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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Storing jumper cables

I just traded in my 2007 Volvo XC70 for an 2019 3.6 Limited. I used to store my jumper cables, tools, and emergency kit under the cargo area of the Volvo.

There is only a sliver of space there in the 19 Limited after you stow the cargo cover.

Has anyone found a box for that space, or another space?

Right now everything is an ammo can in the cargo area. Not the best set up.

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I took the styrofoam piece out and purchased a couple of soft sided tool bags. I store the jack and tire tools in one bag and assorted other tools in another bag in with the spare (under the cover), then miscellaneous remaining items (tarp, jumper cables, boots, etc. etc.) all tuck around the spare tire. It’s not the most ideal setup but I was able to get rid of the large plastic bin which used to hold all of this and took up space in the main cargo area.

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From the experience of others here getting to the jumper cables stored with the spare tire can be a pain if you have a dead battery and a power rear lift gate that won't open.
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Danver makes an excellent point.

anyone else have an answer?
Maybe a small box that fits in one of the side cutouts behind the wheel wells?
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I actually forego jumper cables and keep a portable jump starter battery pack in the car. Much more useful if you comeback to a dead battery and no-one is around. It fits under the passenger seat as well. You just need to remember to recharge it every several months.
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Should have mentioned - I keep a NOCO GB40 portable jump starter stored under my front seat for the very reason that Danver mentioned. Plus, with all of the electronics in cars these days, I would be much more comfortable using the jump starter with the reverse polarity detection than jumper cables. I guess I carry jumper cables just because I always have...and for a back up in case the jump starter didn't work for some reason. If you are really looking to store the jumper cables in the cubbies behind the wheel wells, there are after market nets that cover those and would keep anything contained in there, but I'm not sure that that space is big enough for a set of jumper cables (plus it would still require climbing in from the back seat if you couldn't open the lift gate). You could buy one of those emergency road kits in a flat plastic box and store it under your seat, but those are bigger than a jump starter.
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I stow a set of cables around the spare tire. There's enough room in there for that.

Those are a back-up to the jumper pack which is in the cargo area, but they're a nice set I already had, so why not? They will be a pain to get to if the hatch won't open or it's packed, but if you really need them, you really need them, and they're there.
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I use Ammo cans behind the rear seats.


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NOCO GB-40 in a hard case https://www.ebay.com/itm/292432583516 still holding 100% charge over a year later. Great peace of mind when your out there with just the wilderness.
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I like the ammo idea for storage.

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