Submitted: 08-07-2002 by carbonkayak
I originally installed Hully rollers on both cross bars. There is a problem with doing this. When a kayak is loaded onto the Hully rollers. The kayak will continue to roll off the rollers and will roll off the end onto the ground. You have to hold the kayak at all times. There are no good grip points for a kayak on a rack. Holding onto the kayak is not easy on a high rack. This free rolling is a big problem if the vehicle is on an incline.
Using Hully rollers on both cross bars presents another problem where the kayak will not be centered. If the kayak is not kept centered during loading and unloading it will roll off the edge of the rollers. These problems are amplified if you have a high vehicle like an SUV.
After almost losing a free rolling kayak I took one pair of hully rollers off and replaced them with saddles. I roll the kayak up on the rollers, tilt the kayak on the rollers onto the saddle and the saddle keeps the kayak from free rolling off the opposite end. The saddle will also center the kayak. When you use Hully Rollers you always have to carefully keep the kayak centered during loading and unloading to prevent the kayak from falling off the side.