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Old 03-18-2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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bestop trail cover?

I'm sure Geoff will chime in at some point but what's the ease of putting on a trail cover compared to putting up the softtop? Much easier?, about the same? I was thinking of taking my top off for the whole summer and using the trail cover when it's going to or when I get caught in the rain. Is it worth it?

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The trail cover is much easier. I leave mine in somewhat of an accordian fold behind the rear seat and when I need to put it on I just grab a corner and pull it forward. It's about a 3 minute job tie down straps included.

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I have one and use it all the time during the topless months.....it's nice for when I am at work, or overnight....limits the dew and dirt that gets in......there are tie down straps but it is not secure by any means.
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I have one and use it all the time during the topless months.....it's nice for when I am at work, or overnight....limits the dew and dirt that gets in......there are tie down straps but it is not secure by any means.
What about overnight in a windy thunderstorm?
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x3 ^^^ Very good investment! Much faster/easier than putting up the top, keeps rain/dew/CATS out! Highly recommend it. Well worth the $. I have a bow that attaches to the door surround screw thingies to prop up the middle and help with pooling issues, still have to bail out water if we have a lot of rain, but it's no biggie. Only necessary if you don't want to get soaked removing it...


Never had a problem with it during a windy thunder storm, but may not have used it in such conditions... don't remember. But the back has the clips like the soft top does to go into the railing, and the straps hook under the body under the doors, and the part that goes across the windshield is pretty snug, so I don't really think it'd be much of a problem.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:01 AM   #6
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Very helpful thanks guys. So what do you do if your Jeepin along and it starts to pour but you have to be somewhere? finish driving in the rain and when you get there throw up the trail cover, because obviously you can't drive with it on? I want to take my soft top completely off this summer instead of driving around with it scrunched up over the tailgate.

Infernogirl, by bailing out water do you mean it gets inside even with the trail cover? Don't care just curious.
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No, I mean bailing water out of the cover (it'll sag with tons of rain) prior to removal, so when you tug it off all the water doesn't splash all over me... The bow helps, but it will still hold a gallon or so of water if there has been a lot of rain. Still highly recommend it. I can put it on by myself, I need help to get the softtop on.... If you get caught in a shower it might be worth it to carry some sort of safari top to get you where you need to go...
I'm thinking about making one that doesn't require the header etc. that would be easily portable for those sudden showers....
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I run with out a top all summer
I use it like a motorcycle might get alittle wet
then use the trail cover when parked if needed

Water pools up on top of cover so you need to remove water
or when you take it off all that water will just fall
in jeep

ps mine is a over door trails end
it goes over windshield
takes 2 min
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That's what I want one that goes over the doors and the windshield, looks like the bestop trailcover does just that. am I right?

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Yes, it covers the windshield and full door openings. Ran one all summer long in CA. The soft top came off in March and went back up in Sep-Oct. A Bestop Safari Top and the Trail Cover was all I ran all summer.
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I have a bestop trail cover with the longer sides for when the doors are off as well and I love it. Used it plenty of times it is a great investment. They can usually be found on ebay for a fraction of the cost as well.

But from your description you may be looking for something more along the lines of the pavement ends or rugged ridge emergency top. (I think its one of those but not 100% sure). Just do a search on quadratec for emergency top. It is all fits in a small bag and is designed to be installed in minutes and you can drive with it on. I'd post a link but I'm on my celll.

I wouldn't want to use the emergency top for regular storage because by the sounds of it, its not as heavy duty as the bestop trail covers and it is only meant for emergency use as implied in its name.

Hope that helps.
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I don't really want an emergency top, just want something to put on at night or at work when it's going to rain. My jeep isn't my DD anymore so if it's going to rain all day it's no big deal I'll leave it home with the trail cover on and take the infamous $600 kia Rio that I got so I can keep the miles off my jeep and concentrate on builder her into a trail machine.
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no problems in storms etc. , again I am really glad that I got it.

