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Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1

Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1

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Replace a cradle tube pad for your Thule roof mounted kayak carrier. Includes 1 replacement 6" pad. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 853-5540 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Thule Accessories and Parts - 853-5540

  • Watersport Carriers
  • Roof Mount Carrier Parts
  • Pads
  • Thule

Replace a cradle tube pad for your Thule roof mounted kayak carrier. Includes 1 replacement 6" pad.


  • Replace a cradle tube pad for your Thule roof mounted kayak carrier
  • Fits models:
    • Hull-A-Port (TH834, 835, TH835XT, and TH835XTR) and Hull-A-Port PRO (TH835PRO)
    • Hullavator (TH897XT) and Hullavator Pro (TH898)
  • Includes 1 replacement 6" pad

853-5540 Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1

Replaces 8535540

Video of Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Review of Thule Watersport Carrier Parts - Replacement Pad for Kayak Carriers - 853-5540

Ellen: Hey everybody. I'm Ellen here at, and we're going to be taking a quick look at the replacement pad for your Thule kayak carriers. This is going to be a six-inch pad to go on the ends of your roof-mounted kayak carrier to help protect the hull of your boat from any kind of damage.So it's just going to be this covered, basically, foam pad that's going to go around the ends of your carrier. It's got a little hook and loop closure to help keep that in place. Maybe this flew off, got bumped off, ripped up, or damaged in some kind of way, this is going to be a direct replacement from Thule to get that back on your carrier.So let's take a closer look and make sure it's the right fit for your particular carrier. Again, this does measure six inches from side-to-side.

So six inches there. About closer to six and a half inches longways.It just opens up. We'll have those layers of foam to help protect our carrier and also our kayak or any other watercraft that we're using with this. This works with the Hull-a-Port and Hull-a-Port Pro, as well as the Hullavator and Hullavator Pro. For the actual part numbers, you can see those listed on our product page here at

And if you need a replacement cradle arm, we do also have those available for those J-Style carriers. So that's going to be the Hull-a-Port.So, if you need any other replacement parts for any kind of tool year, we usually have just about anything you can think of. So check us out right here at Thanks for watching.

Customer Reviews

Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1 - 853-5540

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (133 Customer Reviews)

Replace a cradle tube pad for your Thule roof mounted kayak carrier. Includes 1 replacement 6" pad.


Exactly what I was looking for! The new Thule racks come with a curved pad - mine is an older model, and I wanted more padding for my kayaks. They were super easy to install!

Pads still working wonderfully! We do remove the hulivator in the winter to save uv damage.
Nancy K - 08/31/2016


Etrailer provided excellent service. A member of their customer service contacted me informing the replacement kayak pads I originally ordered would be delayed in filling the order. They told me they had comparable pads in stock and in price and they could ship them out that day. I gave them approval and I received my oder very quickly. Etrailer who I have used in the past provides excellent service from start to finish. I highly recommend this company.


We ordered 4 of these. 2 of them were Thule as pictured and 2 of them were generic knockoffs. They appear similar - slightly different fabric and no Thule name on them. Was a little concerned but when I put them on the rack they fitted fine - a little looser but the Thules were a really tight fit so...

It looks like we may have accidentally sent you 2 of the wrong pads that do not have the Thule name printed on them. I sent your review to customer service so they can reach out to you!
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 03/17/2022


Fit great. Interesting though is that 2 of them had Thule written on them and 2 were plain. Did I get generic or are the two with writing supposed to go on the front. Just curious.


Great product, easy to order and made my kayak rack look like new!


Excellent replacement pads for my Thule folding J’s.
After 9 years (everyday) of exposure to all of the weather elements in SW, Ohio, I needed new replacement padding for my Thule folding J’s to carry my new Epic GPX kayak.
Perfect replacement padding-equipment !
Thank you very much etrailer !!!


I purchased these about a year ago and they have held up under Texas sun and saltwater. I would purchase again. Customer service is fantastic.

Technically, I have had the product almost two years now, and they have held up very well. I never remove my racks from my vehicle, so they take a beating. Plus, I use the racks a LOT so there is a kayak being slid across the pads fairly often. Great product!
Michael W - 10/25/2021


Etrailer is the best site for their broad market on all things trailer and cargo. I’ve been ordering specific parts and accessories from them for years. They have more product than any other related site. It’s a go to for any of my outdoor car accessory need. 5 stars every time.


I have always received quality replacement parts for my kayak holders and trailer in a timely manner from This is my go to vendor for trailer and bike/kayak mount products.


I couldn’t find these anywhere before I found
They were perfect, just what I wanted.


etrailer provides great communication and quick shipping.
The replacement pads for my Thule kayak racks fit perfectly and I'm excited about the new tie down strap loops.

After a year the pads have held up great, I would order them again.
stpand - 07/30/2016


Exact fit. Carriers are like new.


Product delivered was what was expected, on time and appears to be excellent quality. We'll use supplier again.


Products as described and fit my kayak racks perfectly.
Went back and bought new brackets as they were rusted and needed a
replacement too.


The items I purchased were replacements for the pads that came with the Thule kayak rack I bought years ago. They original pads were used and abused, and exposed to the elements and UV light for years. I'm sure that the new pads from etrailer will last just as long as the originals.


Exactly what we were looking for and needed. Grateful for the ease when making the purchase and the efficient communication during the time I made the purchase and the arrival of the product.


Thank you for stocking these kayak pads. They are exact replacements for the worn out ones on my Thule racks.


Great product, working as they should!!!


Just what I was looking for. A perfect replacement for my old weathered and torn ones.


