Madeuce 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.

Rack Attack


KeyMeKoe 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.

Rack Attack


garry asked on 7/28/2012:

Vehicle: ford
How far above the bars does the Hullavator extend?

Hey Garry,

It's about 16"-17" above the bar at the highest point. Feel free to call me with any further questions.

Peter in Minneapolis


Phil Cardarople asked on 4/23/2012:

Vehicle: 2011 chevy silverato 2500HD
I already have a Yakima rack and upright carriers. Looking at this automatic system because of back problems. I carry 2 kayaks does that mean I need two systems?


Yes, One Hullavator will carry one kayak.

Thanks, Rack Attack Boston


Charlie Macaluso asked on 3/20/2012:

Vehicle: 2007 cadillac escalade
I am interested in buying 2 hullivators. Will they fit on my factory roof racks? If not, what do I need to d to make them work?



The Hullavator is NOT approved for fit on factory crossbars, so basically you would need an aftermarket system. You can find options for your car by using our Combined Base Rack Fit Guide on our website's homepage. Enter in your vehicle info and it will show all options with parts and prices listed. Another thing to note is that the Hullavator weighs about 40 lbs, so if you're carrying two (80 lbs) you would need to deduct that from your rack's weight capacity to ensure your kayaks aren't too heavy. IF you have any other questions, feel free to call our Boston location at 508 879 1444. Thanks!


Helena Min asked on 3/9/2012:

Vehicle: 2007 mercedes benz C280
I'd like to buy kayak and what do I need to buy with
Thule 897XT Hullavator? is it come with Rack? or Do I have to buy Rack?
Thank you


The Hullavator does not come with a base rack. You will need a base rack using Thule square bars or Yakima round bars.

Rack Attack


Patrick asked on 2/12/2012:

Vehicle: 2011 gmc savanna van
I am going to buy a nucanoe frontier 12 this spring, and am thinking of getting a hullavator to assist in loading/unloading from the top of my full sized van. Frontier specs say it is 41" wide. As this is at widest point, mid-hull, and boat tapers sharply front & back, would hullavator be able to fit, as specs say 36" max? thanks for your response. pat


It is 36" at point of contact, so if the kayak tapers you can adjust the roof racks to mount at the point were the kayak is narrower. The roof rack will mount to the rain gutters of your van, so it is very easy to adjust the spread of the bars.


Jack Selinger asked on 11/27/2011:

Vehicle: 2011 Subaru Forester
Will the Thule 897XT Hullavator fit on factory rack?

Hi Jack
No, the Hullavator only fits Thule rectangular, Rapid Aero, or Yakima crossbar systems.