Just bought a deeply discounted new 2020 LT a couple days ago, so please be gentle with this virgin EV owner... In inspecting my new ride, I came across what the owner's handbook oddly calls a "cargo management system", basically a shaped piece of hard foam that stores a towing eyelet and presumably the level 1 portable charger if desired. The depressions in the foam also look like they'd be useful for a few tools, but honestly there's a lot of wasted space here that could be used for other purposes. As someone who has owned and personally maintained older cars for nearly the past 50 years, I feel naked driving around without a proper set of tools, safety equipment, a tow rope, warning triangles, flares, 12v inflator, a can of fix-a-flat, fuses, duct tape, etc., etc., etc. When I removed the foam insert, the well it fitted into looked big enough for storing all sorts of useful stuff (or perhaps a reduced-size emergency spare instead), but the exposed surface was just painted metal with various drain plugs and other plastic fittings.
My question is whether there would be any downsides to getting rid of the hard foam cargo management system, laying in some outdoor carpet over the painted surface, and then storing tools, the portable charger, and other useful items in some sort of secured manner. I imagine that the hard foam served some sort of sound insulation purpose, but believe me, I'll fill up that well like a hungry man's stomach at a Vegas buffet and very little road noise will get through. What's preventing me from going ahead with the plan is the nagging suspicion that had Chevy thought the well would be a useful area for the owner to do with as he or she wished, there would be some sort of indication in the handbook that the space didn't have to be consumed by the hard foam if the owner had other ideas.
Anybody have experience in this regard?
Nick in Palm Springs