bed length. The extender is attached to a rod attached to the tow bar that carries most of the weight.

The third type, a shelf that attaches to all four corners of the bed, is most commonly found on work vehicles. It uses the empty space above the loading area. For example, if the bed is full of camping supplies, kayaks and other outdoor gear can ride over it. You need to assess your own needs, determine which racks will fit your truck, and decide if corrosion resistance is important. Most truck bed extensions require holes to be drilled for assembly.

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