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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 etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • Saddle-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Load Assist
  • Track Mount
  • Clamp On
  • Side Loading
  • 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: Thule SquareBars, Thule WingBars, Thule AeroBlade, Thule ProBar, and Yakima round bars
    • 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

Item # TH898

Installation Details TH898 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (22 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

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. 588481

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

A little challenging figuring out how to work the lift assist, but love the eTRailer videos that helped me figure it out. Everything worked together perfectly. 923280

- TH898

Awesome. Package came sealed and it was easily put together. Great company. I love these guys. 917066

- TH898


- TH898

Very easy to do business with. I’ve purchased multiple items from them recently and they ship out right away. Molly assisted me with my most recent order providing answers and follow up emails enduring my questions were addressed. 907962

- TH898

I did 5 star not on the product but on the quality and speed etrailer.com 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. 907069

- TH898

Great product - fast delivery 898275

- TH898

My back loves this kayak rack system. 898211

- TH898

I am new to roof rack systems but the customer service and ordering was seamless. Never have I encountered such knowledgeable and friendly reps. Order from here you will not be disappointed. 896191

- TH898

I was particularly impressed with the excellent service from Alex. I was having difficulty nailing down a delivery date for an apparently much-in-demand product. Alex proactively researched the issue, found a workaround and expeditiously got the product shipped. A pleasure doing business with you folks! 857250

- TH898

Great Product. Arrived before expected...would order from this company again. 854895

- 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. 827810

- 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. 825598

- TH898

The instructions were a little confusing. The use of MM was not something I was use to using in a product. I was able to find a ruler that measured in MM. I had to measure each bolt in order to find the correct set. Another concern is how each product was dependent on each other. This was not clear in the instructions. I feel that part of the problem was that the instructions were in multiple languages. This resulted in the English instructions being too brief. 797994

- 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. 795077

- TH898

Love this. I only weigh 100# and am 68 years old. Makes it very easy to load and unload my ClearCanoe. Everyone interested to see how it works. 778063

- 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. 738613

- 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. 728868

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 absolutely love this carrier. I have an 80 lb sit on top kayak, and it was sometimes a struggle to get up on roof of vehicle. With this hullavator, it is a snap. Can’t recommend it enough. 601768

- TH898

The Hullavator Pro works like a charm! It allows us to put our 15' touring boats on top of the Jeep easily, and has turned a two-person job into a one-person job. The staff at e-trailer were wonderful too! They answered all our questions, did a price match, and got our Hullavator out to us in a timely manner. I highly recommend this company. We have made multiple purchases from them within the last two years, and all of our experiences have been great. 545331

- TH898

I Luv it. I used to think twice about going with my kayaks because of the pain of putting 2 kayaks on my jeep roof. I have a very heavy tandom kayak. Now with hullavator, its easy. And it holds them really secure on The Jeep. Well worth the investment. 389131

- 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. 321832

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.

