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Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Lift Assist Kayak Carrier

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Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Lift Assist Kayak Carrier
$659.95

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Product Description and Specs

The Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Lift Assist Kayak Carrier lifts up to 40 lbs. of the kayaks weight assisting you in positioning it on the vehicle roof top while allowing you to load and unload kayaks at waist level, at the side of the vehicle for greater convenience and safety.

• Accommodates kayaks up to 36 in. wide with improved cradle design
• Latch mechanism ensures carrier stays down when loading/unloading
• Reduces lift height required to load and unload a kayak by 40 lbs.
• No need to reach top of vehicle to secure boat to carrier
• Fits Thule rack systems, round bars, and most factory racks with both T-track and around the bar mounting options
Item #: 16647
Part Number
898
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By: C G.  Date: Sep 07, 2016 
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We love the Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Lift Assist. It is all that we had expected and hoped for from the description. Installation was not trivial, but nor was it a challenge. Loading our two sea kayaks on a Tahoe has become a breeze. This has been very valuable for us as neither of us is tall, and we are in the prime of our lives (read 60+).

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By: JAMES G.  Date: Dec 30, 2015 
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7 people found this review helpful

It does what it claims to do: assist with raising a heavy or bulky boat onto the roof rack. The installation is straight forward on either round or square racks. The hydraulic assist arms can be removed and stored in the vehicle if desired; the locking system as for all roof rack devices is not very strong. I use it for kayaks and rowing sculls.

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Q: Will the Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Lift Assist Kayak Carrier mount to my factory installed rails/crossbars on my 2013 Toyota 4Runner (4 door)? Also, I just bought the Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 XL - does this product work well with this Kayak?
A: Yes you can install the Hullavator on the stock crossbars. The maximum recommended width for a kayak to work with the Hullavator is 36 and the Malibu is 34" so it will work.
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Q: I just ordered the Thule 888 Hullavator, does it vone with the tie down straps etc.?
A: No, it does not, the straps will need to be purchased separately.
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Q: I am interested in the Thule Hullavator but not sure if it will work on a Jeep Wrangler. I have a Sherpa rack and Thule crossbars. They say that you have to have 4 inches of overhang on side with bars. I have a new Native Slayer propel 10 kayak that i want to put on the rack. Any problems that you may see?
A: As long as the bars hand 4" over the side where the racks are going to be, then you should not have any issues. The maximum weight for these is 80 pounds, so as long as you take the drive and seat off, then you should be good!
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