Auburn MetalFab, Inc. on Jan. 15 announced what it called "the first compact-retractable heavy-duty bed extender for pickup trucks." According to the company, the patented hide-a-bed Xtender is designed to fold down to two inches when not in use, compared to other "flip-down" designs. Auburn MetalFab said the Xtender provides an additional two feet of cargo space. "It is ideal for all short beds and 8 foot beds with tool boxes," the company said in a prepared statement. Auburn MetalFab said the Xtender is designed for easy installation. It is made of heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum with a bright-guard finish to protect against rust. Side panels are secured with clips to OEM tailgate receptors. The Xtender is compatible with bed caps and covers, according to the company. The Xtender retails for $350 plus taxes and shipping and is available by calling Auburn MetalFab, Inc. toll-free (877) 288-9100 or by writing Auburn MetalFab, Inc. at 2545 West Maple Road, Troy, MI 48084.