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T-Bone Bed Extender By BooneDox

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Recently I decided it was time for another bed extender. I have known about the T-Bone Bed Extender by BooneDox for awhile now. However, in the past I was hesitant to dish out the $189 for a bed extender that I could purchase for $75 at Harbor Freight. After having used the less expensive bed extender and now after having used the T-Bone, I will say this is an example of the adage: “you get what you pay for.”

The bed extender that I purchased from Harbor Freight was extremely heavy and was prone to rust. The biggest issue that I had with it was that it has a tendency to bounce a great deal while traveling. I have always assumed that this constant bouncing added unnecessary stress to the kayak that over time could possibly cause damage and not to mention it was just plain annoying. It concerned me enough that I attempted to strap the sides down to the truck to limit the up and down movement. It didn’t work and eventually it broke a weld in the 90 degree portion of the extender. I later would have it fixed.

The T-Bone extender on the other hand is extremely light. The website has this to say about the product:

“The T-Bone is an adjustable truck bed extender made from aircraft grade aluminum. The curved design allows the consumer to traverse uneven ground without worry of dragging and damaging their products. Boonedox crafts each T-BONE with aircraft aluminum, which makes it lightweight yet strong and 100% rust free.”

So far, I believe their description of the product is accurate. The biggest improvement for me that has made it all worth the money is the fact that I do not have any issues with the annoying bounce. The first few times I used it, I actually looked back to make sure everything was secured because I did not hear any noise, even while traveling on “bumpy” roads. To be honest, I am not really sure why this is. The only thing I can come up with is the T-Bone is extremely light and I suppose the weight of the kayak keeps the bed extender from making any unwanted movements or it could be because of the design. Whatever the reason, I am just happy it doesn’t bounce.


If you have ever used any of the less expensive bed extenders, I guarantee you will appreciate the T-Bone. If you are in the market for a bed extender, I highly suggest you consider the T-Bone. You will be glad you did! It is worth the extra money and in this case it is true: “you get what you pay for.”

If you are in the Southwest Louisiana area and would like to check them out “in person”, stop by Ship To Shore. I believe they still have a few in stock. If not, they will be happy to place an order for you.
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  1. Wow, I think that is really such a great idea. I have been hesitant to buy a canoe because I didn't think that I'd be able to fit it in my truck. I think that this T-Bone extender is just what I'm looking for. It looks like it straps in pretty tight as well. http://www.amp-research.com/products/truckaccessories/bed-x-tender/

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Shane has been kayak fishing since 2009 and is passionate about it. Inshore saltwater kayak fishing is his addiction of choice, however, he enjoys the occasional offshore and freshwater trip as well. He mainly fishes the inshore lakes, bayous, and marshes of Southwest Louisiana but does venture into other territories. Shane is a member of the Hobie Fishing Team and holds Pro Staff positions with YakAngler, Lucid Fishing, and Ship To Shore Co. He was also the founding president of the Lake Charles Kayak Fishing Club. "My simple goal for this blog is to promote kayak fishing as it is something I love. I will post articles, reviews, videos, photos, and basically all things kayak fishing." ~Shane [Shane Coleman] (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2NDpawIFmAk/VXTdW7z-51I/AAAAAAAABBk/bENRfktWrpA/s539-no/df12fc81-bf77-4b88-8326-f65980b08dca)