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Old 02-19-2019, 06:14 PM
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Overlanding With a 2-Door Jeep

Hello,
Most Overlanders are using a 4 door JKU or similar model. Is there anyone out there who travels with just their 2-door? No trailer?

I know that I'm going to have to pack light. My largest items will be a tent and an ARB fridge.

I'm installing Goose Gear side panels in order to provide organization and save some space. Electrical will be run into the back area and I've even removed the rear seat belts so they're not in the way.

I chose the 2-door because I can't see taking everything and the kitchen sink with me.

Anyone care to share storage ideas of how you make this work?
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Hello,
Most Overlanders are using a 4 door JKU or similar model. Is there anyone out there who travels with just their 2-door? No trailer?

I know that I'm going to have to pack light. My largest items will be a tent and an ARB fridge.

I'm installing Goose Gear side panels in order to provide organization and save some space. Electrical will be run into the back area and I've even removed the rear seat belts so they're not in the way.

I chose the 2-door because I can't see taking everything and the kitchen sink with me.

Anyone care to share storage ideas of how you make this work?
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Subscribing so I can scavenge some ideas, myself.

I purchased a Rigid Jobsite box, for some hard secure storage, however the thing just took up entirely too much space. It was taller than I expected, and deeper (dimensionally) than I wanted. I think I'm going to end up building something out of some plywood to fit behind the front seats, that's wider, shorter, and more shallow for some storage.

I've eyed the Goose Gear stuff, but don't see the organizational value compared to it's price.

I've also been looking into some kind of basket or shelf to go in the rear at the tail-gate, to offer two levels of storage.

Do you have a hard-top, or a soft top?

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Normally I would balk at the price too, but I justified it by saying that I would have the Jeep for 20 years. Which I probably will.

It's a hard top.
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2 Door JK

I have a 2 door with a roof top tent, so the bulky bedding can stay in the tent. I removed the back seat of course. Inside is a 50 qt Dometic, and a few bins and tool bags. Everything fits fine.

I see you're in Nor Cal; we had a trip near Trinity Lake last weekend.
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I tried really hard to make everything fit in my 2-door JK, along with me, my wife and our 50 pound dog, but finally gave up, got an off-road trailer and a RTT.

But for a couple of years I ran with this rack I got from QT. It worked pretty well, but once we got the ARB 50 fridge we had to make the switch to the trailer. That thing is huge.
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Iím making a list of what I need to pack.

There are a lot of pieces that have to come together if youíre going to be self sufficient away from home for a few weeks. Iím assembling a Goose Gear system now for my 2 door. I canít do the electrical to the rear yet until I cut a hole in the passenger side panel and buy a coupl3 of batteries and a battery cable to run power from the front to the rear.

It is possible to do this in a 2 door though. Iím planning on alternating between spending the night in the tent and staying in a nice hotel.

Iím still shooting to be ready by sometime next year.
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I tried for awhile, but with 2 kids and a wife, I had a trailer built. Used to use a harbor freight hitch mounted cargo basket. What a difference the trailer made! Still haven't got a rtt yet, but we did get a jku.
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Im listing my tj trailer in the jeep parts non-specific section of classifieds. We got a bigger vehicle and my garage is out of room. It's made specifically with the 2 door jeep's low tow rating in mind. Comes in at 770lbs with tent rack on. 625 without spare and rack. If you do any camping you will appreciate the extra room. Pm if interested.
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I recently purchased 2 plastic boxes from Walmart that seem ideal. The are a perfect length and height to stack 2 length-wise behind the passenger seat. I've nested three smaller plastic bins with lids that fit perfectly in one of the boxes (kitchen). I put another bin in the other box (tools and recovery). There's still a generous amount of room (basically the same amount of room) on the other side of the Jeep. I currently just have a cooler, but there's room for a fridge. We plan to put our stuff in one duffel each. We'll add a top rack and an RTT. I think we'll be fine with our ground tent, but we'll have "extra" space when we move to that configuration. We're also considering getting a trail rack for over the spare. If we did that, we could move one of the plastic boxes outside.
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Sure it's possible in a 2 door. Look up IAmJake on YouTube, he's been doing it for years.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbj...hannel=iamjake
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Sure it's possible in a 2 door. Look up IAmJake on YouTube, he's been doing it for years.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbj...hannel=iamjake
Yep, I've seen Jake and his various adventures. I've not followed him, but I check in every once in a while. I see he's recently picked up a trailer and expanded what "camp" is for him.
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A trailer is out for me. Modifying the JK is for Overlanding is enough for me.

