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Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew E says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a solo kayaker and struggle with loading a kayak onto your roof
  • Would rather not hassle with removing the carrier to deter theft while you’re out on the water
  • Occasionally carry 2 boats and don’t want to buy a second carrier

No, if you:

  • Only kayak occasionally and can’t justify paying for a premium carrier
This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks part number TH848 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Fishing Kayak
  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • J-Style
  • Post-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • No Load Assist
  • Locks Not Included

This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.


  • 2 Folding, multi-position cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your vehicle's roof rack crossbars
    • Transports kayaks on their sides to free up space on crossbars for additional gear
    • Works with composite and plastic hulls
  • Upright arms adjust with cam levers to 3 different configurations - angled, vertical, and flat
    • Angled (J-style) position lets you carry 1 kayak
    • Vertical (post-style) position lets you carry 2 kayaks
    • Flat position provides overhead clearance when carrier is not in use
  • Wide cradle mouths make it easy for 1 person to load and unload a kayak
  • Built-in ramps make it easy to load your boat from the side of your vehicle
  • Adjustable padding lets you customize cradle contact points with your kayak
  • 2 Tie-down straps with padded buckles secure kayak to carrier
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs secure kayak to vehicle
  • Easy, tool-free installation with universal mounting hardware
  • Thule One-Key System lock cylinders (sold separately) let you lock rack to vehicle
  • AllSurface coating on steel tubing and hardware resists rust
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 2 kayaks
  • Maximum hull width: 36"
  • Single kayak weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 130 lbs
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/8" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

848000 Thule Hull-A-Port J-Style and Post-Style Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier

Replaces Thule TH835PRO and 848

Item # TH848

Installation Details TH848 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks - TH848

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (26 Customer Reviews)

This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. Adjusts to post-style stacker to carry 2 kayaks, or folds flat for overhead clearance. Tie-down straps included.

- TH848

Fits perfectly and easy to install. etrailer, as always, was the exact right place to order it. Always satisfied with them. My only complaint is the way Thule designed how the straps are held while I’m putting my kayaks up on racks mounted atop my camper shell. The straps won’t stay in the cheesy guides very well. I’ll probably modify them so the straps won’t fall out. I’d suggest wider straps or ditching the little slot where the strap falls out. Very satisfied with the transaction and I do like kayak racks, especially the ease of installation, quality and the very innovative way they fold down.

- TH848

Spend the money on a product that is going to truly secure your kayak so you do not have to worry while driving down the road. Ditched a no name brand for these and couldn't be happier.

1 year later and no issues, we use are carrier regularly and are very happy with it.
G - 09/12/2020

- TH848

Ease of locking these on to the crossbar was the main reason I wanted to try these. No more bolts and turning little knobs. Will not be using one pair for 2 kayaks as it looks like it would be too difficult for me (70 yrs) to secure the second kayak to it so I bought two sets for Volvo XC40, year 2020. If younger I would feel comfortable using one pair. Used it with the Easy Rack Ramp to push it up to seat the kayak. Worked well. Used Malone Telos system before which is also a good product but J-hook is the bolt/knob system.

- TH848

Easy to set up, easy to load (once you get boat over the lip, it kinda slides into place), makes no noise when folded down, so you can leave them on the roof-rack all summer.

- TH848

I used these a bunch last summer and it’s just as good as the first time I used it. Everything still nice and tight. It held 2 kayaks half the time.

- TH848

Easy to install, very stable, and much quieter ride than tying down kayaks directly to roof rack.

- TH848

PRO: These are easy to install on the car racks. We can put 4 on the car in about 20 minutes. CON: It is very difficult to keep straps in the top strap holders when putting the kayaks on the car. The strap often falls down making it hard to get the kayak tied down properly. Unfortunately, rust is dripping out from the hinge area despite taking them off after the summer and storing them in the garage. We are worried it will stain the car.

It is a great idea to garage these water carriers when not in use. I did reach out to Thule and the did say that occasionally rusting issues to occur, even with the AllSurface coating they use. It can be something within the powder coating, or a mix of the meal material within the tubing itself.
-- Etrailer Expert Rachael H - 05/30/2019

- TH848

This was So easy to install and use we ordered another one.

- TH848

I purchased this rack system to carry two kayaks. It may be a good solution for one kayak, but it's very difficult to reach across the roof to attached the second one. The straps are also difficult to keep in place while you put the kayak up on its side. I may replace this rack for two J racks in the future.

