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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