I would like to take the carpet out for the summer. Living here in New England the winters get cold. So is it hard to put it back in? I love the look with out it but the winter scares me a little. Plus what about the wires under there, what do I do with them?
You don't need carpet for the winter, it really doesn't offer much insulation at all. It's 3 pieces, iirc, and comes out really easily, goes back not much harder. Remove the nut things over the pins under the front seats, and in the front wheel wells and start pulling. The wires are pretty well protected by the seats and stuff, so no worries there either. Put down some slush mats and call it a day..
After seeing how great a lined tub is with mud, I would imagine it being just as awesome with snow. And you might actually be warmer in the winter with no carpet, the carpet adds insulation to keep the heat OUT of the cab from the engine/tranny....
Here's something to ponder, if you plan to keep your carpet out permenantly. I have Herculined my floorboards and wheel wells and it is a great insulator for road noise and sound deadening (Not really when the top & doors are off). I highly reconmend this and you can get the Herculiner and application kit from an Autozone or AdvanceAuto. Plus, you can hose out the mud & dirt if need be, nor will you worry about carpet stains!!! LOL! Good luck!
I agree, I have slush/mud mats in mine and they don't move while I'm driving or too much to be noticable when I get in. And I believe the dogs will be just fine! If they do slip alittle, do the bottom side too, rubber against rubber will make harder to move too! Good luck with your decision.
didn't comment about the ease of carpet removal or re-installation as I have a TJ. and wasn't sure you wanted to line the interior. about the dogs-unless you have one of those really dumb ones (everyone insert the appropriate breed of your choosing) most will figure out to take a little wider stance for stability. My dog cries if she sees me leave and can't go in the Jeep. Although she prefers to ride "shotgun".
most of my carpet has been out for a while-and it may sound odd but it is easier to keep the inside cleaner without carpet in it. Ever think about all the mud and dirt/dust, pollen, grease and whatever trapped in the carpet under your feet? that you can't clean very well?