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Choosing the Best Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on a 2018 JK Wrangler with Square Bars


I would like to install two sets of Thule hullavators on my 2018 Jeep Wrangler JKU 4 door. I have the Thule square bar rack system mounted in the Thule channels on the roof however I dont believe they will support the weight. What are my options?


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If I understand your setup correctly, then you have the following roof rack system:

Thule Roof Mounted Top Rack System - part # THTB60
Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet - part # THKIT3101
Rapid Podium Feet for Thule Crossbars - part # TH460R
Thule SquareBar Evo Crossbars - part # TH712500 (not sure about the length, but that doesn't matter much for this application)

If this is not your setup, then let me know and I will adjust the recommendations below for you.

If this is your setup, then I have good news for you. The weight capacity for this roof rack system is 165 pounds, so there should be enough capacity for you to use the two Hullavators.

Each Hullavator, part # TH898, weighs just under 40 pounds, so the two together will get you 80 pounds. Since the average kayak weighs around 35 pounds, two of those together would weigh 70 pounds, keeping you under the 165-pound limit (80 + 70 = 150). In that case, you would just have to make sure your roof itself can handle that weight (check your manual). I've linked to a video review of the Hullavator for you to look at.

Of course, if after weighing your kayaks, you find that they weigh more than 35 pounds and enough to go over that 165-pound capacity, then you will need to look at a different kayak carrier. I recommend the Thule Compass, part # TH890000. The great thing about this kayak carrier is that it can hold two kayaks on just one set in the post-position, meaning you would only need to buy one. Since one set only weighs 20 pounds, that leaves you with 145 pounds to work with for your kayaks.

I've linked to a video review of this carrier for you to compare.

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Kef G

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