New kayak (and truck!) owner here. We recently picked up a 13’ Crescent Crew and had the Yakima Longarm. I also considered the Boonedox T-Bone. My question is, for experienced trucks and kayaks owners, have you seen the need for an extender like these or can we get away with just strapping it down to the bed comfortably?
For reference, I have a 6.5’ bed on a F150 Supercab.
The dealer actually showed us how to tie it down using the points near the tailgate. At that point, the kayak and Yakima had about a 3” gap. I could still tie it together, but theoretically it’ll just be pulling the arm up against the kayak rather than the kayak resting down on the arm. I adjusted it all the ways I could and could never close that gap.
In any case, we drove from Iowa back to Minnesota with no issues. This led me to be curious if anyone else found a real need for the truck extenders in similar situations.
In the long term, we would probably be carrying two similar sized kayaks and one youth.