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Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading

Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading

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

Yes, if you:

  • Kayak solo and want the convenience of a lift assist to help load a kayak onto your roof
  • Want to avoid climbing on your vehicle to strap your kayak to the carrier
  • Would rather not hassle with removing the carrier to deter theft while you’re out on the water

No, if you:

  • Prefer a lightweight carrier that’s easy to lift onto your roof
  • Can’t justify paying a premium when there are other cost-effective carriers available
This carrier with built-in lift assist takes the strain out of loading a kayak onto your roof rack. Arms with gas struts let you load and tie down kayak at waist level, then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Mounts to most crossbars. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading part number TH898 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH898

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Thule
  • Track Mount
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • Load Assist
  • Locks Not Included

This carrier with built-in lift assist takes the strain out of loading a kayak onto your roof rack. Arms with gas struts let you load and tie down kayak at waist level, then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Mounts to most crossbars.


  • Kayak carrier with lift assist makes it easy to load a boat onto your roof from the side of your vehicle
    • Allows you to load and tie down your boat at waist level - no need to reach top of vehicle to secure boat to carrier
    • Eliminates the strain of lifting boat over your head to load
  • Folding arms with gas struts reduce strain of loading your boat from the side of your vehicle
  • Adjustable cradles accommodate your boat's hull
    • Top arms slide along a built-in track and tighten down with wing nuts
  • Closed cell foam padding on cradle arms protects your boat and vehicle from scuffs and scratches
  • 2 Tie-down straps with padded buckles secure your boat to the carrier
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • E-coat and aluminum-colored powder coat finish resist corrosion
  • No-drill installation onto most roof rack crossbars
    • Clamp on bars or mount in crossbar channels
  • Lockable with 2 One-Key System cylinders (sold separately)


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Minimum crossbar spread: 24"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak
    • Maximum kayak width: 36"
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Dimensions: 36" long x 6" wide x 16" tall
  • Maximum crossbar space used: 28-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 39.7 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: Your vehicle's roof must have a load capacity of at least 130 lbs to use the Hullavator.

Thule Hullavator Pro Crossbar Specs

The Hullavator Pro gives your back and shoulders some relief as it helps you lift your boat onto your vehicle's roof rack. And you won't need to stand on your running boards or a step stool to position and tie down your boat. This carrier with lift assist comes down along the side of your vehicle so that you can load your boat and strap it to the carrier at waist height. The arms of the cradle adjust to accommodate your boat's hull, and padding helps protect your boat from getting scratched. Folding arms with gas struts deliver your boat in the cradles up onto your roof for transport.

Thule Hullavator Pro

Installation onto Existing Crossbars

The Hullavator Pro installs on top of your existing crossbars. This system mounts onto square and round roof rack crossbars with included hardware, and it slides into the channels of AeroBlade crossbars. To ensure there is sufficient clearance between your vehicle and the Hullavator when it is lowered, your crossbars must extend between 4" and 8" beyond the feet.

A pivot pin secures the arms of the carrier to the bar mount assembly and allows the rotation necessary to reel your kayak onto your roof rack.

Lift Assist with Gas Struts

Gas struts eliminate the majority of lifting required to mount your kayak onto your roof rack. Cradles roll out and down to a vertical position along the side of your vehicle so that you can load your kayak - cockpit out - into the carrier at waist height.

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To lower the cradles, remove the release pins and squeeze the handles. The arms will unfold to lower the cradles down to the side of your vehicle.

To adjust the cradles, loosen the knobs and slide the upper arms of the cradle along the built-in track.

Squeeze the handles on both arms and lift your boat in the cradles straight up to roof height. The gas struts will assist you. Rotate your kayak onto the roof and gently lower the cradles onto the roof assembly. Pull the handles so that the arms snap into place for transport. Secure the Hullavator on the roof with the pin and clip.

You can add 2 One-Key System locks (sold separately) to secure the basket to your roof rack.

Padding and Tie-Downs

Thule Hullavator Pro Side Load

Tie-down straps with buckles are included for securing your kayak in the cradles. You can tie your boat down when it's at the side of your vehicle, so you don't have to reach up or throw the straps over the roof. Loop these straps through the arms of the cradles and around the hull of your boat. The straps have padded buckles that let you tighten the straps and secure your boat.

898 Thule Hullavator Pro - Lift Assist Kayak Carrier

Installation Details TH898 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading - TH898

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (55 Customer Reviews)

This carrier with built-in lift assist takes the strain out of loading a kayak onto your roof rack. Arms with gas struts let you load and tie down kayak at waist level, then easily lift it onto your roof. Tie-downs included. Mounts to most crossbars.

