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Thule Hullavator Pro Lift-Assist Kayak Rack

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Features:
  • Take the stress and strain out of hoisting your boat with the Thule Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack
  • Equipped with gas-assist struts that glide up and down from your roof and support up to 90% of your kayak’s weight
  • Pulls down to the side of your vehicle for simple, single-handed loading and unloading
  • Fully padded cradles keep a sure grip without damaging your hull
  • Constructed from heavy-duty aluminum and double-coated steel for years of dependable, rust-free service
  • Capable of carrying one kayak measuring in at up to 75 lbs and 34” wide
  • Tie-down straps included
  • Mounts to all Thule crossbars and round crossbars
  • Your Thule Hullavator Lift-Assist Kayak Rack boasts a Lifetime Warranty
Description:

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.

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Hullavator

install is little bit involved so keep few hours for that. Distance between cross bars is very important and it varies by person. You should be comfortable able to pull the clips on arms and move kayak up at the same time. If you have tandem kayak, it might get tricky to manage the distance between arms because you want to tie the kayak where you have hull (not seating). All in all i really like the kayak, they should have included the locks for the price they charge, i highly recommend it.
Posted By Deepak A (PLAINSBORO, NJ) / April 13, 2017
2014 Toyota Sequoia
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Works Awesome!

Assembly required, so plan the time. But once assembled the system works perfectly as advertised and makes removing and mounting the kayak a breeze! Illustrations show the boat installed upright. This will collect rain, so I recommend hull up. It carried well that way.
Posted By John H (Marietta, GA) / January 18, 2016
2015 Cadillac SRX
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great lift assist

Piston lift is great for high vehicle. Needed different straps for my kayak
Posted By Kathy W (SPRINGERVILLE, AZ) / June 10, 2015
2016 Toyota Tundra
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Awesome

I have a bad back. surgery both lower back and neck, never thought I would be able to get a Scull for rowing and now I have both! This rack is incredible for anyone but especially anyone with shoulder neck, back issues
Posted By Victoria T (KEENE, NH) / June 10, 2015
2015 Jeep Patriot
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Thule Hullavator Review

This thing is amazing. Its Very Secure and easy to put together on my thule exporter rack on my pickup. No I wont scratch the bottom of my kayak trying to put it on the rack. I like that it has space for the lock. but it did not come with the locks but luckily I had some left over from my truck rack. One thing I don't like is that there is only 2 screws per holding this thing to the rack. I used stainless steel zip ties to secure stronger. Over awesome product!!!
Posted By Eric R (El Dorado, CA) / February 26, 2015
2009 GMC Sierra
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71 yr. old solo kayaker

Works wonderful. Easy to assemble . Makes loading and off loading a boat effortless. AutoAnythings price was unbeatable. Love it!
Posted By john C (OAKVILLE, WA) / December 27, 2013
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This should be a mandatory purchase with any kayak!

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!
Posted By Jeff G (HOMESTEAD, FL) / November 29, 2013
2010 Toyota Tundra
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Hulavator

Easy to use. Makes loading a kayak on a SUV a one person job
Posted By Gary K (Fort Wayne, IN) / September 1, 2013
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Hell of a lift system

the system was easy to install and just as easy to use
Posted By Donato R (Riverhead, NY) / August 4, 2013
2010 Kia Soul
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A true back saver!

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.
Posted By Edward P (Gainesville, FL) / July 10, 2013
2010 Toyota Sequoia
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thule hullavator lift-assist kayak rack

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
Posted By Tonya B (TAMPA, FL) / July 9, 2013
2004 Toyota Sequoia
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Great help

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.
Posted By Katherine S (Croton On Hudson, NY) / July 5, 2013
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Thule Hullavator is the bomb

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.
Posted By william m (Seaford, NY) / May 29, 2013
2011 Chevy Suburban
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Thule Hullavator

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.
Posted By James D (Sebastian, FL) / May 13, 2013
2013 Ford Escape
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Land Rover Disco II SE (2002) w/ Aero Bars

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.
Posted By Julie D E (SWANSBORO, NC) / April 22, 2013
2002 Land Rover Discovery
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Awesome product!

I have a Honda Element which is quite tall. I'm a 5'5" female with shoulder problems & I couldn't load my kayak by myself without it resulting in some damage to the side of our vehicle & I risked reinjuring my shoulder. The Hullavator is a god-send. I only have to lift the kayak waist high, secure it, then it practically lifts itself onto the roof. It's just as easy to get down. It's especially good for we females without the upper body strength to manhandle an awkward kayak above our heads.
Posted By Vickie S (Spokane Valley, WA) / August 17, 2012
2004 Honda Element
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Great instructions

The instructions were very easy to follow and well written. I would recommend to do as much assembly on a bench and then on the roof of your car. The Hullavator works as advertised and makes placing the kayaks on the roof very easy. I bought two of these to make life easy and Kayaking more fun.
Posted By Robert P (Wilmington, NY) / August 1, 2012
2012 Ford Escape
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perfect for suv's

I've used it twice and it's already paid for itself. Loading my kayak is no longer a 2-person operation. I have it up and loaded in MINUTES, and on the road. Great for anyone with health issues, a heavy kayak, a high roof, or limited time to fuss with strapping down a boat. One CON: the instructions are not the best. I ended up going on Youtube for clarification. Oh, and don't forget that you need an additional Thule load rack, as the factory installed roofrack won't work. Lastly, AutoAnything had the best prices around for this! Better than eBay! And they shipped fast.
Posted By linda k (New Hope, PA) / July 7, 2012
2007 Toyota Highlander
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Awesome device

We have a 70# Hobie 2 seater kayak with a very tall Chevy Tahoe. My wife also has lifiting issues and is very limited in assisting me with the load/unload procedures. This awesome device has solved all of our problems. It works great and is very easy to use. I did find that it fits better if you put your kayak upside down. You won't be sorry if you purchase this unit!
Posted By jeffery f (Sturgis, MI) / June 18, 2012
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