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Old 06-10-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Red face How bad of an idea is this?

I'm traveling 1700 miles from Tucson, AZ to Bellingham, WA in a couple of weeks. I'll be staying a couple of months, so I need to get a bunch of crap from Point A to Point B cheaply.

My question: I have a large canvas cargo storage bag intended for rooftop storage, but I do not have a roof rack on my '00 Wrangler soft top, nor do I have a bunch of cash to drop on one.

Assuming I keep it relatively light, how bad of an idea is it to just strap the canvas storage bag to my soft top? Has anyone ever done this, or heard of anyone who has? Anything I should know?

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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If you have a hitch, what about a U-Haul trailer.

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Old 06-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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if you have a hitch, what about a u-haul trailer.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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How about a hitch hauler. Walmart has them for $65 and strap the canvas cargo bag to the hauler.
To give you an idea of the capacity, I can put 9-10 bags of mulch from Depot on there with no probem.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:25 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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Going up to work on a broken bridge??????

I've never hauled anything on top of my soft top. My factory bows do not look like they would hold much weight. Especially on that long of a trip.

A hitch hauler or a small cargo trailer would be the best bet, assuming you have a sturdy trailer hitch.

Maybe put the top down and strap it to the sport cage. Of course once you get to the Left side of the Cascades, you will probably get rained on.

Check out Walker Valley when you get here. Just a short distance from Bellingham with some good forest trails.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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Don't attach anything to top of the soft top, there is nothing about it that is strong enough to withstand that. Not the support bows, not the fabric... don't do it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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redneckqueen when you get here and you want to go offroading we go to Mt Vernon (walker valley) quite a bit. It is probably 20-30 minutes south from bellingham.
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Take out the back seat and pack carefully.




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Old 06-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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We've hauled a Christmas tree on top the past 5 years, about 30 miles, they were 7-8 foot trees. It was very sketchy to say the least. Haha.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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Hitch hauler with a big cargo net is what I would suggest, it works great for me - just be careful backing up...
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:00 AM   #12
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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
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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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Old 06-11-2013, 04:26 AM   #14
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I vote Bad Idea too!

Have you got a friend with a hard top to borrow for the trip to U-Haul?
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:39 AM   #15
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how about borrowing a hard top, picking up the trailer and then using your soft top to do the dirty work ,sinister yes.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:45 AM   #16
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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.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:31 AM   #17
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Use a hitch haul. look for a cheap used one on craigslist.
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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.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:35 AM   #19
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I got my hitch hauler on sale at Harbor Freight. I have had it for 8 yrs and works perfectly.

Also, Jerry is right about U-Haul. They won't rent to soft tops.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #20
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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.
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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..
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #22
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I'm traveling 1700 miles from Tucson, AZ to Bellingham, WA in a couple of weeks. I'll be staying a couple of months, so I need to get a bunch of crap from Point A to Point B cheaply.

My question: I have a large canvas cargo storage bag intended for rooftop storage, but I do not have a roof rack on my '00 Wrangler soft top, nor do I have a bunch of cash to drop on one.

Assuming I keep it relatively light, how bad of an idea is it to just strap the canvas storage bag to my soft top? Has anyone ever done this, or heard of anyone who has? Anything I should know?

Thanks!
I live up here go out to Elbe hills frequently if u wanna go on some trail runs up here hit me up!
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:09 AM   #23
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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.
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..^^..haha..i would have love to see that..

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