- TH898

2018 Ram 2500, wanted a way to travel with 2 sit on top kayaks, With my wife and i in our late 60's it was taking a LONG tome to get the kayaks on the roof of the bed cover. With these i can do it with a short stool. Also carrying the kayaks upside down keeps the top cleaner and stops the water from getting trapped in the kayak (and raining down on me when I unload them).

- TH898

The hullavator makes it possible for us to continue kayaking. We only need to be able to lift the kayaks halfway and the hullavator does most of the work from halfway to roof by lightening the load. An awesome product!

- TH898

I have used Rhino Fokding J Racks, Malone Seawings...added a Rhino Rack Universal Side loader. Still can be a workout. Finally decided to invest in a rack that will make loading and unloading easier and less likely to cause injury. THULE Hullavators!! Now I only have to lift the kayak about chest high...and can attach all the steps while standing flat on the ground. Nor more climbing, reaching g and twisting. I am excited to have a rack that will save us time and energy that we could out to better use kayaking.

- TH898
by: 03/19/2021

Oh. My. Goodness! This is a stellar solution for kayak loading and transporting!! The story: My first thought had been, "I'm not spending so much money for a kayak carrier." I ordered a different rack at 1/2 the cost. When the first rack arrived, I quickly realized that while it was well made, getting a kayak into that rack on top of my tall SUV was going to require a step ladder and lots of acrobatics. Without opening it, I sent the rack back and ordered a Thule Hullavator. Hint 1: Watch the online videos on how to install or have a professional help you; the included instructions are horrible. Still, I did it myself, and you can, too. Once installed, the Hullavator Pro is sheer genius! You'll appreciate this amazing rack every single time you use it. Every. Single. Time. The gas struts really do so very much of the lifting lift for you! Hint 2: the hand release on one of my cradles seemed to stick and I had to squeeze the release with both hands before it would lift. I despaired. Then by accident almost, I discovered that anytime this happens, I could use the hand grip to gently push that entire assembly a few mm towards the car. Poof! Both struts easily, smoothly begin lifting my kayak. Thule's Hullavator really is a bargain considering how quick it is to load/unload a kayak and because of the work it does for you! I HIGHLY recommend the Thule Hullavator and etrailer!

- TH898

Weather is nice again and I finally installed my (somewhat) newly purchased Yakima 60" Jetstream rack system with RidgeLine Towers along with Thule Hullavator TH898 to my 2016 X5. I hope to start some finishing real soon here in NJ.

- TH898

Must have for a heavy kayak, and/or for taller vehicles. I installed it on Thule areoblade 54cm on a 2018 Honda Pilot. It fits but barely. I would probably recommend 60cm ars if you want to pair it with another Hullavator. Installation note: in order to meet the 4" clearance from the footpod of the rack, I had to install the bars slightly asymmetrical (they stick more on one side of the vehicle than the other). Not enough that it is noticeable. With the 54cm bars, I can pair the hullavator with a Yakima Jaylow, or a Yakima 16 cu in roofbox. I am also able to carry a fishing kayak that is 35" wide but it's tight (the carrier is rated for 36"). A couple of usage tips for what it is worth: - when you lower the boat, make sure to keep the boat level (don't lower one side more than the other). Failing to do so may result in contact between the boat and the car. Don't forget to fold your side mirror too. - When you strap the boat, I find it useful to strap one side lightly, strap the other side, and then tighten things down. It ensures the boat seats properly on the cradles. If I tighten things right off the bat, and the boat isn't perfectly seating on the cradles, I get an issue locking the once the boat is flat on the roof (not sure if that makes any sense, but if you run into the issue, you will know what I mean). - Once setup, it takes less than 5min total to put the cradles in or off the bars (i.e. if you need to park in a garage and clearance is an issue). I hope this helps. In any case, this is an awesome rack.

- TH898

I installed the Hullavater on my 2002 Toyota Tacoma's canopy that has 2" tubular rails. I couldn't find any cross bars to fit so I custom made the cross bar from scrap square tubes. It also lowers the high by about 4" compared to stock cross bars. Assembly is simple. I went online to download the English version instruction instead of the one in the box. Installing the loaders on the base bars is just a simple one pivot pin each. It depends on your vehicle's high, I have to climb a little to line up the holes to pin them. Maybe after frequent use, I will perfect my method. I first installed the cross bars too close together. When I strapped the kayak down, it put tension on one of the carriers made it difficult to snap lock in place. Realigned the cross bars, now it works as design. One down side is they sit very tall on top of my truck so I have to install them outside and remember to remove them before I back into my garage. I wish they can be folded down. I would give them a five stars. I read some complains about the bases get rusted easy. I sprayed them with rubber paint before I installed them. So far they look ok under Seattle sky. Although they are a little pricey, I really like that I don't have to climb up to strap my kayak not to mention it is easy on my back when load and unloading.

