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Roof Rack Recommendation to Use a Thule Hullavator on a 2022 Toyota RAV4 with Flush Rails

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I have a 2022 RAV4 hybrid with factory installed flush rails. I want to install a hullavator kayak rack, but I need the rails to extend beyond the edge of rail. What are my options?

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For a great rack for your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with flush rails to mount the Thule Hullavator # TH898, I recommend the following setup:

- Thule SquareBar Evo Crossbars - 53" # TH712400
- Rapid Podium Feet # TH460R
- Thule Fit Kit # THKIT3177
- One-Key System Locks - Qty. 6 # TH450600 (for the roof rack and Hullavator)

With this setup, you will have the required 4" of minimum length past the feet for the Hullavator to function. I went ahead and attached a video of a 2019 RAV4 with 47" WingBar Evo crossbars attached. Since the width of the 2019 model and your 2022 model are the same, you will have the right amount of overhang with the longer 53" SquareBar Evos. The Hullavator perfectly clamps to the square design of the bars. Also, as far as maximum weight capacity, the roof rack provides you with 165 pounds, so you definitely have enough weight capacity for a 39.7 pound Hullavator plus your kayak.

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Are there other more economical options?

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The only other more economical option than the previous setup and still provides the required length is the SeaSucker Monkey Bars # SEA99FR. These 60" bars will definitely provide you with more than enough crossbar space for the Hullavator # TH898. It also comes with an impressive 150-pound maximum weight capacity and includes the quickest installation and removal process out of any of our roof racks. The vacuum cups attach right onto the surface of the roof, so you won't utilize the flush rail fixed mounting points.

If you want theft-deterrence measures for the Monkey Bars, I recommend using the cable lock # e98891 along with the SeaSucker Window Anchor # 298-BA0010.

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