EDIT: sorry for the misunderstanding....when I said it wasn't secure, I was referring to people with sticky fingers, not the elements.
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EMERGENCY TOP:

The Emergency Top is Pavement Ends. Link here. I don't know much about it - the idea is that you can put it on during a thunderstorm on a trail ride, and keep driving. Not recommended for fast speed travel. Cool idea, I just haven't heard much feedback about it, one way or the other. Keep in mind that it was designed in Colorado where you can get caught in violent, but brief thunderstorms, and need to drive down off the top of a mountain to get out of lightening storms. I think it would work great for that. Not certain how useful that is to the rest of the world!
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TRAIL COVER:

Super easy to put on, once you've identified which direction it goes. I'm thinking of taping some bright orange stripes to the front of mine, just so I quit throwing it on backwards.

It's basically just a custom designed car cover. So the straps are in the right place, and it's the right size. Nothing all that clever or fancy about it.

InfernoGirl is, as always, correct: A big rain storm will make a puddle on the outside of the cover and it will likely get you wet when you take the cover off, unless you're careful. But it will keep your Jeep dry.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:45 AM   #16
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awesome, where did you guys order yours from? I want to be in the bestop club
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got my trailcover from quadratec and it's probably been the single best investment i've made to my jeep, just because some nights during the summer i'm too lazy to put my safari top back on because there might be rain overnight. mine fits really snug and haven't had a problem with it coming off from high winds. get one!
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Geoff what's the going rate? allthingsjeep.com has it for $148 is that reasonable or do you think I can find a better deal?

Scratch that, did some shopping around...Q-tec $124
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I don't pay much attention to retail prices, especially on our minor products, since they change all the time, and it's up to the retailers. But I doubt you'll find it much cheaper than that price.
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Thanks guys I appreciate the feedback. Sounds like it's exactly what I want. I've had enough of taking the softop up and down all the time. Besides my back window zipper is broken so it's a PIA.
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I run with the safari top and tonneau cover all spring, summer and fall. I use the windjammer when it's chilly. Keep the door surrounds on in case you need to put your doors on (if it's raining).

Throw the trail cover on if you think it's going to rain....You need to always keep your eye on the weather or you'll get a wet A$$ for sure. I'm ususally good for a 3-4 of them.
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Im telling you check out ebay. I got my bestop trail cover with the longer side doors brand new for $40 shipped
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Throw the trail cover on if you think it's going to rain....You need to always keep your eye on the weather or you'll get a wet A$$ for sure. I'm ususally good for a 3-4 of them.
I hear ya I've had a wet A$$ a number of times that's why I want a trail cover

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Im telling you check out ebay. I got my bestop trail cover with the longer side doors brand new for $40 shipped
WOW...I will do that thanks!
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$40 bucks is a great deal... If I recall, I think I paid around $100 for the Bestop full length cover.
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I got my trail cover courtesy of the Bestop contest last summer. I can say without a doubt that this is well worth having in your Jeep. I work 7 nights then off 7 nights. I drive my jeep doorless/topless during the warm weather and throw on the trail cover at night during work. Saved me from rain quite a few times as well as having a dew covered interior most nights. I get off work at 7 am, throw the cover into the back and drive away from the hospital to the stares of the oncoming staff. Takes only a couple of minutes to put on/take off. It is much heavier than the last cover I had and fits well. Thanks again to Geoff and Bestop.
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My Bestop trail cover got it's first real test the other night. It looked like a storm was moving in so I went to put it on. I barely pulled the last strap tight and it started to rain. Before I got in the house it was a full monsoon. I never would have gotten the doors on and the soft top up in time. It was a full on thunderstorm with high winds that lasted about 30 minutes.

When it was over I went out with a broom to brush off the water on top and remembering Inferno's warning. When I removed it the next morning I was pleased to note that not a drop of water nor any of the flying debris was instead my Jeep. Kudos to Bestop for making a great product!
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Yay! They really are great!
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Hey all, I am new here and found this forum while looking for reviews for the Bestop Trail Cover. I have a new 2010 4 door Wrangler, it's my first Jeep! I loveeee it, but it's hardtop and I was really looking for something to keep it covered and protected from rain (if we have any ever), while it is outside overnight instead of always putting it back together. Looks like I am sold on the cover!

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