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Old 04-17-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Trail Doors, Kids and Traveling to the Trail

Just put on my trail doors and am planning on a trip in a couple of weeks. The place is about 1.5 hours. My kids are 9 and 10, so I'm worried about how they'll take an hour and half both ways with constant wind? What is everyones experience on this?

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I've known some snotty kids in my life and yes, some kids may be little brats about dealing with wind. Still, there are plenty of gung-ho kids out there who will love every moment of it.

You'll have to decide this based on your kids specifically.

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If I crack a window in the suburban, the kids bitch. But if we are topless in the Jeep with all 4 trail doors on the freeway, they seem to suck it up....as long as we provide blankets. They are 11, 8 and 3. I think the "cool factor" over rides the cold.

Besides, it's fun to torture those stinkers.....for all the thankless efforts the wife and I put forward....they need to feel some pain every now and then....it builds character.

Gotta toughen them up for Zombie Apocalypse.
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I don't have kids so I can't speak personally on it, but maybe some ear muffs might help reduce the "wind fatigue" they experience? Just a thought.
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If I crack a window in the suburban, the kids bitch. But if we are topless in the Jeep with all 4 trail doors on the freeway, they seem to suck it up....as long as we provide blankets. They are 11, 8 and 3. I think the "cool factor" over rides the cold.

Besides, it's fun to torture those stinkers.....for all the thankless efforts the wife and I put forward....they need to feel some pain every now and then....it builds character.

Gotta toughen them up for Zombie Apocalypse.
lol. We were topless last weekend driving 70 mph for about 45 minutes in 67 degree weather. The kid with the coat was complaining about it being cold my sleeveless daughter never complained and smiled all the way home.
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I don't have kids so I can't speak personally on it, but maybe some ear muffs might help reduce the "wind fatigue" they experience? Just a thought.
I was thinking hoodie and ski mask, but earmuffs would probably be better. I like the blanket idea too.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:36 PM   #8
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I have the Body Armor trail doors. It does get windy so 1.5 hours will be a while, so maybe just plan on a stop if possible. It is fun though and my daughter loves to ride in the Jeep with the top off and trail doors on.

I think most important, if your doors are similar, there is no bottom to the door. So water bottles, iPods, purses, shoes, etc. that might be on the seat or floor during straight line driving, might not be there after the corner.
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My girls 8 and 5 love every minute of it with the top down and doors off.
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Get a babysitter.
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Get a babysitter.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

That's why my wife and I only have dogs! Oh, wait, we have to get a babysitter for them anyways
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My boy will be 5 in 2 weeks, all last summer we went everywhere in the configuration bellow. He loved every trip and every minute of it. Next week the doors and sides come off again till winter and he can't Waite!
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My doors are the Body Armor too. I would have gone with none if the kids hadn't insisted. I just took off the doors last night with the weather here in the high 70's I want to stay doorless for the rest of the year, but temps will dip back in the 60's, so I may have to put the doors back on for the trip. Sleeping bags are a possibility since we're going camping too.
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My daughter loves it. With the trail doors, she says it feels like being on a rollercoaster. No long trips yet, though.
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Depends on the kid

My 11 yo daughter absolutely loves the wind while my 13yo daughter absolutely hates it. I've got a JKU and I leave the two full back doors on for her during long rides.
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I went completely doorless when I first got m JKUR and I got a lot of shitty looks from the Lefties out here in SoCal with the kids
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I went completely doorless when I first got m JKUR and I got a lot of shitty looks from the Lefties out here in SoCal with the kids
With the kids in the back.....I meant
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Currently have the doors and top completely off. Have a 9 mo old in rear facing in the rear seat (JKU). She falls asleep most of the time, even on rough trails. Wind has not seemed to bother her yet and when awake, she is ALWAYS happy. A true future Jeep girl .
Once she get to the age where she knows how to unbuckle, the doors are back on until I know she is responsible enough to stay in the cab...
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We took our first trip doorless, my daughter loved it. Son thought I was crazy driving like that. The only real problem was when we got out at the first stop, I hit the lock button on the key. The really really bad part was I hit the unlock button before getting in.

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