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Okay, I know there are some MBUD devotees (or, at least, owners) on this board. I hope someone can help me out. Is there a way to close the stroller, or latch it closed or whatever, when it is collapsed?<br><br>
I thought I saw a strap that looked promising the other day, but I didn't have time to follow up on experimenting with it. And today I was using it and looked briefly for that strap when I was collapsing it, but I didn't see anything. Screaming baby made it not prudent to have a big "figure it out" session right then.<br><br>
The stroller is living in the back of my minivan right now and I do not really get access to it except when I'm using it, and I just don't have time to do much more but use it and then transfer the babies back into their carseats and get the show on the road.<br><br>
I did check the instruction manual, such as it was, when we first got the stroller, and I saw no reference to holding it closed. I would expect there to be a hook and lever or something, like on all other strollers I've used. That sucker is heavy enough that we have to have some way to keep it closed when hoisting it someplace. We are going to be traveling with it in April and I'm assuming we can/will gate check it. But then again, the "staying closed" issue is a big one.<br><br>
That's my goal, I guess. Find out this "how to" info by/before April. I'm so proud of myself for asking now!<br><br>
Thanks for any help you can offer.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We are going to be traveling with it in April and I'm assuming we can/will gate check it. But then again, the "staying closed" issue is a big one.</div>
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Just like the pp said, there is a snap. For traveling, I was not about to count on that to hold it shut for longer than two seconds. When I have flown with our MBUD, I take off and pack the canopy and the baskets - less fabric to risk getting ripped. I also purchased two lengths of 1" webbing and a set of buckles for each piece.<br><br>
At the end of the jetway I pop the children out, fold the buggy, and put one strap around it lengthwise and one around it width-wise, say a dozen small prayers over the thing for safe travels, and send it on its way. It's not pretty getting the buggy folded and buckled at the end of the jetway but I've done it a few times alone and it's worked as well as anything else I can figure. I've heard mixed reviews on the quality of the bag that you can get.<br><br>
You do know that it will stand on end fairly stably, right? The handle bar goes on the ground and the footplate goes towards the sky. It makes it a lot more tidy to leave at the door for the handlers to collect when ready. I would also stand it up a lot at restaurants or in other tight spaces.<br><br>
Have a great trip!<br>
signed,<br>
an MBUD devotee <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I personally have never had a reason to lock ours closed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
But, as others have mentioned, there is the little strap with a snap on the handlebar.<br><br>
Good luck traveling with your little ones!<br><br>
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No, it's NOT the strap with the snap! At least not on my 2006 model! The strap with the snap (I have no idea what the functionality behind the snap is) is the jogging leash. There's another strap with a buckle style clip that tends to hide in the folds of the seat fabric, particularly if you had your seats reclined and then set them back upright after use for storage. Took me awhile to figure that out but once I did it was GREAT! The one with the snap does not adequately hold the stroller shut - the length of the strap itself is a little too short for that anyway so it's really a lot of strain on a measly snap. The other thing works great and was clearly intended to hold the stroller together. You just loop it through the bottom metal part of the stroller (under the basket I think it is) and the back to itself and buckle is shut. It *will not* open that way. I don't know how people manage w/o buckling it up. The stroller would want to fly open when putting it in or out of the back of our minivan w/o it. Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, it's NOT the strap with the snap! At least not on my 2006 model! The strap with the snap (I have no idea what the functionality behind the snap is) is the jogging leash. There's another strap with a buckle style clip that tends to hide in the folds of the seat fabric, particularly if you had your seats reclined and then set them back upright after use for storage. Took me awhile to figure that out but once I did it was GREAT! The one with the snap does not adequately hold the stroller shut - the length of the strap itself is a little too short for that anyway so it's really a lot of strain on a measly snap. The other thing works great and was clearly intended to hold the stroller together. You just loop it through the bottom metal part of the stroller (under the basket I think it is) and the back to itself and buckle is shut. It *will not* open that way. I don't know how people manage w/o buckling it up. The stroller would want to fly open when putting it in or out of the back of our minivan w/o it. Good luck!</div>
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I have a 2005, so mine doesn't have the buckle strap (and the strap with the snap works fine on mine).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a 2005, so mine doesn't have the buckle strap (and the strap with the snap works fine on mine).</div>
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Ditto.
 

