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miketx 05-22-2013 10:55 AM

Good trail cover?
 
Hi all,
I recently purchased a Bestop All Weather Trail cover.....the one that extends over the door openings. I love the quality of the top.....but this top has some problems:

1) Doesn't work well with a Sahara model. Below the door on a Sahara is extra body cladding, which pushes the cover out a bit. Not good. Removing this cladding is NOT on my list of mods.
2) Doesn't consider if you have windshield bracket lights....really needs a cutout for this.
3) Collects water on top. This is probably because I can't cinch it tight due to my lights and the cladding.

Anyone know if the Rain Gear brand fits any better in these situations? From what I can tell, the answer is no. I'm really disappointed.....I have another cheap cover that works great, but it requires me to put my doors back on.
I want something that looks good.....otherwise I'd just buy a tarp and call it a day.

RevCo666 05-22-2013 11:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by miketx (Post 3781677)
Hi all,
I recently purchased a Bestop All Weather Trail cover.....the one that extends over the door openings. I love the quality of the top.....but this top has some problems:

1) Doesn't work well with a Sahara model. Below the door on a Sahara is extra body cladding, which pushes the cover out a bit. Not good. Removing this cladding is NOT on my list of mods.
2) Doesn't consider if you have windshield bracket lights....really needs a cutout for this.
3) Collects water on top. This is probably because I can't cinch it tight due to my lights and the cladding.

Anyone know if the Rain Gear brand fits any better in these situations? From what I can tell, the answer is no. I'm really disappointed.....I have another cheap cover that works great, but it requires me to put my doors back on.
I want something that looks good.....otherwise I'd just buy a tarp and call it a day.

Actually, I've been working on a custom tarp cover. Just waiting for the weather to be less wet and do the change from hard to soft so I know that the tarp will fit perfect. IMO if you want something that fits right, you gotta do it yourself. Depending on the area you live in, not sure if you get hit by hard rain frequently, but we do up here so the regular 100$ tarp isn't what I need so hence build your own is my motto. Plus the money I save goes into the gas tank for more driving :)

miketx 05-22-2013 11:08 AM

Yeah, i've been thinking about a custom one also, but I've got so many other projects. I live in the Dallas, Tx area...we get hammered with storms/rain (yesterday is a great example).

The Bestop would work great if it had a little more fabric around the bottom door area, extra straps, and cutouts for the light brackets. I could do those mods, but it would kill the value of the top...I'm probably just going to sell it.

Shoe 05-22-2013 11:57 AM

You forgot the fact that the "elastic" on the Bestop trail cover falls apart after a few months. On mine after one summer of use the straps are 2 or 3 time the original length and have no elasticity left at all. Why would they put this kind of junk on an otherwise great product?

PStov98TJ 05-22-2013 12:07 PM

Miketx, if its not too much trouble, can you post some pictures of the windshield light brackets interfering with the top? I've been considering getting a trail/emergency top but I've got some windshield mounted KC's that I'm not gonna be taking off anytime soon.

Scout0718 05-22-2013 12:40 PM

Bought one of these a couple years ago..

http://www.jeepcovers.com/storename/...-10590211.aspx

it is one of the best purchases I have made. IMO it is contructed a lot better than the Bestop. A friend has the Bestop and theirs leaks and the elastic is worn out and it as just been a year.

miketx 05-22-2013 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Shoe (Post 3781889)
You forgot the fact that the "elastic" on the Bestop trail cover falls apart after a few months. On mine after one summer of use the straps are 2 or 3 time the original length and have no elasticity left at all. Why would they put this kind of junk on an otherwise great product?

Yeah, I agree. My cheaper top has straps, instead of elastic.

Quote:

Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3781923)
Miketx, if its not too much trouble, can you post some pictures of the windshield light brackets interfering with the top? I've been considering getting a trail/emergency top but I've got some windshield mounted KC's that I'm not gonna be taking off anytime soon.

Here ya go. It's really not that big of a deal, but they could have cut it a little higher at the bracket, to allow the fabric to pull further down.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i6...-46-22_329.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scout0718 (Post 3782038)
Bought one of these a couple years ago..

http://www.jeepcovers.com/storename/...-10590211.aspx

it is one of the best purchases I have made. IMO it is contructed a lot better than the Bestop. A friend has the Bestop and theirs leaks and the elastic is worn out and it as just been a year.

Yeah, that's why I was curious about Rain Gear....how their tops fit. I'm curious if it fits any better along the bottom of the door (ie more fabric, to cover if the flap is not completely flush)

miketx 05-23-2013 02:48 PM

Just a quick bump....anyone know if the Rain Gear jeep cover collects water on top? I don't like carrying a stick/pvc/bow just to keep the middle of the cover up.

Scout0718 05-23-2013 03:47 PM

If you pull alll the straps and get it good and tight it doesn't. I would usually just tighten the front and back but if it rained hard water would pool on top.

miketx 05-23-2013 05:09 PM

Thanks TJ Girl. It's probably the same with the Bestop, but the front windshield strap is just an elastic loop, and doesn't work well with windshield bracket lights.

My cheap top, which requires me to have the doors on, doesn't pool a bit, even in really bad thunderstorms. And it has no elaborate straps. I think it must be the lightweight material...doesn't sink down under hard rain. This is the cheap one I have:
Amazon.com: Rampage 1261 Breathable 4 Layer Car Cover: Automotive

RevCo666 05-23-2013 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by miketx (Post 3786561)
Thanks TJ Girl. It's probably the same with the Bestop, but the front windshield strap is just an elastic loop, and doesn't work well with windshield bracket lights.

My cheap top, which requires me to have the doors on, doesn't pool a bit, even in really bad thunderstorms. And it has no elaborate straps. I think it must be the lightweight material...doesn't sink down under hard rain. This is the cheap one I have:
Amazon.com: Rampage 1261 Breathable 4 Layer Car Cover: Automotive

Would you recommend this car cover?

miketx 05-24-2013 10:08 AM

Yes, I would recommend it. It's light, super easy to put on, and doesn't leak. It won't last forever, especially in the harsh Texas sun I have, but at $35, I don't care. I just hate that I have to put the doors back on (which means I have to be at home to use it). I guess I could buy the whole Jeep cover version of it, to run without doors.


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