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Old 05-08-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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Hardtop Storage Suggestions - No Garage

Hello,

I'm looking for (budget) suggestions for storing my hardtop for the summer (without a garage). I can store my doors easily enough in my apartment, however the only place I have to keep the hardtop is outside on my (small) back porch.

I'm looking for any suggestions on how to best keep it safe and protected. I would like to store it indoors, however the only way it would fit in my apartment is if I stood it upright, which I'm afraid would damage the window.

The other option I'm thinking is to just put a tarp over it to keep bugs and such from building nests inside. If this is the best option, does anyone have any suggestions on (cheap) tarps to buy and use?

I'm open to any other suggestions if anyone has some ideas. Thanks for your advice.

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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I left a hard top in my side yard one summer. It was pretty lively with live and dirt inside by late September. This was with a tarp over it and off the ground about a foot. Nothing too difficult to clean, but it was not ideal.

Not cheap, but self-storage for a few months...

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You can buy or make a storage cart that will hold it up on its end and not damage the glass, with some casters on it, you could roll it in and out of the apartment as needed.
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We bought a dual-top JKU. Right now, the hard top is in a storage unit.

I built the storage dolly myself, had a friend help remove the hard top at the storage facility, place it on the cart, and wheel it in.

Not the cheapest solution - but I do now have some other crap keeping the hard top company in there so it's not JUST a cost for hard top storage.

Still - cost is worth every penny. I personally find the sunrider way easier to deal with than the freedom top panels - especially since we usually have a trunk full of kid stuff. And I can't wait to get it all the way down as soon as it warms up here in New England.
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Does anyone else have a recommendation? I have the same problem. No yard/garage space to store my hard top (damn city). Do many other people do storage unit rentals?
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I've always left in on blocks with a tarp.
Never had issued even the couple times the tarp blew off.
They sell a nice custom fitting cover which I thought about buying at one time. I have a garage now and use a dolly.

Here is a pic I took for a member that was having issues with assembly. The same dolly linked above.
The freedom panels are inside also along with some other crap
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I don't have any space on my property for it
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I use the Bestop HOSS Hardtop & Door Carrier Combo and Bestop HOSS Cover to store my hard top and doors outside my house. Not exactly a budget solution, but it's the best I can think of for my situation. If you don't need the door storage, you can by just the Bestop HOSS Hardtop Cart instead of the combo. My hard top and doors are stored here about 8 months out of the year for the past three years under the hot SoCal sun and occasional rain, and it works out fine for me.
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In Chicago there are at least 2 or 3 storage facilities that specialize in storing Jeep tops (and probably other stuff too, like boat trailers and such) which I am guessing would be cheaper than renting out a single storage space by yourself. I'd google Jeep top storage for your zipcode and see what pops up.

Edit: Just googled it for my zipcode and the very first link is a company that will pickup and deliver your hardtop to you, and it is insured, and they have rates for year-round storage and seasonal storage. So I am sure you can probably find a service like this.
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I don't have any space on my property for it
You need a place to put the top itself. Do you have a family members house with space ?
I did that after my condo association starting fining me

Thats a good idea. Rent a storage space.
Can't be much for a smaller one.
For me 3-4 months would work.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:05 PM   #12
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Or find someone near you with a similar situation and split the cost do a small storage unit... But what happens if a shower pops up?
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I have a 10x12 wood shed but also need room for my harley my hard top has been in my shed since jan I just set it upright where freedom panels go and window end up and its fine only 22"tall I think but to split a storage unit with someone would be great good luck Joe.
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I actually have a similar problem so great thread. I'm thinking my best bet might be to just sell my hardtop for awhile. If I move somewhere where storing it is more convenient i'll get another one then. Until then I'll just rock the soft top which makes removal and storage much easier for us apartment folk.
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I use the Bestop HOSS Hardtop & Door Carrier Combo and Bestop HOSS Cover to store my hard top and doors outside my house. Not exactly a budget solution, but it's the best I can think of for my situation. If you don't need the door storage, you can by just the Bestop HOSS Hardtop Cart instead of the combo. My hard top and doors are stored here about 8 months out of the year for the past three years under the hot SoCal sun and occasional rain, and it works out fine for me.
you bud. do you have any pics of this getup? i can't tell from the website but is the bottom exposed on the cover?
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do you have any pics of this getup? i can't tell from the website but is the bottom exposed on the cover?
I don't have pictures, but the bottom is exposed. The cover has elastic around the bottom to keep it snug, but dirt does get up in there.
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Cool. Thanks man. I just bought the storage cart (no doors) and cover. I figured I could store the doors in my garage somewhere. I'll let you know how it goes and upload pics when I get it.
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Any suggestions for a second floor apartment? Will it fit in a regular sized door frame because I'm not against sitting it in my living room. It's the stairs that worry me.
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I built the DIY dolly and last summer had it stored in my brothers garage. Unfortunately this year I can't store it there. So I'm getting a storage unit, tomorrow actually. The extra monthly bill sucks but it is what it is. Need to do it, no other choice.
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You can buy a inexpensive tarp for about $20.00. I would cover it to keep the sun, dirt and rain off of it.
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I built this yesterday for $50 in materials and about 50 minutes in time. There's a long thread on it, with plans, parts list.
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While I now see this thread started a year ago...here's the thread with the DIY details in it.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/har...ly-145643.html
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #23
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Does anybody suggest one prebuilt dolly over the other? Quadratech appears to sell at least two. Deluxe vs hoss?
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This is a must have.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:05 AM   #25
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Find a local Jeep club, the club here rents a storage locker for their members hard tops to sit in over the summer. And then charge by dividing the cost by how many tops they get in. This year it was $6.50 a month for each top.
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The hard top fit through my front door at the apt.. It is standing up on freedom panel side by my rear slider. Has turn into a conversation piece...lol

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