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Old 04-11-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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Best rain cover ??

Well I got caught in the first rain of the season. Went to bed with the skies clear and woke up to a thunderstorm and the roof still down. I see there are a few rain covers out there but does anyone have any experience/suggestions as to which one is best. I'm looking for something quick and easy to put on so that I can leave the roof down and the doors off without fear of coming back to a soaking vehicle !

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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Bestop Trail Cover ... on in a minute and it covers the door openings - keeps in a stuff bag (supplied) behind the seat - a good purchase that came recommended here by more than a few

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Old 04-11-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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Since I don't fit in the garage of this house (we are measuring garage doors while house hunting for next house), and the weather here in KS is impossible to predict. I thought about trying to build some sort of tarp/tent shell with 2x4's for the unpredictable hailstorms. of course I would use a heavy duty tarp, maybe double that up, and design it so that it was easy to put up/take down and store. It would need some way to stay secure to the ground too. Maybe a plywood plank that you park the tires on, plank secured to post, tarp secured with grommets/bolts (something quick to assemble) then dowel rods at a 45 degree, sort of like a tent, that connect at a fence post cap

or maybe use fence posts, dowel rods, attach the tarp/s to that. It would look terrible, but I'd rather assemble it before a storm, than rush out there with a bunch of blankets/old comforters then attempt to cover everything.

i have zero engineering skills, but I might try to doodle up a design, and take a go at this.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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Bestop Trail Cover ... on in a minute and it covers the door openings - keeps in a stuff bag (supplied) behind the seat - a good purchase that came recommended here by more than a few
Yep use mine all the time.... First true storm last night held up like a champ. I just had to dump the water out of the middle when I was taking it off
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #7
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I was going to ask the same question about a good rain cover! Guess I know what to get now... Thanks guys!
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Yep use mine all the time.... First true storm last night held up like a champ. I just had to dump the water out of the middle when I was taking it off
Make a bow to support it.... Someone used to sell them, but I'm not sure if they still do or not... There are write ups around for making one from PVC piping and + joints.
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OK just about to make the purchase and the Bestop sounds like a fan favourite. Just to play devil's advocate, is it better than an all over generic cover. I've heard a couple of opinions that the Bestop is hard to get over the folded soft top. My situation is that I have a garage neither at home or at work so I will be driving with soft top down and doors off whenever I can, will put up soft top when I am driving and it is raining but need to cover when I am parked. Rainproof is going to be key as this cover will be for daily use, not just from time to time.

Any final thoughts before I unleash the credit card ?
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Check craigslist in your area. I found mine for sale, the dude never used it, I got it for $100.
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OK just about to make the purchase and the Bestop sounds like a fan favourite. Just to play devil's advocate, is it better than an all over generic cover. I've heard a couple of opinions that the Bestop is hard to get over the folded soft top. My situation is that I have a garage neither at home or at work so I will be driving with soft top down and doors off whenever I can, will put up soft top when I am driving and it is raining but need to cover when I am parked. Rainproof is going to be key as this cover will be for daily use, not just from time to time.

Any final thoughts before I unleash the credit card ?
I never had any issues with the soft top folded down. Even though I have a garage now and don't really need it, I'm still reluctant to part with it.
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OK just about to make the purchase and the Bestop sounds like a fan favourite. Just to play devil's advocate, is it better than an all over generic cover. I've heard a couple of opinions that the Bestop is hard to get over the folded soft top. My situation is that I have a garage neither at home or at work so I will be driving with soft top down and doors off whenever I can, will put up soft top when I am driving and it is raining but need to cover when I am parked. Rainproof is going to be key as this cover will be for daily use, not just from time to time.

Any final thoughts before I unleash the credit card ?

Yes, they are better than a generic cover, made to fit your Jeep, and water proof... They aren't that darned expensive new. Especially if you want to keep as much water out of your Jeep as possible. Mine is for my TJ, and I have no problems with it fitting over the folded soft top. I can't say about the JK. If it's that bad, he gets the garage, and I put on the trail cover...
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anyone had issues with the wind flapping it and it wearing away a spot in the paint?

I know, a good waxing helps but I was shocked how quickly running the soft top with the windows out wore off the paint under the corners of the sail panels.
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anyone had issues with the wind flapping it and it wearing away a spot in the paint?

I know, a good waxing helps but I was shocked how quickly running the soft top with the windows out wore off the paint under the corners of the sail panels.
Huh? The bestop trail cover fits snug. There is no flapping.
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thanks Daggo. that is what i wanted to know. I have seen loose fitting covers (full covers) wear out a spot in paint before. I had a 73 MGB that happened too.
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The bestop trail cover fits so tight that the first time I tried to put it on I thought they sent the wrong one.

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