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Old 07-05-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Question for you FL. Jeepers

In my many times visiting/vacationing in different areas of Florida, I realized that it rains practically EVERY DAY!! I was wondering what you do as far as going topless....We are going for 10 days to Siesta Key and would love to keep the top/doors off the whole time. My jeep is brand new (a month old) and has not been christened in any mud or rain and my hubby is not ready to yank out the carpets just yet LOL.

How do you guys manage this?

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It does rain daily. I use my soft top and just put it down. When I stop for awhile I put it up. I havent taken doors off due to this. If im driving with top down and rain starts, i pull into a gas station and put it up. Hope this helps.

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During summer monsoon season I run with doors and just the front roof panels, and fold rear seat up. Just a lil water! Keep drain plugs out and of course, no carpet. Usually hang doors in garage and doorless to gym in am, then if I use it in the pm, I throw the doors on. A bit of work yea, but well worth it. Not a daily driver.
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Find out if the place you're staying in Siesta Key has covered parking (many do), then just stay in during the afternoon showers. The Jeep's interior is semi-waterproof... keep it off the dash & speakers if you can, and if the carpet or seats get a little wet, pull it out in the sun with the top down and it'll dry rather quick with the Florida sun's intensity. Mine's been soaked a few times and has no musty odor... still smells like new.
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I just leave the top on unless I know it isn't going to rain...I have a Trektop though, it's not as easy to "quickly" put on if it starts raining, plus you can't take it with you like a stock top.
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Find out if the place you're staying in Siesta Key has covered parking (many do), then just stay in during the afternoon showers. The Jeep's interior is semi-waterproof... keep it off the dash & speakers if you can, and if the carpet or seats get a little wet, pull it out in the sun with the top down and it'll dry rather quick with the Florida sun's intensity. Mine's been soaked a few times and has no musty odor... still smells like new.
I thought of that, and its just a cottge, no garage. either way it will be ok. Just gotta be careful of the dash. That was my biggest concern. Thanks!
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Good suggestions. I just got my 1st Wrangler this week and wondered when I'd be able to leave the top off since its been raining like crazy every day.
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Confucius say, "He who foolish enough to put top down in Florida summer......end up with rolling aquarium!"
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I usually just have the top folded down and no doors. I don't plan on using my doors despite what mother nature says! I keep the drain plugs out and no carpet, keep some plastic to cover the seats. With just the roof my dash is pretty safe. and if it gets really bad.. just bust out the plastic and wait 5 minutes!
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Lol yep rains every afternoon here. Summer isn't the top down/ doors off season in FLA, when August and November roll around we take them off for a good week or two without rain and that's when the heat starts to settle down as well. Good luck!
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Yeah, this year is particularly bad too (I don't remember it raining this much since I was a kid). It has rained everyday for the last 6 weeks. If you're not going to pull the carpets, I'd definitely just put the top up when it rains. You'd be surprised how much water the Jeep collects. I've gotten over an inch of water after a moderate 10 minute rain with just the windows out .

Side question: Any of you running with the drain plugs pulled have any issues with it? More road noise, losing wedding ring through gaping hole in the floor, etc.
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To answer the plug hole question, I have rubber floor mats. It helps with dampening the noise maybe slightly. My tires are really loud almost just as loud as a military Humvee ( if you've ever rode in one you'd know what I'm talking bout). I don't think having the plugs pulled is much louder.
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My plugs are all pulled in my JK. No problems but i do still have the carpet and the slush mats in.
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Thanks. I think I'll order some rear slush mats to go with the fronts and go unplugged full time (and probably avoid deep water fording )

BTW sorry to hijack the thread
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I was in a down pour in Ohio (not monsoon weather but pretty damn hard) and I just had the bikini on no doors and the only thing that bothered me when I put the actual tip on was a bag of cloths my friend left that smelled. Also I don't have a carpet (but when i did it didn't smell when it got wet it actually cleaned it kinda sorta) and the drain plugs are always out.
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I use a large plastic tarp and 5 bungee cords. I got the thicker version of the three they had at the store. Then attach bungees to my rock rails. Works great. Just pull it taught on the top so puddles don't form. I roll it up when done and stash it under the rear seat in the middle. I have a picture someplace if it would be useful.

