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I have a jeep grand cherokee 2013 with...
I have a jeep grand cherokee 2013 with factory rack how would the hullavtor work on that
Has anyone ever put this rack on a Toyota...
Has anyone ever put this rack on a Toyota Rav4, Subaru Baja (2006) or a BMW X3 (2011)? Appreciate your help...
Looking for rack for my F150 pickup. I...
Looking for rack for my F150 pickup. I am considering the Hullivator. Right now I load onto ladder rack from tailgate. Will Hullivator work mounted to roof or are pickups too tall and I'll need to lift kayak to head height to place in hullivator cradles? Also if Hullivator will work do i order the bars recommended on Thule site or get longer bars to allow for the Hullivator mechanism
Love this rack, makes loading the kayak so EASY, you just pull it down to the side then push it back up once the boat is tied down. It was so sturdy and easy. A must have.
You can see more videos of the Thule Hullavator in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmgi_-qrhQc&feature=BFa&list=UUUWUeWKhqZNraLK6zuUh56A&lf=plcp
Does it come in pieces or assembled and...
Does it come in pieces or assembled and ready to put on. Also is it easy to get off and on the rack?
Great concept...falls a bit short
I purchased 2 of these from Backcountry to use for my 16' touring kayaks. I previously had Yakima Landsharks with 1/4" closed-cell foam glued to the cradles. I guess the glue only lasts 3 or 4 years because 3 of the foam pieces came off within a few days of each other. The Hullavators looked like the perfect replacement. I have a few sets of Thule crossbars in different lengths that I played around with for the perfect fit on my SUV with the Hullavators installed. I spent about 6 hours installing, testing, tweaking & so on before I had to pack them back in their boxes and return them.
I'm used to a rock-solid mount with my kayaks. That means that the straps attach to the bars and grip the top 1/2 of each kayak. With the Hullavators, I found 2 glaring problems I simply couldn't work around. For one, the straps attach to the curved cradles & not to the load bars. That wouldn't be so bad, except that the longest curved cradle is well above my kayak, and the shortest cradle is about even with it. With the straps in place, 1/4 or less of the kayak was actually held down by the straps. This resulted in a very loose (dangerous) fit. My only option would be raise the kayaks & hullavators to the travel position & then attach more straps that would attach to the bars. The other problem I had is when the kayaks & hullavators were in the travel position, there was excessive play, wobble, or whatever one would call it. These things lock into place, but they do not firmly lock into place, thus the excessive wobble. Again, the only solution I had would involve strapping the Hullavator to the load bar so that it won't move. All in all, far too much work & far too many straps involved for a safe travel load. Since typical highway/freeway driving exceeds 80mph, along with a number of bumpy dirt roads for lake access, having a safe & secure mount is absolutely my top priority. All they (Thule) would need to do is provide a few solid strap locations on the Hullavator that would accomodate various sizes of kayaks, along with a much better closed position locking mechanism and/or some way to firmly secure the Hullavator to the load bar.
Anyone have Hullavators on a Jeep Wrangler?...
Anyone have Hullavators on a Jeep Wrangler? I have a 2010 Jeep Wrangler with a removeable fiberglass top,......and 2 Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT (12' x29" 51 lbs. each)........Will a Hullavator work????????Help.....and Thanks, Lorraine
Check www.Thule.com and utilize their "Fit My Car" option to see if the Hullavator is compatible with your Jeep.
I'm close to pulling the trigger on a...
I'm close to pulling the trigger on a couple of these, but I did have 1 question regarding use. I realize the kayak gets strapped only to the cradles, and that's what makes me nervous. All my prior cradles allowed me to strap to the cross bars, which are firmly attached to the car. With the Hullavator, I would be at the mercy of whatever latch mechanism is used to hold the cradles to the rack. Is this a non-issue, or do some of you also strap to the load bars?
I'm looking for a new hullavator because my original one has rusted from years of use - and never a single problem about the locking mechanism and strapping the kayaks to the cradles.
