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Old 06-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Wagon rear cargo organization

Has anyone come up with good storage solutions for the Wagon's cargo area?

I am thinking of making something that I can mount on some brackets to keep it from sliding around and be able to take it out or swap in and out different totes or something.

Just figured I would look for suggestions in case others have come up with good ideas or easy places to install mounting brackets.


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Old 06-16-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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To elaborate, I am looking to do a few things:

1) My dog regularly rides with me so the rear seats are mostly down and I can't have cargo sliding around.

2) I camp a lot so I was looking to install a ceiling mounted TV on a sliding rail so that it can be moved to the middle of the cabin for use in the rear seats and also slid to the back so it can be used when a bed is made in the rear.

3) I want to mount an aux deep cycle battery for accessories and such when I am camped for a couple days.

4) I would like to have some mounts for a tote so that I can switch between a few different totes packed with different gear. I kayak, paintball, camp, fish, haul tools, etc

If anyone has any ideas it's much appreciated!
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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I would just mount a screen in the back of one of your headrests. It's been done numerous times and would be simpler/cleaner then mounting brackets on the ceiling, I would think.
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IMO I would keep all technology as portable as possible. Get an iPad instead of mounting a TV in your car....

As for the rest; your needs seem pretty specific so it looks like custom is going to be your best option.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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^^^Even better idea, probably cheaper too and you could use it elsewhere.
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Yeah, I might get a ceiling mount TV/DVD combo and make a track bracket for it.

I am going to see how much work/space taken up will be involved in making a case for a deep-cycle battery and inverter combo to put in the rear of the car. I might make a platform to go where the seat flips up instead and put the stuff underneath it with the seat removed so that I have bed space and storage underneath.

I have also considered going to the junk yard and getting an extra seat bottom for the rear, cutting it to the size of the single seat part of the split bench and that way I can still seat 3 if needed with the camping option installed.

I have a bunch of ideas but want to try to keep it practical. I haven't found anyone else that went to a custom camping mod for their wagon so I guess I will have to take pics as I go for any projects I decide to embark on and post them.
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Might also want to think about the theft part of things too.

Go putting all these big screens in the car on mounts and stuff, and your car becomes more of a reason for someone to take the legal risk of steeling it.

Might want to look at some better security systems.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
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Limo tint all the way around except the fronts where I am going with a light tint. That's one of the reasons I wanted a flip up roof mounted TV on a track too. Kinda up out of the way and not obvious.

I also live up in Gods country where we leave our doors unlocked.

Oh yeah, I have a 90lb Shepard/Husky that is almost always in the car.
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Wow, someone else on here who wants to turn their ZXW into a weekend camping rig!! My wife and I traded our XTerra in (didn't take it off road very often and gas costs were killing the fun!) for the wagon (I previously owned two Focus sedans). We enjoyed "truck camping" in the back of the SUV, and now we're in the process of fitting our Focus Wagon that we bought last month for some escapes from the summer desert heat. So I kinda know where you're coming from.

I have to say I'd agree with the others who have suggested considering using portable entertainment equipment rather than perminantly fixing monitors in your vehicle. It will be easier to maintain, upgrade, and protect. Also, you'll be able to easily position it anywhere you want, including outside of the vehicle, should you decide to sit outside and watch a movie/listen to music. Its fun to refit our cars, but the convenience and expense saved will proably allow you to get more/better gear if you arent having to spend a bunch of money and time on built-in mounting and track systems. Just a thought... of course its YOUR RIG, so do what YOU like! :-)

I love the idea of having an aux battery. I'd love to hear your ideas on that, as that is something I'd like to figure out and add to ours.

Also, we have an "SUV" air mattress that fits in the rear bed of the car with the seats folded down. However, to fit comfortably (even though Im not very tall) I plan on removing (temporarily) the rear seats completely, that way the bottom cusion which is normally folded, will afford a few extra inches to stretch out. I'm thinking about buying some plywood or panel board and some fabric, and cutting a "bed" to span the entire area from behind the front seats to the tailgait... to give a nice flat surface for the air mattress to rest on. It would be removable of course, so the rear seats can be re-installed. I know there is at least one company who makes a "rear seat delete" that looks cool, but it looks as though they only make one to fit the ZX5 and I havent found anything for the wagon.

By the way, have you invested in "Skeeter Beaters" window screens for the car for your camping trips? They make an awesome product that fits over your rear-seat windows to keep bugs out and allow you to open the windows. Its an awesome product made here in the U.S. by a family-owned company. Their product is awesome and their customer service is amazing. I have no relation to the company other than as a repeat customer, but if you want info, PM me and I'll send you a link!

Share some pictures of what you do... I'll post on the forum too when I get around to making some progress here as well!
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