Its been a year. So far so good. the only complain I have is the rubber pads left black marks on bottom front of my kayak. It is very narrow in front even the bars are adjusted down to minimum, the bottom of kayak is rested on those rubbers leaving black marks.
Anthony - 12/07/2019

- TH898

After two back operations in three years, it was time to get some help getting two kayaks on our truck cap. After a short learning curve we easily loaded our two kayaks for our upcoming trip. These are pricey, but well worth the investment.

- TH898

I recently upgraded from a 2017 Ford F-150 to a 2019 Ford F-350 and the height difference between the two over the bed with a Leer cap was substantial. The Hullavator kayak carrier system seemed like a good way to save my back while towing our travel trailer and having the kayaks go with us. This is not an inexpensive why to get the kayaks on top of my F-350's cap but it is the safest way. The carrier arrived on time and most importantly not damaged or missing parts. The carrier appears to be built to last and the fit and finish is well thought out. The instructions made the assembly and installation fairly simple to accomplish. I have not as yet traveled with it but I have loaded a fishing kayak on it. I loaded a 32 inch wide fishing kayak on it in both the upright position and upside down. I do not anticipate any problems while traveling in either configuration. I have given it 4 stars because of the high price which is Thule's problem and not Etrailers. Etrailer's representatives were very informative and helpful in my decision to purchase this item.

- TH898

I recently ordered 2 heavy Hobie kayaks and need to be able to carry them on top of my truck so that I can tow a Fifth Wheel. The Hullavator Pro carriers seem much sturdier than competing brands, and the lift assist will make loading on top of my F350 much easier. They were easy for me to assemble and install. (I purchased 2 sets). They are expensive, but it’s not worth losing a kayak in traffic in order to save a few bucks. I have had other Thule carriers, and have been very happy with the strength and longevity.

One year later it still works great. I transferred the rack to our SUV and it is even easier to reach. I would definitely buy again.
Thomas - 12/03/2020

- TH898

I ordered my Thule Hullverator on a Friday and received the following Friday. My son-in-law helped install it on Mother’s Day. Everything was included in the boxes. I ordered from you instead of Thule because you offered free shipping. Otherwise it was the same price. Very easy to order and prompt. Thank you.

- TH898

These Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier with Lift Assist are excellent. My wife and I have heavy Hobie kayaks. These carriers make it so much easier to get them on top of my Ford Evpedition. I highly recommend them.

- TH898

My back loves this kayak rack system.

- TH898

The system is great. This is really the only way to safely get a board up on top of a Sprinter van.

- TH898

Game changer for people who can't lift a kayak to place on a roof rack. Makes the transport of kayaks so easy one will go kayaking more often.

- TH898

Late arriving because the ups driver could get thru the gate but no fault of etrailer.

- TH898

Awesome. Package came sealed and it was easily put together. Great company. I love these guys.

Amber - 11/29/2021

- TH898

Perfect customer support and perfect product. Walked us through what needed for our Kayak rack!! It’s been awesome, works great! Super easy to install…Most products have how to videos.

- TH898

Makes it quick and easy to load up a kayak by yourself. After being out rowing all day, it’s very relieving to be able to load up and tie down the kayak at waste level.

- TH898

This is the third Hullavator set I have purchased, I've had the other two for several years and am extremely pleased with their ease of use and the quality and durability of the product. However, there was one minor issue with this particular set. The pivot pins could not be installed in the arm assembly when attempting to attach them to the bar mount due to interference from a portion of the underside of the bar mount. I used a Dremel to remove a very small amount of the metal obstruction which resulted in the ability to easily install the pivot pins. I did not have this issue with my other Hullavators so it must be a relatively recent manufacturing issue at Thule and was only a minor annoyance that would not prevent me from purchasing this item in the future. As usual, my experience with etrailer was very positive and I will continue to patronize them due to their excellent service and product selection.

