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Old 03-22-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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What to do when it is raining and the doors are off?

I just did away with the hard top and put on a soft top last weekend. I love it! My question is, what does everyone do when they take the doors off and a freak rainstorm hits? Most of the time (once it gets a little warmer out), I will be driving with the top down. Are there any covers that can go over the jeep and door area? I realize that if it rains and I put the soft top on while the doors are off, the interior will stay relatively dry as long as I am driving down the road. I am wondering if there is anything that people do when it is raining, the doors are off, and the vehical is parked (or driving) to stop rain from getting into the cab? Other people must have run into this "raining while the doors are off" problem before and have a good solution. Thanks

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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With my last Jeep I either would drive to a gas station or a car wash and hide out until the rail let up a little.

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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When driving ^^^^^


When Parked I have this


Bestop 81041-09 - Bestop® All Weather Trail Cover in Charcoal for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

I have a Rubicon so it has the Rubi-Rails ,so the hooks dont work right. So I ran a bungee cord the length of the doors under the frame which I hook the sides of the cover to
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With my last Jeep I either would drive to a gas station or a car wash and hide out until the rail let up a little.
x2^^^ or i get wet. its a real simple solution.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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Pull the drain plugs in the floor and keep driving.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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Pull the drain plugs in the floor and keep driving.
While this is a suitable solution for a YJ, not sure its the correct answer for a $25k+ JK with all their electronics.
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While this is a suitable solution for a YJ, not sure its the correct answer for a $25k+ JK with all their electronics.
Still works!
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same thing i do on my 34k Harley Davidson screaming eagle road glide,,, just roll on,
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As mentioned above, when parked the Bestop Trail Cover is the solution. It covers the door openings snugly enough to keep your interior dry.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:01 PM   #10
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With the top up, but no doors, the interior will still get soaked. Water will flow in sideways just like the wind does.

Like others have said, plug the drain plugs and roll on. Pull the carpet out when you get home, if it gets really wet. Then put it back in about 5 months later.
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One thing I remember from dads jeep when I was a kid was when you get caught in the rain be sure to smile at anyone you pass so they can see how much fun you are having.(even if your not).
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:42 PM   #12
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Step 1: grab towel out from under seat to wipe inside of windshield while driving in rain

Step 2: Put on pre-made garbage bag rain coat wadded up in the glove box...keep on driving. (just take a large garbage bag and cut arm holes in it, slip it on and it keeps you dry while your seat gets soaked...trust me, it works)

Step 3: Always remember to smile and wave.
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Step 1: grab towel out from under seat to wipe inside of windshield while driving in rain

Step 2: Put on pre-made garbage bag rain coat wadded up in the glove box...keep on driving. (just take a large garbage bag and cut arm holes in it, slip it on and it keeps you dry while your seat gets soaked...trust me, it works)

Step 3: Always remember to smile and wave.
How do you see if you only cut armholes. You may get sued by somebody who cuts armholes with there head stuck in the bag. Lot of geniuses out there.
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...just take a large garbage bag and cut arm holes in it, slip it on and it keeps you dry while your seat gets soaked...
You might wanna cut a hole out for your head too. A lot easier to see out of.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:58 PM   #15
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How do you see if you only cut armholes. You may get sued by somebody who cuts armholes with there head stuck in the bag. Lot of geniuses out there.
Good call...We'll make that step 2.5 since I got punchy with the key board, although, half the garbage bags in my house are always ripped out at the bottom...too cheap to buy Hefty...
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You might wanna cut a hole out for your head too. A lot easier to see out of.
Ahh...the hell with the hole. Bags are nicely tinted like a pair of cheap sunglasses...keeps the rain out of your eyes.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:34 AM   #17
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Haha, some of these responses are funny. I couldn't imagine driving down the highway during a rainstorm with a trashbag on and smiling the whole way...

I had seen the Bestop trailcover linked above before. I think that trailcover would be perfect if there wasn't a piece of vinyl over the windshield. I am surprised nobody produces something like this because it seems like it would be a perfect solution for a pretty obvious jeep problem.

So it seems like the answer is, if you are parked and have a cover, you are good. If you are driving, find shelter.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:45 AM   #18
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People, don't hate on Tarby. I would like to think that the people on this forum are a bit smarter (or have more common sense) than the average schmuck out there on the road. They did two things: 1. Got themselves a Jeep and 2. Are learning more at this forum and perhaps others.

As for the rain with no top or doors, I agree with WatchThis and smile. Even if you are miserable in the rain, you are still having fun right? If you aren't, just give me the title to your Jeep, you'll be happier. :-)
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:11 AM   #19
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Ahh...the hell with the hole. Bags are nicely tinted like a pair of cheap sunglasses...keeps the rain out of your eyes.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:34 PM   #20
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I've never been in any SERIOUS rain storms w/ the doors off, but I haven't gotten too wet. Just put the top up. I also have the bestop soft doors for if I know it's going to rain. Just throw them in the back and you're good to go. They do let in a little bit of air, aren't completely water tight because of fit, and are very noisy, but they keep you and your jeep dry. They're a little pricy though...
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When I have been caught in a rain storm, I at least have my soft top with me so I put it on. Hardly I ever carry the windows with me. While driving down the road, rain will come from the back window and splash water all over the window and radio and gauge cluster and everything else, so plan on getting wet. When turning, stock tires will actually bring water in where there door is suppose to be, so the legs will get wet too. But most of all..........HAVE FUN. Jeep is for a reason! To explore and reconnect with nature!
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:39 PM   #22
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Lock the windshield down and drive on proud you're not in a stuffy Dodge Neon.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:48 PM   #23
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In regards to my innovative garbage bag, I can say that each time I have used one, I have replaced it with a fresh clean one in the glove box. That's just good Hygiene ya know...
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I got caught in what seemed like a freak monsoon topless and doorless. I tried pushing on but the worst part was having to use a squeegee to clear the inside of my windshield so I could see while driving. Eventually had to pull over and put up the top and trail doors
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Drive to nearest closed area put up what i have of the soft top, put all the carpeting in a big trash bag then keep driving.
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Okay, it's a jeep......but then again: it is a Jeep, so doesn't the satnav die?
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Sat/NAV? whats that?
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I have a rugged ridge cover that covers the entire jeep.
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Yes, I know this thread is 2 years old but it's been raining here a bunch so I've been doing a lot of "reading"...
I use a 60 gallon garbage bag over my drivers seat when parked with no doors in the rain. When you are moving, the rain really isn't much if an issue.
If you work in or have a friend that works in a restaurant, most kitchen garbage bags are 60 gal. Fits like a glove over your seat. I even roll it all up and keep it under the back seat for those " just in case" moments.
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Besttop 2 piece cloth doors. Light weight and they fit in the back

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