How To Load a Heavy Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP Onto the Roof of a Vehicle with Raised Side Rails

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I am purchasing a Hobie Mirage Eclipse it a SUP with removable foot pedals. 12 ft long — 35 inches wide I’m not sure I can lift 48lbs up unto the roof of my 2018 RAV4 Limited. It has factory rails. What could you suggest I purchase.

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The best option I have for you to easily load the Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP on your 2018 Toyota RAV4 would be with the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist part # TH898. The Hullavator is a very popular option for heavy kayaks and SUPs because it has a set of arms with gas shocks that extend down to about waist level and make for loading and unloading your watercraft very manageable.

Please note that in order to use the Hullavator you will need a set of crossbars with at least 4" of overhang past the mounting feet. Therefore, if you have factory crossbars or you don't yet have crossbars I recommend using the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbar System part # TH711420 and part # TH710401. If you want to lock everything using the same key then you will also need the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders part # TH450600.

If you would like for a more cost effective option we do have the Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack part # MPG216 which will work with the Hullavator or can be paired with the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist part # MPG114MD-351XL. This option will offer load assistance but won't be as streamline as the above.

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