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Just sharing a lesson learned to hopefully keep someone else from learning it the hard way. Interior quarter panel broke when I was getting a bunch of tile loaded into the cargo area. Didn't really think about what supported the platform on top of the spare tire. Suffice it to say that it is two little plastic ledges on the quarter panels that are not designed to support much weight. Groceries - good ; 100s of pounds of new tile for the foyer - less good.

Anyhow, new quarter panel cost me ~$180 at Jeep Dealership (can find them for ~$120 at Mopar Online). Replacement was a bigger project than I originally thought. Had to remove the entire back seat (upper and lower) to get the job done. Once again, I wasn't smart enough to take pics all along the way, but I've attached a few for your amusement.

Finally, I also built a little support block for on top of the spare tire to help share some of the load in the event I want to get more tile (or something heavy like it) again.

Enjoy!
 

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Quite a mess you got into. Thanks for posting the photos. While not complete they will give anyone else an idea of what they're in for. I loaded up my Patriot with kitchen tiles a few years ago and got away with it. Maybe because I flipped my seats and had a good share of the weight up front, plus Wife & me. I'm sure I was over the 900lb capacity. I got a lot of creaks and groans on the corners and every oncoming car flashed their headlights at me. I guess I wouldn't do it again.

The wooden support is a good idea. These new vehicles have a lot of plastic parts, and you found the breaking point. The support should do the trick.
 

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Proof that our cars are not designed for heavy lifting. I traded in my truck for the Jeep (still happy I did that!) so I have a tenancy to try to use it like a truck. But for really heavy things, renting a truck from Lowes for $20 is worth it. I live close to Lowes so the 90 minute window is easy to stay in. Thanks for reporting this so I know not to over do it!
 

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Thank you for sharing that is helpful to know, I also pretend it is a truck sometimes and I'm surprised I haven't reached that breaking point as well, I'll keep this in mind the next time I am loading a lot of weight. The trailer is a little extra work and more than once I've done things where I knew I should have hooked up the trailer but I was in a hurry. Having just a small simple utility trailer makes all the difference for us getting truck jobs done without a truck in the household but you have to take the two extra minutes to hook it up and drag it around.
 

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Thank you for sharing that is helpful to know, I also pretend it is a truck sometimes and I'm surprised I haven't reached that breaking point as well, I'll keep this in mind the next time I am loading a lot of weight. The trailer is a little extra work and more than once I've done things where I knew I should have hooked up the trailer but I was in a hurry. Having just a small simple utility trailer makes all the difference for us getting truck jobs done without a truck in the household but you have to take the two extra minutes to hook it up and drag it around.
I am also someone who went from a truck to a 2nd gen Compass. Bought an aftermarket trailer hitch and learned that I would need to buy a drop hitch and flip it to raise the ball up six inches just to use my small utility trailer. Whats worse is my hitch mount bike carrier cannot be used without an extension as it rubs the hatch. Living in Alabama, the hills are abundant and the little Compass struggles to pull the trailer loaded with a riding mower up some of the larger, steeper hills.

As far as using the cargo area, at least you have a spare tire. I learned the hard way that I only have some "special" air compressor with a tire sealant under the panel.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. 100 lbs doesn't seem like much. I often carry heavy loads so will check the tray/tire area for a modification ASAP.

Baja-D
 

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Please advise how thick the wood was at the very back?

Edit Update: Taking a yard stick and going across the back between the two plastic ledges it looks like 4 inches to the top of the tire.

Thanks,
Baja-D
 

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Living in Alabama, the hills are abundant and the little Compass struggles to pull the trailer loaded with a riding mower up some of the larger, steeper hills.
Using manual shift mode will help a lot with hills, you can hold gears longer to stay in the power-band and stay out of the deep overdrives as there is not enough torque to get into 7th/8th/9th when hauling a heavy load. Heck, you can't hardly get into 8th just with an empty Thule cargo box on the top! 8th gear pretty much only works effectively if the car is empty other than you.*

* At least, on the limited trim with the taller final drive ratio.
 

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I didn't measure it to engineer the wood support I made, just stacked boards and screwed them together when it was close enough to take load before the plastic gave way. After measuring it up, it's about 2" at the front (side closest to the rear seats) and about 1.25" at the back (nearest the lift gate).
 

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yeah this car is a "light duty" or as flimsy as they come lol.
not even sure how this justifies as a jeep or off-road vehicle, its about as off-road as a journey.
but its still a new cheap car get me by for a few years with hopefully minimal issues (will see about that, doesn't have a great track record for reliability or fuel efficiency either).
this car looks great though :p
 

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Just sharing a lesson learned to hopefully keep someone else from learning it the hard way. Interior quarter panel broke when I was getting a bunch of tile loaded into the cargo area. Didn't really think about what supported the platform on top of the spare tire. Suffice it to say that it is two little plastic ledges on the quarter panels that are not designed to support much weight. Groceries - good ; 100s of pounds of new tile for the foyer - less good.

Anyhow, new quarter panel cost me ~$180 at Jeep Dealership (can find them for ~$120 at Mopar Online). Replacement was a bigger project than I originally thought. Had to remove the entire back seat (upper and lower) to get the job done. Once again, I wasn't smart enough to take pics all along the way, but I've attached a few for your amusement.

Finally, I also built a little support block for on top of the spare tire to help share some of the load in the event I want to get more tile (or something heavy like it) again.

Enjoy!
I didn't measure it to engineer the wood support I made, just stacked boards and screwed them together when it was close enough to take load before the plastic gave way. After measuring it up, it's about 2" at the front (side closest to the rear seats) and about 1.25" at the back (nearest the lift gate).
 

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I wish I saw this post a few days ago....grabbed 6 bags of River Rock from Home Depot and on the way home, the same exact thing happened and it cracked in the same exact spots. Dealer wont cover and called Customer Care and they did what I thought they would, nothing. Dealer wants over $400 to fix it.
Just sharing a lesson learned to hopefully keep someone else from learning it the hard way. Interior quarter panel broke when I was getting a bunch of tile loaded into the cargo area. Didn't really think about what supported the platform on top of the spare tire. Suffice it to say that it is two little plastic ledges on the quarter panels that are not designed to support much weight. Groceries - good ; 100s of pounds of new tile for the foyer - less good.

Anyhow, new quarter panel cost me ~$180 at Jeep Dealership (can find them for ~$120 at Mopar Online). Replacement was a bigger project than I originally thought. Had to remove the entire back seat (upper and lower) to get the job done. Once again, I wasn't smart enough to take pics all along the way, but I've attached a few for your amusement.

Finally, I also built a little support block for on top of the spare tire to help share some of the load in the event I want to get more tile (or something heavy like it) again.

Enjoy!
 

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Wish I saw this post a few days ago. Same exact thing just happened to me after hauling only 6 bags of river rock from Home Depot. Broke in the same spots. Dealer wants over $400. Customer Care, didn't care. Is there any type of spec that says how much weight you can carry in the cargo area? Doesn't seem right that you cant haul anything other than groceries.
 

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The Owner's manual states that the cargo load floor system has a load capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg). Six bags of river rock (6 x 40 lbs.) shouldn't have caused a problem. I'm wondering how accurate that statement is.
 
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