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Old 02-21-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Leave doors/windows at home

When you guys go for road trips, beach etc, when it's nice out, do u just leave the doors and windows behind at home and hope nothing happens to ur jeep while ur away and it's all open? Just wondering since it's going to start being nice soon, thanks

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Old 02-21-2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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start being nice soon....and you are in Philly? LOL...haven't you had some of the same bad winter we have here in NH? I'd wait a little longer...didn't that groundhog get snowed in?
Anyways...up around here it can be a perfectly clear sky, all sun, not a cloud in sight...leave the doors and windows home and we can't get across town without a downpour...LOL....so we have learned to use the window 'roll' and tie them on the back so they are always with us. Half door tops slide down behind the seats if we don't have passengers...doors always stay on for safety no matter what-on the road or on the trail.

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Old 02-21-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
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if im camping and i take my top/windows off i will usually leave them inside my tent or fold them up and leave them on the floor of my jeep. doors ive only taken off when i run small errands around town. and that was before i had all my electronics and tools inside my jeep. i would definatly take anything out you dont want stolen if you plan to leave your jeep in a public parking place that is out of eye sight.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #4
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i just bought a bestop instatrunk for when i take everything off.

i'll put any important stuff in the trunk (wallet, head unit faceplate), which will then be relatively safe.

seems like a pretty good solution
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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I live in philly and there is no way I'm leaving my top down and doors off anywhere around here! Maybe for small trips where I'm not moving far from my jeep I can't watch it with my eyes. Can't trust people no matter where you live! Unless you live in Canada lol
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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thanks everyone and i dont have too much valuables in mine and i just lock my glove box as well if im not in it
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:15 PM   #7
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@ NHrubicon,"so we have learned to use the window 'roll' and tie them on the back so they are always with us. Half door tops slide down behind the seats if we don't have passengers..."
do explain..
thanks!
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:16 PM   #8
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the clover patch window roll works great. keeps windows safe rolled up in felt then tie down to roll cage in the back. also hides a bad fold job with the top down.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:48 PM   #9
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I let everything at home and never carry anything of value with me. Besides the kids think it is great when we are in the jeep and get caught in the rain. They laugh all the way home...
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:47 PM   #10
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If it is warm then everthing come off and stays home. My kids are the same way. I think they just come up with reasons to go in the TJ just to see if Dad can get cought in a rain storm. They have even went so far as to hide rain gear in the TJ, so if it does start to rain they are good to go and dad is bitching all the way home. It really doesn't bother me but i put on a good show for them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:51 PM   #11
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I'll take everything off and leave the doors and windows at home. But then again I park at a school with cameras everywhere and generally try to keep anything of value on my person or hidden in my insta-trunk.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #12
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Yup, leave it all home.

If you go that route, you need to invest in a few things. Insta trunk like has already been mentioned, detachable face stereo if you don't already have one and a safari or bikini top. You can keep the header attached and roll the top up fairly small. helps in little showers. You'll still get wet, but not soaked.

Theft concerns? Don't take anything that may be a target or small enough to lock up.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:00 PM   #13
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If I'm going to head out some where I put the windows in the window roll. I also have soft doors that I can throw in the back if i want.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:24 PM   #14
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thanks everyone and i dont have too much valuables in mine and i just lock my glove box as well if im not in it
That means you will have a broken glove box to repair. Those latchs/locks do not have any strength. (I know from experence.) Leave it unlocked and empty of valuables. This applies to the center console as well.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:27 PM   #15
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I roll my windows up and store in the trunk. In FL you can count on a shower in the afternoon, most days.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:37 PM   #16
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I live in philly and there is no way I'm leaving my top down and doors off anywhere around here! Maybe for small trips where I'm not moving far from my jeep I can't watch it with my eyes. Can't trust people no matter where you live! Unless you live in Canada lol


in all fairness we have scum up here too
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:44 PM   #17
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because with your top up, windows zipped in and doors on everything is secure??? Velcro, Zippers, removable doors, and canvas do not provide security. Take them off, leave them at home, then the scum won't steal your doors, slash your windows, or cut your top. Just take anything of value out of the jeep regardless of whether or not the doors are on. I would even suggest never locking it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:50 PM   #18
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I leave my tennau cover on and lock my tailgate. no doors or windows.
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If I'm going to be traveling 50 miles or more, I take the windows with me in the cloverpatch roll, but usually, I just throw the trail cover in the back and throw it on when I am going to leave it somewhere that I can't watch it. The trail cover keeps everything out of sight. Keeps it dry and keeps honest people honest.
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That means you will have a broken glove box to repair. Those latchs/locks do not have any strength. (I know from experence.) Leave it unlocked and empty of valuables. This applies to the center console as well.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #22
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I have a hard top that comes off in May and stays off till Septmber. Same with the doors. I have a sheatmetal box that has locks on it for tow straps and jumper cables and other random crap for the jeep. It sits behind the back seat and no one messes with it. That is the reason I bought my jeep.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:41 PM   #23
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because with your top up, windows zipped in and doors on everything is secure??? Velcro, Zippers, removable doors, and canvas do not provide security. Take them off, leave them at home, then the scum won't steal your doors, slash your windows, or cut your top. Just take anything of value out of the jeep regardless of whether or not the doors are on. I would even suggest never locking it.

Sage advice there! My train of thought is similar. I never lock it because some idiot will automatically slash the top or windows to see what's in there.
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My doors and everything all come off too, I have a pretty decent alarm system (came with the jeep) It's alpine and has a proximity sensor, so I can have my doors off and if someones arm is in my jeep the alarm goes off, It definitely wont stop someone from stealing anything, but it will definitely let me know if someones messed with it when I get back, or if im close enough i can hear it and run over there
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:14 AM   #25
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Loving this thread, my to buy list now includes

-Trail cover so I can distance travel naked and not worry about rain and keep items out of sight out of mind when I'm not near jeep

-Tuffy underseat lock box for registration and important items

-Instatrunk for larger items?

I'm personally more concerned with weather when traveling long distances than theft. What is this cloverpatch roll you all speak of?
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for me its simple to do because i only live 20 min from both oceancity and assatigue but i usually keep an eye on the weather, but if its showing clear the next couple days, everything stays home!

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