- TH848

These are the best kayak hooks on the m arket

- TH848

- TH848

- TH848

Another fabulous experience with etrailer.com! The product arrived on time and despite the box being beat up, the racks were in excellent condition. Thanks to the videos demonstrating how to install and use the racks, my husband had them on the car in about 10 minutes. I love that I can fold them over when I'm not transporting my kayak. Now all I need is the great weather to come back so I can play!

- TH848

- TH848

Very fast delivery!! And these carriers mount so easily. From the box to my roof in 10 minutes!!

- TH848

These have been perfect to haul my Pelican Catch 100 kayak. They were easy to install and easy to remove for the winter. I love that they fold down when not in use. Highly recommend.

- TH848

the holder are fantastic.They are reliable .Easy installation.

- TH848

Excellent service, fair price.

- TH848

This product was well built and easy to install. The strapping and ease of use is well worth the extra $$.

- TH848

- TH848

Excellent product and excellent and professional service from Lisa D and the team at etrailer.com

- TH848

Great customer service kayak rack easy to install and looks great

- TH848

Perfect fir

- TH848

- TH848

Very helpful and responsive!

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Ask the Experts about this Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Will Two Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carriers Fit a 2020 Volvo XC60
    The Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848 are likely too large to be able to fit two on a 2020 Volvo XC60. Instead, the Thule Compass Kayak and SUP Carrier part # TH890000 would be my recommendation.
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  • Strap Recommendations for Carrying Two Kayaks with Thule Hullaport XT Part # TH848
    The Thule Hull-A-Port part # TH848 that you referenced comes with straps for one kayak. So for additional straps you'd want to use the Thule kit part # TH521 and the part # y04031 and you'd be set.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2010 Honda CR-V to Carry Two Kayaks
    The roof rack I highly recommend for your 2010 Honda CR-V is from Inno because it uses 51 inch crossbars, which are the longest available for your vehicle so you have the most possible room to carry your kayaks and make it as easy as possible to load them. This roof rack consists of: - Inno Aero Crossbars # INXB130-2 - Inno Through Feet for Aero Crossbars # INXS350 - Custom Fit Kit for Inno Roof Rack Feet # INTR121 This rack has a 140 lb weight capacity which is more than enough...
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  • Will the Thule Hull-A-Port Work on Malone Air Flow Cross Bars
    Great News! The Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848 is 100 percent compatible with the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack systems like part # MPG216. The Hull-A-Port uses the clamps on the bottom which will grab a hold of the Malone bars for an excellent fit. There will be no need for an adapter for the two to work together.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And Kayak Carrier Combo On A 2020 Kia Sorento
    The Thule Hull-A-Port # TH848 will work great with your 2020 Kia Sorento! Here are the locks # TH450200. All you need now is a roof rack if you don't already have one. If you have raised side rails on your Sorento then I recommend getting the Rhino-Rack RVP # RR98TB. These have more of an OEM look and are super easy to install. If you have a naked roof, you can get the Yakima JetStream Crossbars # Y00425, BaseLine Towers # Y00146 and these two base plate kits # Y06159 # Y06170.
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  • Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2019 Subaru Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
    It's likely going to fit just fine but I checked with Thule and they haven't tested the Hull-A-Port XT, part # TH848, on the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek as of yet so I can't say with certainty. It does fit the 2018 and the 2019 is the same generation so that's a good sign. A similar kayak carrier is the Yakima JayLow, part # Y04073. It is confirmed, by Yakima, to fit the 2019 Crosstrek and will also carry both your kayaks. I've linked videos on both of the carriers. With either of...
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  • Carrying Two Kayaks with the Thule Hull-A-Port Carrier on a 2018 Audi A4 Allroad
    The Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier, part # TH848, can actually carry two kayaks on its own. The only additional thing needed to carry your second kayak on your 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is another set of straps, like etrailer's Cam Buckle Cinch Straps, part # E98876-4. I've linked to a video installation of how to do this. However, if you would rather use two of the Hull-A-Ports for a more balanced look, then you can definitely do that. These carriers are designed to leave plenty of space...
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  • Best Folding Kayak Carrier for Roof Rack With Small Amount of Clearance From Roof
    We have the perfect folding kayak carrier for your 2020 Honda CR-V with crossbars that have a small amount of clearance from your roof, the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier # TH848. The reason the Hull-A-Port XT is the best is because it actually clamps to the side of your roof rack's crossbars so the fact you have clearance issues won't come into play with this particular carrier. I have added a photo which shows you how these clamp. I confirmed with Thule that the Hull-A-Port...
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  • Will The Thule Hullavator Pro Work On Volvo Factory Roof Rack
