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  Good article
  Posted by: mnormand on Jan-21-09 9:52 AM (EST)

Would suggest maybe stick-on reflectors or reflector tape on that T-bar, so drivers following can easily see you, especially at dark. Hard to quantify how many near misses take place, but one less is always worth more than a hit! :-))

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  A little reflection ...
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-22-09 6:49 AM (EST)
I agree ... anything that you can do to make this thing more visable will help. The reflective tape is a GREAT idea, and I'll absolutely be putting some on the back of my T-bar.
  Bow and stern lines?
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-09 9:11 AM (EST)
I didn't see any mention of bow and stern lines. This has always been a very basic part of any loading and tie down procedure I've taught or been taught. Bow and stern lines are a real safety issue in my humble opinion. They should be fairly easy to use with the bed extender.

Seems typical of someone discussing only straps though. What about rope? Yeah, you need some knowledge to use ropes, but then everything gets easier and a whole lot more versatile.

Not a bad article, but I would have liked to have seen a bit better coverage of the actual tie down procedure. The bed extender info was great as far as I can see. Just my opinion.
  Bow to bumper line
  Posted by: davidcw73 on Feb-28-09 8:12 AM (EST)
Dan needs to read a little more closely:

If you're carrying a long boat on the roof, it's certainly not a bad idea to secure a line from the bow to the front bumper of your vehicle, just to keep air deflecting off the windshield from lifting the boat off the rack. Bungees are bad - don't forget that.

  Watch out for patrol
  Posted by: bradbrown1997 on Jan-25-09 1:22 PM (EST)
I got a $160 ticket for letting my canoe stick out. I did not have the bed extender, but i asked if that would be legal. NO - nothing can stick out 4foot past the edge of you bed(not tailgate). This is the case even if you have it red flagged. When talking to other people that haul their boats similarly, everyone seems to think it just depends on the mood you catch the law enforcement officer in.
  Bed extender
  Posted by: jcpeters46 on Apr-23-09 10:01 AM (EST)
There were a couple of things not mentioned in the article. One is that the extender is designed for 2" receiver hitch, and will not fit the smaller 1 1/4" receiver w/o an adapter. The nice thing about the extender is that it comes in two pieces and can be used with the long end up for roof top carrying. The reflector tape is definitely a good idea, but persnally I would try to avoid night travel with the extender, I've already been hit in the daylight. I would also suggest putting the non-skid material they use under rugs on the cross bar. This helps lessen any side to side motion both when loading, and traveling. Dan didn't mention how he secures the boat in the bed. My truck has channels in it and you can put adjustable cleats to secure the boat. As for roof top carrying, anyone who does not use bow and stern tie downs is living in a fools paradise. Unfortunately w/todays vehicles it can be tough to find a tie down point, and many kayaks have some pretty flimsy carry handles which don't really inspire a lot of confidence when your doing highway speeds.


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