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Bed Extender For Pickups
With the new "Xtend-A-Bed" in position, you "stretch" the pickup bed 5 ft., allowing you to haul pipe, lumber and other lengthy loads, says John M. Chamberlin who, along with son John, invented the new pickup accessory.
The Xtend-A-Bed's load beam lengthens a 6 ft. bed to 11 ft. so you can haul cargo as long as 16 ft. Chamberlin notes that the unit fits pickups of all sizes and has a load capacity of 300 lbs.
It consists of a base beam that bolts under the bumper. This beam's connected to the extendable load beam through crossed, telescoping struts. Two stakes are mounted on the inside truck bed rail through rotatable guides on top. In use, the stakes are vertical and have a pig tail cable guide on top.
Stainless steel cables hook to the extended load beam, go over the stakes and hook to plates mounted at the front of the bed rail. When not in use, the load beam folds under the pickup's bumper. The stakes can be rotated forward along the bed rail, or removed.
Chamberlin notes that the Xtend-A-Bed stakes are handy supports for tieing down loads. They also enable small trucks to carry paneling and other 48-in. wide loads which other-wise wouldn't fit between the wheel wells.
Xtend-A-Bed weighs 69 lbs. and sells for $269.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John M. Chamberlin, Ross Maurer Inc., 2947 West Ave., Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32561 (ph 904 932-0812).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #5