Nice to see they are improving the product and not just running on with obvious problems. I wish companies with a lot better reputation than Smittybilt would try that approach, might be how what some consider an inferior brand gains so much traction in the market. I wish mine had that upgrade but for the price I paid under normal retail I can live with it.And the new cover strap design.
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I've temporarily solved my strap issue with 550 paracord, I just tie it off to my extended crossbars.
Kevin's solution above looks great. I may need to do something like that. I have the same issue of wanting to leave my sleeping bag in there, and there is room, but those straps mess up my plans to use it for bedding storage.