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Problem solved

Our project for today was to solve the slanted cargo space problem. (I got annoyed once again last night when I had to put a pizza in the very back to keep it flat. Not to mention groceries falling into the back and spilling everywhere. Not to mention puppy doing the same thing.)

Anyway, we went to Lowes and got two 4x8 pieces of 3/4" sanded pine plywood, and some cheap black indoor-outdoor carpet. We had them cut the plywood into 63" by 25" pieces. This makes the start of a two-piece platform to make it easier to get in and out. We then did some measuring and tracing to make cutouts to fit the wheel wells, etc.

Note: we used the removable rear floor mat for a template, but that didn't work out. It didn't allow for the rear hatch intrusion into the space. We had to trim about 2" off the back to make it fit with the hatch closed.

Once we got them cutout we cut and covered and stapled the carpet, and then used some black duct tape around the edges underneath to keep the cheap carpet from fraying or snagging on anything. (We'll see how long that lasts.)

The end result looks FACTORY y'all! (Not really. If we had it do do over we'd consider taking the plywood cutouts to an auto upholstery shop and having them put the carpet on.)

At first we were going to use some cut and glued together Styrofoam insulation boards to make block stands/props for the back, but it turned out to be a mess. So instead we used two 11 1/2" tall storage containers, which work great and you can store stuff in them. We put rain gear and assorted other stuff in there.

We're happy, and puppy is happy!

Here are some photos of the project...
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