1) lock the ends in a tool box (secure toolbox)
Sounds good, but I'll need to build another tool box and add locking lids to both.
2) use loose ends with additional ratchet to secure the hood (just learned this one)
Another good one, I just need to by another $20.00 set of straps.
3) cut them off at different lengths so as to limit how many (or how long) loose ends you have.
This I thought of, I will need to mark them front and back as the lengths will be different, and buy that second set for if I haul anything else other than the Roper.
Keep them coming. A good knot suggestion that doesn't come untied would be good.