-- Rachael H - 12/4/2017


Ask the Experts about this Thule Watersport Carriers

  • Can the Thule Roof Rack from a 2014 Subaru Outback be Used on a 2019 Subaru Outback
    The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 and what looks to be the Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs part # TH896 that you had on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon can still be used on your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon assuming space permits. However, the 2014 Subaru Outback (non-sport) has raised side rails and the 2019 Subaru Outback (non-touring) has flush side rails so the mounting feet and fit kit cannot be carried over. Instead, you will need to swap these out for the...
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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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  • Can Thule Hullavator fit Aftermarket Crossbars with Top Channel
    If you have the current version of the Thule Hullavator like what you referenced part # TH898 it comes with the needed hardware to install into the top crossbar channels of the bars you sent in a picture of. We have them as a replacement part # 853-7557.
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  • Replacement Brackets for Thule Hullavator 897XT
    The mounts for the older Thule Hullavators, 897 and 897XT are different than the newest iteration, the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898. If you have the oldest version, which is the 897 (and only available from February 2005 - December 2005), I checked with Thule and they no longer offer replacement mounting brackets. If you have the Hullavator 897XT though, there are a number of replacement parts available, depending on what you need. - Replacement Underbar Bracket for...
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  • Roof Rack and Two Load-Assist Kayak Carriers for 2020 Toyota 4Runner With Raised Side Rails
    While you can carry two kayaks on a roof rack of your 2020 Toyota 4Runner, there isn't enough available crossbar space for a pair of the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist # TH898. The reason for that is the recommended crossbar length for your '20 4Runner is 53 inches, which would be approximately even with the sides of your vehicle, and would need crossbars at least 76 inches for a pair of Hullavators, which would stick out so much the bars would be a legitimate danger...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack for Hullavator and Kayak Carrier on 2019 Honda Pilot
    Thank you for all of the information! While you are able to use the Hullavator # TH898 with your setup as far as weight goes, this kayak carrier does require the crossbars to stick out 4" - 8" out past the roof rack feet. Since the Thule SquareBars have a limited amount of space under them for the feet you can only use the 53" Bars # TH712400 but this wouldn't give you the required spacing for the Hullavator. I recommend using the Yakima 60" JetStream Crossbar # Y00426 instead with...
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  • Is Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier Compatible with OEM Roof Rack on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    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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  • 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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  • Will Thule Hullavator Fit a Yakima Roof Rack on a 2018 Subaru Outback
    The Thule Hullavator, # TH898, will fit on a Yakima roof rack so if you like the spacing and looks of the Yakima racks you can certainly go that route for your 2018 Subaru Outback. With the Hullavator the roof rack crossbars need to stick out past the mounting feet by at least 4 inches. What this means you will need to use longer bars than what would normally be recommended for the vehicle. If you go with a round bar system then you will need the following parts: Crossbars # Y00409 SkyLine...
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  • Can Thule Hullavator Install on Yakima Crossbars
    The Thule Hullavator Pro # TH898 can fit round bars by grabbing around the crossbar and can fit aero shaped bars if the bars have a channel on top of them. Which the Yakima aero shaped bars don't have top channels so to go the Yakima route will require round bars which includes the part numbers # Y00408, # Y00148, # Y03536, and # Y00241 and you'd be set.
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  • Crossbar Length for Using Thule Hullavator on 2019 Toyota Rav4
    So what Thule was waiting on was the release of the proper fit kit for the 2019 Toyota Rav4, which is now available as part # THKIT3177. You would also need the # TH460R roof rack feet. In order for this rack to work with your Hullavator, the crossbars need to extend past the edge of the roof by 4-8 inches so the Hullavator doesn't' contact the side of the vehicle when it's lowered. You'd think it's no big deal, right? Just pick a longer crossbar and then you'd be good to go...right?...
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  • Thule Roof Rack for 2020 Subaru Outback Touring for Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier
    That's a great photo you sent and I'm very sorry to hear of your recent loss. Your pups do look thrilled to be on the water with you (I love those hats and life vests) and we can set you up with everything you need to get back on the water with them. The Hullavator Pro is as good as everyone says because it makes mounting your kayak a breeze, and you'll just need to add a roof rack to your 2020 Subaru Outback to use the Hullavator. In order to use the Hullavator Pro on your 2020 Subaru...
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  • Recommended Aftermarket Roof Rack System to Allow Use of Thule Hullavator on 2008 Toyota 4Runner
    This is correct; you won't be able to use the Thule Hullavator # TH898 on factory bars since they don't extend outside of the side rails, which is required to let the boat down off the roof. You would also need crossbars that are at least 60" long to fit 2 Hullavators on, since they require a minimum of 28.5". To add a new roof rack system I recommend using the Thule Roof Rack system that uses parts # TH711500 (60" long) and # TH710401 (Evo Raised Side Rail Feet), which will allow you...
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  • Can Thule Hullavator Be Used on 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
    I do have a way for you to be able to use the Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier # TH898 on your 2019 Subaru Outback, however as you mentioned in your question you won't be able to attach the carrier using the factory roof rack on the vehicle. This is simply because The Hullavator requires that the roof rack crossbars extend past the feet at least 4 inches so that there is the necessary clearance between the carrier and the vehicle. Since the factory crossbars are flush with the feet/side rails,...
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  • What Else is Needed to Fit a Thule Hullavator Pro on a 2020 Subaru Outback