- TH898

Part A is defective, I am working with Lauren at Etrailers to try to get two new one sent to me as I look at my kayak sitting on my garage floor. I cannot believe that Thule is as great on their products as they have been touted, but we will see if they come thru with replacement parts ASAP. Lauren is awesome. Thule has to have had this issue before, they part they riveted to the main attachment is off by 1/8 inch which means I cannot attach the pin that lets me add these bars and remove them. They need to respond to Lauren first thing Monday morning, send me the parts overnight so I can get out there. I am 68 and picking this up as a new adventure. Lord, don't stop me now.

- TH898

The carrier requires a lot of assembly. The written instructions were not the best. It would have been nice to see an installation video. It installed without any problems. It is a little tricky installing and removing it to the fixed mount and installing the pin. Once I realized there was a bar to hook the carrier onto while installing the pin I was fine. As with most Thule products the quality is good. It would have been nice to have the locks included considering the price.

The Hullavator has worked very well. I just purchased a second one so I can carry two kayaks.
BobG - 12/03/2017

Thanks for the follow up Bob G. I would like to caution you to make sure that the roof of your vehicle and the crossbar system that you are using will adequately support the weight an additional Hullavator and your boat.

-- Etrailer Expert Rachael H - 12/4/2017

- TH898

I did 5 star not on the product but on the quality and speed performed on my order. They got it shipped same day and had it delivered next day! Can’t complain! As for the product, I bought this in advance - looking forward to spring already! So I cannot rate the product until I put it together and use it.

- TH898

I have received the package and it looks like it will work with my Thule rack system.

- TH898

It works like it was advertised, We are very happy with them.

