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Old 01-10-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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I am about 4 weeks from a road trip I have been planning for a couple of months now... I'm not talking cross-country, but rather a 300ish mile round trip for the afternoon. I plan on going top/doors off for the trip. Going along with me will be my wonderful wife, my father-in-law, and my 7 month old... Here's my question: Has anybody gone "naked" with a baby? My kid is a pretty cool dude... He's the type to take it as it comes and not complain about ANYTHING. He's been in noisy situations many times before (he's been going to basketball games since he was about a month old... He'll either fall asleep and just relax for the whole game, or watch the game... Yes... He will actually follow the ball up and down the court and do this the whole game), so I know that noise will not scare him. Anybody have any experience or stories about taking a youngster out on the road with no doors/top?

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I would be worried about his ears/eyes and the wind. Cover that, and you should be ok.

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i mean you have absolutely no protection from a side impact and you're driving with an infant. personally i wouldnt even consider it.
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Id be worried about him getting sun burned too. Have you gone topless with him before? Is he ok with the wind in his face or does it take his breath...no doors is scarey to me too.
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i mean you have absolutely no protection from a side impact and you're driving with an infant. personally i wouldnt even consider it.
I don't know what doors you're running, but the doors that came from the factory on my Jeep will just as soon fold if you look at them wrong... The doors are flimsy and light... They might protect you from some debris if you get into a side impact, but with them on, you still have glass flying everywhere... I'm going to be on rural back roads with VERY little traffic and few crossroads... A side impact is round about last on my list of worries.
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The wind or even a tossed cigarette from another vehicle to yours is a danger to your child. If you are concidering giving it a whirl I would recomend having someone ride along side in the back.
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Id be worried about him getting sun burned too. Have you gone topless with him before? Is he ok with the wind in his face or does it take his breath...no doors is scarey to me too.
He has very fair skin, but we keep him lathered up with sunscreen whenever we go out for long periods... As far as wind goes, we are going to try a dry-run this week and go about 10 miles at 60mph to see how he does with the wind... I don't expect a problem at all when it comes to the wind because he will be in his car seat (which is facing the rear and in the center seat of my 2012 JKUS) and it has a sturdy canopy that will block most of the sun and a good chunk of the wind.
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I don't know what doors you're running, but the doors that came from the factory on my Jeep will just as soon fold if you look at them wrong... The doors are flimsy and light... They might protect you from some debris if you get into a side impact, but with them on, you still have glass flying everywhere... I'm going to be on rural back roads with VERY little traffic and few crossroads... A side impact is round about last only list of worries.
dont assume that they're weak because they're light. a piece of debris may not seem much to you if it hits you but...anyway it's my opinion. if you think it's responsible and safe, then go ahead.
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The wind or even a tossed cigarette from another vehicle to yours is a danger to your child. If you are concidering giving it a whirl I would recomend having someone ride along side in the back.
Like I said, little traffic, 3 adult passengers (1 next to the carseat), and a rear-facing carseat are all in the mix here...
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dont assume that they're weak because they're light. a piece of debris may not seem much to you if it hits you but...anyway it's my opinion. if you think it's responsible and safe, then go ahead.
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Sounds like you've made up your mind. Its legal. Go have fun.
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Sounds like you've made up your mind. Its legal. Go have fun.
lol... I kinda have... Was really looking for members that have any experience doing this and see what their impressions are... I ended up getting something else... Oh well... I do appreciate the members looking out though...
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I remember the last time i had my doors and top off with the old lady... We came home from our trip and I was forced to sleep alone in the guest room for the remaining month
lol... We still haven't taken it out topless or doorless... I've gone in a buddy's CJ a few years back and had a blast... My wife has never been in an open Jeep... She seems excited though. I guess we will see if she's still excited after our test run tomorrow...
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lol... We still haven't taken it out topless or doorless... I've gone in a buddy's CJ a few years back and had a blast... My wife has never been in an open Jeep... She seems excited though. I guess we will see if she's still excited after our test run tomorrow...
lol you need to try doorless first. 300 miles doorless will not be fun in any way.
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lol you need to try doorless first. 300 miles doorless will not be fun in any way.
How do you mean?
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How do you mean?
Constant wind. Gets loud. Many items flying around. LoL
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Constant wind. Gets loud. Many items flying around. LoL
I couldn't imagine it being any different than my buddy's old open CJ... Or even any convertible or motorcycle for that matter... Wind and noise come with the territory... As far as flying items, I keep a very tight ship when it comes to the interior of my Jeep... No trash, receipts, papers, cups, loose fries under the seats, nothing... My interior looks pretty pristine... Almost like new (there are a few pebbles on the floorboards)... I don't think flying items will be an issue...
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Enjoy the ride but I know I live in FL and I even get annoyed at the top off on long day trips after a few hours.
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Enjoy the ride but I know I live in FL and I even get annoyed at the top off on long day trips after a few hours.
and that's probably driving alone. I've said enough but driving naked means little to no conversation.
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Enjoy the ride but I know I live in FL and I even get annoyed at the top off on long day trips after a few hours.
We are talking a 2-2.5 hour trip one way (with a couple of stops thrown in), watching a basketball game, then making the drive back (probably stopping at the same places)... Not that big of a deal...
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We are talking a 2-2.5 hour trip one way (with a couple of stops thrown in), watching a basketball game, then making the drive back (probably stopping at the same places)... Not that big of a deal...
You and the family will have a blast. See how the test run goes tomorrow and enjoy! Im sure if momma or baby doesn't like it they will tell ya.
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and that's probably driving alone. I've said enough but driving naked means little to no conversation.
No complaints here on the no conversation... I usually like to just enjoy myself and look around on this particular trip... We make the trip several times a year and it is nice to just take in the scenery...
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You and the family will have a blast. See how the test run goes tomorrow and enjoy! Im sure if momma or baby doesn't like it they will tell ya.
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I was driving around with my cousins husband and their son who was 5 and he was not down with the doors off and top folded back. We were in Arizona and it was beautiful, maybe 90 degrees. I think he was pretty scared. Once we got onto a side road and were offroading really slowly he was cool. We assumed it was the speed, the wind and the exposure that he disliked. His dad told him "its a jeep and that's what they are like" which calmed him a little bit.

There's my experience for ya. If it was an infant I wouldn't do it based upon that experience.
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Last summer, we'd take two-hour drives to the beach with our 5-month-old and 2-year-old. I won't be doing doors off with them for a bit, I just don't like the idea of objects or even the remotest chance they come unbuckled, but the top down's no problem. My infant's seat has a nice canopy, and she'd sleep better there than most anywhere else. My toddler didn't love the wind, so his window was up.

My advice: keep the doors on and throw the top down. Then, you have what you need if something doesn't work.

One more thing, and I accept that this might come across poorly: you have children now, so they come first. It sounds like you want to rock the Jeep so much you're willing to sacrifice your chillens comfort and security. Please don't.

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Not sure why you asked, since you've clearly made up your mind, but...

I have always had complaints from rear seat passengers in a topless Jeep. I doubt the lack of doors make it any better. Depending on the speeds you're driving, it seems to get more brutal for your rear passengers.

It seems likely an awfully long trip to test it out on. What if it is a bad experience? It's not like you can just turn around or put everything back on for the ride home.

I would try it out on a shorter trip first and see how it goes.

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