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Trunk/Frunk tie downs needed?

I'm eagerly awaiting my Red S85, expected in the April/May timeframe. I'm getting as prepared as I can be for delivery. I ordered, and have received, the Tesla tire repair kit and the cargo net. I was expecting the cargo net to actually be a cargo bag...something that would service as a retaining net but also hold contents of its own. I have owned a couple of cars that had such nets.

I'll be carrying some mandatory stuff around with me, as will we all...tire repair kit, power charging cable, a buttload of adaptors, etc. As far as I can see, there is no convenient way to keep all of this junk corralled in the trunk or frank.

Thoughts? How do those lucky ones who have already taken delivery deal with this issue?

Use a suitably sized laundry basket.

The tire repair kit is small so you can tuck it anywhere. The charging calbe and adptors come in its own pouch, not big either. The frunk, the top view is roughly a circle with a rectangle extension. The rectangle is plenty big enough for all sorts of things.

i know the frunk is big enough for all sorts of things--so is the trunk. The point is that I don't want all that junk sliding and rattling around in there.

Tire repair kit and mobile charger cable/adapters (3) bag both fit in the slot in the left rear of the trunk. The frunk net just keeps things inside the little tunnel area of the frunk. Only problem with using the frunk is it is manual close, so you have to lower it down until the first latch, then shove it down until it closes. Tesla (or aftermarket) needs to come up with a frunk auto pull down solution.

Go by office max or similar and get a plastic tube orginizer. The one pictured in my head has an orginizer in it and would fit on the opening in the back of the frunk.

You might also consider a plastic toolbox from Home Depot. You could keep everything seperated depending on the one you get. It might also fit in the compartment in the back of the frunk.

tube = tub

If you don't plan on getting the rear facing child seats, you can use the area beneath the trunk floor for storing all types of miscellaneous "stuff". My car came with a cover for this area that fits nicely over the opening and allows the trunk floor to be farily flat and also covers anything that I choose to place beneath the cover (such as a laptop or anything I dont' want prying eyes to see (especially since I haven't received my parcel shelf yet). I have an old air compressor, NEMA 14-50 extension cord, Emergency kit, towels (to wipe dirty feet or the charging cable) and there's still space for other "junk". It's quite a large space for these types of small items.

I rarely keep anything in the frunk since my garage is so short I cannot access the frunk when the car is parked in the garage. I only use the frunk on long trips or if I have take home food that I don't want odors to get into the cabin. In this case, I place the takehome food in the frunk well where it can be held by the netting. If the food container is too small, I'd just use a towel to wedge it in place so it doesn't slide around.

The recessed area beneath the trunk floor comes with its own cover and handle as mentioned above. Mine does not sit flush with the trunk floor, which often results in items catching when I'm sliding them out of the trunk. Was curious if this has been the observation of others, or if there might be a seating problem with mine?

@Robert22 | JANUARY 29, 2013: Mine does not sit flush with the trunk floor, which often results in items catching when I'm sliding them out of the trunk.

Yes, I've observed this too on my car. I think they didn't take the carpet thickness into account when they made the lip on the trunk floor.

I agree that the MS needs cargo tie-downs. My work around for the dog crate is to wedge it in place with low open boxes like Harry and David fruit boxes and clean cardboard plant nursery trays. it keeps the crate from moving and still allows segregated storage for groceries etc.

Hi,

I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the storage options in the car. Except that occasionally I have wished there were, indeed, rings to tie things to, I have been increasingly impressed.

As others have said, all the charging stuff fits neatly in its bag in the well in the back left corner of the car. It appears made for it. Without having the car in hand yet, it may not be fully clear what the person before me said about using the place meant for the feet of the rear-facing seats, but this is where I keep all the stuff I have to constantly tote around with me. I love it. It feels like a secret compartment, because once my things are stowed away in there and the lid is replaced, it appears my car is completely empty, clean and neat. This is the first car I have had which has no clutter and nothing to tempt a thief. Because the secret compartment is a smallish space (1/3 the size of the trunk??) or maybe just because it is far from the driver and has the cover, I never notice any sounds from these items shifting even without the nice idea of baskets another person suggested. (They wouldn't show once the cover is on, so if you bridled at the idea of laundry baskets in your gem of a car, don't worry.)

But the reason I am bothering to add a comment is to praise the storage under the hood. This is again a place which feels so secure and secret, it is a rare thief who will have the brains to check there for your valuables. But what I use it for the most is groceries. I have two dogs who accompany me most of the time, having this separate storage space ensures that anything which needs to be kept safe from these noses-on-toes can be. And I love the looks on people's faces when I put stuff in there!!

