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Groceries fall out when lift gate opens.

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#1 OFFLINE   vossman77


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 11:29 AM

Hi Guys,


I have a 2013 C-max Energi. Whenever we use the C-max we load the back with groceries and after driving home I open the lift gate to which bags that moved around immediately fall to the ground. Almost lost some spaghetti sauce a few weeks ago.


From the look of where the clips are, I do not think I can buy the standard cargo net for the energi. I goes right where the battery is:





This does not seem to be the best solution either:




I was thinking of putting in a 2x4 cut to length or a cargo net. Just looking for some better ideas.



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#2 OFFLINE   epic


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 11:38 AM

a gray tote from wall mart is good.



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 12:02 PM

My 2013 came with a suitable net.  I thought is was included.

#4 OFFLINE   fotomoto


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:21 AM

A little forethought/planning while loading goes a long way plus using the privacy screen and cargo net.  Here's my example:




It was the posting of photos such as this by members here that convinced me I could live with the Energi's hatch.   :thumbsup:



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#5 OFFLINE   dontfret


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 10:02 AM

I had the dubious pleasure of opening the hatch and watching a melon roll out and smash!!  I bought this on Amazon for around $10:  

Bell Automotive 22-1-33653-8 Cargo Net  .  Although I could use it with the cargo net hooks on the 2013 NRG, the upper ones are so far forward the net tilts at 45 degrees.  This net comes with mounting hooks that I installed by just drilling a small hole in the upper side plastic ventilation housing, reaching in through the open access panel area to screw on the rear bolt.  Now the net is vertical across the back (just like the small one below the deck) and works great either putting things in the hammock or behind it.  

#6 OFFLINE   edweird


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 10:39 AM

I had a couple 2 liter bottles of soda and some canned goods roll out a couple times on me.  I place the bags with stuff like that in the back first, all of the way up against the back seat, and then put other stuff that doesn't roll, between it and the hatch area to block any possible exit.

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#7 OFFLINE   jdbob


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 11:40 AM

I ended having my neighbor build me a box to hold 3 grocery bags in the back.



#8 OFFLINE   ffeingol


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 12:35 PM

Not sure it applies to all models / years, but on my 2015 there is a little 'compartment' on the floor of the hatch (between the batteries and the hatch).  There was a nice Ford cargo net in there.  Not sure it would work for your purposes, but it was a nice little surprise.

#9 OFFLINE   Jonathan Ezor

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 01:14 PM

Here's another possible option, from WeatherTech. I haven't bought this, but I've bought (and liked) other products from them. {Jonathan}

#10 OFFLINE   jwines


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 10:24 AM

I reused the Cargo Net I was using on my '06 Prius, which was meant for a (I think '05) Hyundai Santa Fe. It works great.





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#11 OFFLINE   bschwerdt


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:34 AM

I had this happen to me over the weekend.  We had a few drink bottles in the trunk, which rolled out of the bag when I went apple picking with the family.  With an arm full of apples, pumpkins, etc, I walked up to the car and used the foot sensor to open the tailgate.  Sure enough, three bottles rolled out and landed in a mud puddle at my feet.  The worst part is, the car was actually parked pointing downhill.  So somehow, the bottles ended up still resting against the tailgate, just waiting for their chance to escape, even rolling uphill to do so!  I will certainly be more careful packing the trunk from now on.  I just feels like a poor design for this to happen so often.

#12 OFFLINE   yeedk


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 01:03 PM

I had a backpack roll out and also had to squeeze into the cargo area to save some bottles from rolling out.  I just found a net that was wide enough and high enough to make a pocket, like the lower net.  The upper net is bungeed to the HVB cover and the net is attached at the top with some trim clips, I had to drill holes for these. 


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#13 OFFLINE   Julia Vega

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 01:11 PM

I have one net if you just live around Anaheim, Ca area

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