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OregonDeadWhy do you need to close the trunk? If you can secure the rail to the car (I'm thinking tie or duct tape it to the front seats) then you can just drive around with the trunk open. Totally legal if you attach a red flag or cloth to whatever is hanging out the back of your vehicle.
DaskiGonna have skis, boots, and a bunch of other shit in the car likely. Figured getting the trunk half way closed would be a more reliable way to keep everything inside than duct taping everything down to the car. I can get the rail to stay in with the trunk open, but that doesn't let me bring anything else
OregonDeadIs there anyone else riding with you in the car? If not just put all your other crap in the passenger seat. If you have to stop short stuff will slide forward and stay in the car. Around here I see guys driving around all the time without a tailgate and with all kinds of stuff unsecured in their pick-up beds. Taping/tying stuff down is more to protect you than to keep your stuff in the car.
DrZoidbergPut all the seats down and run the thing from outside the passenger window to the back. I did that with a ten foot pvc pipe. You can't just run it from as far forward as it goes to the back, even if it's like touching the windshield?