Boondock Style Cargo Nets

BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
edited May 13 in Modifications & Upgrades
For any Boondock model owners who have the factory-installed cargo netting over the side wooden shelves, as shown here..
https://tab.nucamprv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/[email protected]
I'd be curious to hear from you how these are attached to the wood, and how the one back corner shown is attached to the ceiling - screws or something else?  What do the fasteners look like?  I wonder if that ceiling attachment point next to a seam happens to be where one of the aluminum framing ribs runs across the ceiling?  Seems like it would need to be, in order to endure tugging on the net to access stored items.
I'm planning to add some netting to our 2018-320S.

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  • jgram2jgram2 Posts: 1,100Member
    Sorry re lighting-all 4 corners screwed in
    John, Judi, Guinness & OD in PDX
    [email protected]@t 2015 S Max Outback, ‘06 V8 4Runner 


  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    Thanks, jgram2, that helps!  I can see they are both anchored into the seam trim in the ceiling, use screws, and the clips & netting look the same as what I ordered from OrganizedObie.
  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    edited May 15
    So, I concluded from the above photos from @jgram2 that the screws going into the seams must be anchored into the aluminum framing, and used that info to help install my own cargo netting..

    Never shot a close-up panorama before, but here's my end result all in one photo.


    Details of netting installation over my wire shelf.  Knowing the ceiling seam was over an aluminum framing support & that supports are spaced at 8" OC, I was able to anchor the top of the net into the ceiling.  Red arrows indicate the direction of drill holes & screws.
    Correction: I used the stiffer/thicker 12G wire.


    Passenger side.  Red arrows indicate direction of drill holes & screws for clips.


    Driver side.


    I found my Dremel took handy for drilling in tight spaces, and 7/64" was the perfect size to fit the provided screws while still being tight enough to hold well under tension.


    This shows the orientation of screw & clip.  At the bottom, I simply used electrical wire (12G) to secure the the bungee & netting to the shelf, as the first step. Getting the opposite end secured next was a bit of a struggle, due to the tension of stretching the bungee to its limit (or 3" past its recommended span of 60").  I wanted to put the most tension at the bottom, where the strong wire shelf could easily keep it stretched.  It worked fine.


    The netting is fastened to the wire shelf at 5 points, and to the ceiling framing at center.


    Passenger side shelf netting fasteners.


    This shows fasteners at end of back wire shelf and rear of driver side shelf, including screw that goes through ceiling seam trim & into aluminum ceiling frame.  The back netting has one screw going into the ceiling 8" below the seam trim, and passenger side netting has one screw going into the ceiling 8" above the seam trim.  So, three different ceiling frame supports are used to secure the tops of the three nets.
    PS:
    The first thing I did before mounting the nets was to position the cylindrical metal bungee crimp clamps at one end, so they would be out of the way during normal use.  You can see one on each of the bungee nets in this photo between the two pairs of mounting clips.
  • xboooooxbooooo Posts: 33Member
    Superb documentation!
  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    Thanks, xbooooo.  Since I couldn't find all the details, I figured I may as well provide what I've learned.
    UPDATE:
    Now that I have received my order for an alternative sized cargo net, I have replaced the 4x36" net over the wire shelf with this 8x60" version, which I think is a much better fit, even though the space is only 6" tall..

    This 60" size is a better fit for the width, so the net is not stretched so tight, and it allows the top to be more easily pulled down for access.  It also has the added benefit of coming with mounting hooks that are larger/sturdier and allow the net to be removed easily, versus the small, but more permanent clips that come with the smaller nets which don't allow easy net removal without removing the screw.

    At right you can see the large hooks that come with the 8" tall cargo nets.  Compare to the non-removable net clip in the corner to the left which comes with the 4" nets.


    There were enough of these hook style mounts that I was able to replace the old clips at the tops of all three cargo nets with hooks, so all nets can be temporarily released at the top for access to shelves if needed.  It's not really necessary, but could be more convenient at times.

  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    So, I had an 8"x48" cargo net leftover; then I thought of an unconventional place for it that might be handy for some additional storage space under the rear cabinets..

    I installed the hooks 2" from the edges in an 8"x50" layout.