    I did some research on the 2004 Volvo XC70 factory roof rack and it looks like the bars attach to raised rails and the bars do not go through the feet so there is not any bar overhang. The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs part # TH898 does require 4-8" of extension past the feet of the roof rack for sufficient clearance between he vehicle and the Hullavator when using the load assist option. Without sufficient enough clearance you may end up scratching the...
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  • Will the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier Fit Both Thule WingBar and AeroBlade Crossbars
    Yes, the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848 will fit both the new Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars like part # TH711420 and the old Thule AeroBlade Crossbars.
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers with Side Loading Assist To Carry 4 Kayaks On 2019 Chevrolet Traverse
    I can help you carry 3 kayaks on the roof of the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse. If your Chevy Traverse has factory installed rails that run front to back, I recommend Yakima Roof rack with JetStream Crossbars part # Y00426 and TimberLine Towers part # Y00147. The Timberline towers are designed to the fit the factory rails on the Traverse and the aluminum bars are aerodynamic bars that cut down on wind noise. If your Chevy Traverse has a naked roof, I recommend the same bars part # Y00426...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Use on 2019 Forest River NOBO Travel Trailer
    I checked out your 2019 Forest River NOBO travel trailer and it looks like it has a roof rack installed on it already for roof top carriers like a kayak carrier. Since that's already in place you'd just need a kayak carrier like the Thule Hull-A-Port XT part # TH848 and you'd be set.
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  • Can Two Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carriers TH848 Be Used On a Factory Roof Rack
    The Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848 is about 20" long while set up. However, there also needs to be space to allow for the upright as this is not perpendicular with the base. If you have a factory roof rack on your Rav4 then most likely you will run into issues trying to use two of these. That said, if you have an aftermarket roof rack in which the crossbars extend out past the mounting feet then you could probably attach two if you were attach one set of clamps on each...
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  • Thule AeroBlade Edge Compatibility with Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier on 2018 Jeep Cherokee
    The Thule Hull-A-Port XT # TH848 is a great kayak carrier and when paired with the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack # TH7501-TH7502 will allow you the room for 2 kayak carriers. The total weight capacity of each carrier is 75 lbs, so that will limit the total capacity of your roof rack system's carrying ability. These crossbars are different lengths with the rear bar being longer and are a custom fit for your Jeep.
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  • Comparing the Yakima JayLow and Thule Hull-A-Port XT
    The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier part # Y04073 and the Thule Hull-A-Port XT part # TH848 are just two different brands' version of the same carrier. There are very few differences between the two in regards to function. The main takeaway is that the JayLow has a weight capacity of 80 lbs whereas the Hull-A-Port has a weight capacity of 75 lbs but either is a great option for you. I have attached a review video of each option. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the Thule ProGlide.
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  • Can Hobie Kayak be Carried in Thule Hull-A-Port XT Carrier
    Yes, J-style kayak carriers like the Thule Hull-a-Port part # TH848 can carry the Hobie kayaks you have with the deeper hull.
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  • How to Use the Thule Hullavator Part # TH898 on a 2017 Toyota RAV4
    The Thule WingBar Evo System part # TH711520 and part # TH710401 will allow you to install both the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 and the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier part # TH848 on your 2017 Toyota RAV4 with raised factory side rails. The 60" long crossbars would leave you with plenty of space past the mounting feet in order for the Hullavator to work as it only requires a minimum of 4". You can also offset the bar to the side of the vehicle that the Hullavator...
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  • Is Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier Compatible With Malone AirFlow 2 Roof Rack?
    Yes, the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier # TH848 is compatible with the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack crossbars that fit your 2017 Nissan Rogue with factory raised rails that run front to back. The Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack bars I recommend for your Rogue are the 50" # MPG215. These are aero crossbars that will give you a quiet ride and come with locks so you can protect your investment. I have added a link to a video review of these bars on a Rogue for you to check out.
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  • Using the Thule Hull-A-Port XT on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Thule Hull-A-Port XT, part # TH848, is a great pick for the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon and is a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars. If you don't have the factory installed crossbars, the AeroBlade Edge kit will give you an easy load onto the vehicle, letting you avoid having to hike the kayak around the ends of the bars. This kit consists of: AeroBlade Edge Bars, Silver, part # TH7601-TH7601 or Black, part # TH7601B-TH7601B AeroBlade Edge Fit Kit, part # THKIT4063 You...