It's the Thule factory replacement for the Hull-a-port kayak rack. Was less expensive than buying direct from Thule and shipped quickly. Exactly what I wanted!


Great website! Great products! Great service! You made my day and my kayak trailer maintenance so easy.


Great price. Original replacement pad. Easy to change out. Perfect fit.


I so appreciate that you had these replacement pads - mine were either missing or totally worn out. The pads fit exactly, and the delivery was all that I could expect. Thank you!


quick delivery


Packaged perfectly. Arrived quickly.

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Ask the Experts about this Thule Accessories and Parts

  • Replacement Pads Recommendation for a Thule Hullavator
    The correct replacement pads for your Thule Hullavator are the part # 853-5540 for the 6 inch pad and part # 853-5540-03 for the 9 inch pad. The rubber pad that is leaving marks on your kayak is not replaceable. But you could put duct tape over them for the time being to prevent the marking.
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  • Availability Of Replacement Pads For Thule Hullavator 897XTS
    I do have another option for you, but unfortunately the 9" pads that you were looking for have been discontinued by Thule. The only pads still made for your Thule Hullavator 897XTS is the 6" version, # 853-5540. It may be possible to purchase some foam and some sort of bag from a local hardware store to make your own if you have to have longer. I included a video of the # 853-5540 for you to take a look at.
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  • Replacement Pads for Older J-Style Thule Kayak Carrier
    The Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # 853-5540 will replace the old pads on your older model J Carrier. My contact at Thule confirmed this.
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  • Is Replacement Vinyl Available for Thule Kayak Carrier Pads?
    The Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers - Qty 1 # 853-5540 you referenced do not have the vinyl available separately. This pad goes along with the Replacement Base Pad for Thule Hull-A-Port PRO Kayak Carrier # 8535302.
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  • Replacement Pad Recommendations for Thule Hull a Port Pro
    The # TH835PRO replacement lower pad is the part # 853-5540, part # 8535302 for the base pad and part # 8537418 for the upper tube pads.
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  • Replacement Pads for Thule J-Style Kayak Carriers
    Thanks for your business, and I did check with Thule for you, and went through each of the replacement pads for their J-style kayak carriers, and found the replacement pads are the same part number. Just keep in mind that the pads are different for the upper pad (on the cradle) and for the base. So the correct replacement pads, if you were looking to replace both the upper (cradle) and lower (base) pads are the following: - Cradle Pad: Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak...
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  • Replacement Kayak Pads for Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier # TH834
    The Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Roof Mounted Kayak Carriers # 853-5540 are designed to be able to slide up and down the arm of the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier # TH834. This was designed so that the same rack can be used on different kayaks. Since some kayaks will have a more pronounced v base and depending on the width of the Kayak you may need to move the pad so that it properly sits on the groove for that Kayak. The adjustability of the pads is covered in the video review that...
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  • Replacement Pad for Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier
    For the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 we do carry the replacement 9 inch pad you are looking for with the part # TH67FH.
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  • Looking for Replacement Metal Base for Thule 835 Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier
    We do indeed have the 853-5303 replacement base for your Thule Hull-A-Port kayak carrier. We sell it as part # TH96JV
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  • Tube Pad Cover Replacement for Thule Hull a Port Pro
    Sounds like you are looking for the tube pad part # 853-5540 which is the lower vinyl covered pad for the Thule Hull a Port Pro TH848 that you referenced.
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  • Replacement Cradles For Thule Hullavator TH898
    If you need the smaller top cradle then you can go with Replacement Cradle Assembly for Thule Kayak Carrier - Top # 7521771001. If you happen to also need the larger bottom cradle then the correct part is Replacement Cradle Assembly for Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier - Bottom # 7521772001. Keep in mind, the smaller top cradle does not come with the pad, so if you need one then go with Replacement 6" Pad # 853-5540.
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  • Replacement Pads for Thule Hull-A-Port PRO Kayak Carrier
    You certainly can get replacement pads for the Thule Hull-A-Port PRO. To replace the bottom tube pad, you will want to use the Thule Replacement 6 Inch Pad # 853-5540. For the upper arm's tube pads, you will want # 8537418. To replace the bottom base pad, you will want part # 8535302.
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  • Replacement Cradles For Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier
    Thank you so much for the photo and it sounds like you are just needing the cradles for the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898, which we do have for you. There are "top" and "bottom" cradles for both sides of the Hullavator, and please note that while the bottom cradle comes with the pad, the top cradle does not, so it does need to be purchased separately. That said, here is exactly what you will need: - Replacement Cradle Assembly - Bottom # 7521772001 - Replacement Cradle Assembly...
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  • Replacement Load Straps and Covers/Pads for Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier
    It sounds like you are looking for replacement parts for a Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier. If that is the case then we do have options for you but in regards to the load straps and pads/covers, we don't have the ability to separate these as this is how they are offered by the manufacturer. If you need a new load strap you'll have to purchase two, the Thule Load Strap Cinch Straps part # TH521. If you need new covers you'll have to purchase the pads as well, the Replacement 6" Pad part...
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  • Replacement Pads for the Thule Hullavator
    I contacted the manufacturer about the replacement pads for the Thule Hullavator # TH898. They recently made some changes to their part numbers and the 9" pads we had listed are no longer available. I was able to get both of the 6" and 9" pads added to the site for you. For the 6" pads you will want the Replacement 6" Pad for Thule Hullavator # TH66FH. For the 9" pads you will want the Replacement 9" Pad for Thule Hullavator # TH67FH.
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