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Kayak hitch extender reviews and general information


Kayak hitch extender are just a part of kayak carriers. Kayak carriers come in the form of luggage carriers and kayak trolleys attached to the back of the car. The kayak carriers/racks are usually flat in surface to put onto the roof of a car. Then there need to fit the kayaks onto them with the use of screws, bolts, U-bolts so as they do not fall down when driving. Another method is to also strap them and fix the adjustable straps to the bars or J-Bars or U-bars depending on the carrier models. Some carrier will fit some cars while other won’t. There are different systems of carriers from flat, oval, round and flush, all need to be verified before so that they fit the top of the car.

The kayak extender or extension are here to extend back or front already existing surface of your carrier/rack so that you can mount bigger or longer kayaks, that way you are assured of their safety as well as the security of your car roof as well as the cars around you since it will minimize the risk of accident due to kayak falling off the rack or carrier.

Now that you know a bit about it, it’s time to review the products which you can find below.


Goplus Pick Up Truck Bed Hitch Extender Adjustable Extension

Goplus is one of the well-known brands in terms of car and kayak equipment and accessories.


Pros and Cons

The pros of this hitch extender is that it is made of heavy duty material and already coated so as to resist rust and different weather conditions. The great thing about it is that it will spread the weight evenly across the rack making it possible to hold up to 750 pounds as advertised. Flexible, it can be adjusted either vertically or horizontally onto any type of 2 inch receiver so that you can carry bigger and longer kayaks and even more types of luggage. Since there is a reflective tape onto it, it is easy to spot in the dark meaning no risk of hitting it unknowingly. In addition to all of that, we found it really easy to set up and install as long as you follow the instructions.

As a matter of fact, we couldn’t find any inconvenience that could be classified as a con.

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Goplus 750 Lbs Pick Up Truck Bed Extender Hitch Mount

Another product from Goplus meaning we know we are going to get a quality one.


Pros and Cons

The pros of this extender by Goplus are mostly the same from the previous one, the only exception that it has a bigger area to take loads as well as kayaks. Like the previous one, this one is made from heavy duty material or rather steel that is used in construction meaning it isn’t easy to break. It can also hold up to 750 pounds evenly spread, so as not to damage or crack your roof. It is also really easy to use, install and understand with its simple design. The area to load the cargo is also easy to use and flexible, able to turn horizontally or vertically to fit different cargos. As a plus like the previous one, it has reflective red tapes meaning you won’t hit your head onto it or even another vehicle will know it is there at night.

As a matter of fact, this one too doesn’t have any con.

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Pick Up Truck Bed Hitch Extender Extension

Made by ECOTRIC, one of the emerging brands which makes innovative products.


Pros and Cons

The pros of this extender is that it is pretty flexible and can be adjusted to fit the described width meaning you can put bigger cargos and adjust it exactly, so as it does not fall off. As with most extenders, this one can take cargo capacity of 750 pounds which are spread evenly so that your car roof is not dented or damaged in any way. The installation or setting up is easy to understand and swift since the latter can also be used with hitch receivers and adaptors. It also have a reflective tape so as to see it in the dark

As a matter of fact, we couldn’t find any inconvenience in it so as to be classified as a con.

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MaxxHaul 70231 Hitch Mount Truck Bed Extender

MaxxHaul is another one of the established manufacturers of racks as well as its extension or extenders.


Pros and Cons

This extender is one of the best in terms of installation since the instructions are easy to understand, making the installation swift. The assembly does not take a lot of time since there are 4 quick release clevis pins, meaning to assemble, just fix it and to disassemble just remove it and its done. One of the best things of this extender is that it can be adjusted length and width wise, so no need to put only long thing onto it, large things can also fit. The reflective tape in front and the sides are good for visibility and safety for when driving or stationary in the dark. The side arms being able to be folded down is a great idea since it creates space for other cargos.

The only con we found and that is important is that the quality of the product or extender is not consistent, some are very good and some just average.

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Since we’ve already reached the end of this review, it is time to reveal our pick, but before doing that, we would just like to remind you that all of the products in this review are pretty good. Now without any further ado, the one we would most like bet on is the Goplus 750 Lbs Pick Up Truck Bed Extender Hitch Mount. The reason is simple, it is pretty flexible in use and has no cons at all plus it does all the things it advertises for.