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Nathan B
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Hello,

 

any tips to keep my sound cart mini from moving around in the trunk while driving. I’m trying to find something that block the wheels but i didn’t find anything good yet. 
 

Thank you for your help! 

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Thank you! I was thinking in just a car trunk. I usually take uber XL here in New York for work. My soundcart minicart is laid flat and with the 4 wheels of the cart it's moving around. I could use these straps for some cars I believe thank you 

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Most cars have D rings in the cargo area floor, or a d-ring/point hidden by a plastic tab on the sidewall of the cargo interior. Small 1 inch strap will do perfect. Remember to keep the ratchet mechanism oiled with some silicone or oil of your choice. The ratchets tend to get a little rusty and then they seize, lock and are a pain. Best of luck! Everyone needs to know this information. 

 

 

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Oof, that Merecdes test with the blocks is nasty.  Word to the wise, never cheap out and buy an older van either because some of those 90's vehicles, particular the US Domestic stuff, were nasty even without a load.

 

 

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I had an Astro van for several years that I used as my work vehicle. My daughter read some crash reports and immediately told me I had ti stop driving the Astro and get rid of it. At that time I wasn't really using it for much anyway (doing mostly big movies with transportation department taking care of all my vehicle needs) and so I did sell it eventually. Never got another van though I did consider briefly the Ford Transit (and I might have gone for the Mercedes like several of my friends doing commercials had --  but it wouldn't fit in my small garage at home).

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The Astro was a really good design for working--I had many sound/video location pals who had them.  GM just kind of failed on the crashworthiness of them.  I had an early Ford Transit Connect, and was in a pretty major accident in it.  It did the correct fold-up crash-absorbing thing and I was only shaken up, not crushed by my equipment package.  But the "multileaf" body design (I guess you'd call it) that protected me from a vehicle twice as large and more than twice as heavy as mine meant that the insurance co. took one look at the pictures and pushed the "totalled" button.   I would recommend that anyone frequently driving a work-van with a seriously heavy gear package on fast streets and freeways invest in a steel barrier behind the front seats.  This helped save me in the Ford Transit accident, and years before in a similar accident in my Econoline.  In the aftermath of the Econoline accident I found a decent sized dent in the steel wall behind my head made by a heavy-duty metal-cornered case that broke loose in the hit.  Close call.

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4 hours ago, Jeff Wexler said:

but it wouldn't fit in my small garage at home

I currently have a '17 Transit Connect and it's kinda the perfect size for *most* things, especially as our gear kind of shrinks down a bit and carts don't need to be as massive as they used to be.  That being said, I'm a bit miffed by the fact that this is the end of the Transit Connect / Ram Promaster City / Mercedes Metris etc. for North America.  Now if you want a van, you have to buy a full sized one.  Hopefully someone comes out with something decent sized and electric someday but I do worry if something happened to my Transit Connect, I'd be up you know what creek in terms of not wanting a big behemoth that gets mileage in the teens and has the suspension of a Conestoga wagon.  Hopefully someone like Ford comes to their senses and makes something again off the Maverick Hybrid platform as it would be nice to get 40+mpg crawling along on the 405 per usual.

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I'm really sorry to hear that all those vans are going EOL.  Back when I got my FTC there were very few options for small vans, so I had to pay a lot more for mine as a used car than I wanted to and take it with more miles than I wanted it to have.   Do the major auto makers expect that all work vehicles will be pickup trucks?   I'd be interested in an FTC-sized electric van but know it will be really expensive vs a gas-powered one, for the next while anyhow.

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