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Best Roof Rack for 2018 Toyota Sienna for Thule Hullavator Kayak Carrier

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Hello, I have a 2018 Toyota Sienna XLE. I have raised factory side rails and need to install cross rails with a minimum 4-8 inch overhang per the Thule Hullavator instruction manual. Will the Curt Roof Rack work for my needs from a durability and functionality standpoint? Would you recommend the Thule roof rack instead? Its significantly more expensive. Side note: I am 5 foot 2 inch and have purchased the Hullavator to be able to get a single kayak on top of my minivan Thank you.

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The best roof rack for your 2018 Toyota Sienna is from Thule, as the Curt Roof Rack # C18118 has somewhat oddly shaped bars, and it isn't compatible with the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898.

You're right that the Thule rack is pricier, but it is also a much higher quality rack, is going to be compatible with more accessories than the Curt (like the Hullavator), and will have the distance needed over the edge of your Sienna's raised rails to use the Hullavator. If you take a look at the accompanying photo, you can see the rack installed on a Sienna.

The Thule rack that fits your '18 Sienna is also made up of just two parts and is extremely easy to install. The correct parts are:

- Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Silver # TH711400 or Black # TH711420

- Rapid Crossroad Feet for Thule Crossbars # TH450R

I do recommend adding locks to help protect your investments. You have the choice of locking just the Hullavator with the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 2 # TH450200, just the roof rack with the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4 # TH450400, or locking both the Hullavator and roof rack with the same key by getting the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 6 # TH450600.

I have added links below to video reviews if you'd like to check them out of the cores, roof rack, and Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier # TH898.

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