    We think this will be handy for storing the small pillows we use for bed (one at each end in this photo) and for bed clothes or other clothing.


    The space can be accessed if needed without dropping the back of the seat, though it's easier with the back down & we think it will be convenient for storing items needed at bedtime.

  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 4,869Member
    BrianZ said:
    So, I had an 8"x48" cargo net leftover; then I thought of an unconventional place for it that might be handy for some additional storage space under the rear cabinets..

    I installed the hooks 2" from the edges in an 8"x50" layout.


    We think this will be handy for storing the small pillows we use for bed (one at each end in this photo) and for bed clothes or other clothing.


    The space can be accessed if needed without dropping the back of the seat, though it's easier with the back down & we think it will be convenient for storing items needed at bedtime.

    I might steal the under the cabinets idea.

    Jenn Grover | 2015  [email protected] S Max Silver/Turquoise Trim | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk v6 | Nights spent in [email protected]: 180 | Pittsburgh PA

  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    Please do, @jkjenn .
    Here's a closer view..

    I'm showing 10 hooks, but this 8x48" size comes with 8, which is enough.  I added two that were left from my wire shelf net, so the space would divide evenly for my wife & I.

  • thoreau24thoreau24 Posts: 4Member
    Thank you so much @BrianZ for this wonderful tutorial!  We just installed the 2 nets above our windows and also the long one under the back cabinets.  What a wonderful addition and the perfect place to stash tablets, phones and books. 
    Wee [email protected] - Red & Grey 2017 [email protected] Max S pulled with 2016 GMC Canyon 4-cylinder diesel.  
  • hymiehymie Posts: 150Member
    Love the under cabinet net. Brilliant!
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
  • thoreau24thoreau24 Posts: 4Member
    hymie said:
    Love the under cabinet net. Brilliant!
    I think that's our favorite part.  It's going to be super handy and you can't even see it when you're standing or sitting.

    Wee [email protected] - Red & Grey 2017 [email protected] Max S pulled with 2016 GMC Canyon 4-cylinder diesel.  
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 824Member
    hymie said:
    Love the under cabinet net. Brilliant!
    I agree, but also love your detailed pics and directions...
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 NuCamp 320 [email protected] S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI





  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 824Member
    Brian,
    Since you seem to be the hardware master, what size screw would you use to attach the clip I just received to hold up the optional outside storage door?  

    ( not hyjacking thread, just a simple question and I’ll leave the room...grin)..
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 NuCamp 320 [email protected] S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI





  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
    edited August 13
    Thanks you all, and for a good chuckle, Dale!
    @TerryV6, I would probably have an answer for you if I had the hardware in my hands, and if I knew what it was being mounted on.  Sorry, but I will have defer to someone who might know more about it.
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 824Member
    No problem really.  It’s just a simple plastic clip and I remember when Austin cut the hole, he said there wasn’t any worry about hitting anything.  


    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 NuCamp 320 [email protected] S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI





  • dsfdogsdsfdogs Posts: 205Member
    @TerryV6 I use a small suction cup with hook to snag the storage door handle and suction it to the trailer. Easy to remove and I keep it right inside the opening.
    Debbie in Oregon
    2018 [email protected] 320 S/2019 Toyota 4Runner SR5
  • ColleenD2ColleenD2 Posts: 261Member
    Clever!
    Live in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri but we are travelers
    2018 Ford Edge SEL AWD
    2019 [email protected] 320 U being custom ordered this week!

  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 824Member
    Well, it was more of a matter of Jody saying, what? Drilling into our baby?  Better get advice first.  
      But, she was inside, I was outside (86 degrees) and I just grabbed the appropriate length in a stainless, and mounted the clip.  She must have that radar my mom had.  I swear she was standing next to me as I straightened up.  I was then told, Austin says to put some caulk on that....  Okay honey...  

    okay....  back to cargo netting discussion...
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 NuCamp 320 [email protected] S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI





  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 530Member
     :) Good for you, @TerryV6!  I was thinking I should have at least suggested using stainless, so glad you had that covered.  I would have said use a size that fits, but didn't want to sound like a smart ass.  Yeah, caulk on the screw is a good idea.  Looks great! Bet that will be handy.
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