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Dale_K 06-11-2012 08:10 AM

Hail coming today and protecting the Jeep
The weather guy is predicting storms this evening with the main threat being large hail. A storm like this messed up the roof of my house a few years ago. My garage won't hold all my vehicles - one needs to be left outdoors, and I'm thinking maybe the softop Jeep would make more sense than the GMC pickup or the Cruze. The Cruze needed $500 worth of hail repairs after a storm, mostly to the roof and hood.

Anybody have some tips for protecting against hail damage when you can't get undercover? Laugh if you want, but I was thinking about buying some bubble wrap and duct tape. The vertical windshield & sides would seem to be less vulnerable to me compared to the other vehicles. I could cover the hood with bubble wrap and cross my fingers.

pkmcd99 06-11-2012 08:13 AM

Get yourself a car cover for your jeep and put foam childrens wake boards under it on your hood. Cheap and effective.

GREEN-MACHINE 06-11-2012 08:14 AM

set the jeep on fire to melt the hail before it hits the jeep.:thumb:

sprtplt11 06-11-2012 08:18 AM

If your Cruze already has a damage history, leave it out.
It has already been devalued.

GreenRubi 06-11-2012 08:19 AM

You could go purchase a large thick tarp and some rope and setup a makeshift shelter. That would probably work unless it is baseball or softball sized hail and then you'll need to pull it under something a little more sturdy.

Peepers 06-11-2012 08:23 AM


Originally Posted by sprtplt11 (Post 2460163)
If your Cruze already has a damage history, leave it out.
It has already been devalued.

This, or like some other people have said, a large, heavy duty tarp with a couple of comforters, or several layers of quilt padding underneith it.

Tarp to keep it dry, padding to protect it.

DFW6ER 06-11-2012 09:42 AM

I've...knock on wood....sucessfully weathered several hail storms w/o damage by putting layers of cardboard boxes over the top, windshield, hood, and windows and then covering with a tarp. Cheap and quick to set up.

Dale_K 06-11-2012 04:18 PM

Thanks for the replies. Turns out I'll be able to use the garage in the empty house across the street. I like the idea about the foam wakeboards but I won't need them this time.

Flashole 06-13-2012 09:33 PM

I got home this evening to find my DD and my brand new roof beat all to hell. My jeep was safe in the garage.

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