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Trunk Lid Tie Down Straps

when carrying oversize loads
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Often when transporting bicycles or lumber, the cargo doesn’t fit in the trunk/boot. As I struggle to tie down the lid with cord via hard-to-find holes or fittings, my mind bakes with visions of built-in bungee cords or tie down straps on spring-loaded reels.

With the addition of cushions above and below, the elastic straps would hold down the lid and help keep the load in place and undamaged.

FarmerJohn, May 04 2003

octopus straps http://www.provisio.../old-issu/vol-3.htm
this page states a disadvantage of the ubiquitous " ockie " [peter2, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport http://morriderir.com/letra-kangaroo.htm
Baked. The 'Sport' refers to Rolf's SUV. [hippo, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Agreed,[ FJ]. Ought to be standard equipment on every automobile with an operable trunk or rear hatch.
jurist, May 04 2003

       pour crap on me if i missed this, but is it possible that the great southern surfing land-down-under has something that farmerjohn territory lacks?   

       octopus straps   

       elastic...hooked...form and function sympose.   

       they are not built in, but in the vehicles i have they're always in there somewhere. They can be mounted under the trunk lid, permanently available for when ur friends drop in, it rains and u have to cram their cycle in while you shuttle them home..
peter2, May 04 2003

       Well actually this happened recently in Kansas (the land of Ahs) with I think a Toyota Camry, and there was absolutely nothing under the lid on which to hook.
FarmerJohn, May 04 2003

       Remind me again 'bout this one when I get back to work.
RayfordSteele, May 04 2003

       I feel for you (+). I have a trunk that a new-born anorexic pygmy shrew with no carry-on baggage would feel claustrophobic in.   

       What're needed are D-rings or other clip receptacles fitted to the rim of the trunk and lid. Why manufacturers don't do this is obvious - because heavy, large protruding loads that stick out of the trunk and prevent it closing are a hazard and an insurance liability for the manufacturer.   

       Likewise, I'm not about to retrofit D-rings to my trunk as it'd affect the resale value and besides, I could only bore into the trim and not the chassis, so the trim panel or screws would be ripped out if abused.   

       Instead, I've conceived of a trunk lid strap. This is a lever-action cargo strap with a carabiner at one end and a metal clip to fit the trunk's female receptacle at the other. I plan to replace all/part of the strap with bungee elastic, because over-enthusiastic tightening might otherwise deform the lid.   

       This strap would also enable a cargo net to be fitted securely to four points - the two strap attachment points and the trunk's hinges.   

       As far as I can see from a quick Google, this is not sold elsewhere, so a home build is the only option.
FloridaManatee, May 04 2003

       My car has D-rings on the side walls of the cargo area just inside the tailgate, but nothing to attach a bungy to on the tailgate at all, apart from the lock mechanism. Perhaps manufacturers are trying to dissuade us from driving along with the tailgate open?
hippo, May 05 2003


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