siai47 wrote:If you don't have anything mounted to the hatch to tie it down you can use the existing latch for that purpose. A piece of wire works great. Just push the wire into the latch until it locks then pull the hatch down and tie the other end around the lock striker on the bottom of the hatch opening. If you are using a piece of rope or twine, you can use a screwdriver to push the latch closed. To undo, just push the hatch release and the wire/rope will pull out of the lock (resetting it) and then remove the other end from the striker. If for some reason the wire or rope broke when inside the lock it can be easily reset pushing the hatch release before closing the hatch.
Along the lines of your idea I use a simple padlock with a shackle about the same dia as the striker on the car. Then tie a rope between them.
Here are a couple of links to pictures of Sparky ready for work.E-truck E-truck2
The deck and aluminum lockable box add up to 51 lbs leaving 149 lbs for cargo. But it's more about bulk than weight. The top of the box aligns well with the deck of the Miev So large long bulky items can be hauled. (161 lb 50 gallon gas water heater today). Hence the need to reliably tie the hatch down part way. The rope goes from the hatch latch (with padlock securely latched into it) down around either side of the item to the hitch reciever giving a very secure stable package. Instant fumeless mini truck!
The hatchback will open with room to spare while the box lid is open supported by it's own gas struts. So no one can possibly damage the hatchback by opening it at the wrong time.
So far so good,