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OK, I read some other posts on this topic somewhere but I've never seen a definitive, now-that-makes-sense answer. Now that we've got more of us driving around and experiencing the Pilot lifestyle, maybe someone's come up with an answer...

What is this cargo net that came with my Pilot supposed to do?

It's not the same one that is sold separately. I have streeeeetched it waaay out and used it across the back, but it's obviously not designed for this purpose. It looks, actually, like it was designed to hang vertically with some sort of pouch/pocket (there's that drawstring).

I bet it has a very handy and cool purpose. I just don't know what it is...any Honda designers out there?

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Momm, I'm with you but was a little too embarassed to ask :eek: - I can't figure this thing out. I even tried reading the instructions (!) but agree that it just doesn't look like the OEM net show elsewhere.

TopMomm said:
OK, I read some other posts on this topic somewhere but I've never seen a definitive, now-that-makes-sense answer. Now that we've got more of us driving around and experiencing the Pilot lifestyle, maybe someone's come up with an answer...

What is this cargo net that came with my Pilot supposed to do?

It's not the same one that is sold separately. I have streeeeetched it waaay out and used it across the back, but it's obviously not designed for this purpose. It looks, actually, like it was designed to hang vertically with some sort of pouch/pocket (there's that drawstring).

I bet it has a very handy and cool purpose. I just don't know what it is...any Honda designers out there?

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Diane:

I think the most useful position that I have found for the net so far is the vertical right at the back (near the rear trunk door) for things to not fall off the vehicle when you open the door. Obvisouly its not going to help hold off heavy objects.

TopMomm said:
OK, I read some other posts on this topic somewhere but I've never seen a definitive, now-that-makes-sense answer. Now that we've got more of us driving around and experiencing the Pilot lifestyle, maybe someone's come up with an answer...

What is this cargo net that came with my Pilot supposed to do?

It's not the same one that is sold separately. I have streeeeetched it waaay out and used it across the back, but it's obviously not designed for this purpose. It looks, actually, like it was designed to hang vertically with some sort of pouch/pocket (there's that drawstring).

I bet it has a very handy and cool purpose. I just don't know what it is...any Honda designers out there?

Diane
 

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Details?

03Pilot, could you help with a few more details on that vertical positioning? What hooks are you using? Is there a use for that drawstring?

Photo, anyone?
 

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TopMomm:

There are 2 hooks on either side about 8" above the floor right around where the tail lights are on the outside. As a matter of fact I laid it flat just today because of the difficulty of loading and unloading our stroller. I took some pictures but they were with the net in the flat position. I will take some int he vertical position later today but since I do not have a digital camera, you will have to wait till I get them developed ;( Sorry.

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03Pilot, could you help with a few more details on that vertical positioning? What hooks are you using? Is there a use for that drawstring?

Photo, anyone?
 

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Re: Details?

here's a site with pictures that might help.

http://beta.vtec.net/news/news-item?news_item_id=4820

take a look at the interior pictures (I think about the 8th and 9th pictures show the hooks where the net would hook up if placed vertically)

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03Pilot, could you help with a few more details on that vertical positioning? What hooks are you using? Is there a use for that drawstring?

Photo, anyone?
 

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Haven't checked firsthand yet, but a good bet is that it attaches to the inside of the cargo hatch (when suspended in the up position). Regretably the "hook" that holds the hatch open only has something to hook to when the third row seats are open. WAIT,
I stand corrected, just got off my lazy ass and checked. My EX (not sure if on LX) has concealed "cargo hooks" on either side (& everywhere else it seems). On rear of driver side, its next to 9volt outlet thing. Lower anchors would be at floor corners just above bumper. With 3rd seat up, the net would prevent stuff (that may have shifted) from sliding out when you open the rear hatch. You know, when you open the hatch to unload groceries, & inevitably a spaghetti sauce bottle, or wine bottle falls and smashes on the garage floor. The good wine bottles seem to fall in slow motion for some reason?? :eek: Noooooooo!
Too dark in my garage right now to get a good digital photo.
 

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OK, I'm not getting this

I should have signed on anonymously with this post, but I'm going to up-front about this. I have tried streeetching my net across the entire back of the car, which it can do with great difficulty, putting the higher set of hooks on the fold-out plastic hooks -- it does not seem designed for this, however. The instructions for the order-able cargo net have you hooking the mesh directly to these plastic hooks (which mine can't do because it's too far a stretch).

I'm imagining that it's designed to run down one side, somehow, which makes it handy for .... ? Or as a little hammock-like thing, maybe sitting in the cargo recessed area?

I will await pics!!! Thank you all for bearing with me. Maybe tomorrow I'll get out my son's digital camera and show you some of my thoughts and problems. (And in the meantime, I have found that my old Nissan Quest's cargo net works fabulously in the Pilot as a sort of hammock thing that could hold grocery bags and keep them for spilling out.)

And, yes, that dropped bottle of wine is EXACTLY what I'm hoping to prevent. A glassjar of spaghetti sauce in the driveway was not fun.

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TopMomm:

Plastic hooks are only for grocery bags. The Cargo net goes only on the steel hooks/anchors. the steel hooks fold flush into the floor when not in use. Hope that helps.

