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Old 05-16-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Cab Cover: Which One?

I did a search thinking that this subject should be well covered but I didn't find any "good" threads. Oh well, I guess another thread ain't gonna hurt anything.

I have a 2012 Sport S two door with a soft top and full metal doors.

Here's what I am looking in a cab cover:

1. something that does a good job of keeping the rain out of my interior when I have the top down and the doors off. (I know they make them with flaps to cover the door openings.)

2. must be compact when it is in storage. (This is very important. I want to keep this with me for emergencies and I don't want it taking up a lot of room.)

3. must stay in place in the wind when it is being used.

OK, please make some recommendations.

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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Bestop worked "best" for me.

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Interested in this too, seems there have been some threads about some of the covers not being the best quality and tearing easily, it would be nice to have some actual users of the different brands of covers chime in....
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i bought a bikini top made by smitty built and it does and excellent job it stays in place doing about 65 on the highway and you can fold it up and it will fit behind the back seat which my jeep is older and different so yours may have more room in it
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I use the Bestop All Weather Trail Cover, and I'm happy with it. It's waterproof and very durable. Not really compact though.
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i bought the best top trail cover with full door cover last year for my TJ. I like it it keeps the rain out when needed. for the about of time/energy to put it on and take it off though I still debate wither I should have just bought a full cover instead. if you take the time to fold it up nice and neat its about half the size of a 5 gal bucket.
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Bestop worked "best" for me.
Yep, Bestop Trail Cover...i love mine
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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/any...-100522-2.html
here ya go has a vid and pics on how to fold it and the size of the bag when folded
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:44 PM   #10
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Another vote for the Bestop trail cover. Fits like a glove and includes several tie down points.
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Not sure what peep it was, but the whole blue tarp idea for 5.99 sounds like the route I would go...lol
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I know you are asking about a 2-door but I have a JKU with a Smittybuilt and I like it, strong canvas and a soft underside. 3 tie downs per side and 2 in the rear. We had 40 MPH winds here a couple of days ago and it didn't budge. It rolls up and fits easly in back.

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Hey, you guys are giving me some great feed back. Thanks! I'm at work now and cannot thoroughly check out the leads you are giving me but I will do that when I get home tonight.

Several of you have said that you are happy with your Bestop trail cover. The only draw back that I am aware of is that some people say they do take up a fairly large amount of room when stored. Darkfire says they take up a space about equivalent to half of a five gallon bucket. That's not too bad as far as I am concerned.

The whole idea of this is to cover my Jeep very quickly when unexpected showers pop up. Since I plan to take my doors off, simply putting the soft top up would not keep my interior dry. I would want something that goes on quickly and easily so it can be deployed before everything gets soaked if I get caught by surprise by a shower and it needs to cover the door openings.

Just to clarify, I am not looking for something to use while the Jeep is being driven, just for when it is parked.

Keep the suggestions coming, Jeep Buds.

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Darkfire is correct. When properly folded and placed inside the storage bag that it comes with, it could actually fit inside a 5 gallon bucket. The Bestop trail cover is a great choice.
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Darkfire is correct. When properly folded and placed inside the storage bag that it comes with, it could actually fit inside a 5 gallon bucket. The Bestop trail cover is a great choice.
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Tomster, just noticed you are in Western KY...I too am from Western KY...where you at? Also, the Bestop trailcover when in the bag doesnt take up much room as others have said.
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Tomster, just noticed you are in Western KY...I too am from Western KY...where you at? Also, the Bestop trailcover when in the bag doesnt take up much room as others have said.
Will send you a PM so we can keep the thread from drifting off topic but I live in Greenville.
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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/any...-100522-2.html
here ya go has a vid and pics on how to fold it and the size of the bag when folded
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Thanks for the link.

I watched the vid and it makes me wonder if this thing will work when the soft top is still installed and is lowered. Does the soft top have to be taken completely off the Jeep before one of these trail covers can be used?

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The Bestop trail cover will definitely work with the soft top lowered, but still attached.
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The Bestop trail cover will definitely work with the soft top lowered, but still attached.
Thanks, Tom. I am seriously thinking about getting one.

Here's the thing, though; I already have a full Jeep cover. It has elastic at the four corners to hold it in place but that's pretty weak. A good wind would blow it off. I used it on my last Jeep. What's in its favor is that I already have it and it is paid for.

One more question... does it take about as long to put on the trail cover as it would take to raise the top and zip-in the windows? If I just leave my doors on, could I just as easily put the top back up to keep the rain out as I could deploy the trail cover? I really enjoyed being door-less with my last Jeep, though. Hmmmmmm.

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OK, Peeps, thanks to all of you for your input. I got some real good replies.

I have gone with the Bestop Trail Cover and just placed my order with Quadratec. Thanks, Joe, for the free shipping.

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I went with the Raingearforjeeps.com cover. It is very good quality, doesn't leak a drop, goes on and comes off easy by myself, was cheaper than the bestop stuff, came with a free hat and shirt, and is Made In the USA.
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With the Bestop do the doors have to be off or will the cover go over the doors???
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With the Bestop do the doors have to be off or will the cover go over the doors???
Answered in the other thread where you asked the same question.
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