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Old 10-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #1
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Cheapest Effective Jeep Cover

Hi All,
In the process of buying a camp, so I need to find a cover to keep the needles, leaves, sap, etc. out of my JKUI.

So: is there an inexpensive option that would cover the whole Jeep and let me leave top down?

If not, an inexpensive car cover recommendation or solution?

Thanks!
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EASY: For camping pick up a $10-$20 tarp. No brainer...anything other than that get a real car cover, but like you said its gonna run you some loot.

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Plan on $20 for a bigger tarp. Bigger is usually better, it gives you room to peak the top over a rope for runoff. 16 x 20 would be ideal.
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OK, any suggestions on an inexpensive car cover that might work?
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painters drop cloth and then the tarp over that.
I feel like tarps are a little rough to slide over the painted surfaces.
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Then bungee cord through the loops of the tarp underneath the jeep to keep the sides down.
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OK, I get that the tarp way is cheapest, but it seems a bit difficult (how to tie down easily?) and, ummm, ugly.

So, any recommendations for an inexpensive car cover with a bottom elastic to make it simple and somewhat attractive?
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Smittybilt makes one for around $100, but I can attest to it not being waterproof. Works fine for very brief showers and keeps the sun and bird poop off.
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Any thoughts on this one: All Things Jeep - 4 Layer Car Cover for Jeep Wrangler (2007-2014), 4 Door (Grey), includes FREE lock and cable for $52? Don't need it to be totally waterproof, just keep sap, leaves, etc. I'll throw the roof up since I won't be driving for a few days at a time.
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i got 16 x 20 tarp and bungee cords for when i take my doors off and i have to go to work with it ( lots lots of cats in the parking lot where i work ) costed all together 25$ you really cant go wrong with that except its a pain in the ass to fold it back but doable
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No offense, dude, but that's uggggllllyyy! Especially if it was in the woods and stuck out like a sore thumb. And it looks like too much work. If I need to spend the money, I will.
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Any thoughts on this one: All Things Jeep - 4 Layer Car Cover for Jeep Wrangler (2007-2014), 4 Door (Grey), includes FREE lock and cable for $52? Don't need it to be totally waterproof, just keep sap, leaves, etc. I'll throw the roof up since I won't be driving for a few days at a time.
I have this one: All Things Jeep - Jeep Cab Cover, 4 Layer, Grey, for 2 Door Jeep Wrangler (2007-2014) but so far I have only used in the garage with the top off (to keep the damn cats out) and it works ok. It seems like it would be water resistant. I don't really like the hold down straps as they are. I just don't seem to be able to find the right way to get it all snug- but for my use it is fine.

The older BesTop trail covers I had for my TJ's were nicer.
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No offense, dude, but that's uggggllllyyy! Especially if it was in the woods and stuck out like a sore thumb. And it looks like too much work. If I need to spend the money, I will.

Your original post was asking for ideas, most people here come up with awesome McGiverish ideas if asked. Sounds like you want to just buy an actual car cover, unfortunately for you, jeeps have a unique shape, I do not know of any inexpensive car cover options sorry.
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No offense, dude, but that's uggggllllyyy! Especially if it was in the woods and stuck out like a sore thumb. And it looks like too much work. If I need to spend the money, I will.
You might want to edit your OP to ask for a "Pretty" option instead of an inexpensive option.

He gave you inexpensive. A large doily might better meet your need.
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I would say get a Raingear cover I have heard really good things about them, don't have one myself. Their customer service sucks, supposedly products are great though. They aren't TERRIBLY expensive either.
Rain Gear Jeep Covers

Some covers you'll find run you $200 plus and aren't even waterproof. I have an email from covercraft stating that their $400 Jeep cover isn't waterproof. Why the F*** would I buy a cover that isn't waterproof? A jeep cover, no less. and $400. What a joke.

The one thing I can say is, don't buy the bestop trail cover. A lot of people have it and say it's good...I had terrible experiences with it and returned it after wanting it to work so bad. I plan on getting a Raingear cover when next summer comes around. No need for one in a new england winter.
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No offense, dude, but that's uggggllllyyy! Especially if it was in the woods and stuck out like a sore thumb. And it looks like too much work. If I need to spend the money, I will.
You're T a camp in the woods. Who cares what it loos like? Buy a green one to blend in better.
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I have one of these... lightly used, I'd sell you. Great top. Just dont really have the use for it anymore.

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It has to look good? In the woods?? LOL!! You should get an official Mopar cover with Jeep logo on it.
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Just build a garage at the camp if money isn't a problem.
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I have one of these... lightly used, I'd sell you. Great top. Just dont really have the use for it anymore. JK Fresh Air Scoop (Unpainted) -ed
WOW talk about a copy & paste fail!!!

I meant I have one of these for sale

http://www.quadratec.com/products/11186_0209_07.htm

But I was really looking at air scoops when I posted the above LOL

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You're T a camp in the woods. Who cares what it loos like? Buy a green one to blend in better.
Yeah, a green one might be ok. Looks like that's the only inexpensive waterproof option.
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you might want to edit your op to ask for a "pretty" option instead of an inexpensive option.

He gave you inexpensive. A large doily might better meet your need.
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No offense, dude, but that's uggggllllyyy! Especially if it was in the woods and stuck out like a sore thumb. And it looks like too much work. If I need to spend the money, I will.
alright then spend the money and don't ask for the cheapest way SMH..
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California Car Cover (California Car Cover) offers various options/prices depending on the quality of cover (e.g. dust cover to full outdoor storage). They offer Jeep Wrangler compatible configurations.

I use an inside garage grade dust cover for my hot rod and have had it 10 years. Quality is pretty good and I feel like I've gotten my value for the price.
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I bought one at Amazon, custom fit with crappy hook/tie downs for 30 something. Replaced some elastic and sprayed some camp dry on it. Poof! I think it was Rugged ridge or rampage. Works fine for me and south FLA rain.
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i got 16 x 20 tarp and bungee cords for when i take my doors off and i have to go to work with it ( lots lots of cats in the parking lot where i work ) costed all together 25$ you really cant go wrong with that except its a pain in the ass to fold it back but doable
are you hiring? id LOVE to come out of work and find kitties in my jeep!
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