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Old 05-18-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Anyone use a cab cover for rain protection?

I was thinking about getting a cab cover for my jeep this summer, mainly to keep out rain. I only have a hard top and a safari bikini top. The bikini top serves an OK purpose as you drive, but not too well when the jeep sits in a parking lot for 9hrs a day. If I had a water "resistant" cover, would that help me out at all? Or is it a waste of money? The bikini top plus a water resistant cover would be benificial, correct? I really don't have the money to spend for a bestop brand that is water"proof".
I know most will probably respond and say "its a jeep, it's supposed to get wet", but I really don't care much for the it, especially after a bad day at the office.

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Old 05-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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I run the Bestop all weather trail cover. Works great. I had another brand prior and found out that water resistant wans't very resistant. Took a week to dry the seats and carpet out!

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Old 05-18-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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Covercraft weathershield.

I'm currently running topless and doorless, and I find that the Covercraft weathershield cab cover works nicely. It covers up the door openings and when it does get wet, you can clearly see the water bead up (You can dry it just by flicking the water off the cover.) I also find that if I wash the exterior portions that it covers by hand, I can then run up to the manual car wash, put it on, and carefully powerwash the rest of the vehicle.

It's not a thick cover, I mainly just use it just to protect the cab. The kicker is that I place a custom covercraft weathershield hd cover over the entire jeep, on top of the cab cover, and that keeps everything perfectly dry. It has been through one severe thunderstorm so far and no problems, we have highly schizophrenic weather in northern Utah so I hope that holds until I put the hardtop and doors back on in September.

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Old 05-18-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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The Bestop one will be "best" in the long run. I really liked mine.
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And it comes with a stuff sack!

The extra length is nice when you're running no doors, or tube doors.

We'd recommend using it on a few sunny days to let the fabric stretch out and relax. It's a little tight right out of the box. I'd guess that advice holds true for every brand, not just ours.

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Sorry - I posted that before I really read your message. If Bestop's is too expensive, you may also want to look at this one from Pavement Ends. I have one of these for my CJ. I can't remember how much it cost. Quadratec or one of those guys will have them.

There are elastic straps that go over the taillights, straps to hold the sides down, and the front just fits snug arond the windshield.

There's not a lot of brilliant engineering in these, and they don't need to stay on when you're driving, like a soft top, so I would guess that they're all pretty similar.

(is that bad marketing? I may not copy my boss on this post).
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Rain Gear Jeep Covers

I use that with my Safari top and no doors and it comes with a stuff sack AND a hat.
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #8
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Sorry - I posted that before I really read your message. If Bestop's is too expensive, you may also want to look at this one from Pavement Ends. I have one of these for my CJ. I can't remember how much it cost. Quadratec or one of those guys will have them.

There are elastic straps that go over the taillights, straps to hold the sides down, and the front just fits snug arond the windshield.

There's not a lot of brilliant engineering in these, and they don't need to stay on when you're driving, like a soft top, so I would guess that they're all pretty similar.

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I use that with my Safari top and no doors and it comes with a stuff sack AND a hat.
Geoff,

Where's my hat???
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:52 PM   #9
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I use that with my Safari top and no doors and it comes with a stuff sack AND a hat.

Well, yeah, but they're the underdogs. They need to try harder. :-)
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:57 PM   #10
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Geoff,

Where's my hat???
Heck now that you mention it, where's mine? Does it help that I have the cab cover and new Bestop Sailcloth soft top w/ half doors, sport bar pads, and TrailMax seats?
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:16 PM   #11
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I found one on craigs
cabover and doors cover
for 30 bucks
love it
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:34 AM   #12
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No hats were promised or implied.
At no time were any guarantees of hats made.
In fact, Bestop officially denies any knowledge of
hats of any type, style or form. Had any hats been
verbally promised, Bestop reminds the promisee
that, in absence of written confirmation, no hats
will be forthcoming.

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If you guys had hats would they be sail cloth? What size zippers would you use? How easy would it be to install one?
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If you guys had hats would they be sail cloth? What size zippers would you use? How easy would it be to install one?
Not sure. But if the hat didn't fit we would absolutely blame you for not building your head to the proper specs.
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But, I need a hat for rain protection. Why cover the jeep if I'm gonna get wet anyway???!!!
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Does anyone have experience with the Smittybilt cover? Actually I am not too worried about it being 100% waterproof - I need it to keep the %&^*%& cat out that has been marking its territory in my jeep lately and I don't want to put the hardtop on every night I park it.

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Does anyone have experience with the Smittybilt cover? Actually I am not too worried about it being 100% waterproof - I need it to keep the %&^*%& cat out that has been marking its territory in my jeep lately and I don't want to put the hardtop on every night I park it.

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Covers - Smittybilt

From that photo, it looks a lot like our cover. Same color even.
But from what you say about your issue, maybe you should get one of these instead (it's even the same gray color) :

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Old 05-27-2009, 10:26 AM   #18
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Oh dude, I heard those will eat the seats!!!

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