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Old 06-26-2011, 09:53 AM   #1
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New TJ owner and I left it out in the rain with the top down

So I got my first wrangler about two months ago and love the hell out of it. But yesterday I decided to take the doors off and put the top down. Long story short I woke up this morning to it steadily raining and had to rush out there and pull it in the garage. So what I'm asking is, is there a good way to dry it out quickly. I have neoprene seat covers on it and plan on taking those off. I know there are drain plugs under the carpet but I'm not sure about where they are and the easiest way about doing that. Thanks to all that reply.

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Old 06-26-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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repeat failure but on a sunny day and lift all the rugs if you still have them in. takes a while to dry out, i did the same thing only a few weeks ago

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Old 06-26-2011, 10:45 AM   #3
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So I got my first wrangler about two months ago and love the hell out of it. But yesterday I decided to take the doors off and put the top down. Long story short I woke up this morning to it steadily raining and had to rush out there and pull it in the garage. So what I'm asking is, is there a good way to dry it out quickly. I have neoprene seat covers on it and plan on taking those off. I know there are drain plugs under the carpet but I'm not sure about where they are and the easiest way about doing that. Thanks to all that reply.
Drain plugs are directly under the carpet. Just lift it up and pop em out. Theyre the only rubber things under the carpet.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:07 AM   #4
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Half a day in the sun it will dry TRUST ME, it happens to all of us
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Now you got that out of the way.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:24 AM   #6
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the smell is harder to get out than the water
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It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Now you got that out of the way.
Well put
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:27 AM   #8
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did the same. garage warms up fast and stays warm, nice environment for drying imo (assuming you keep the door shut
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:28 AM   #9
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the smell is harder to get out than the water
True, not bad after it drys though.

God, I can't count how many times I left the top down, woke up in the middle of the night and it's raining (hard). Just said "f-it" rolled back over and went back to sleep
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:34 AM   #10
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Any tips on getting the smell out?
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #11
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Any tips on getting the smell out?
pull carpet, throw away.

Maybe a little simple green, and a few beers.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:49 AM   #12
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Febreeze works wonders for smells. I have used it on damp carpet and seats with a heavy coat and let dry....
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The carpet or whatever it is, is pretty mold resistant. But I take them out every spring and power wash them, vacuum out most the water and hang dry. Drys rather quickly.

And yes... Febreze works great
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I got caught in a monsoon a week ago Saturday. The water completely filled the floor wells front and back. When I finally made it home, I pulled the drain plugs to get out the deep water and then used a shop-vac. Left it sitting open in the sun for a few days and he dried out pretty well.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:19 PM   #15
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Everyone has pretty much said it all on how to dry it out just depends on how much work you want to do. I just left the top down at work on a very hot day here in DFW and it was all dry by the end of the day. It happend to me two weeks ago. I had the top on but not the side windows. My forecasting was a little off that night.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:56 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone as soon as it gets decent out there I'll get to it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:27 PM   #17
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My jeep has gotten rained in a few times but I have always towel dried it after. At what point do we have to start worrying about the interior rusting out? Id rather not be so worried about it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:34 PM   #18
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shop vac, leaf blower, fan, sun, done.
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I went the bed liner way to seal all of the inside cab. And ditched the carpets
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #20
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Make sure evry thing dries out totally to avoid smells and rust down the road. It probably happens to a lot of new Wrangler rookies..Not a big deal.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:13 PM   #21
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I'm just curious, has anyone ever tried putting a dehumidifier inside a wet jeep parked in a garage? (after removing plugs, etc..) I've used these many times in houses after having a plumbing leak and I've found that they do a great job. Haven't tried this on my jeep so far. 'Course the day ain't over yet! LOL
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:29 PM   #22
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Now does anyone keep their drain plugs out all the time or just take them out when they get water in there?
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Now does anyone keep their drain plugs out all the time or just take them out when they get water in there?
I do both :P I'll leave them out for a while. Then one day I'll say hey I'll put the plugs in. And then a week or two after I'll et water or dirt or somethig in it and I'll wash it out an pull the plugs and they will stay out for another couple of weeks till I repeat the process

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