If you haul long items in your truck, such as kayaks or lumber, you may be looking to purchase a truck bed extender. There are many truck bed extenders on the market, and learning about the different types will help you select the one that makes the most sense for you. Here are some of the pros and cons of using a curved arm truck bed extender.

Cons of a Curved Arm Truck Bed Extender

  • You Have to Install and Uninstall the Extender After Each Use

One of the biggest downsides of a curved arm truck bed extender is that you have to remove both arms of the t-shaped extender and reinstall them after each use. Because they significantly lengthen your bed, by up to four feet, they shouldn't be used when you aren't using them to support the items you are hauling. This is a hazard and can cause an accident. It isn't terribly hard to install and uninstall them, but it can be a pain if you find yourself running behind.

Pros of a Curved Arm Truck Bed Extender

  • A Curved Arm Truck Bed Extender Has a Curve

One of the biggest benefits to this type of truck bed extender is that it curves upward. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can be when you are backing out of a driveway. Some truck bed extenders are flat. As you back out of the driveway, the flat part can rub against the ground, scraping or scratching the extender and/or the items you are hauling. The upward curve of this truck bed extender prevents that from happening.

  • Fits a Standard 2-Inch Receiver

The other major benefit of a curved arm truck extender is that it fits in a standard 2 inch receiver. Many times, you have to install special hardware on your truck to use a truck bed or tailgate extender. However, this isn't the case with the majority of flat or curved arm truck bed extenders. If you are already have a receiver in place, commonly used for trailer hitches, you likely already have all the equipment you need to mount the arm of this truck bed extender. This can save you time and money when it comes to installing a bed extender.

There are many products you can use to extend the length of your truck bed. Some of these items extend the bed by inches, while others extend it by feet. For more information, contact a provider of truck bed extenders in your area.