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Old 01-19-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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Cargo area on 4-dr Wrangler

Hi Folks,
I'm new to the forum, but not to Wranglers. My last was a 2004 Rubicon that I bought new and held for a few years. I sold it to buy a more "grown-up" vehicle. Well after some time with that, I hate it and I'm now shopping for a 2013 Wrangler Unlimited 4-dr in Commando Green. "F*@# Growing up".
Here's my question:
I looked at the cargo area of the Unlimited and I think it will suit my needs well, but with the rear seat folded forward, there is a gap that is present, and I fear my dog will get injured if she slips down there. Does anyone have or know of a solution to cover the gap? With so many aftermarket products for Jeep, I'm sure someone has thought of something.
Your feedback is appreciated.

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Old 01-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Canvasback makes a liner that'll cover it. Not sure how well it works, personally, but here are some links. Also, you might look into the liners used in for pickup trucks and the like, if the Canvasback isn't sturdy enough.

Canvasback floor liner for Unlimited
Looking for a rear liner/mat that works with the rear seats folded down
CanvasBack cargo liner

Link to Canvasback:http://www.canvasback.com

Here's a thread on homemade solutions: Rear seat gap cover

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Old 01-19-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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My Boxer rides all the time back there with no issues. Spends most of his time with his head out one of the windows.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:13 PM   #4
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You could also just throw a large dog bed back there.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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My Boxer rides all the time back there with no issues. Spends most of his time with his head out one of the windows.
X2 except I went to Harbor Freight and bought a 4X7 furniture cover and lay it back there because the seats and carpet are black and dog hair all over.

Plan on putting seat covers but haven't decided which one to buy yet!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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I just throw my floor mats over the gap in the back. Rotate between the carpeted factory mats and the slush mats depending on the season.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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I was always worried about the same thing when my dog was in the back so I made this $20 solution. It is a piece of wood with a black carpet/mat glued to it. I leave it against the back of the seat when I have the seat up. My solution is a basic version of the one in the link.
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Canvasback makes a liner that'll cover it. Not sure how well it works, personally, but here are some links. Also, you might look into the liners used in for pickup trucks and the like, if the Canvasback isn't sturdy enough.

Canvasback floor liner for Unlimited
Looking for a rear liner/mat that works with the rear seats folded down
CanvasBack cargo liner

Link to Canvasback:http://www.canvasback.com
The canvasback is a great product. I got it with the side pieces too and it makes cleaning dog hair 20 times easier than trying to get it out of the regular carpet. We have a Lab and a Boxer and both dogs' hair comes out almost always with the first pass of the vacuum cleaner wand.

As far as that gap, it does a decent job of keeping them from sinking into it or hurting themselves in it. Not perfect, but pretty good. Wouldn't hurt to stuff something in there or something just as an added measure.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:42 AM   #9
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Thank you for the feedback everyone!
I will look into the solutions that were mentioned here.
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I was always worried about the same thing when my dog was in the back so I made this $20 solution. It is a piece of wood with a black carpet/mat glued to it. I leave it against the back of the seat when I have the seat up. My solution is a basic version of the one in the link.
That looks like a great idea and looks like it fits great too
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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Thanks. Sometimes its the easy solution that does the job. I used a 1/2 thick piece of pine cut 39 5/8 in length by 7 1/4 wide. I also found the black runner carpet at Lowes.

We have a great dane mix that weighs about 90 pounds and it is sturdy enough for him.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting this question as I have been contemplating solutions for this as well.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:48 PM   #13
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Your dog is smarter than you think though. Mine's smart enough to avoid stepping in poop, so I know they'll probably be fine with a small gap.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:04 PM   #14
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We've taken two bath towels and folded them up and they fit in the gap, and then we cover the entire area with a blanket and the dog has been fine and even lays on the towels....guess he likes the extra padding.
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i had same problem/worry. My boxer likes to walk around while i drive, so i use my rugged ridge cargo liner and just shift it forward when he's in the truck
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I'm lazy. I just drag the carpet cargo mat up to cover it. Dog hair is a bitch though.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #17
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The wood covers look nice....I'll have to make a couple of those. Will post pics when complete!
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I saved $ by cutting an exact piece of cardboard, with a "tuck -in ridge" on either side. Doean't move and supports weight.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:37 AM   #19
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Wow, just found this. Great for dog owners.

Dirtydog 4X4 Jeep Accessories - JK Unlimited Trench cover

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