I agree with the hitch hauler. Even if that bag doesn't do permanent damage to your soft top, it will cost you 2 or 3 mpg with the added wind resistance. So it might cost you between $50 and $75 more in gas to put it on the roof.
i have had stuff lost by the air travel industry(wont name) so i have learned to UPS it to a hub and pick it up when i get there..
but the Uhaul trailor is good idea.they have small ones..even one made of fiberglass that looks like the cargo hauler you see on top of mini vans so its light weight and easy to pull
Unless U-Haul has changed their policy, they will not rent any size of trailer for towing behind Wranglers with a soft top or no top. Stupid yes but you can't get them to change their mind. They will only rent to Wrangler owners that have hard tops. Lame, yes I know.
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I carried my hang glider just above my soft top. I got a windshield mount light bar for the center support and used those 'T' shaped devices on the front and rear that slip into the 2" receiver. You might could do something with just one in the rear and a lightbar if you can find and are willing to spend on them.
You can carry a good bit in the back. First question is do you have the rear seat in and is there an option to leave it?
I've filled the rear literally to the roll bars. Items can be piled to the top of the tub but then with the softtop, you need to keep items from pressing on the softop windows. I also have a soft roof bag that I use inside on top of items in the tub. In the front and rear of the rear floor, there are footman loops the I have attached ratchet straps on up/over the top of the pile to keep everything stacked up secure. What I also use when camping, is I purchaced a lower cost rear net kit. That will keep piled up stuff off the softtop.
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
I travel up to Bellingham once every other week for work and it's a really cool town. What brings you up this way? You should check out Boundary Bay Brewery while there. Beware of the crazy Canadian drivers though, especially around Costco. When the news reported it was a Canadian that took out the bridge, I can't say I was overly surprised.
Oh, and to stay on topic, I join everyone else in strongly advising against putting anything on your soft top. It simply wasn't designed for it. Not only do you risk damaging your soft top, if your soft top were to fail, your stuff would end up all over Interstate 5. It's not just the extra weight, it's the strain on the top from the increased drag while going 70-80 mph that you have to consider.
yall are rite..i work for Uhaul and totaly forgot..they wont rent to a soft top jeep...stupid , i agree...(sorry boss)
do the hitch hauler..i have seen a lot of weight on them..or flip the seat up and pack away..
Make sure you put the heaviest stuff as close to the center of the vehicle as possible. Right before this past Christmas I moved from south Florida to California, roughly 2700 miles. I loaded down my GMC Safari van with everything i could. Inside was packed to the ceiling even the passenger seat. Roof loaded with even more. I packed and repacked 3 times to make sure i could position everything right. Ended up doing the whole trip by myself riding the axles the entire way. It was a rough ride but made it with no problems.
Not saying its a good idea, but if you pack right and know your vehicles limits it can be done.