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i can't find *anything* to close mine with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
i think it's at least 4 years old.
 

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Ours is a 2004 and definitely no buckle, just the snap. It always worked fine when I needed to lift it in and out of the car but on an airplane? No way.
 

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I have an older model, with no way to latch that I am aware of. For purposes of checking on an airplane, I bought a luggage strap and that held it closed just fine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, it's NOT the strap with the snap! At least not on my 2006 model! The strap with the snap (I have no idea what the functionality behind the snap is) is the jogging leash. There's another strap with a buckle style clip that tends to hide in the folds of the seat fabric, particularly if you had your seats reclined and then set them back upright after use for storage. Took me awhile to figure that out but once I did it was GREAT! The one with the snap does not adequately hold the stroller shut - the length of the strap itself is a little too short for that anyway so it's really a lot of strain on a measly snap. The other thing works great and was clearly intended to hold the stroller together. You just loop it through the bottom metal part of the stroller (under the basket I think it is) and the back to itself and buckle is shut. It *will not* open that way. I don't know how people manage w/o buckling it up. The stroller would want to fly open when putting it in or out of the back of our minivan w/o it. Good luck!</div>
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This is what I was looking for. Did I mention that I thought I'd seen something (some kind of strap or buckle) when I was underneath raising the seatbacks for my boys now that they don't need the recline? Then I didn't see it again during a brief glance.<br><br>
Your post gave me the incentive to take a good look and I did find it...a strap on the back with a buckle. When the stroller is collapsed, there is just enough length for the strap to loop around the frame and click securely.<br><br>
I do have the strap on the handle and I assumed it was a jogging leash. After reading the posts in this thread, I went to see if it would be an easy and quick way to secure the stroller, and I saw that there is no snap on the leash on my stroller. (I guess they got rid of the non-functioning snap within a year or two of adding the buckle strap to the 2006 model.)<br><br>
Thanks for the help, everyone. I did not know that there was a way to stand it up on end, so thanks for that tip. (I always perch it on its side sort of balanced unevenly on the sides of the wheels, which works okay in the back of my van with the door closed, but I wouldn't call it sturdy or steady.)<br><br>
I don't think I could take off the seats (to protect the fabric) while traveling and still use the buckle to hold the stroller closed, since I'm pretty sure it's attached to the fabric itself. But that's okay. The thought of having to cram something like that into our carryon luggage at the last minute is a bit of a stress, though maybe it would make me have more discipline when it comes to travel packing....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have an older model, with no way to latch that I am aware of. For purposes of checking on an airplane, I bought a luggage strap and that held it closed just fine.</div>
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Yeah, I was thinking if all else failed, a bungee cord or two would work. But finding the strap and clip is better/simpler, so I'm glad I did!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think I could take off the seats (to protect the fabric) while traveling and still use the buckle to hold the stroller closed, since I'm pretty sure it's attached to the fabric itself. But that's okay. The thought of having to cram something like that into our carryon luggage at the last minute is a bit of a stress, though maybe it would make me have more discipline when it comes to travel packing....</div>
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I don't know if someone else mentioned taking off the seats, but I would just take off the canopy and the baskets. I left the seats in place when it was sent under the plane. There's no way you could get them off at the end of the jet way while juggling (at least) two children, their car seats, and carry on while the passengers behind you are getting antsy to get past!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know if someone else mentioned taking off the seats, but I would just take off the canopy and the baskets. I left the seats in place when it was sent under the plane. There's no way you could get them off at the end of the jet way while juggling (at least) two children, their car seats, and carry on while the passengers behind you are getting antsy to get past!</div>
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You are right about your original post....I knew that not going back and re-reading was bound to bite me! I think when I read your original post I read it as seats & baskets instead of canopy. And the scenario you describe at the end of the jetway is exactly what made me feel overwhelmed at the thought of it. (And if it's just the canopy and basket, then you could remove them in advance and pack them in your checked luggage, too.) It is seeming more sane and definitely doable to me, now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I appreciate the input!
 
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