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I should have signed on anonymously with this post, but I'm going to up-front about this. I have tried streeetching my net across the entire back of the car, which it can do with great difficulty, putting the higher set of hooks on the fold-out plastic hooks -- it does not seem designed for this, however. The instructions for the order-able cargo net have you hooking the mesh directly to these plastic hooks (which mine can't do because it's too far a stretch).

I'm imagining that it's designed to run down one side, somehow, which makes it handy for .... ? Or as a little hammock-like thing, maybe sitting in the cargo recessed area?

I will await pics!!! Thank you all for bearing with me. Maybe tomorrow I'll get out my son's digital camera and show you some of my thoughts and problems. (And in the meantime, I have found that my old Nissan Quest's cargo net works fabulously in the Pilot as a sort of hammock thing that could hold grocery bags and keep them for spilling out.)

And, yes, that dropped bottle of wine is EXACTLY what I'm hoping to prevent. A glassjar of spaghetti sauce in the driveway was not fun.

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I will await pics!!! Thank you all for bearing with me. Maybe tomorrow I'll get out my son's digital camera and show you some of my thoughts and problems.
Here are some pics I took for you. . .hope this helps.:D





 

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Small Cargo Net

Actually, I have used the stock cargo net (in the vertical orientation) in both positions... immediately behind the wheel wells (the forward position) and across the rear hatch opening (the rearward position). Diane is right, however, the forward position IS a stretch and requires that the drwstrings be loosened to the maximum. Conversely, the rearward position requires that the drawstrings be snugged up to the max.

I haven't yet tried my net in the floor (horizontal position), but I can see how it might be useful to keep items in place that might tend to roll around on the floor if not restrained.
 

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What is the purpose of the cargo net...

...as seen in these pictures?

I can't come up with its "usefulness". Please enlighten me so I can use mine.

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Cargo Net - Option 2

I've hooked my net flat against the floor.

When I load up the back with small stuff (diaper bag, groceries) I tuck everything UNDER the net.
Seems to prevent things from flying all over the back of the MONSTEROUS loading area.

Just another option.....
 

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Flat is the answer

Your use, BC, is what I've come to believe is the true and intended use for our included cargo nets. It covers the cargo tray area, hooks to the intended metal anchors, is properly sized and covers objects to keep them from flying around in the cargo area.

While the other uses work after a fashion (thanks for all the great pics!!), I don't think they're quite right. For one, I don't feel comfortable putting the cargo net hook over that plastic fold-out grocery bag hook (that's what Honda calls it in their owner's guide). It's not very secure, slides off rather easily and seems like it might even snap off the plastic with any pressure.

For me, I've carefully folded up my cargo net and placed it in the concealed cargo tray in case I ever need to secure something in that way.

Instead, I've found the perfect home for my old Nissan Quest cargo net! (The one piece I wisely saved before the salvage company carted the dead thing away...).

This net works fabulously!!! It hangs (from its loops) on the grocery bag hooks and becomes a sort of roomy hammock. Ideal for holding plastic grocery bags, tennis rackets, stray stuff.

Looks roomier , more expandable and easier to use than the pocket version Honda is selling. In fact, if this one ever breaks or get lost, I'll be tracking down another one on some Nissan site.:)

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daimler chrysler has a better idea

The Jeep (uuuggghhh) has a very nice purse like cargo net...my dealer denies knowledge of any higher order species of net..by the way...I like the cargo tray-mat....surface design pattern matches that of the bumper step protective trim...but say good-by to third row of seats...
 

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HONDA BUILDS A BETTER NET TRAP !

THE THREAD HAS BEEN AMUSING AND , AS USUAL, I THOUGHT IT WAS INCREDIBLE THAT HONDA WOULD BE SO MANY STEPS BEHIND CHRYSLER ET AL... WELL, THE INSTALLATIION INSTRUCTION AT THE COLLEGE HILLS HONDA.COM SITE FOR THE GOOD NET CLEARLY DEPICT A PURSE- LIKE- TRAP NET....GOFERIT-SOBEIT I HOPE...NOW, I AM NOT ABLE SO FAR TO CONVINCE MY DEALKER THAT THERE IS SUCH AN ANIMAL....IF THERE IS A BETTER NET TRAP..THEN THE STOCK EX-NET CAN BE DEPLOYED TO LILLIPUT....OR PUT TO WORK IN MY BEATER RUSTY DENT
 

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Hi-tech state of the art net on order

AM TODAY , AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES OF DISCUSSION, CONVINCED PARTS MANAGER THAT WHAT COMES STANDARD IN THE EX IS NOT WHAT CAN BE ORDERED..SO TEST BALLON IS ON ORDER....MY SENSE IS THE DEALER'S B2B INTRANET SITE SHOWS A VASE (SHORT A I PRESUME) CAPTURED BY A CLAM TYPE SAFETY CARGO NET....GOOD ENOUGH FOR A VASE GOOD ENOUGH FOR GROCERIES ..LETS GO IN QUEST OF MORE SOLUTIONS..THURSDAY IS ETA DAY..STRANDBY FOR DETAILS...
 

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