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Old 07-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Red face Cab covers / Jeep covers...yep, new guy Q

Ok, maybe its a Jeeper nono. I dunno. I know there are 3 or 4 tub plugs to let the water out. Thats great. However, I live in New England. And the damned weather guessers for the last 3 weeks have been 90% wrong (as usual) and I'd kept the soft top on, with windows zipped up. Well, the last two days were nice, so I took it all down. Guessers said it may sprinkle last night, so I put the top back up, noticing a small hole in the rear of the top (i'm guessing I'm doing something wrong when I'm stowing it or dropping it, pricey mistake).

Anyway, last night I looked at the JC Whitney and Quadratec catalogs at cab covers that I could but on in case of rain and while i'm at work to protect from the sun. then i can just remove the soft top so i can stop ruining it.

Drive to work, top up, no windows, drizzling rain. Get to work no rain, radio says random showers. Ever since then its BEEN POURING. At least the dash is protected.

So which cover should I be looking at? Anyone have experience with any of these what to chime in? Also, its my first soaking, other than pulling the plugs, should I be pulling the carpets out? or is everything designed to dry pretty fast? its supposed to rains again tomorrow, but be hot and sunny the 5 days after that.

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Old 07-23-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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They are great to have in a pinch. I use mine mainly overnight when camping to keep the dew out of the interior, or if it rains.

Most of the cab covers will not fit over a soft top, but I think Rain-Gear now makes one that does. Not sure how well it would fit without puddling if the soft top was down. Something to look into I guess.

I have an older style cab cover that does not cover the door openings.


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Old 07-23-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks, and thanks for the pic too. I gotta do something, the rain just let up and I went and checked on her. When I said poured, I wasn't kidding. The top was up, no windows, hard doors on, windows up and I just pulled all four plugs to drain over 3 inches of rain in the front and about an inch in the rear. Rear seat and drivers seat is soaked, passenger is bone dry, lol.
On a side note, had my first experience yesterday with the top down, gorgeous day and then the clouds exploded. Had an idiotic grin on my face lovin' the whole thing. 40 years young and still find ways to play in the rain, lol.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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I use the Pavement Ends Cab Cover. I have an 04 TJ. And run a Cargo Net when the soft top is down so this just goes over the net and covers the cab real snug. Works awesome ! 69.00 bucks from Morris 4x4. Goes on in a minute and a half by yourself. Highly recommend it. Best top makes Pavement ends so ya know its good.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:14 AM   #5
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A little cheaper and more redneck fix is a tarp and some bungees. Bout 20-30 bucks. Takes about 5 min to put on. And stores in my trunk nice with space to spare

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Ditch the carpet, monstaline it, and put the soft top up with all the windows out. should only take a couple of minutes to put the top up and will keep most of the rain out.
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X2 on montaliner. Just did mine and love it.
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Rampage Cab cover 1161 is my line of defense against outdoor critters, light rain and morning dew. Covers everything nicely, clips in the right spots and like the elastic hoop in the back for the spare, even has straps that hold on to the rear brake lights. Paid about 60$ something on ebay as it was an open box deal.

Now for heavy rain, I don't think there is a cover that is 100% UNLESS you use maybe scotchguard or a similar product on your cover to help provide better resistance/water proofing to you product. Pooling of water happens regardless of the product unless you get a cover that is meant to be used on top of soft top... Solution I read was to use a stick or something like so and prop it where the pooling takes place in your jeep.

Hope that info helps.
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RevCo, even a soft top will leak in heavy rain......
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RevCo, even a soft top will leak in heavy rain......
Ok...? Point being?

I was just offering advice to the OP since I have a cab cover, soft and hard top.
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I bought a second hand Smittybuilt cab cover and don't use it anymore, but when it did, it worked great. Now I just run a safari top and tonneau cover (with my doors off) all spring, summer, and fall--and it's great.. Most of the time it stays pretty dry, but if the rain is coming in sideways, I use a big trash bag to cover my steering wheel and center console just in case. Interior is bedlined, so you just have to sort of suck it up and deal with those few and far between intense sideways rain storms if you don't want to keep dealing with putting windows and doors on and off. It's too much hassle that way IMO. I did that for the first year I owned the TJ.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #12
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Just ordered the Rampage Cab Cover 1261 from JC Whitney for $40 plus some cheapo mirrors to go door-less and be legal around here. I'll try Scotchguarding it, stuff was legend while I was in uniform.

I had planned on taking the carpet out and lining it. Suggest Monstaliner or Por-15?

Thanks for all the help folks!

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UPol Raptor Liner.
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Ok...? Point being?

I was just offering advice to the OP since I have a cab cover, soft and hard top.
Was pretty clear to me. I was just reminding folks that a litle water leak isnt a big deal in a heavy rain. I wasn't complaining about or arguing with your advice at all, I agree with what you had said.
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Was pretty clear to me. I was just reminding folks that a litle water leak isnt a big deal in a heavy rain. I wasn't complaining about or arguing with your advice at all, I agree with what you had said.
Fair enough... I have yet to have any leaks with my factory soft top. Tho its sail cloth so that might add extra protection but this is my first season with the softy on as I just bought my jeep last year and the end of summer so decided to leave the hard top on.

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