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    To use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 on your 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee you're going to need to upgrade your roof rack system. The Hullavator requires that the crossbars stick out past the roof rack legs by at least 4" so that the arms won't come in contact with the vehicle when they are lowered. Since your OEM crossbars end in the feet they won't be long enough. For upgrading your roof rack system I highly recommend the Yakima JetStream system which consists of the 50"...
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  • Thule Roof Rack for 2020 Subaru Outback Touring for Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier
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  • How To Attach The Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier To The Roof Of A 2015 Toyota 4Runner
    The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 can certainly be installed onto a roof rack that is not Thule brand. To determine what size crossbars you need, you will want to measure from the center of one roof rail to the center of the next roof rail as seen in the attached photo. Thule states that you need overhang of at least 4" on each side. If your measurement was 50" or less than you will for sure be able to use the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars - Raised, Factory...
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  • Mounting Hardware Only for Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier
    I believe I know what you are wanting to do and for this you would just need two of the Replacement Bar Mount Assembly # 7521741001. This is the piece that gets installed onto the roof rack crossbar to which the lift arm and cradle assemblies for the Thule Hullavator # TH898 attach. To install the new bar mounts to square crossbars bars you will need 4 each of the Carriage Bolt # 915-0622-54, Washer # 951061254, and Round Nut # 853-5439. If you are using integrated T-channels on aero-style...
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  • How Much Crossbar Overhang Is Needed To Install The Thule Hullavator Onto 2019 Subaru Forester?
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  • How To Carry Two Kayaks On a 2018 Toyota Highlander with Factory Roof Rack and Have Load Assist
    I do have an option for you but there are two issues you are going to run into trying to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 or the Yakima ShowDown Kayak or SUP Carrier part # Y04081. The first issues is that these are each over 40" long therefore you would not be able to fit two side by side and they both require there to be an overhang on the crossbars which the factory roof rack for a Toyota Highlander does not have. If you want to go with a trailer like the Malone...
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  • Can I Use the Thule Hullavator on a Gobi Safari Style Rack on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler
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  • How to Use Thule Hullavator On a 2020 Subaru Outback
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  • Attaching The Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier To Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars
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    I confirmed with Thule that the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Silver - 60" # TH711500 and Thule Rapid Crossroad Feet # TH450R will fit your 2020 Ford Expedition with factory roof rails. This setup is compatible with the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 so you won't have any issues using this setup on your vehicle. The Hullavator requires crossbars that hang over the edge of the towers at least 4" on each side, so the Hullavator will not work with your factory crossbars...
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  • Replacement Brackets for Thule Hullavator 897XT
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    The Thule Wingbar Evo roof rack for your 2018 Audi Q5 part numbers # TH711320, # TH710601, and # TH186045 would be the best for attaching the Thule Hullavator # TH898 to. The Hullavator would easily fit into the top channels of the Wingbars for a clean and solid connection.
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    In order for the Thule # TH898 Hullavator to work on your roof rack, the crossbars will need to extend at least 4-8 inches beyond the roof rack feet as shown in the provided diagram. If you already have the factory crossbars, you'll need to remove them and install aftermarket crossbars to get the proper length. The Malone AirFlow 2, part # MPG217 would likely work, but you'd need to measure the outside side to outside distance of the rails on the roof of your Ascent. If this distance...
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  • Is Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier Compatible with Yakima CoreBar Crossbars
    The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 is only compatible with the Yakima CoreBar crossbars if you also use the mounting kit # TH7520970001. Just be sure that you have the proper clearance (4" - 8" beyond the feet) for this to work correctly and avoid contacting your vehicle. I have attached a photo showing how to make sure your CoreBar is long enough. If you happen to need longer CoreBar crossbars we have them available here: 50" - # Y00421 60" - # Y00422 70" - # Y00423 80"...
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  • Which Roof Rack For 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Is Compatible With Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier?
    The Thule Hullavator Pro - Lift Assist Kayak Carrier # TH898 requires crossbars that have at least 4" of overhang on each side of the roof. You will need to measure from the center of one roof rail to the center of the next roof rail on your 2020 Subaru Crosstrek; if this measurement is less than 50" then you can for sure use Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars # MPG216. The Malone crossbars are 58" long and have a weight capacity of 165lbs. They are low-profile and aerodynamic to...
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  • Does Thule Hullavator Pro Fit on 2017 Toyota Prius Prime with Thule Wingbar Evo Roof Rack
    I checked with Thule just now and they confirmed that the Thule Hullavator Pro part # TH898 does fit on the WingBar Evo roof rack that fits your 2017 Toyota Prius Prime part numbers # TH711420, # TH710501, and # TH145029. There would be plenty of crossbar overhang for it to fit and work great.
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  • Roof Rack for Thule Hullavator on 2021 Subaru Outback With Stowable Rack System
    I checked with Thule, and can verify there is a way for you to carry a Hullavator like the Thule Hullavator Pro # TH898 (and older Hullavators) on your 2021 Subaru Outback with the stowable rack system. Since there aren't fittings or extensions, what you will need to add is a Thule roof rack. The rack doesn't fit the side of the rails, what it will do is attach to the factory crossbars when they are in the stowed position; the fit kit is what will allow this, and you'll then attach the...
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  • Mounting Options For Thule 878XT On a 2015 Toyota Sequoia
    The Thule 878XT you mentioned is actually a Set-To-Go Kayak Carrier, and not a Hullavator like the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898. I was able to find some info on the Thule 878XT and you will need the included 60mm Bolt # 915-0660-31 to install on to the factory crossbars on your 2015 Toyota Sequoia. If you do have a Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898 your crossbars will need to overhang 4-6 inches past the feet of your crossbars. I attached a picture that will...
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  • Will the hullavator work with Rhino-Rack Vortex SG2 for my 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport?
    I do have a solution for you since the Rhino-Rack SG Roof Rack # RRSG60 for your 2017 Jeep Wrangler incorporates the feet into the end of the crossbars so you do not have enough overhang for the Hullavator. To use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist # TH898 your roof rails must extend out approximately 4-8" past the foot of your roof rack. As your Wrangler has very straight sides you will be looking closer to the 4" measurement. I recommend using the Thule WingBar...
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  • Which Roof Rack For 2020 Hyundai Kona With Factory Rails Will Allow Fitment Of The Thule Hullavator?
    The Thule Hullavator Pro - Lift Assist Kayak Carrier # TH898 fits square, aero, round, and some factory crossbars. The main requirement for this kayak carrier is that the crossbars must overhang at least 4" on each side of the crossbar towers. To determine how long of a crossbar you need, you will want to measure from one side rail to the other. If your rail-to-rail measurement is 41" or less then you can use Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Silver - 49" Long # RRVA126S-2...
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  • How To Use Thule Hullavator On a 2020 Volvo V60
    In order to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist part # TH898 on a 2020 Volvo V60 with flush factory side rails you will need a new complete roof rack which consists of the Crossbars part # TH711200, Mounting Feet part # TH710601, and Fit Kit part # TH186010. Please note, I am not sure if you wanted to try and reuse the old square bars but this won't be an option unfortunately since Thule discontinued them.
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  • Will the Thule Hullavator Work on 2013 Lexus RX 350 With Factory Crossbars
    I do have an option to carry kayaks with load assist but the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 won't work with factory crossbars. Instead, I recommend using the Yakima ShowBoat 66 Slide-Out Load Assist Roller part # Y04068 with the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier part # Y04074 which is the best option for load assist with factory crossbars. There really aren't may other options unfortunately due to their being no overhang on the crossbars which is what the issue is with most...
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