You can also buy a trail cover for about $150 that is meant for passing showers.
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Note he said passing showers... I had the unfortunate time of using a cover overnight, well it frickin monsooned. The top was very taught, however the rain made its own puddle... Pulld the windshield side down and the next AM I had a swimming pool... But not a good one. After that I have not used the cover and pulled the plugs, also learned not to be lazy and put the top back on at the end of the day.
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Note he said passing showers... I had the unfortunate time of using a cover overnight, well it frickin monsooned. The top was very taught, however the rain made its own puddle... Pulld the windshield side down and the next AM I had a swimming pool... But not a good one. After that I have not used the cover and pulled the plugs, also learned not to be lazy and put the top back on at the end of the day.
Oh yeah... I almost did that too. I had on a cover that was bungied down to the rails and it poured overnight. When I went to pull the cover off, I thought I had forgotten to disconnect one of the bungies because the cover was so hard to move. Luckily I happened to notice the bulge over the front seats. Turns out there was like 50 gallons of water pooled in the cover. The weight had actually caused a tear in the fabric. Sounds like something similar happened to you.
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Thanks everyone I really appreicate your input!
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Drive with doors/top off all the time here. I just keep a good eye on the weather radar and keep the Jeep in the garage if big storms are coming. If I'm on the road and it looks like a small shower I'll pull into a gas station, filler' up, and get a soda. If I'm careless and see myself approaching a whitewall I'll just pull over and put up the top. Yeah, a little waters comes in the driver/passenger sides, but its nothing an hour in the florida sun and drain plugs can't fix! Just remember to pay close attention to the gap between the body sides and seats, that area works like a bucket and will rust over time. Always good to keep a tarp and bungee cords in your Jeep for emergencies (right next to your tool box, first aid kit, jumper cables, and bugout bag).
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I replaced my audio system with a marine set up, then removed the carpet and pulled the drain plugs, then truckbed lined the interior, lastly I placed water proof seat covers on the seats. I keep a window wiper on the inside to clean the windshield if rain gets on the inside. If Im driving and it starts to rain then I pull over and put the top up and the doors of are fine, the rain rarely goes in sideways when driving. Otherwise I keep a couple of towels in the back in a waterproof chest that I've added to the rear for when I simply need to towel down the water before driving.
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Isn't this why we bought a jeep for Florida? Off roading sucks here but there's nothing like driving in the rain! I never use doors or a top and even if I get dumped on by the time I get home I'm usually dry as a bone. Florida is for Jeepers
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I replaced my audio system with a marine set up, then removed the carpet and pulled the drain plugs, then truckbed lined the interior, lastly I placed water proof seat covers on the seats. I keep a window wiper on the inside to clean the windshield if rain gets on the inside. If Im driving and it starts to rain then I pull over and put the top up and the doors of are fine, the rain rarely goes in sideways when driving. Otherwise I keep a couple of towels in the back in a waterproof chest that I've added to the rear for when I simply need to towel down the water before driving.
In a JKU? Impressive! That Jeepin' style is more common among CJ, YJ, and TJ owners. Most JKU owners I know are afraid to take the top down on a sunny afternoon (might mess up their hair). That's awesome you use yours like that!
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In my many times visiting/vacationing in different areas of Florida, I realized that it rains practically EVERY DAY!! I was wondering what you do as far as going topless....We are going for 10 days to Siesta Key and would love to keep the top/doors off the whole time. My jeep is brand new (a month old) and has not been christened in any mud or rain and my hubby is not ready to yank out the carpets just yet LOL.

How do you guys manage this?
your best bet is to do that 10 day vacation in the fall / winter time. It doesn't rain as much as in the summer and it's not 90 degrees. October November would be good.

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