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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

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Well we too made it home. Tied the tree to the door anchors and then shut the rope into the doors.

Still...literally every other SUV had rails with a little space between the rail and the roof they could tie the tree down to.

ditto - embarrasing with the tree yesterday. even the new car like ford explorer next to me had functional stock roof rails...

need to find some aftermarket rails asp.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:12 PM
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

Anyone bought the Jeep cross rails yet? They worth the 200+ clams?
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the whole point is i shouldn't have to "get" anything to tie a christmas tree on top of an suv. I shouldn't have to buy $300 worth of roof rack crossbars or a hitch carrier.
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Anyone bought the Jeep cross rails yet? They worth the 200+ clams?
I am really happy with the Jeep cross rails. They make no noise and hold my ski racks. I am surprised by all the issues related to the roof rails as when I was shopping I noticed that a lot of the SUV's now don't even come with the rails unless you pay extra and then the cross bars are an additional on top of that. So my feeling is the rails were free and the cross bars I paid for. Again I have friends with a number of different SUV's and they are upset that they don't even have a way to mount cross rails. Just my $.02.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:26 AM
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

What SUVs don't have rails? I haven't seen any, not in the price class of the JGC. I do agree that you rarely see CROSSBARS OEM, and I think thats because of fuel economy, but I haven't seen any SUVs without rails. Even my friend's X5 has functional rails I could have tied the tree down to...

My issue is not the lack of crossbars, I don't need crossbars. Its the lack of any way to tie something down on top of the roof. All we needed was a little space between the surface of the roof, and the rails to use as a tie down point.
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What SUVs don't have rails? I haven't seen any, not in the price class of the JGC. I do agree that you rarely see CROSSBARS OEM, and I think thats because of fuel economy, but I haven't seen any SUVs without rails. Even my friend's X5 has functional rails I could have tied the tree down to...

My issue is not the lack of crossbars, I don't need crossbars. Its the lack of any way to tie something down on top of the roof. All we needed was a little space between the surface of the roof, and the rails to use as a tie down point.
My brother has a 2010 X5 diesel. The roof rails were an option that he paid for, they were not standard equipment. Cross bars not included either.
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

put it in a black garbage bag, fold down the seats. after its out its like it was never there, if you have rear passengers have em sit next to the tree nbd i did it
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

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What SUVs don't have rails? I haven't seen any, not in the price class of the JGC. I do agree that you rarely see CROSSBARS OEM, and I think thats because of fuel economy, but I haven't seen any SUVs without rails. Even my friend's X5 has functional rails I could have tied the tree down to...

My issue is not the lack of crossbars, I don't need crossbars. Its the lack of any way to tie something down on top of the roof. All we needed was a little space between the surface of the roof, and the rails to use as a tie down point.

$710 for them on 2012 MDX and that is just the first one I checked. There is also a couple Audis at my office that dont have them.
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

I'm glad someone posted this... We had to take the wife's RX since it had roof rails. She was pissed. I think her response was "Why did you trade in your truck again?"

SOOOOO WARNING!!!!!!

If you do indeed tie through the door make sure that you use a towel/rag anywhere the string touches weather stripping. That nylon twine most places use will cut right through it.
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

Deer carrier - about $100 at sporting goods store.
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put it in a black garbage bag, fold down the seats. after its out its like it was never there, if you have rear passengers have em sit next to the tree nbd i did it
Again, thats a ridiculous thing to have to do. We're also talking about an 8' tree here...

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$710 for them on 2012 MDX and that is just the first one I checked. There is also a couple Audis at my office that dont have them.
The MDX has them as an option yes, and Audi has flush rails like the Jeep. But, I wouldn't consider crossover SUVs like them to be of the same caliber as the Jeep. The Jeep is a "real SUV", you should be able to tie something down to the OEM rack. Like you can on a Toyota Rav4...or a Toyota Sienna Minivan for God's sake. Next why don't we say its okay for a Jeep to have 5 inches of ground clearance because other mini SUVs have that?

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Deer carrier - about $100 at sporting goods store.
But again...the point is I have an SUV...I shouldn't have to go buy a deer carrier...and have to store a deer carrier...when I don't carry deer...so I can go buy a Christmas tree once a year. The whole point of buying an SUV to me is having a vehicle with the capability to do those little things I want it to do...to be able to get down any dirt road or trail when we're on vacation or camping, to be able to haul stuff around, tow a trailer should I need to...and yes have something I can easily put a Christmas tree on top of when it comes time to do that. As it is, I could have taken the Lexus or the Jeep to go get the tree and it would have been equally effective. Thats just plain stupid engineering on Jeep's part.

Sorry to be redundant, but as you can tell it really irks me...
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Re: How to tie down a Christmas tree?

I fixed it by grabbing a shop truck for the weekend.
My wife asked me again the same question regarding my decision to part with Super Duty. She actually REALLY liked that truck!
There were a few WK2 Jeeps at the tree farm yesterday without racks. A few had New York plates (we are in CT). I had to wonder if the owners were about to find out the hard way about the lack of tie downs.
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