Prime Spare Tire tie down strap Help Needed

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  1. JTEM

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    I finally ordered a full size spare tire for my Prius Prime Premier.

    Now the challenge is finding a way to keep it tied down in the trunk, so that it does not go flying in an accident. Has anybody accomplished this? If so, would they be kind enough and send some pictures?

    Much appreciated.

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  2. DavidA

    DavidA Prius owner since July 2009

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    I have stored mine in a plastic bag on the floor behind the passenger seat, but not tied down. Still looking for an easy way to do that.
     
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    Could you run a detachable strap through the open end of the bag through the center of the wheel and anchor to the bottom seat rail bolts of the front seat? That's a lot of loose weight in the passenger area in the case of an impact.
     
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    Pretty sure I could. When I went off on my summer 2,000 mile trip, I kinda ran out of time to figure all that out so I just tossed it in there. I will be more prepared, hopefully, next time I stray so far from home. The tire/wheel I use is the donut spare from my wife's Lexus CT200h. Same exact tire/wheel/size as the basic Gen4 model's spare, and it fits the Prime perfectly. I was prepared to buy one of those when I looked at both cars in the driveway and the lightbulb went off. :LOL:
     
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    Alternately, wedge something between the tire and the back of the passenger seat such that it is reasonably tight. That should do it I think.
     
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    Attached is the instruction from 2010 Owner's Manual, how to use the hold-down strap with a flat tire. Did the car come with the strap? If not, dealership parts departments should be able to get it in, and I see them on EBay, for under $20
     

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    Maybe a use for all the bubble wrap from all the Amazon boxes we collect?

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    I would not trust that. There are incredible forces at play in a collision. Does the Prime not have luggage tie down rings in the back like previous generations? I brought the wife's mini spare on this trip and it's tied down to one of those D rings.
     
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    Primes not only don't include tie down straps, but they also lack any D-rings to attach straps to.
     
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    Due to the hatch floor bump, the regular D-rings would be submerged? That's too bad.
     
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    Bummer! Sounds like an opportunity for an inventive entrepreneur. Except for the liability. :(
     
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    I would not risk my life on it. Some years ago I saw a video on loose objects inside the cabin area and the damage they did. They were testing with very small objects in the 1 lb range. It was pretty eye opening and made an impression. I would not risk something in the 15-20+ lb range. That's just me.
     
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    A temp spare's I'd guesstimate around 30 lbs. Full size 15" spare's around 35 lbs.
     
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    Using that logic, every object in a car that is NOT tied down is a potential missile, and especially so in a hatchback where folks tend to put luggage when on long trips. I doubt that all this "stuff" is ever tied down. I doubt the tonneau in most hatchbacks is strong enough to hold down objects in the trunk.

    I guess the safest bet is to only drive a sedan and put every object in the trunk.

    Thanks,

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    Yeah, food for thought. Our car came with a cargo net, have never used it. But something like a case of tinned goods could pack a wallop. At least your odds are better: it's only in the car intermittently.
     
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    Probably true. I think about that every time I take a trip. As I'm doing right now. The slight difference between a spare and a suitcase is that the larger suitcase has a harder time getting over the back seat and between the headrests.
     
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    They took a regular Prius, raised the floor 4~5 inches, yoinked out the spare, sent it rolling off the end of the driveway, did a bit of tarting up the bumpers, and dubbed it the "Prime". Looking at the above pic, subbing a tractor-yellow temp spare for the suitcase, what a dog's breakfast.
     
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    I guess this is somewhat tangential to your question but I was wondering the same thing - I just got my 2018 Prime Premium Saturday and it is very nice - first new car in nearly 20 years so, there's that excitement too - but the lack of the spare is mildly worrisome to me in that I commute ~75 miles daily.

    I think the back seats have the Latch system to hold a child seat in place. I was wondering about wrapping the tire up to keep it from messing up the seat (maybe bubble wrap or plastic) and then securing it to the Latch system rings with a strap.

    Obviously that doesn't help much if someone uses the back seat for passengers.

    Just a thought.

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    I had a 2012 model Prius plugin. It came with the full size straps as part of the sale and made by Toyota. I kept it when I traded in the car for a Prime. Make me a offer. Brand new 20180925_212856.jpeg 20180925_212912.jpeg 20180925_213011.jpeg 20180925_213028.jpeg

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