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Old 06-02-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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dog broke leg in jeep

This is a thread title that I don't want to post. Anyone have any solutions to filling in the gap when the seats are folded down besides jamming a towel in there?

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Old 06-02-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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Oooh. Sorry

I've seen some DIY modifications that were made on the Internet.

They really need to do something aftermarket to fill the gap.

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Old 06-02-2012, 08:02 AM   #3
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Could you just slide the rear mat over the gap?
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:04 AM   #4
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Did your dog actually break its leg or do you hope to prevent it by filling the gap?

I would look for a liner that covers the entire area when the seats are down. We have something similar in our Pilot.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Hope your dog gets well, we have noticed that area to be a problem also as we have dogs. If i were to put them in with the seat down i would just stuff it with a blanket. I usually let them ride in the cargo area and i have a Safari strap pet divider on order, only 9 more weeks till i get it, lol.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear that Maybe a little foam in the dip and then cut some rug to fit area so it's even? Just brainstorming here thanks for the post tho I wouldn't have thought about that happening.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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Get some plastic stair covering and cut it to length. Cheep at any flooring store. Works great to roll out just over space.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #8
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I agree that this is a bad design. I do fill the gaps with towels and have a rigid carpeted mat that I cover over the area. I had the mat from a previous vehicle and it fits OK. Would love to purchase a clean aftermarket solution.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:07 AM   #9
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Buy a truck bed mat for a short box truck. Cut it so it so it fits in the back area and continues up over the back of the seats when they are folded down. get Buy the one that is a thicker. Measure before you buy to be sure it goes from the gate to the front of the 'dogs' area . You have to take it out when you fold the seats up or it will dis form it. This also helps a lot with the hair.
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If you find a liner as you describe please let us know because i have looked everywhere for one.
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Did your dog actually break its leg or do you hope to prevent it by filling the gap?

I would look for a liner that covers the entire area when the seats are down. We have something similar in our Pilot.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:15 AM   #11
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I need to clarify. I want to find a solution so I don't have to post a thread title like this. My dogs have had close calls with their feet getting jammed in the gap but no broken let's yet.

I know some SUVs have a built in flap that covers the gap. Wish something like this came from the factory but I know us jeep owners are pretty freakin creative and handy.

Thanks for everyone's help and keep the ideas coming!
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:06 AM   #13
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #14
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I don't have a jk but from the picture I see I have a suggestion. There is an infomercial for a product that fixes sagging couches. It basically a piece of plastic that gets put across and then cushions get laid across. If you were to get a piece of durable plastic or even plexiglas then you could mount a hinge to it and drill the other side of the hinge to the floor of the Jeep allowing it to drop down when you fold the seat down.
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Beastmaster beat me to it. I have 2 dogs and just getting ready to purchase the Canvasback. Also looks like it will help with the dog hair thats hard to get out of the carpet
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Beastmaster beat me to it. I have 2 dogs and just getting ready to purchase the Canvasback. Also looks like it will help with the dog hair thats hard to get out of the carpet
One thing with the Canvas back, you will still need to put something underneath, since the cover doesn't have the structural rigidity to prevent sagging into that space.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:23 AM   #18
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On another angle to the gap problem, a friend and I slept in the back of the Jeep on a 3 day camping trip. Life is grand as long as the gap filling shoes and blankets don't shift. I was imagining all kinds of solutions in the wee hours.
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I need to clarify. I want to find a solution so I don't have to post a thread title like this. My dogs have had close calls with their feet getting jammed in the gap but no broken let's yet.

I know some SUVs have a built in flap that covers the gap. Wish something like this came from the factory but I know us jeep owners are pretty freakin creative and handy.

Thanks for everyone's help and keep the ideas coming!
Lol "keep the ideas coming" ....another way of saying the previous suggestions blow : D
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I would suggest going to an upholstery shop and having a wedge cut from a firm foam to fit in the gap. Then you can order some type of cover like the canvas and cover the entire area.

I have 3 dogs and was thinking of having my dad create something since he owns an upholstery shop. He suggested the foam since it's easy to insert and remove.
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I would suggest going to an upholstery shop and having a wedge cut from a firm foam to fit in the gap. Then you can order some type of cover like the canvas and cover the entire area.

I have 3 dogs and was thinking of having my dad create something since he owns an uphohstery shop. He suggested the foam since it's easy to insert and remove.
Maybe cut up an old couch cusion. Great approach.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #22
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I was going to try to cut some triangular pieces of foam and have my mother in law sew some black covers for them.
That would create a couple of soft "pillow plugs" that can be removed for when the seats are up.
It's the best thing I've been able to think up, but I haven't implemented it yet.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:58 AM   #23
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When my rear seat is removed completely, I also remove the center floor bolt, that secures the seat belts. I then took a carabiner ring (smaller diameter than bolt) and threaded the bolt through the ring, fastened the bolt back in place on the floor bed and then connected the dogs leash to the carabiner, but shortened the leash enough so that the dog can only get to the edge of wheel tubs, tailgate, and rear floor board gap. That way the dog can still be mobile and stick her head out, yet not jump out or over into the front seat. It also secures the dog in case of accident or such, more so than with without.
I just harness the dog and leave the leash connected, so pet can be hooked or unhooked easily. I carry a second lead for once we are out of the vehicle. I dont ever have passengers, so the set up stays in place always. Quick and easy. Plus safe for the dog.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #24
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just cut a piece of 3/8 or 1/2 plywood and cover top side with any rug covering.
You only need a small piece the width plus another 6" to 12" each side.
Attach a 2x4 (length of opening) on the bottom running back to front on left
and right to keep it from slidding. I have something similar on my Wife's Avalanche
when we put the back seats down for our dogs.
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This is a thread title that I don't want to post.
Yellow journalism, for sure... messing with all us animal lovers out there

Interesting thread, for sure. Since I don't have a divider yet, every time I put the dog in the back she sits up front anyway. And if someone is sitting there, she tries to be a lap dog, which is kind of awkward for a bulldog.
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We actually trimmed a piece of thinner plywood to fit and covered it with their blankets and "special" going-for-a-ride dog beds. It has worked very well for us so far.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:32 PM   #27
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This is one of the reasons I just took the whole back seat out. I was going to cut a sheet of something hard to cover the whole deck with but then I thought...."Why add more weight, and why not get rid of the weight of the back seat, as well as make more room back there?. It's a pretty good solution if you don't need the seat for passengers.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:24 PM   #28
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Go to an online place like Knox Foam (or local) and get the FIRMEST pieces of closed cell foam you can get. I would carefully measure and cut the piece to fit. if you do this, make sure you keep it a bit bigger to squeeze in and not too small. To further reinforce, you can put a heavy rubber mat over it all.
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take the seat out, no more gap. get a thick carpet, to cover the whole back of the jeep or use astro turf.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:58 AM   #30
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A chair mat, purchased from any office supply store is a stiff enough plastic to cover that gap & not sag into it. We found one that fits across the width of the JKU without any cutting. The excess length slides under the cargo area mat.

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