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  • What Size Crossbars Does Thule Hull-A-Port XT Fit
    The Hull-A-Port XT kayak carrier, part # TH848, fits crossbars up to 3.1 inches wide and 1.4 inches tall so it should fit your crossbars with no issue. I also verified with Thule that they've confirmed it to fit your 2015 Toyota Sienna if it's a factory roof rack. Padding isn't required but it certainly wouldn't hurt. You can use a Thule Surf Pad, part # TH803 if you want. You do need additional straps and tie-downs for the second boat using parts # TH855XT and # TH521. Another...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2019 Mazda CX-5 with Factory Crossbars
    As long as the kayaks are secured properly in a kayak carrier the closer spread you mentioned of around 25 inches would not be an issue. Also any of the other roof racks that fit your 2019 Mazda CX-5 are going to have the same closer spread. The Thule Hullaport Pro part # TH848 is a fit for your factory crossbars and would be a great solution. It's padded, can fold down when not in use, and easy to load. With one of these for each of your kayaks you'd be in great shape.
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2017 Toyota RAV4
    Yes, I checked with Thule and the Hullaport Pro part # TH848 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Toyota RAV4 with factory crossbars. This is one of the best j-style kayak carriers available as it works well and can fold down when not in use. Using a pair of these would be a great option.
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  • Roof Rack and Assisted Kayak Carrier for Truck Camper Shell Recommendation for Easy Loading
    I think your best option would be to get a TracRac CapRac Ladder Rack for Camper Shell/Truck Cap # TH29200XT for a roof rack system that will install on your camper shell. Then for an assisted kayak carrier the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 would be your best option. It lowers down on the side of the vehicle to make loading and unloading the kayak very easy.
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  • Weight Limit For Thule Hullaport XT part # TH848
    I checked with Thule and the current version of the Thule Hullaport XT part # TH848 that you referenced does have a 130 lb capacity. The older version was not rated as high as this so I wonder if the number you found is for an older model.
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  • Will Thule Hull-a-Port XT Kayak Carrier TH848 Fit Yakima Jetstream Roof Rack Crossbars
    Yes, the Yakima Jetstream roof rack made for the 2015 Mazda CX-5 that has a bare roof (made of parts # Y00425, # Y00148 and # Y00233) is fully compatible with the Thule Hull-a-Port XT kayak carrier # TH848. This Thule kayak carrier is made to fit almost any shape of roof rack bar. I linked an installation video for the Yakima rack.
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  • Tube Pad Cover Replacement for Thule Hull a Port Pro # TH835PRO
    Sounds like you are looking for the tube pad part # 853-5540 which is the lower vinyl covered pad for the Thule Hull a Port Pro part # TH848 that you referenced.
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  • Can 2 Sets of the Thule Hull-A-Port XT # TH848 be Used on a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
    When in the angled position the Thule Hull-A-Port XT # TH848 is going to measure about 20" long. If you have a roof rack like the Thule WingBar Evo rack which uses 47" Crossbars # TH711220 and the Evo Rail Feet # TH710401 on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon then you should be good to go. If the usable space on your roof rack measures closer to 40" then it may be a bit of a squeeze to get them to fit. I recommend using the roof rack mentioned above if you need the longer crossbars. You...
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  • Will Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier Work on Yakima Round Bars
    Yes, the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier # TH848 that you referenced is compatible with Yakima round crossbars. As you mentioned because round bars don't have any edges you will just want to make sure you tighten the clamps down pretty good so they don't move around too much when attached. This is only a potential issue when you don't actually have a kayak loaded as the weight of one will hold the cradles securely into place. I have attached a short video review that you can check...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier Compatible With Top Channel Slots In Crossbars
    The Whispbar Kayak Carrier WB-400 has been discontinued so I cannot help you with that product. I can tell you the Whispbar HD bars that have also been discontinued did have the same t-slots so the accessories that fit any Thule Aero or Whispbar crossbars will be compatible. For a kayak carrier on your Whispbar HD crossbars, I recommend the Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Folding - Side Loading # TH848 along with the Watersports Adapter for Aeroblade/Aeroblade...
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  • Will Thule Hull-A-Port XT Kayak Carrier Fit OEM Crossbars on 2008 Nissan Xterra
    We do have some kayak carriers that will fit the OEM roof rack on your 2008 Nissan Xterra but the clamp system on the Thule Hull-A-Port XT # TH848 won't be able to install on the larger crossbars. A similar system from Yakima is the JayLow # Y04073 and it has been confirmed to fit. I have attached a review video of this for you to check out. If you are brand loyal and want to stick with Thule then the following has been confirmed to fit your OEM roof rack: DockGrip - # TH895 DockGlide...
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