I am a police officer with a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe. I needed a way to lock my duty firearms in my vehicle to keep my curious kiddos safe while still retaining the third row seats. I found the SUVault and overall I am very impressed. Prior to ordering, I called the number on the website and expected to speak to a call taker or secretary with little knowledge about the product. I was pretty surprised when the owner, Mr. Newell, answered the phone. He was more than willing to take twenty minutes and explain the ins and outs of the safe as well as answer all of my questions. I highly recommend calling before you order. There are little things (neoprene, magnets, straps, etc.) that can be customized before you spend your money.
Shipping: The safe was shipped in a timely manner and very well protected. The shipping container was pretty beat up when it arrived, but the safe was undamaged. Installation: The safe is HEAVY. I installed it by myself, but I would recommend two people. Screwing down two large bolts (included) is all it took. The fit next to the third row is very tight. I actually installed the safe three different times, once with the seats in, once with them out, and once with them in but folded down. I thought the easiest way to do it was to install the safe with the seats out. Line up the safe over the bolt holes. Start the bolts, but do not tighten them. Put the seats in (this is another place where two people would have come in handy) and open them up. Tighten the bolts. I have pushed and pulled on the safe pretty good and I am confident that it will not go anywhere. Note that you will not be able to remove the seats without removing the safe first. The Safe: I got the Alboy high security lock ... pleased with that. The door on the safe is hinged along the entire bottom side .... pleased with that. A single thin chain holds the door open ... not pleased with that. When the door is open it can be used as a tabletop and sometimes I find myself starting to rest on it. Just a little bit of weight on the door and the side without the chain flexes. The 12 gauge steel is robust enough to warrant a second chain to hold the door open. The interior of the safe is lit up with a 12v LED light strip giving off plenty of light. A pressure switch is used so when the door is shut the lights go out. The strip plugs into the outlet next to the rear hatch. Because every available inch of room after the third row is utilized for the safe, I had problems with the plug fitting into the outlet on the Tahoe's rear panel. I told Mr. Newell and he is looking at a work around for new orders. The interior of the safe is not padded. I am sure if you talked to Mr. Newell he would include extra neoprene or just pad the whole thing it prior to shipping. I have a 5.11 rifle bag that I put in the safe so padding is not an issue for me. The bag is actually a perfect fit. The safe ships with two large foam blocks to set one or two rifles on. I cannot comment on how well these work, but they are not secured to the safe and I would not want to travel on anything other than smooth pavement with that configuration. When I drive down the road the door rattles, even on the highway. I again told Mr. Newell and he is sending some material (no cost to me) that I can put on the inside of the door to dampen the rattle. Overall I am very pleased and I would definitely recommend this product if you need to keep a rifle secured in your vehicle with your third row installed.