I have a love/hate relationship with the bed extender that came with my Frontier. I like using it to limit the space immediately in front of the tailgate for things like groceries and packages, but I have to remove it whenever I transport my dob. Otherwise the dob only fits in the middle of the bed and there's no room for the base.
The issue with the carpet isn't a leaky bed, it's that it eliminates the main purpose of the truck. Haul a load of red dyed mulch or gravel in the back of the truck and the carpet is toast. Not to mention what deer blood, fish slime or muddy tires will do to it!
Let's think about this, if I use the outdoor carpet to place on the ground to setup my telescope and have room to lay on the ground on said carpet so as not to get dirty and to look up at the stars while imaging, it must require that said carpet to be taken out of the bed of the truck. Is it something you all do up in the north that you cannot removed said carpet out of the bed BEFORE you put dirt into the bed? Perhaps a dumb truck law?
I leave the extender hanging in the garage until needed. I picked up two plastic cement mixing container 10"x 36"x 24" (about that size) at Lowe's and use them to slide onto the tail gate, put grocery in and slide them back. Works really well too. Recommended.
Edited by GrandadCast, 04 October 2020 - 10:09 PM.