Things falling out of the cargo area when you open the tailgate after a rough ride on a backwoods road can be a problem. If you have about 20 feet of webbing left over from the
Cargo Net project, you can put it to use by constructing a Tailgate net.
I used aluminum pop rivets and washers to secure 8 female webbing clips to the edges of the tailgate area. The short length of webbing keeps the clips horizontal and facing each other.
On the left side, the second clip from the top (left photo, bottom) is secured 3 inches behind the carpeting, and there is 3 inches of extra length with a triglide to enable the clip to be adjusted to allow the locking mechanism to protrude into the cargo area. The horizontal strap is NOT riveted to the left-most vertical strap in this area, in order to allow the webbing to wrap around the lock mechanism when the tailgate is closed.
The straps on the right side are fitted with triglides in order to allow tension adjustment (the horizontal strap at the back of the vertical webbing is NOT riveted to the vertical strap).
In order to keep my tools secure, I use a heavy canvas tool bag secured by a heavy duty Kryptonite Cable Bicycle Lock wrapped around the Roll Bar.
The tools in the high impact plastic case (under the canvas bag in the photo
– bottom, left) are inaccessible with the cable in place and the canvas tool bag on top.
Installing a cargo area net also allows you to secure the straps of shopping bags to the net with a carabiner
(photo bottom, right) to keep contents from spilling out.
If you use the
cargo area (with the rear seat folded up) to transport your pet, you can
secure your other cargo between the net and the tailgate so that it
doesn't end up flying forward in a sudden stop situation. If this is
what you want to do, then extend the 5.5" length of the (left & right)
ends, so that you can adjust the clips on the ends of the net so that
the net extends into the cargo area in front of your cargo.