So glad I got these. What a difference in loading boats! I've spent decades loading boats the hard way. Thank goodness they came up with these so I can keep loading boats for decades more - the easy way.
Does Thule have any plans for added pads...
Does Thule have any plans for added pads or arms to accomidate the wider Hobie outbacks with the tri hull? I have had the Hullivator for 3 years now and it has been very good but last year I got a Hobie Outback and had to add pads to the existing pads so that it would touch the rack. Thule needs to make some arms to replace the existing ones so the Hobies will fit.
I have a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner that came...
I have a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner that came with a factory installed roof rack. I want a Hullavator and was told that I need to buy the Thule 450 Crossroad rack to be able to install it. Is this true?
I've had my Hullavator for 3 years and...
I've had my Hullavator for 3 years and love it...I now have 2 kayaks and 2 Hullavators...what to do?
I have a 2007 Subaru Forester with the 440 rails supported by the SR1 railing rack kit.
I know I cannot use the 440 rails with 2 Hullavators and must use a 58" rail. Can you tell me what rails and supports (with part numbers) I will need now?
The 440 sr1 kit should have come with 47" load bars. So you should be able to swap them out for the LB58 found here:
Thanks Tim, one of the posts below said...
Thanks Tim, one of the posts below said you need at least 58" bars for two hullavators, would you agree or possibly go to 60". I do have the factory rails, but not the factory bars so I would have to order from Thule. Thanks for the advice
You are welcome. Essentially Phil is correct. However, I prefer a clean looking vehicle. So unless you really want to carry 2 boats plus a skybox or something, I would suggest sticking with the shortest setup that works. Which, in this case I guess are the 58" load bars. The next jump is 65", unless you get the Aero bars (which do have a 60") or just take the 65" regular load bar to the chop saw... But I digress.
Has anybody installed two hullivators on...
Has anybody installed two hullivators on a SUV, specifically a 2008-10 Toyota Highlander with factory rails? Thanks
I haven't seen anyone with a double setup myself, but I am pretty sure it would require aftermarket rails (like Thule or Yakima) to do. The reason is the size of the carrier, you would need the aftermarket rails to hang slightly over the sides of the vehicle in order to fit two of these guys on there sort of like you can see in the picture above with the ford. Or about 3/4 of the way down this page: http://www.backcountryracks.com/suvsvans.html
You will find a series of pictures of a red Toyota which kind of help illustrate how wide this unit is. I hope this helps!
Found this picture of a highlander with 2 hullavators installed on an aftermarket rack. As you can see, the factory bars are not wide enough for two:
works on 3/4ton truck with high rise canopy
After mounting a high rise canopy on our GM crewcab, we could no longer walk our 17', rotomould kayaks up the box and onto the roof. Just mounted our new Thule Hullavators and kayaks clear the canopy with room to spare. Very nice that you can remove the hydraulic section from the rack because otherwise, they are very heavy when you are trying to lift them onto your roof. If you have to leave the hydraulics when attaching your racks, especially on a high clearance vehicle, use two people and slide one end across the roof on a folded blanket or chunk of carpet, etc. The kayaks are easy to load and the hydraulics have no problem lifting their 65lbs on to the roof.
Can Hullivator fit the Thule 421 Xsportster...
Can Hullivator fit the Thule 421 Xsportster rack? or is additional hardware required?
Just buying a 2010 lexus RX350 4 door,...
Just buying a 2010 lexus RX350 4 door, what do I need to go withthe Hullavator?
Your best bet it is to go through the awesome rack configurator that we have provided. Here is the link for that.
Write your question here...I have a 2004...
Write your question here...I have a 2004 VOLVO 70XC. can I fit two kayaks on top
The number of kayaks you can get on your roof is dictated by the length of your load bars. If you're looking for two sets of Hullavators (one for each side) you'll want a set of at least 58" bars.