|Technical: Discovery I|
decided a dog guard would be a good idea to ensure that the camping and
recovery gear I was carrying in the back of the Discovery stayed out of
the passenger area in the event of any catastrophic off-road incident.
It also maked it possible to stack things higher in the back without
fear of them falling forward over the seats when braking.
looked around at the different types available and decided that the mesh
guard offered by Paddocks would suit my needs, especially as it was the
cheapest! A camping trip to Derbyshire also meant I could buy it over
the counter and therefore avoid paying postage.
was pretty straightforward, although a little fiddly. There was also one
important deviation from the instructions provided.
guard is supported on two brackets that must be bolted to the inner
wings near the rear seat backs. Four threaded inserts, or Rivnuts, have
to be installed in the wings to provide mounting points for these
brackets and the instructions give dimensions for their location.
However, if these dimensions are followed then it becomes impossible to
use a roller blind cover, as the dog guard brackets will obstruct the
blind mountings. By moving the position of the brackets up by about 30mm
the roller blind can still be used whilst the fit and integrity of the
guard isnít affected.
fitting instructions also say that itís necessary to remove some of
the interior trim to fit the Rivnuts. In practice itís possible to
merely release the trim along one edge and pull it aside to provide
guard is secured to the brackets by two bolts into captive nuts. These
bolts have small hand-wheels which means the guard can be easily removed
without tools, leaving only the mounting brackets in place, if itís
necessary to carry bigger loads.
I attached an elasticated cargo net to the load bay side of the dog guard, to store coats in. The net, which I bought from Disco Doris, is secured with cable ties and has a length of aluminium tubing threaded through one edge to hold it in shape.
When the pole is detached from it's fixings, it folds down and lies across the rear trim panels, making it easy to take coats in and out.
I also clipped an umbrella to the bottom rail of the guard, in a space just above the load bay roller blind.
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