Elk hunting this past year was pretty memorable. I'll post up an Offroad Adventure on that some other time, but suffice to say that my dog and I ended up sleeping in the back of the Jeep for a night. It was there, at basecamp at 9,000' in the cold, dark winter of Colorado that I realized I needed a way for me and the pup to easily enter and exit the Jeep once the seats are down. Ergo, the emergency escape pull cord for rear cargo area.
Materials & Supplies
- Some rope, bonus points if you get the glow-in-the-dark kind from Lowes. Pull cord and handle made for lawnmower would also work.
- A lighter
Step 1: pop off the plastic trim on the tailgate
Step 2: look inside and identify the hook that moves when the tailgate latch is released
Step 3: make a loop in the ropeUse the lighter to melt the end and burn it back onto itself
Step 4: put the rope loop over the hook
Step 5: feed the rope out through the hole opposite the hookPop off the rubber grommet first
Step 6: drill hole in grommet, just large enough for rope
Step 7: feed rope through grommet and push grommet back on tailgate
Step 9: cut a 2' section of rope
Step 10: double up the rope and place it at the top of the rope that exits the tailgate
Step 11: braid the three pieces together, keeping it loose for the first couple wraps
Step 12: braid the end back onto itself, through the loosely braided first portion
Step 13: trim any excess
Step 14: burn the ends together
Step 15: put plastic cover back on tailgate
View from the inside
Video of it in action
Scott's Review Down the RoadStill loving this. It's never in my way, always there when I want it. Makes camping in the back of the Jeep much more enjoyable. Haven't actually needed it in an emergency yet, but it is nice to know that I could get out the rear of the Jeep if something were to happen.