Don't spend another second worrying about storage. It is great.

(I did not get the cargo cover.)

Several people have described the "well" in the back left corner of the car as if it were a separate compartment. In my car, it opens at the bottom to the space where the rear-facing seats would go. In other words, anything I put in that well ends up in the larger area meant for the rear facing seats. Does anyone have a car where that well is closed off from the seat compartment?

@DouglasR

There is no divider there in my car either. If I put something in the "well" it may roll into what we call "the basement". I like storing stuff in the basement.

Does the car come with an initial tire repair kit? Or do we need to purchase the first one? I was thinking that we would expect the first one included or am I wrong?

You have to purchase it.

write;
Seems to depend on your state; check with your rep. Some states require it.

My left rear well is also opened to the "basement". But it holds the cable bag perfectly since the cable bag is large enough not to slide down into the basement.

I agree with Pamela. The Frunk is very handy to hide valuables. On my over 1K mile trip between Nor Cal and SoCal, we kept the luggage, garment bags and coats/jackets in the rear open area and put all valuables (laptops, iPads, etc.) in the Frunk. My kids kept their laptops with them in the back seat while on the road, but when we stopped, I had them put their backpacks with the laptops into the Frunk - perfectly hidden. In fact, I made sure I left space for their backpacks in the Frunk when packing the car for this very reason.

@Robert22 and Alex K
"Mine does not sit flush with the trunk floor, which often results in items catching when I'm sliding them out of the trunk."

I had this issue and I found that the trunk cargo cover with the handle was installed backwards and it still fit ok but just a little odd. After about a week I realized this and flipped it around. It fits perfectly now. Try it.

I think there will always be a "lip" on the basement cover where things can catch on. There certainly is a small crevice. But I do find that the main cover area is approximately the same height as the rest of the trunk. The only area that is not is along the edge.

I put a milk crate (the larger rectangular one, not the square one) in the Frunk, it fits nicely in the recess, filling the width perfectly, but sliding in half under, and half sticking out...Which I like, because it makes it easy for me to reach in and pull it out.

@sandman | JANUARY 29, 2013: I had this issue and I found that the trunk cargo cover with the handle was installed backwards and it still fit ok but just a little odd. After about a week I realized this and flipped it around. It fits perfectly now. Try it.

Which way do you have the handle? I have it towards the back of the car, which appears to be the only logical position. The cover still doesn't sit flush with the trunk floor.

@dahtye: I've had a window broken by a thief who stole the jacket off of the back seat. I'd also recommend that anything you want to hide is hidden *before* you park.

Yep, I hear you Mark. Sometimes that's not practical, so I make sure I look around a bit before bring out valuables and putting them into the frunk. There's no guarantee, but we need to also change our behavior based on the environment - if I'm in a rough area with thugs hanging around, I'd just not stop. Most of the places I've stopped have been places that seem relatively safe.

I should also mention about my post regarding the basement cover - I misspoke on that post. The cover stays at the same level as the rest of the trunk only if I slide the cover back toward the rear to a point where the 1/4 rear portion of the cover is slightly angled up (i.e. it doesn't really fit well in this position) - yes, the cover is slightly hinged (or bendable) in this area. If I place it flat, the top of the cover surface is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch above the top surface of the trunk floor.

@Alex K,

"Which way do you have the handle? I have it towards the back of the car, which appears to be the only logical position. The cover still doesn't sit flush with the trunk floor."

Same here and mine fits pretty well. Maybe 1-2mm relief from trunk to lid.

My rear storage compartment hatch cover fits well enough but the edge binding needs another row of stitching closer to the binding edge. There is excess edge binding kind of flopping around and it give a cheap impression.

I have the tire repair kit, charging adapters/bag, and an LED flashlight in the left back corner well of the rear. I bought a cheap cargo organizer on Amazon and pop that open when I have a few shopping bag or other loose items to haul. It can also fit into the rear recess area if you'd like.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002TPVXA

I wish there was a net that layed flat against the floor in the trunk area and so that you could put stuff underneath it and it would be held down by the tension of the net.

@olanmills | FEBRUARY 3, 2013: I wish there was a net that layed flat against the floor in the trunk area and so that you could put stuff underneath it and it would be held down by the tension of the net.

I think you are looking for something similar to this. You can get them aftermarket in various sizes:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002C7DSIK/

Sorry for the bad image - Just follow the link


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