Moving Blankets | Interior SUV Protection

Many fatbikers carry their steeds inside vehicles during the winter to protect them from unnecessary winter nastiness when heading to the trail head.

One significant drawback is melting snow and the inevitable stud scratch tattooing on just about every hard surface. The inside of my retired Jeep Patriot, including the back of the front seats, did not look so pretty.

Not wanting the same fate for my new Mazda CX5 I was determined to come up with a low cost and simple way of giving the inside a level of winter protection.

While exploring Princess Auto one Saturday afternoon I discovered heavy duty moving blankets. As these blankets are designed to protect furniture from dents and bruises, why wouldn’t they protect the inside of a vehicle from nasty fat bikes? So I grabbed a couple and headed home. 

I did experiment with a tarp in previous years, but the studs would tear it to shreds and it would slide all over the place when trying to load the bike. I also used smaller thin "boot mats" but they did not provide enough coverage. I was hoping the moving blanket would be tougher and provide ample coverage to the unblemished interior.

As the backs of the front seats in the CX5 are fabric, I really wanted a way to protect them from snow and studs. Hanging the blanket from the headrests seemed like the best option.

Knowing that the blanket was approximately 72" wide (later confirmed it was a little narrower) I started taking a few measurements inside the vehicle.

As the blanket was wider than the floor of the vehicle, I opted to keep the majority of "extra" material in the middle . . . allowing the blanket to droop between the two seats. This would allow me to more easily reach behind the front seats when seated.

Locating the center of the blanket I started marking the location of headrest stalks. I measured, marked and rechecked my calculations several times.

I poked a hole through the fabric with an awl, keeping within the sewing lines for strength.

And then opened the holes slightly with a pair of scissors.

Heading back to the vehicle I removed the headrests, poked the stalks through the holes and reinstalled the headrests.

The heavy duty moving blanket hung down over the back of the front seats and covered part of the floor, while still allowing the headrests to be fully functional.

It took some adjustments and tucking before I got the blanket to where I liked it.  And adding a secondary moving blanket covers the remaining portion of the floor.  As I rarely carry passengers I'm not really concerned about access to the rear seat.

Will this setup prevent all damage to the inside of my vehicle. . . I'm not sure, but it should give some measure of protection from melting snow and studded tires.