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Cargo Management: Products For Organizing, Storing, And Packing Up Your 4x4

Posted in Features on August 8, 2017
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You’ve seen it before—a vehicle rolls over on an obstacle and instantly the trail and interior are littered with tools, spare parts, cheese puffs, and other cargo. Not to mention, all those things narrowly missed hitting the occupants in the head. At the other extreme, you’ve seen campers and overlanders packing their vehicle to within an inch of being The Beverly Hillbillies truck. That’s why we’re introducing you to some awesome cargo-management products that will get your gear and other bring-alongs tucked away, and in some cases, locked away. You might just be surprised by how much more you can pack when you organize with intent.

RoughRider Tailgate Shelf

Product in 15 words or less: Tailgate storage, be it bin or shelf.
Reasons you need it: The heavy-duty unit for the Jeep Wrangler JK installs without any drilling. And in addition to being a storage unit, it creates a workspace at your tailgate.
Factoid: There’s a button to make the shelf extend.
Price: Around $235
How to get: Bestop, bestop.com

Modular Roller Drawer

Product in 15 words or less: You just added a storage drawer to your Jeep Wrangler JK.
Reasons you need it: The Outback Solutions Modular Roller Drawer is a single drawer plus an integrated roller floor top (the roller floor allows for access to gear). They can be locked in the open position. If that looks like carpet to you, you’re right—it’s trunk material that hides dirt and doesn’t get shredded from any torture it endures.
Factoid: It’s lockable.
Price: Starts at $1,322
How to get: ARB 4x4 Accessories, arbusa.com

Roof-Mounted Cargo Basket Carrier

Product in 15 words or less: Joint effort with Thule, maker of many products for hauling from point A to B.
Reasons you need it: Keep your interior and its cargo area free of what you brung. It’s for the Jeep Grand and regular Cherokees, Compass, Patriot, and Renegade, of various years (assume your model is covered).
Factoid: It installs with quick-on/off mounting hardware.
Price: About $750
How to get: Mopar Accessories, mopar.com

Ratchet Straps

Product in 15 words or less: Sometimes cargo management is simply about holding stuff down.
Reasons you need it: The 4-pack has 1-inch polyester webbing—and a 1,300lb break strength, so cargo won’t shift. Vinyl-coated S-hooks and a soft-grip ratchet are other attributes.
Factoid: It’s 15 feet long.
Price: MSRP is $30
How to get: Cabela’s, cabelas.com

4x4 Duffle Bags

Product in 15 words or less: Strap this bag to your roof, bed, interior, or hitch rack for tools or gear.
Reasons you need it: The duffle bag is weatherproof, opens wide, and has a zippered pocket and hard-plastic bottom to retain the shape. The PVC-coated mesh is even UV protected. Multiple sizes are available.
Factoid: There’s a shoulder strap.
Price: About $85
How to get: Rightline Gear, rightlinegear.com

Underseat Security Lock Boxes

Product in 15 words or less: Lots of storage space—even to fit a long gun.
Reasons you need it: The rear-underseat boxes are designed for late-model Ford F-series trucks (multiple styles are available) and complement the split seat by providing access from either side. One model has more than 4,500 cubic inches of space. The powdercoated 16-gauge steel and weather seals keep things strong and tight.
Factoid: Installation is via existing OEM mounting holes.
Price: Starts at about $166
How to get: Tuffy Security Products, tuffyproducts.com

D-Rings

Product in 15 words or less: You’ll want to secure all this cargo you’re managing, right?
Reasons you need it: These are forged 1-inch-diameter rings—B51 straight, B52 55 degrees—and mounting brackets also come in your kit. (You cannot use for overhead needs, however.)
Factoid: It rotates to help with the strapping angles.
Price: Around $45-$55
How to get: Buyers Products Company, buyersproducts.com

