|09-16-2013 03:00 AM|
I've carried canoes and kayaks on my TJ as well, as BTroll mentioned, just ensure that they have a four way tie down so that they can't move side to side or front to back. I have a cargo carrier in a 2" receiver hitch that helps to add a bit of length for tying down.
I wouldn't want to carry a torpedo up there, but essentially, if two normal size people can lift something up onto the "sport bars" and windshield, it's not going to hurt the Jeep. As mentioned, use a pool noodle on the windshield as padding.
|09-16-2013 12:55 AM|
|AngeliasDad||Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I'll have to give it a whirl..... Oh Ya , Nice Jeep !!!|
|09-16-2013 12:04 AM|
I see no reason the sliding uppers wouldn't work, should be fine since they're the same dimensions.
Yeah my yaks are about 60 lbs as well... they do fine even with 2 up top at once. Most of the weight sits on the center roll bar behind the front seats with mine, and I haven't had an issue with them resting across the top of the windshield frame. I tried to put a pool noodle across that, and then a towel, and neither really worked well so I just skipped it and no issues.
I loop around the kayak and strap it to the outside bar (running front to back). If I'm running 2 yaks up top I just loop the straps into each other at the center where they basically touch and tighten and they hold each other in place. If I'm running 1 up there I take the 2 other straps and loop them through the first set and tie them to the opposite side so its pulled both down as well as left and right. Just tighten it down as much as possible. There are probably other options to strap it down some more but so far so good for me, I don't think it can really go anywhere like that.
Just be warned that you must have the top down to move your kayak, and in FL it rains almost every day in the summer... so far 2 out of the 3 times I've transported my kayak like this I have gotten poured on and the Jeep has gotten soaked. Its all good though .
|09-15-2013 11:57 PM|
|AngeliasDad||I think I'll check into the bag, I like it. I have the Sliding half windows, will they work in hat bag (new to jeeps, sorry) .... Right to the roll bar huh, what about the pressure on the windshield ? Mine weighs in at about 60lbs ( so says the manufacturer ) I leave it at my mother in-laws property up in the mountains so most of my driving with it would be 55mph and less . Wondering how it would do on Forestry dirt roads and such.|
|09-15-2013 11:36 PM|
I think you'll like the bag I posted, its the only one that can fit the front upper doors since the others roll. It would be nice to roll and tuck it away but I wanted to be able to toss everything in the back and not have to worry about it. The storage bag I posted fits flat on the floor with my rear seats out, and when I have the rear seats in it props up against them.
As for the kayak, I strap it directly to the roll bar. I have been up to about 50-55 mph on local roads with it that way and there's minimal movement but I'm sure its not as secure as a kayak cradle and I hesitate to really take any long highway trips because of that. You have to make sure you tie down both sides so it cant slide left/right. I've transported both 1 and 2 kayaks at once, but either way requires 4 straps the way I had it tied down. If you have any questions let me know!
|09-15-2013 11:16 PM|
|AngeliasDad||Thanks guys..... I like the bags, may go that way. Thought maybe some one would have built a storage box or some thing. Ya it's a jeep, I know ruff and tumble and I do like the fact it's not perfect and just plain fun, but I like to keep things nice and around for a while cause it's not everyday I talk the wife into buying a jeep ....@ DEJEEPS, yes it has been a pretty nice summer, unfortunately I have only had the Jeep for a month so I only got to enjoy it Topless for so long, Here's to an Indian Summer !!! @ BTroll , do you have a rack for that Kayak or just strap it to the bars... I have a fishing kayak I'd like to tote around to some out of the way lakes but worried about strapping it down|
|09-15-2013 10:02 PM|
I use this to store the front uppers and side windows.
Rampage Products 595101 - Rampage Products Window Storage Bag in Black - Quadratec
For the rear window, I unzip the sides only, leave it in place and roll it up to the top and strap it up there. I can do this both with the top up, or folded down. My top is new so I'm making the effort to keep it in good shape and so far its going decently well.
|09-15-2013 07:47 PM|
|09-15-2013 07:16 PM|
Hi, fellow Puget Sound resident. For my rear side windows and back window I purchased a Clover Patch Window Roll and it works great.
The half-door uppers I generally just stow in the rear, either against the rear seat, or when the rear seat is out (usually is), they go on the floor. Either way I have an old quilt to wrap them up in.
We've actually had a great summer around Seattle this year!
|09-15-2013 06:25 PM|
|Dr_Strangelove||I just stick mine in between the back seat and the tailgate, the top holds them in place nicely when it is down. When it was new I used to wrap them in towels or take them in the house and all that, you get used to scratches quick, it's a Jeep.|
|09-15-2013 05:57 PM|
Half Door Window and back Window Storage?
Was wondering if anyone had come up with a way to store the Half Door Windows and back zippered windows nicely in the Back of the jeep? Any box ideas ? I live in Seattle WA area, so we see our fair share of rain, but I promised myself I would drop the top ( or at least the sides ) whenever I can. I hate seeing people in convertables on a nice day with the top up ....