(submit any questions you have, below)
Can you tow with the Extend A
No! The Extend A Hitch
is intended to be used for launching and retrieving your boat. You still tow
with your own boat trailer coupler. When you get to your destinations launch
area is when you switch from your trailer's coupler to the Extend
coupler. Extend-a-Hitch is to be used at the launch
ramp area only.
How much does it weigh?
The 7 foot Extend A Hitch
total weight is 88 lbs, 9 foot/93 lbs, 10 foot/103 lbs. and the 12 foot/118 lbs, which, when towing, is distributed back under your
Does it come galvanized?
Yes, the Extend A Hitch is now
Hot Dipped Galvanized in all sizes, for extra protection and longevity.
How much extra length will I have for launching and
The7 foot Extend A Hitch
adds almost 5 feet to your launch and the 9 foot model adds almost 7 feet, the
10 adds almost 8 feet and the 12 foot model adds almost 10 FEET ONTO YOUR
Can I install the Extend A
Yes. All bolts, pins, and couplers are
included. See the "Installation" page
to give you an idea on how it is installed. Full instructions are included with
Is the Extend A Hitch removed from the trailer when not in use?
No. Because the Extend A Hitch is attached permanently onto your boat trailer, after retrieving
your boat, you just pull the pin, and the hitch slides all the way back under
your boat's trailer for the trip home. The only time you would ever remove your Extend
A Hitch is if you sold your boat and didn't want to part with your Extend
Once you've launched with an Extend A Hitch, you'll
never want to launch without one.
Can I exchange my Extend-a-Hitch
for a longer one?
Yes. Many purchaser's decide to get a longer model than the one they
purchased. As long as the one you are returning has not been damaged or altered
you may exchange your unit. Usually a 20% charge is applied to cover labor
involved to ready the unit for resale, and for packaging. PLEASE, IF IN DOUBT,
GET THE NEXT SIZE UP. It costs you far to much to ship your unit back, and then
pay for shipping for the next sized unit. See below for how to measure.
Can I return my Extend-a-Hitch
for a refund?
If you decide your unit will not work for your situation you may return your
unit for full refund, (minus the shipping), again, as long as the unit has not
been damaged or altered, and is resalable. If the Extend-a-Hitch
has been installed, and needs detailing, then the 20% charge applies. Any units
damaged because of neglect, improper installation, or improper handling are not
What size Extend-a-Hitch
will I need?
Many things decide on what size is best for you. If you only launch at one
place, as a rule, you can decide if the 7 foot is sufficient for your ramp, or
the 9 foot. If you want the ability to launch at low lake levels, horrible ramp
conditions, or fluctuating tides, while keeping your tires high and dry, the 9
or the 10 foot should be enough. If your boat is over 20 foot and/or you have a
high trailer or launch with a keel (sailboats) then the 10 or 12 foot is best
for you. Cab over campers, RV launchers, and shore launchers should get the
longest Xtend-a-hitch you can.
What are the dimensions of the 2' bracket that is bolted
onto the tongue? The WIDTH of the bracket is 3 1/2", which will fit most,
if not all trailers. (Haven't seen one bigger yet) Most tongues are 3". We
provide nylon spacers to take up extra space for those 3" trailers. OUTSIDE
measurements of the plates that extend up, that you bolt through, are 22",
inside measurements are 14". Some trailers have the split Y up closer.
There are ways to attach that back part of the bracket, on the other side of
your Y, if need be. Please call 510.909.4197 if you have more questions
How can I tell which is the longest I can install? The best
way to measure is to take a 2 x 4 piece of wood and slap it up under your
tongue. You'll be able to see how far back your 2 x 4 will go unimpeded. For
some you are restricted by either your bow of your boat, or your axle of your
trailer. This will let you gauge how long an Extend a Hitch will fit.
What about the skid plates? Those V shaped Skid plates have
to be cut off, which is an easy job. A sawzall or hacksaw removes this, but my
experience says, if possible, use a grinding stone on a sander/grinder. MUCH
If you have any questions, or suggestions, please enter below!