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Truck Bed Extender

The Ultimate Truck Bed Extender For Trucks and UTV’s

I’m in the middle of redoing the decking on our deck. The top portion of the deck is 16 foot long. I learned a hard lesson visiting Home Depot. My brother in-law and I made the trip down to pick up 7 pieces of 2x6x16 decking and my smart idea was to place it through the back window of my pickup. That didn’t turn out too well and I broke out my back window by barely clipping the glass. That was an expensive lesson!

I asked myself how to get 16 foot boards home without a trailer? So I started researching truck bed extensions. I never thought about it before and to be truthful, didn’t even know it was a thing. Gladly they are! A truck bed extension is a device that hooks into your hitch and extends the bed of your truck out. This allows you to support longer pieces of wood (or anything) so you do not need to have it delivered.

My poor truck!

Erickson Big Red Truck Bed Extender

After doing my research, I ended up picking up the Erickson Big Red Junior. They also make the Big Red Senior truck bed extender which includes a roof mount but I didn’t need all that. There are also many other choices for a truck bed extender, this is just the one I selected after researching.

Being able to support 350 pounds (senior model 400), I decided to give it a try. Firstly, let me say that it is part of Prime and my order delivered in two day. Being a heavier product, I could be happier!

This specific truck bed extender weighs 30 pounds which is workable by one person. It comes in two pieces which connects by a provided pin. A hitch pin is not included but I already had one for my hitch.

This truck bed extension kit like most others fit a 2″ hitch receiver. The bed height can be adjusted to the truck bed height in case your truck is lifted. You can also swap pieces around if you add a roof mount later. This will allow you to make into a ladder rack type kit.

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How much weight can I put on a truck bed extender?

As mentioned above, this truck bed extender is rated at 350LB, The senior model is rated at 400LB. I have not personally tested this but have read others say to take those numbers to the bank. Keep in mind that most of the weight will still be on the bed of your truck. The 350LB rating is for direct weight, not distributed weight.

Can I Use This Truck Bed Extender For a Kayak?

Absolutely, in fact most reviews on Amazon are from people that purchased it for that exact reason.

Will it work for an ATV or Car?

Yes, this truck bed extender will work with any 2″ hitch.

How Truck Bed Extension Works

A truck bed extender is a pretty simple device. You lock it into your hitch receiver on your truck, then adjust the height of the end to the match your truck bed height. Once your wood is loaded, you are all set.

Below are some photos and measurements

And here are some photos of it being used

I’ll mention that good wood is hard to find this year. There is 3 pieces of wood only because that is what I could find today. It will handle much more.

Other Use Ideas For a Truck Bed Extensions

When doing my research, I found another good idea that works with any truck bed extender. It can be used as a table when working on a job or out back. I don’t know about you but I have tried using my tailgate too many times when I didn’t really have the room. Using a truck bed extension kit gives you a good 4 foot table.

 

Hunting Slingshots – The History Behind them

Since they require no real mechanism or technology to use, there is often debate as to the history of slings and slingshots so when were they actually introduced? In truth, many historians have seen evidence of slings throughout history as weapons when early man would need to hunt in order to survive. Over time, different variations of sling were used until the mid-1800s when we saw the first slingshot.

In 1839, Charles Goodyear invested vulcanized rubber and this is thought to be the starting point for the modern day slingshot. As we reached the 1860s, the weapon had gained a reputation for being a tool used for vandalism and juvenile activities. With a ‘Y’ shaped body and simple rubber strips, the weapon became a ‘do-it-yourself’ tool.

In terms of slingshots that were made commercial and available to buy, this is thought to date back to around 1918. However, they weren’t really a popular option until ‘Zip-Zip’, the cast iron model, was introduced to the market after World War II. Later in the 1940s, the National Slingshot Association was formed and newer models were coming to market including the ‘Wham-O’ slingshot.

After the formation of the association, new clubs and competitions started to take place across the United States. Suddenly, the reputation of being a weapon for juvenile delinquents was changing as four from every five sales came from men aged over 30 years.

In the fifties, the slingshots improved once again with various additions and changes including bent aluminum alloy rods that formed a brace over the wrist to give support. Furthermore, surgical rubber tubing was used in the ‘Wrist Rocket’ rather than the flat bands that had been used to that point. Since the fifties, the materials used have got stronger and there have been many features that can be added such as sights and different tools.

Due to the simple resources required to build a slingshot, they have also been used as military weapons throughout the decades. As recent as 2002, a propaganda video was released by Saddam Hussein who discussed using the weapon against invading forces. Additionally, slingshots are still used today when it comes to launching unarmed aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the sky. With two crew members as the fork, a big elastic cord will stretch between to launch the aircraft.

Of course, there are many dangers of the weapon if not used correctly and there has been much discussion over the years about their legality. In some jurisdictions, including New York, arm braced slingshots are prohibited and have been made a Class-4 misdemeanor.

As you can see, there has been many developments of the slingshot throughout time to finally reach where we are today with various different materials, sights, and additions to each model!

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