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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Tailgate Question When Hauling

I have a 2019 traverse. Next week I have a package to pick up that is 7-1/2' long so I won't be able to close the hatch all the way. I didn't spend much time looking but can't see any convenient spot to hook a strap or bungee on the hatch.

Has anyone found a "best-way" to do this?



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I recently hauled a 12 foot step ladder with the middle captain chairs down. I had to close the rear hatch on top of the step ladder legs that were sticking out the back. I used a small size ratchet strap with one hook on the "D" ring (bottom centre) and the other hook in the hatch's hand grab opening (don't know what else to call it).

Don't forget to place a blanket, old rag, piece of carpet or similar on the item that your carrying at the location where the hatch edge would rub on the item. It will prevent scratches or damage to the hatch lower edge and the item.

I'll try to post a picture when I get a bit more time.

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I recently hauled a 12 foot step ladder with the middle captain chairs down. I had to close the rear hatch on top of the step ladder legs that were sticking out the back. I used a small size ratchet strap with one hook on the "D" ring (bottom centre) and the other hook in the hatch's hand grab opening (don't know what else to call it).

Don't forget to place a blanket, old rag, piece of carpet or similar on the item that your carrying at the location where the hatch edge would rub on the item. It will prevent scratches or damage to the hatch lower edge and the item.

I'll try to post a picture when I get a bit more time.
Thanks G.Frog. Can you clarify the "D" ring bottom center. I have "D" rings just inside the rear compartment for the storage net but don't recall a center one. Plus I was looking at the hand grab nook and it didn't look shaped right to hold a hook - but maybe works if the strap is angled correctly?

I was going to wrap something around the lift gate air cylinders to the side "D" rings but like your method better.

Mike (photos would help - thanks)
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Took a few pictures to show what I did.

When carrying a large box which covers the bottom "D" ring/hatch lock ring, I attache a cargo strap from the cargo D rings one the hatch opening, over the box and onto the "D" ring on the other side. I then use a second cargo strap to attach to the first strap and into the hand grab nook and secure the hatch that way.

In any case, here are a few pictures.

Hope these help.
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File Type: jpg 3 - Strap to D Ring.jpg (231.5 KB, 15 views)
File Type: jpg 4 - Strap Hooked.jpg (283.8 KB, 15 views)
File Type: jpg 5 - Hatch Closed.jpg (344.4 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg 6 - More D Rings.jpg (196.1 KB, 12 views)

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View from the inside.

The bottom part of the hand grab nook has a sharper and more defined edge. Because of the strap angle and the tightness of the strap, the strap holds well.

I drove about 25 miles on pothole ridden roads from Home Depot to my home and everything held up good. No banging of the hatch.

It was kind of weird to hear the exhaust. It actually sounds good for a stock V6 exhaust.
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View from the inside.

The bottom part of the hand grab nook has a sharper and more defined edge. Because of the strap angle and the tightness of the strap, the strap holds well.

I drove about 25 miles on pothole ridden roads from Home Depot to my home and everything held up good. No banging of the hatch.

It was kind of weird to hear the exhaust. It actually sounds good for a stock V6 exhaust.
This was great help. I picked up a cedar swing set for our granddaughter (yes, going through this a second time) and the box was almost 8' long but not much taller than 12". So like you said using the hand grab the angle of attack makes all the difference. I have the trailer package so thought I could use one of the safety chain holes but ended up using the side "D" ring. I had 15 mile ride with 45-55mph roads with several stops. Worked perfectly.

I notice you have moving blankets to protect the floor. I like woodworking (that's why I got the Traverse) and a guy that mad special pouches for wood made me a custom cargo liner. It covers the bottom and goes up the sides about a foot. Works great - another user here bought one just like mine.

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I notice you have moving blankets to protect the floor. I like woodworking (that's why I got the Traverse) and a guy that mad special pouches for wood made me a custom cargo liner. It covers the bottom and goes up the sides about a foot. Mike
I remember seeing a picture of your liner, it looks really good.

Glad it worked-out for you.

Have fun assembling the swing set!

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The "D" ring on the bottom is the closing latch for the hatch.......but just as good because you won't need it if the hatch doesn't close. Also good idea to wrap the ladder with a piece of towel or cardboard where it contacts the aluminum ladder, otherwise the motion of the hatch/ladder will chip paint off the bottom lip of the hatch.

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The pictures posted above were just staged for the purpose of the post.

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Also good idea to wrap the ladder with a piece of towel or cardboard where it contacts the aluminum ladder, otherwise the motion of the hatch/ladder will chip paint off the bottom lip of the hatch.
Totally Agree!

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Don't forget to place a blanket, old rag, piece of carpet or similar on the item that your carrying at the location where the hatch edge would rub on the item. It will prevent scratches or damage to the hatch lower edge and the item.

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