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Old 03-26-2019, 10:20 AM   #1
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Thule Hullavator - Lift Assist roof Rack - $425

New kayak doesn't fit the rack so it must go. Selling my used Thule Hullavator rack. Been used the last couple of years, 100% functional and best rack I have ever owned. The new Outback is too wide.

Rack is in used condition and shows wear but is 100% functional. Great for loading kayaks on the rooftop without straining your back. Lifts 40lbs of the kayaks weight which makes any kayak a breeze to load.

Brand New is 650$ . Selling for 425$ cash

Located in Reseda, CA but can be picked up in Torrance.

https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/sport...-pro-_-1685448
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:16 PM   #2
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For what it is worth my 2017 outback fits the hullivator, tight but fits!
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:24 AM   #3
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For what it is worth my 2017 outback fits the hullivator, tight but fits!
Thanks for the addition, good to know.

They widened the 2019 Outback and it just barely doesn't fit.
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So I take it a PA14 would be too wide?
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So I take it a PA14 would be too wide?
Given that the width of the rack on the website is listed at 36" and the width of the PA14 on the hobie website is 38", I think that would be a safe bet.
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Bump. Will take $400.
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Thanks for the addition, good to know.

They widened the 2019 Outback and it just barely doesn't fit.
FWIW.. you can mod the hullavator to fit the 2019 OB.
I'm debating buying a used hullavator for my outback.

And, re the PA.. the issue is also the weight. The hullavator is rated for no more than 75lbs, which is probably not that important once the kayak is up top, but I'm worried about the weight of the kayak on the arms when they are deployed down alongside the car. The '19OB is about 11-25lbs too much, but I've seen pics of people using it successfully. I haven't seen a PA on the hullavator.
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FWIW.. you can mod the hullavator to fit the 2019 OB.
I'm debating buying a used hullavator for my outback.

And, re the PA.. the issue is also the weight. The hullavator is rated for no more than 75lbs, which is probably not that important once the kayak is up top, but I'm worried about the weight of the kayak on the arms when they are deployed down alongside the car. The '19OB is about 11-25lbs too much, but I've seen pics of people using it successfully. I haven't seen a PA on the hullavator.


I'd love to know more about the mod and how to do it.
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Are you able to space the distance between the racks so that it cradles the narrower part of the hull?
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Are you able to space the distance between the racks so that it cradles the narrower part of the hull?

If I'm getting what you are saying, I don't think so. The cradles are angle upward and you cant change the angle on them.


I'm going to look at them tonight to see if I can modify.
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If I'm getting what you are saying, I don't think so. The cradles are angle upward and you cant change the angle on them.


I'm going to look at them tonight to see if I can modify.
I don't mean changing the angle. I mean spacing the mounting of the rack on your roof(see arrow) so it cradles closer to the bow and stern(yellow circles).

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I don't mean changing the angle. I mean spacing the mounting of the rack on your roof(see arrow) so it cradles closer to the bow and stern(yellow circles).

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Ahh That makes more sense! Great Idea but it does not work on my car. On my 4runner the bars are I have are mounted to the door sills so they can only go as far apart as the doors go which is not far enough apart for the narrower parts of the kayak.
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