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How to Extend Length of Hitch to Use Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier on 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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I have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The spare tire is mounted on the rear door of the vehicle. The 9 inch pin to upright dimension will not extend the upright past the spare tire. I need a longer pin to upright dimension. Can you make this product with a longer pin to upright? Are there any alternate solutions to solve this condition?

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The 9 inches of length from the hitch pin hole to the upright of the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier with Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack # DTA944-968-924 is the longest of any extender but I do have a way you can make this work (as a note, we sell the items but don't actually make them).

What you can do is add a hitch extender for the extra length but you will need to keep in mind this reduces the capacity of the a hitch by 50 percent, and that means both the tongue weight and towing capacity. Provided that leaves you with enough weight capacity for the carrier (which is about 30 lbs) and your kayaks, you can add 7-3/8" with the Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver # HE06.

To secure the extender you will need either Pin and Clip # PC3 or Hitch Lock # e98880 and some tie-down straps like the Thule Load Strap Cinch Straps # TH521. I have added links to video reviews for you as well of the extender and Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924.

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