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Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby escapetooregon - November 2nd, 2016, 3:30 pm

Hi Folks! My latest E project, converting that unused space in the rear cargo area under the carpet to something more practical. I made use of the plastic insert that fills the space where the hybrid model batteries go and that also holds the car jack by cutting a hole in it and using it as a frame for my hatch. It worked well! All my roadside emergency kit stuff plus tire chains fit in the compartment. I used some 1/2" plywood, sanded and stained, for the hatch cover and space fillers along the edges, and a piano hinge for the hatch. A few large threaded screws hold everything in place. Also, though you can't see it, I painted truck bed liner on the metal body framing underneath all this. I figured it would help with corrosion resistance and look better, but I don't really recommend it, because it filled the car with a chemical smell for a few weeks before it finally aired out!

Here are some pics of the completed setup. I think the carpet fits in a little better now actually.

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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby AusEscape - November 2nd, 2016, 4:30 pm

Very neat. Good job.
It is very different to the back of an Australian 05 E.
We did not have a hybrid model. The spare tyre is accessed from inside the car. With the jack inside it.
On top of the spare is a plastic cover with storage compartments. In each corner is a fold away tie down point. Also in the back corner is a power socket.
Even the door latch looks different.


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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby AusEscape - November 2nd, 2016, 4:40 pm

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Under that is the spare tyre and jack with the wheel brace.
Also room for a few other bits.


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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby escapetooregon - November 2nd, 2016, 4:48 pm

Interesting!! Would have been nice if the US E's came with something similar, I think it would be easy enough to make a plastic insert like that for the space back there. At least you have spaces for the essentials.
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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby AusEscape - November 2nd, 2016, 5:38 pm

With your design you can fit more stuff in it than mine now. I'm sure plenty on here will want your design now.


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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby Mike Dee - November 2nd, 2016, 8:34 pm

I've seen several different OEM covers, some vehicles have the spare tire under the vehicle or under the cover. There is a removable hollow plastic board about an inch thick, I think theres the thin wood board as well and I've seen a board/styrofoam piece bolted to the floor. Its 2-3 inches thick and I think its just for the under car spare. This one is an obvious DIY project if you have a lot of small things you want to keep tucked away, like tools, straps, booster cables, etc.
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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby rcmark - November 22nd, 2016, 10:19 pm

Nice Job!
If you stripped everything out do you think there would be enough room to fit a full size 19" spare?
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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby Marusko - November 23rd, 2016, 10:52 pm

@AusEscape @escapetooregon you are talking about different generations of Escapes... Aus has the 1st gen (01-07), oregon has a 2nd gen (08-12). That explains at least some of the differences.
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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby Sridge2820 - April 12th, 2017, 7:16 am

I just purchased an '05 XLT to replace my rotted out '04 Limited and have noticed the spare tire is now underneath and out side the vehicle instead of inside! But, what I am interested in doing is creating a storage area similar to the Australian 05 E pictures. First, is there anything aftermarket similar to this available in the states? 2nd, has anyone done a mod to accomplish something similar to this? If not, I guess I'll start a new project soon. I need a storage area similar to this! (I'm not seeing the pictures from the original post.)
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Re: Under carpet storage in cargo area

Postby Half Assed - April 16th, 2017, 11:31 pm

I ripped out that useless plastic thing under the carpet in my '05. I built a new piece out of scrap wood. Now I have enough space for the jack, jumper cables, some oil, water, and some tools.
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