    The Thule Hullavator Pro, part # TH898, needs an aftermarket roof rack that extends out beyond the rails of your 2020 Subaru Outback by at least 4 inches. This is so there's not contact with the side of the Subaru when using the load assist feature I recommend the Malone AirFlow2, part # MPG216. The AirFlow2 fits onto the Outback's side rails giving you a good solid rack for your Hullavator Pro and kayak.
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  • Recommended Crossbars for 2010 Toyota RAV4 for Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier Compatibility
    Thanks for the photo. Because you have the raised side rails, the best option is to use the Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs for Vortex Aero Crossbars - Raised Factory Side Rails - Qty 4 # RRSX100 and then use bars that will give you the additional length needed. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 54" Long - Qty 2 # RRVA137B-2. This combination will give you the bar length and support you need for the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with...
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  • What Type of Roof Rack System do you Recommend for my 2018 Ram 2500 with a Bare Roof
    Of course using the Yakima HD Crossbars part # Y01159 will give you the bars you're looking for then we can get the rest put together. This will be the towers, HD Bar Adapter and the Baseclips listed. BaseLine Towers for Yakima Crossbars part # Y00146 HD Bar SL Adapter part # Y03541 BaseClip Fit Kit for Yakima BaseLine Roof Rack Towers part # Y06135 For locks use the Yakims SKS Lock Cores part # Y07204. With this setup you will be able to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier...
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  • Recommended Crossbar Length for 2017 BMW X3 to Mount Thule Hullavator
    I recommend the 50 inch crossbars from a Yakima roof rack for your 2017 BMW X3 to mount the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898. I assume your 2017 BMW X3 has the flush-mounted rails on top (as opposed to a completely naked roof), and if so, here are the parts you'll need to mount a Yakima roof rack to your BMW: - Yakima JetStream Crossbars # Y00425 (Black) or # Y00428 (Silver) - RidgeLine Towers for Yakima Crossbars # Y00145 - RidgeClip Fit Kit for Yakima RidgeLine Roof...
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  • Load Assisted Kayak Carriers for 2019 Honda Pilot for 2 Kayaks
    The Thule Hullavator Kayak Carriers # TH898 weigh 40-lbs each by themselves so the two empty carriers alone will consume half of the Pilot's rated 165-lb roof capacity. While there are some lightweight kayaks out there most weigh 40-lbs or more apiece. Apart from the weight concern there is the matter of space; each Hullavator requires 28.5-inches of space on the crossbars so the Pilot would have to be fitted with at least 57 inch long bars. The Hullavator also requires 4-8 inches of...
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  • Thule Roof Rack Recommendation for 2019 Subaru Forester to Use Thule Hullavator
    I checked with Thule and the recommended Wingbar Evo roof rack for your 2019 Subaru Forester will allow you to use the assisted Hullavator part # TH898 consists of the part numbers # TH711220 and # TH710401. This gives you a roof rack with a crossbar length of 47 inches which is long enough for the Hullavator to fit and work well. I attached an install video and a picture that shows this rack installed on a similar 2019 Forester as yours.
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  • How To Mount A Kayak On a 2018 Toyota 4Runner With a Baja G5 Utility Rack
    I do have an option for you but I really don't see a way for you to use the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 on your 2018 Toyota 4Runner unless you were to remove the Baja G5 Utility Rack and install a set of crossbars like the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG216. If you want to keep your Baja G5 Utility Rack then I recommend using the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist part # MPG114MD-351XL instead. In order to use this you would most likely...
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  • Best Roof Rack Crossbars for 2014 Subaru Forester to use Thule Hullavator
    The best roof rack crossbars for your 2014 Subaru Forester to use with the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist # TH898 are going to be from Yakima, because they are 50 inch bars - longer than other options - which are going to give you the needed space to use the Hullavator. You did not mention if you have a naked roof with no rails or raised side rails on your 2014 Subaru Forester so I will give you the parts needed for both. Raised Side Rails: - Yakima JetStream...
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  • Can I Use the Thule Hullavator on a Gobi Safari Style Rack on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler
    I may have a solution for you, but the Thule Hullavator # TH898 requires that your crossbars extend 4"-8" outside of the side rails, so your safari style rack won't work for this carrier. Instead, you may want to consider using the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier and Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - Clamp On # MPG113MD, which has a load assist feature and can be used on the round bars of your 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ with a safari rack and soft top. I've linked a short review video...
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  • How To Use the Thule Hullavator on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon with the Factory Roof Rack
    If by standard you mean factory then this cannot be used to attach the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier part # TH898 on your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon. The reason for this is that the Hullavator requires a crossbar overhang which the factory roof rack does not have. Instead, I recommend Thule WingBar Evo Crossbar System part # TH711420 and part # TH710401 which will mount up perfectly to the Hullavator on your Outback. The best part is you don't have to remove your factory roof rack either,...
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  • Roof Rack attachment for 2015 Buick Enclave with raised rails
    There is not currentlyu a fully Thule roof rack system available. To utilize the Hullavator system on your 2015 Buick Enclave you will not be able to utilize the flush mounted (front to back) roof rails. However you can acccomplish this with the following parts, 1. Thule # TH898 Hullavator kayak carrier with lift assist 2. Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA137B-2 3. Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Legs # RRRLKVA 4. Rhino-Rack Custom Fit Kit # DK224 I have attached links to these...
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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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  • Roof Rack for 2016 Kia Sedona to Use Thule Hullavator
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