Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much does the Milford cargo barrier cost?
A. Barriers are priced from $399 to $499 plus installation charges.
Q. What is the Milford cargo barrier constructed of?
A. Milford cargo barriers for the North American market are made of heavy gauge steel tubing, wire mesh, and attachment straps. The barrier consists of a square-tube perimeter frame with reinforcing cross bars covered by a thick wire mesh screen that is welded together. The steel straps secure the barrier to the mounts.
Q. Is the Milford cargo barrier permanently installed?
A. The barrier is designed to be installed or removed in a couple of minutes without tools, AFTER the initial installation of the backing plates. The only permanent part of the installation is the backing plates, which are flush mounted and won't interfere with anything in the interior.
Q. Can the Milford cargo barrier be fitted in more than one location in the vehicle?
A. In most vehicles the barrier can be placed in dual positions, behind the last row of seats, or behind the second last row with the last row removed or folded. If the vehicle has an electric sunroof, then the barrier can usually be fitted in the rear position only.
Q. Can I install the Milford barrier myself?
A. We recommend installation by a professional, such as a body shop, because of the drilling involved (see next question).
Q. How is the Milford cargo barrier installed?
A. The initial installation requires the permanent installation of backing plates behind the sheet metal of the vehicle's body. Each plate requires drilling three holes into the vehicle's body from the inside, two smaller holes with a larger hole centered between the smaller ones. The plate is slipped behind the sheet metal through the large hole and secured with bolts through the two smaller holes. The large hole exposes a female-threaded portion of the plate that accepts the bolt that attaches the barrier mounting strap to the backing plate. These bolts have a molded-on plastic knob to allow barrier placement or removal without tools. Temporary lifting of carpeting in the cargo area and trim or molding removal may be necessary during installation. Anti-corrosion sealer is supplied to coat the bare metal exposed during drilling. Installation times are less than two hours, usually just over an hour.
Q. What tools are needed to install the backing plates during the initial installation.
A. The following tools list comes from Milford's installation manual (plus a couple of our own recommendations) and allows for fitment of all models in the Milford line. No single model requires all the tools.
|trim removing tool||set of sockets|
|set of wrenches||set of screw drivers|
|set of Torx bits||hammer|
|vinyl cutter - 16,22mm (can make from hole saw)||extension cord|
|center punch||steel rule|
|felt tip pen||drill bits - 5,9,11,13mm|
|masking tape||M10 & 5/16" BSW tap with handle|
|hole saws - 16,22mm (suitable for sheet metal)||vacuum cleaner|
|tape measure||utility knife|
|jig saw||safety glasses|
|bristled wire pipe cleaners (to apply sealer)||drill stops for drill bits|
Q. Can Milford cargo barriers be interchanged between different types of vehicles?
A. Not unless the vehicle is based on the same platform, such as a Suburban and a Tahoe XL, or a Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute. Each cargo barrier is specifically designed for a particular vehicle, unlike some generic "small, medium, large" pet barriers that are designed to fit many different vehicles.
Q. Does the Milford barrier interfere with child seat installation?
A. Child seat compatibility is built in with access windows for the seat tether strap to feed through and attach to the factory location.