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Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier

4.424242424242424 out of 5 stars
66 Reviews
Color:One Color



Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier

Forget throwing your back out lifting kayaks on and off your roof rack. Instead, attach the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier onto your Thule Crossbars and let the Hullavator Pro do the heavy lifting for you. This carrier uses gas-assisted struts to lift and lower 40-pounds of the kayak's weight, alleviating up to 90% of the heavy lifting required to load and unload your kayak.

How exactly does this ingenious system work? Well, Thule designed the Hullavator Pro with double-extending arms that lower the kayak up to 40-inches for faster loading and unloading. That means you can simply lower the each arm to your vehicle's side, secure your kayak, and use the assisted lifting mechanism to easily place the kayak onto your roof. The gas-assisted struts also work in reverse, keeping you from painstakingly lowering heavy kayaks off your roof rack.

This one-boat carrier fits most kayaks with its expanding, corrosion-resistant cradles. Eight padded attachment points provide a secure fit without scratching or damaging your favorite kayak. Included with this carrier are all necessary straps for carrying and attaching one kayak.

Note that the Hullavator Pro conveniently attaches to all Thule Crossbars, except for the Aeroblade Edge, and it's compatible with Thule's One Key System for convenient one-key locking with Thule racks and carriers.


  • Aluminum, double-coated steel construction
  • Double-extending arms with gas-assisted struts
  • Corrosion-resistant cradles
  • Eight padded touch points
  • Includes tie-down straps for one kayak
  • Mounts to all Thule Crossbars except Aeroblade Edge
  • Compatible with Thule's One Key System (sold separately)
  • Item #THU001V
Boat Capacity
Locks Included
no, One Key System compatible
All Thule Crossbars, except for Aeroblade Edge;however, it works with Thule Aeroblade bars., Isn't compatible with factory bars.
Part Number
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 66 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 13 reviews
5 Stars - 44 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2024

Third Hullivator Purchase

There are some changes to the design since my first purchase some 20 years ago, hoping for the better. No longer any locking pin to positively lock the kayak in place. Hope this was fully proven. Also, considering the price paid, I expected locks to come with the rack. My old racks are still useable but the shocks need replacement and the plastic head on the adjustment screws broke long ago. Unit is pricey but it does last, easy to use.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

The difference between getting out or not

I'm 5'2" with a 60 lb kayak and a tall vehicle. I hesitated in getting the hullavator for a couple.years because it's pricy and for me it would require an upgrade if my cross bars. Well I finally bit the bullet and made the purchase, I went with the square bars and even though the 139 was recommended on the site, based on my vehicle, I ordered the 150 because the hullavator needs 4 to 8 inches of overhang past the foot where it attaches to your vehicle side rails. The whole set up was easy to install myself. It didn't take long at all and I went slow to be sure to do it all to specifications. I could not be happier with the purchase as it means I can easily dash out for a paddle when the mood and the weather strikes without waiting on someone else to help me load and unload. If transport is your biggest barrier to getting on the water then just get the hullavator. I do have one complaint and it's more of an annoyance than anything. I had to search extensively to figure out if the racks and the hullavator came with a key to secure things. It appeared that the racks did but the hullavator did not so I went ahead and just ordered a 2 key set of the Thule one key (which was also hard to find on this site) Well I wish I would have gotten the 6 key set as the racks only came with a plastic toggle. Please Thule update your product descriptions to include whether or not your product includes a key lock (especially when your install directions imply that they do but they don't). It was disappointing to spend this much money and now still have to order extra bits and pieces. It would be a simple fix on your end.

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Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

April 28, 2024

Easy to use

The haulavator is so easy to use it makes loading kayaks so quick

Mike s

Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

November 5, 2023

Well Designed...

The Hullavator Pro is such a ease to use. No more heavy lifting of kayaks up over my shoulder and throwing them onto the roof of my SUV. Intelligently designed and easy to use. Thanks Thule.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

August 25, 2023

Great, fantastic, awesome kayak rack!

We bought this last month and finally just had it installed and it works perfectly and is so easy to use that we are thinking of getting a second one…Even though it is quite useful when going out on my own, the ease to use it makes it quite appealing for our second kayak!

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Originally reviewed on manufacturer

3 out of 5 stars

August 14, 2023

Old town pdl 106 is too wide for the rack

My old town pdl 106 is too wide for the rack. Need to make a hullavator that accommodates wider yaks


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

July 14, 2023

Perfect for short single women with spaghetti arms

I put the Hullavator Pro on my Four Wheel Camper Ford f350 4WD vehicle. I am delighted with it. There is now way that I could manage the kayak myself without it given that I am only 5'5" and 125 pounds with spaghetti arms. I use a jumbo ladder with three steps and its perfect. Thanks for making such a quality product.

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Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

July 2, 2023

Great product, worth the money

After a fairly easy installation, I was amazed at how well this product works. I’ve never had the strength to lift my kayak onto J hooks on the top of my car by myself. With the Hullavator it’s so easy! Very fast for loading and unloading the boat and I feel confident it’s secure while I’m driving.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 27, 2023

Doubled my order

Product is Great Still trying to get my full order


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 27, 2023


Pratique pour aider à monter le kayak sur le toit. Facile à utiliser.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer