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If you want to secure a large solid item, bungees, tiedowns, straps, and rope will serve just fine, but for a plethora of little junk, go with a cargo net.  Cheap nets sell for as low as $10, and you can pick up a reasonably good net like the one pictured above for as little as $20. If you want quality and time-saving features, look for a net with adjustable straps across the middle.

And if you’re in the mood for overkill, you can get a steel net rated at 10,000 lbs. for $500.

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6 Responses to Truck Bed Cargo Net

  1. I agree these things are great for holding down loads, especially irregular ones, but untangling them first is a pain.

    Does anybody have any tips for storing them to make them easier to use?

  2. Frank Townend says:

    Benjamen,

    I find rolling it up over a long tube and then folding works.

    1. Lay it flat on the ground or on top of your load.
    2. Lay a cardboard tube or 1′ – 1 1/2″ PVC pipe on one edge.
    3. Roll the tube/pipe collecting the net.
    4a. Leave it on the tube/pipe, or
    4b. Slide it off the tube/pipe and fold as neccessary for storage.

  3. Ray says:

    I find I use my net the most in conjunction with a tarp. If I need to tarp a loose load like leaves or mulch. I throw the tarp over the load and secure it at the corners then through the bungee net over the top. It does a nice job of keeping the tarp from flapping around.

  4. Jim K. says:

    I love my spiderweb net as well. I’ve used it an untold number of times and interestingly enough never had it stolen off my truck (even when the tarp that I was using with it was once stolen). My particular annoyance was that the net was designed as a rectangle to match the length of my truck bed. Unfloding it and finding the long ways to put it on never seemed to yeild the right alignment the first time so I finally just tied a piece of rope to the “front” of the net making it easy to see how to line it up and get it right the first time. As for storing it, I’ve had decent success grabbing it from the middle and letting it drape down then folding it over on itself first side to side then top to bottom. (Probably not the best instructions, but hopefully you get the idea.)

  5. [...] Every truck owner has been there: you have an unnecessary amount of Earl Warren memorabilia random junk in the bed that all needs to be secured down in some way or another. The obvious answer is to bust out that mess of bungee cords and get to work strapping everything down with knots and configurations that would make a boy scout blush. A better solution to that problem is to just net everything down with this heavy duty cargo net. The net measures 55 inches by 74.5 inches and can withstand extreme weather conditions as well. The six attachable anchor points make it seemingly easy to install. The net is available for $22. [etrailer via Toolmonger] [...]

  6. mick greenway says:

    I too have scratched my head wondering.
    How do I get this, from here to there.
    Without spending the afternoon untangling the wicked web. or calling guiness to document my latest creation.

    These are real drawback’s to using nets. and the reason’s more people don’t use them. Speaking as a truck owner, that still work’s and play’s out of his truck. I too have a dog in the hunt.

    We looked at it, and did what we could to make using a net easyer. By doing away with the hook, reducing the number of fasteners, resulting in much less tangling, identify a corner when needed, nothing to install, provide a red bag to put it in, that double’s as a flag in a pinch. Use american good’s, warrantee them,

    Willing to go head to head with anybody. Let the net’s decide. Mick

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