Thule 897XT Hullavator - Thule Kayak Racks
The Thule 897XT Hullavator lifts up to 40lbs of the kayak's weight. The Thule 897XT Hullavator features waist level, side-of-vehicle, versus overhead, loading/unloading for an easier, safer and less strenuous way to load and unload your kayak
- Gas assist struts allow a single person to load and unload the kayak
- Double-extending arms lower kayak by up to 40 inches for a faster loading and unloading
- Eight touch points of padded support provide maximum conformity and protection for your kayak
- Aluminum and double-coated steel construction for long, corrosion-resistant product life
- Accommodates kayaks up to 36 inches wide and 75lbs
- Includes all straps to transport one kayak; Two load straps with padded buckles and two ratcheting bow/stern ropes
- Add security with 2 Thule SKS lock cylinders
- Fits Thule square, Aeroblade (requires adapter 7521383001), Xsporter, rapid aero, professional series bars, and Yakima round bars
Stock Status : Currently In Stock
**Stock status is to be used as a general guide to current inventory. Availability is not guaranteed.
Dimensional Weight : 41.0 lbs.
UPC Code : 091021897571
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Thule 897XT Hullavator Reviews
bordergal rated this item 5 out of 5 on 3/24/2013:
The Hullavator has made all the difference in my life. As a relatively small woman, it has given me the freedom to load and unload my kayak without assistance. One of the best purchases I ever made. Whenever people see me using the Hullavator, they rush over excitedly. They can't believe how easy it is to operate.
Michigan Mark rated this item 5 out of 5 on 5/7/2012:
Update!! Checking out what's new with Thule. Came across my review 2 yrs ago about the Hullavator. Still there, guess electonic media is forever.. Our Hullavators are scratched & sun faded. But will state all works as good as they days we purchased them. Again, nice product. I'm 2 yrs olded & kayak loading is still a breeze.. That's not only nice-- it's sweet.
Michigan Mark rated this item 5 out of 5 on 5/13/2010:
Nice--- My son & I split the cost of a Hullavator 2 yrs ago. Good investment. We trade off using on both Ford Explorer & Mercury Mariner. Thought to do it again when I added 4WD truck with cap to the mix. I ordered a second last night, checking to see if new one shipped, I thought I would give a review. (Yea, son is splitting cost again, maybe this one I can keep on my vehicle.) -- Sale price & free shipping - great timing. We have a mix of different makes of kayaks from single to tandem seaters. Wts ranging from 45 to 80 lbs. This product works as advertised & is very durable. From highway driving speed to bumping down logging trails getting to that remote lake. I'm 54 yrs old & not as strong as when younger. This hullavator makes single loading easy again. Nice.
Thule 897XT Hullavator Questions
asked on 1/10/2013:
Vehicle: 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
I have a Jackson Big Tuna Kayak and the weight is 87 w/0 Seat and Tank. Will this be a problem for the Hullavator?
The maximum weight recommended by Thule for their Hullavator is 75lbs. I would not recommend putting an 87lbs. kayak on there.
asked on 9/6/2012:
Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Outback Wagon
Will the Thule hullavator work with Yakima base rack?
The Hullavator will work perfectly on a Yakima round bar base rack system. Give me a call with any further questions.
asked on 7/28/2012:
How far above the bars does the Hullavator extend?
It's about 16"-17" above the bar at the highest point. Feel free to call me with any further questions.
Peter in Minneapolis
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