Active Cargo System

Product in 15 words or less: Carry longer stuff above the roofline, and even tall things like motorcycles.
Reasons you need it: Not only is this simple to install, but it features all-aluminum TIG-welded construction and locking, waterproof gear pods.
Factoid: There’s a rubber load pad. That keeps your cargo undamaged.
Price: Expect it to start around $1,450
How to get: Leitner Designs, leitnerdesigns.com

Basket-Style Cargo Carrier

Product in 15 words or less: This carrier has 6-inch-tall sides for super-secure transport of your goods.
Reasons you need it: The carrier is made of tubular, heavy-duty steel and has a metal base that’s easy to clean, plus the whole shebang has a carbide powdercoat finish for durability. Another perk? Built-in reflectors so that people can see it. Shank is also a key word here: folding shank for tilting the carrier when you’re not using, and angled for more ground clearance. It has a capacity of 500 pounds.
Factoid: You can still use your cargo netting, bag, or bungee.
Price: $273 is the MSRP
How to get: CURT, curtmfg.com

RubberTite Floor Mats

Product in 15 words or less: Why are floor mats in this story? Six words: nonslip surface and your filthy gear.
Reasons you need it: Given that the mats are a custom fit, they will not only protect your cargo area, but will actually fit your cargo area. There are even special “wells” that have one job: to deal with mud, water, sand, and other garbage your cargo drags along with it into the vehicle.
Factoid: Use a hose to clean.
Price: Starts at about $90
How to get: Lloyd Mats, lloydmats.com

All Terrain Storage

Product in 15 words or less: Hey, look—cargo storage for your ATV/UTV!
Reasons you need it: You’ll be able to lock up everything from tools and gloves to tow straps and guns. All Terrain Storage has organizers as well, and the lid is sealed to keep out the elements. You’ll get more than 2.3 cubic feet of storage. Expansion plug connectors make the installation/removal happen.
Factoid: It has a padlock as standard equipment.
Price: About $300
How to get: DU-HA, du-ha.com

Tailgate Cargo Shelf

Product in 15 words or less: Tool around with your tools (and other gear) tucked securely and neatly in your tailgate.
Reasons you need it: This cargo shelf features a one-piece design and 11-gauge steel, plus it has a black powdercoat. It can handle 40 pounds, and you won’t need to drill into your vehicle to make it work. Speaking of the vehicle, it’s for the Jeep Wrangler JK.
Factoid: There’s an antiskid pad and adjustable nylon straps.
Price: Starts at about $100
How to get: Quadratec, quadratec.com

4x-CargoGlide

Product in 15 words or less: A rolling tray for cargo, gear, and even a cooler.
Reasons you need it: The 4x-CargoGlide for the Jeep Wrangler JK is rated for 500 to 1,000 pounds (the company has CargoGlides for other vehicles, with various weight capacities). The side rails have a tie-down system. It’s made from 6061 T1 aluminum.
Factoid: Can be extended 100 percent outside of your Jeep, with a low deck for max storage.
Price: $985
How to get: CargoGlide, cargoglide.com

Adventure Rack

Product in 15 words or less: A rack for off-roading/overlanding.
Reasons you need it: The Adventure Rack is for the Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK, and this steel-tube unit mounts to the front windshield and frame holes at the back of your vehicle. Your package will include adaptors for Yakima or Thule crossbars, wind deflectors, ARB awning mounts, crossbar kits, ladders, and light mounts.
Factoid: Your rooftop tent can go here.
Price: Starts around $850
How to get: Garvin Industries, wildernessracks.com

C3 Rear Cargo Cover

Product in 15 words or less: A curtain prevents cargo from migrating to the front seat.
Reasons you need it: The C3 is a configurable cargo cover, with a role of specifically preventing your cargo from damaging the floor of your Jeep. And stare at that photo again—that’s clearly all-over protection. It’s water-resistant and will stay in place while you drag your cargo onto and off it—including after it has seen mud and other yuck.
Factoid: Fits ’07-to-current Jeep Wrangler JKs.
Price: Starts at $224
How to get: Rugged Ridge, ruggedridge.com

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