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mmmanimalfat 01-08-2013 10:45 AM

New Baby!!!...and top options
 
So... as the title states, I am an expecting father with a 97 tj. I bought it with only a hard top. I've had it maybe 6 months now and have been amazingly excited for the weather to warm up enough to take the top off. I currently take the doors off here in NY whenever the temp goes above 40-ish (and the wife is not in it.:thumb: ) shortly after I purchased the jeep, we found out we are expecting. Now as all of you parents out there, the safety of your child is 1000% first and foremost. Where my question comes in is I purchased the jeep with the hardtop only, thinking that It would come in handy around here in the hudson valley. I just planned on getting some sort of soft top for the warmer months. Now I have no problem buying a safari top with some door surrounds and using my full steel doors in the rain, maybe even adding a tonneu down the road if needed. but with the little one on the way, if I want a summer alternative to my current hard top, I will want a fully functional soft top. I think in my perfect world, I would love to have a frameless soft top for summer. I really like the idea of taking the windows out and just having a safari top. Given that I will most likely keep my hard top for now, can this give me more options for the warmer weather? with the little one on the way as they are only really little for a "short" time. Before we found out we were expecting, I was contemplating selling the hard top a living with a soft top and pocketing the extra cash. but anyway I figure some out there have experience and just looking to discuss a little. Pros/cons and experience.

Thank you all for reading and I'm super excited to join the parents club.

Crazyflyingplastics 01-08-2013 10:51 AM

your best bet since you probably don't have the soft top hardware would be one of the frameless soft tops(rampage and besttop make them). There are lots of threads on here about them. I haven't seen any negative reviews of them yet. I would definitely hold on to the hard top. They are hard to come by used and in decent shape.

My daughter loves to ride in the jeep(she is 4 now). However, if I am running the top without the side windows, it's a bit windy for her in the backseat.

you could always add a sunroof to the hard top for the warmer weather.

Congrats on the little one on the way!

mmmanimalfat 01-08-2013 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Crazyflyingplastics
your best bet since you probably don't have the soft top hardware would be one of the frameless soft tops(rampage and besttop make them). There are lots of threads on here about them. I haven't seen any negative reviews of them yet. I would definitely hold on to the hard top. They are hard to come by used and in decent shape.

My daughter loves to ride in the jeep(she is 4 now). However, if I am running the top without the side windows, it's a bit windy for her in the backseat.

you could always add a sunroof to the hard top for the warmer weather.

Congrats on the little one on the way!

Thanks for the quick response. I have been eying that rampage for a while now. Especially with the hardtop, It would really extend the life of that soft top. In an ideal situation, this would be my perfect setup. I might end up just skipping purchasing a soft top until next summer. (With all of the initial cost of a newborn). I would love to find a used soft top or even rampage (I know no one really gets rid of them and at like $350, it's more than a deal) Lol maybe I can convince the wife. Car seat, stroller, crib, soft top...you know, the usual stuff. Lol. We will be using her Nissan Altima as our main mode transportation with the baby, but I have to be able to transport the baby in the jeep also, so ill just have to wait to see if I can swing a new top financially or waiting another season. At this point, I'm looking into others "baby" experiences, as those who know, know my mind is already all over the place!
Thanks again

Crazyflyingplastics 01-08-2013 02:24 PM

Tip for new baby...you won't need as much gear as you think you will. Browse Craigslist, garage sales, and eBay for baby gear. You will save a ton of money. The only thing you shouldn't buy used is a car seat. I picked up a $300 jogging/all terrain stroller brand new on eBay for 100.

Good luck!

mmmanimalfat 01-08-2013 05:57 PM

Nice find! I just thought of that last night. I was on Craigslist for an hour. Lots of great stuff. I did find some all metal tonka tractors that I wanted. Lol. But It did seem like acceptable second hand baby stuff can be great plus I find that a lot of things you find are from parents cleaning out space and are very understanding of parents on a budget. It looks like there are helpful people out there after all.

thinkxingu 01-08-2013 06:34 PM

1. Unless you've got loot, save up: there are lots of unexpected expenditures with a new child--healthcare deductibles, food, clothing, gear, toys, etc.

2. Find someone who has a child just a few months or a year older, and start a clothing chain- we haven't bought any, literally any, clothes for our 2.5 year old.

3. Enjoy your sleep, free time, and schedule now. You'll miss them for a decade or so.

4. Enjoy the ride- time flies!

Congrats,

S

Crazyflyingplastics 01-08-2013 07:02 PM

^ couldn't have said it better. Sleep/free time will never be the same! But indeed, enjoy the ride, the time surely does fly by.

mmmanimalfat 01-08-2013 07:48 PM

thanks to all for your responds. there's deffinately the balance between the excitement and the moments of oh s*!t. as you both seem to know, all useful help is more than welcome. Thanks for reading again. I am new to jeeps but not to forums. that is one thing i've always like about forums is that ANYTHING you are doing or thinking about doing, there is most likely someone/ people that have already..."don-it"

Crazyflyingplastics 01-08-2013 08:20 PM

one of my fondest/funniest memories was a few weeks ago and my daughter points to a car and says, "daddy, that is not a Jeep, it's just a car." gotta teach 'em young


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