Thule Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack Customer Reviews
14 Customer Reviews
When you’re headed out for an epic kayaking adventure, you need plenty of strength and stamina to paddle through raging rapids. Instead of wasting your energy loading and unloading your boat, let the Thule Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack do the grunt work for you.
Like an elevator for your kayak, the Thule Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack is designed to do the heavy lifting. First, it pulls down to the side of your ride, so you only have to lift your boat waist high into the cradles. Then, it glides effortlessly up to your roof with the aid of gas-assisted struts that shoulder up to 90% of your kayak’s weight. The Hullavator is so easy to use, you can transport your kayak single-handedly down to the river and back again without cracking a sweat.
Like everything Thule makes, your Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack is built to last a lifetime. The rack is made from a blend of aluminum and double-coated steel, and the cradles sport thick protective pads everywhere your kayak rests. It mounts seamlessly to Thule crossbars and round bars and comes with all the straps you need to secure your boat. Backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
14 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jeff G (HOMESTEAD, FL) Reviewed for a 2010 Toyota Tundra — Nov 29, 2013 7:29 AM
This thing is a marvel of engineering. Thule saw a need and filled the void. I am 5'7 and my Tundra is 7 feet high. I own two 40lbs Malibu Kayaks Stealth 9's. Before the Hullavator, I had to open the doors to step up to place the kayaks on the rack. I nearly killed myself on several occasions. Now, I just drop the Hullavators, place the kayaks on that and up they go! No more issues! They are extremely easy to use and can be mounted on Yakima round racks! I am extremely happy with my purchase!
Reviewed by Edward P (Gainesville, FL) Reviewed for a 2010 Toyota Sequoia — Jul 10, 2013 1:27 PM
My husband and I have 2 hullavators and have had them for about 5 years and are very happy with them. They can easily be used by one person and require little maintenance.
Reviewed by Tonya B (TAMPA, FL) Reviewed for a 2004 Toyota Sequoia — Jul 09, 2013 6:08 AM
I absolutely love this thing, I could have never gotten my kayak up on my roof without it, only throw back is it should be made to fit more factory racks although my brother made it work with my roof rack
Reviewed by Katherine S (Croton On Hudson, NY) — Jul 05, 2013 5:11 AM
The Hullavator has made all the difference in being able to paddle anytime, anywhere. Especially for my 14 footer. I am able to lift and go on my own in less than 15 minutes with very little exertion and never worry about damage to kayak or car. Only negative is the rattling when empty and the annoying whistling the rack makes when loaded.
Reviewed by william m (Seaford, NY) Reviewed for a 2011 Chevy Suburban — May 29, 2013 5:07 AM
Easy to install just make sure you buy load bars that are 6 inches longer on both sides of vehicle. This is the only way To. Go if you are a kayaker. Well engineers , it like having bionic arms when lifting kayak on truck.
Reviewed by James D (Sebastian, FL) Reviewed for a 2013 Ford Escape — May 13, 2013 3:15 AM
This is a great item especially if you have issues getting your kayak on you vehicle. Makes it a easy to load and unload you yak from the car a breeze and has a very secure hold. I installed this along with the Thule fairing. Although I did have to modify the Hullavator mount on the front rail slightly to accommodate the fairing it was easy to do. Thule should make a slight modification to their Hullavator mount that would make the use of both very easy.
Reviewed by Julie D E (SWANSBORO, NC) Reviewed for a 2002 Land Rover Discovery — Apr 22, 2013 11:30 AM
Overall, I am very happy. I kayak alone, and my 14ft Necky is 48lbs. The Land Rover is 7ft tall...and I am 5.5. So, my kayaking life before the hullavator was non-existent. While it has a steep price tag, it makes getting out on the water an easy decision. The down side, is that it is a bit tricky installing it on a set of aero bars. There isn't a video out there yet demonstrating how to install it on those bars, but once you get used to the directions, you can figure it out.