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Old 05-06-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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Keep in mind that your wife hates helping put your hardtop back on when she tells you " but the 30% chance of rain doesnt start until 4pm tomorrow evening- the neighbor can help you put it on tomorrow before then"....

Came out this morning to solid rain and wet butt on the way to work. Now have a jeep sitting in parking lot absorbing all the rain with no top....great.....

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Looks like it's time to invest in either a hardtop hoist or a full softop hahaha

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:51 AM   #3
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Sell the hardtop and get a good quality soft top. Then you will never have the hassle of trying to find someone to help you take it off and on. I have been running only a soft top since I bought my 04 new and life is just so easy to go either way.
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or you can spend about $45 on a good trail top and then scotchgaurd it to make it more water proof. But if it were me, I would have taken her car to work and let her have the soggy ass all day, maybe next time she wont mind getting off her soggy butt to help
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:15 AM   #5
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Haha I have a Bestop bikini top that I can put in myself but fell victim to the "dont be a wuss its a jeep" line from her...someday Ill learn to be the man in the family haha...i think we just wanted me to drive around with wet as! all day!

Youre right...should have left it home for her!!
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Maybe atleast invest in a trail cover.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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Amazon.com: 10' X 14' Blue 6-mil Waterproof Poly Tarp Camp Tarp 10x14 Tarpaulin for Camping Tent Shelter Shade Canopy etc.: Sports & Outdoors

Throw the tarp over the top, close the doors on it, and shove the rest in the tailgate and close that.

Looks ghetto, but it works. Almost never rains here anyways.
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Amazon.com: 10' X 14' Blue 6-mil Waterproof Poly Tarp Camp Tarp 10x14 Tarpaulin for Camping Tent Shelter Shade Canopy etc.: Sports & Outdoors

Throw the tarp over the top, close the doors on it, and shove the rest in the tailgate and close that.

Looks ghetto, but it works. Almost never rains here anyways.
I'm currently building my own custom cab cover, just need to cut/measure and put the grommets in the right spots plus the bungie cords.
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Amazon.com: 10' X 14' Blue 6-mil Waterproof Poly Tarp Camp Tarp 10x14 Tarpaulin for Camping Tent Shelter Shade Canopy etc.: Sports & Outdoors

Throw the tarp over the top, close the doors on it, and shove the rest in the tailgate and close that.

Looks ghetto, but it works. Almost never rains here anyways.
X2, cheap and works great
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I used a tarp until I found my bestop trail cover on CL for $30.
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sounds like it's time to get a new wife lol... or maybe keep the wife but get a girlfriend on the side who doesn't mind the rain... :-)
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Bestop trail cover is awesome for unexpected weather....


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It happens. I've regrettably scoffed at 30% myself.
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Bestop trail cover is awesome for unexpected weather....
Holy crapp! Yep I need one of those. No rain in forecast so took the top off last week then all the sudden.....caught with pants down. Those trail covets look neat....if there not a nightmare to put on. Three girls and a wife in my estrogen house so getting help with the hardtop is not easy....
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It happens. I've regrettably scoffed at 30% myself.
She felt bad so the came to work and got it...drove home in downpour and stuck in garage to dry out. Hopefully nothings toasted from the rain. Im a jeep rain virgin so kinda worried about carpet, water rings in sahara seats etc....pretty much a woman about the jeep! Bahahaa
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Holy crapp! Yep I need one of those. No rain in forecast so took the top off last week then all the sudden.....caught with pants down. Those trail covets look neat....if there not a nightmare to put on. Three girls and a wife in my estrogen house so getting help with the hardtop is not easy....
I can put the trail cover on in the rain in less than a minute. Once you put it on a few times it's super easy. I toss one side over the jeep tuck in the back, strap down under the doors and it's on. I've put it on in rain storms and snow storms in literally under a minute. Not a nightmare at all. Probably the best and most handy thing I've bought for the jeep. I keep it in the back and as soon as I feel a sprinkle I toss it on and it stay 100% dry.
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Once I complete my DIY cover, I plan on spraying a protectant on the outside for additional resistance to water. Has anyone used a spray on there cab covers and if so, which works for you??
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I can put the trail cover on in the rain in less than a minute. Once you put it on a few times it's super easy. I toss one side over the jeep tuck in the back, strap down under the doors and it's on. I've put it on in rain storms and snow storms in literally under a minute. Not a nightmare at all. Probably the best and most handy thing I've bought for the jeep. I keep it in the back and as soon as I feel a sprinkle I toss it on and it stay 100% dry.
Is your Bestop brand? Sounds like the thing to get. Like to find a good deal like blkrubi88 found. Never anything good on Craiglist here...lol

Thanks all for the info
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^ yup bestop trail cover, sounds like it would solve your problem. The only downside is you can't drive with it on. Other than that it's awesome to have in the back for unexpected rain while your at work or if you don't feel like putting the top back on at night.

Just google "bestop trail cover" I paid about $90 for it two years ago if IIRC.
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I'm currently building my own custom cab cover, just need to cut/measure and put the grommets in the right spots plus the bungie cords.

I used bungee cords until I got lazy and closed the tailgate on the extra, which held everything perfectly taunt and negated use of the bungee cords...
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Keep in mind that your wife hates helping put your hardtop back on when she tells you " but the 30% chance of rain doesnt start until 4pm tomorrow evening- the neighbor can help you put it on tomorrow before then"....

Came out this morning to solid rain and wet butt on the way to work. Now have a jeep sitting in parking lot absorbing all the rain with no top....great.....
Had the same thing happen to me a couple of years ago. The only prob I had was with the radio. The buttons to switch stations wouldn't work. So I put a CD in, it worked but wouldn't eject. Eventually it dried out and worked ok. I figured if I turn the heat on it would help with the drying process. It was summer and I drove around with the heat on coming out the dash vents. It took a few days but it worked. I was really happy to be able to turn off the heat..
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Had the same thing happen to me a couple of years ago. The only prob I had was with the radio. The buttons to switch stations wouldn't work. So I put a CD in, it worked but wouldn't eject. Eventually it dried out and worked ok. I figured if I turn the heat on it would help with the drying process. It was summer and I drove around with the heat on coming out the dash vents. It took a few days but it worked. I was really happy to be able to turn off the heat..

Next time, you should let it dry out first... could have blown it when it would have otherwise been fine.
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All Weather Car Cover for Compact SUV 4x4 Sport Utility GU2AS | eBay

no no no just buy this just got it off ebay if you search around you can find for cheaper probably. i have the same problem i live in apartment complex so nowhere to put my hard top except my parents house who live 20 min away. its really thin but its been pouring all weekend and im driving around today with my dry jeep if it breaks or rips oh well ya know
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All Weather Car Cover for Compact SUV 4x4 Sport Utility GU2AS | eBay

no no no just buy this just got it off ebay if you search around you can find for cheaper probably. i have the same problem i live in apartment complex so nowhere to put my hard top except my parents house who live 20 min away. its really thin but its been pouring all weekend and im driving around today with my dry jeep if it breaks or rips oh well ya know
The price is ok but I get more satisfaction making my own, custom to my jeep and the tarp I'm using will hold up to winter and its silver brand(premium), and thick. To each there own.

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