I'm still working on the Goose Gear panels, I'm going to buy the bottom plate for a mounting surface for the ARB refrigerator that I'll be talking along. Right now I'm researching a circuit breaker and a fuse panel to run some additional electrical devices. I found an overhead LED light at Quadratec that will mount where the rear windshield wiper housing is now. Extra light in the back at night would be great.

Too bad I didn't do this earlier in life before a house and a job and saving up for retirement were priorities.
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Yep, I've seen Jake and his various adventures. I've not followed him, but I check in every once in a while. I see he's recently picked up a trailer and expanded what "camp" is for him.
You're a few episodes behind. Trailer came and went and as of right now Jade is being stretched quite a bit.
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For those of you without a trailer, have you come close to exceeding the gross vehicle weight of your Jeep?
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Reviving an old thread as I just encountered it and always looking for new ideas. My two door overland configuration is no back seat, the teraflex tailgate rack that atttaches to their HD hinge and tire carrier, bestop rack that goes inside the back, and MORRYDE side mount fuel carriers. Heavy stuff like water cans, fuel cooler, tools etc go on the lower level inside, recovery gear as stuff I may need easy acces too go on the upper level. On the outside rack I have maxtrax, a shovel, and a DIY awning attached to the rack. I bag up lighter bulky items (typically camping gear except sleeping bags) to go on the rack with some firewood.
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Reviving an old thread as I just encountered it and always looking for new ideas. My two door overland configuration is no back seat, the teraflex tailgate rack that atttaches to their HD hinge and tire carrier, bestop rack that goes inside the back, and MORRYDE side mount fuel carriers. Heavy stuff like water cans, fuel cooler, tools etc go on the lower level inside, recovery gear as stuff I may need easy acces too go on the upper level. On the outside rack I have maxtrax, a shovel, and a DIY awning attached to the rack. I bag up lighter bulky items (typically camping gear except sleeping bags) to go on the rack with some firewood.
How much room do you lose with the fast back top?

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How much room do you lose with the fast back top?

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Not too much. The best top rack is low enough so that it can be fully loaded without rubbing as long as the shorter items are nearest the rear window but still fit a 50 at cooler underneath. If I had to put a volume on it I would say a space about the same as 3 or 4 shoe boxes placed end to end. I have since converted to a regular convertible top but for reasons other than space. I have noticed not so much extra room, but itís easier to load without worrying about something rubbing on the rear window.
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Note to above about lost space with the slant back: if you zoom in close you’ll see the maxtrax are mounted to the back of the tailgate rack between the rack and the rear window utilizing some of that space that may otherwise be lost.
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Geez, how much stuff does one really need?. Me, my wife, and 2 dogs went 4 days in a Samurai over the Dusy Ershim a few years back. Go explore Death valley or its surrounding areas this winter.Weather is good and there's lots to see. How about the Mojave Trail?
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The pic I posted was by the Colorado River at the eastern end of the mojave trail. Along with camping gear and provisions, I had lots of extra fuel, water, parts and tools for field repairs, gear of self recovery, etc as I was doing solo. Just me and my Jeep. It was mostly an easy ride and the sand was well packed because it had been racing for a few days prior to starting it. It didn’t seem as isolated as the guides would have you believe. I didn’t think I was ever that far from a bailout point where there was other traffic.
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The Goose Gear bottom panel should be arriving sometime this month. I bought sound deadening material from Crutchfield.

Next month I'll have the AEV front bumper and Warn winch installed. I've been saving for a couple of years for this.

It will be nice to finally get this portion of the build completed.

Next, off-road lights integrating that the switch into the instrument panel so that it looks OEM.

After that, some test runs in California then planning for Mexico.
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Goose Gear wrote back. I should have it the last week of January. Time to start measuring out the Dynamat for the back.
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The panel arrived. I now have to find out if the side panels are supposed to go on top of the flat panel or just go beside it. It's very sturdy. Good finish.
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For those of you without a trailer, have you come close to exceeding the gross vehicle weight of your Jeep?
The answer to this is yes. When normally loaded for an outing without the trailer we are around 5800 lbs. Much of that weight comes just from my mods.
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Hello,
Most Overlanders are using a 4 door JKU or similar model. Is there anyone out there who travels with just their 2-door? No trailer?

. . . Anyone care to share storage ideas of how you make this work?
I have a 2006 LJ with hardtop - two doors and limited space.

You can find a thread about how I addressed my storage requirements here:


https://wrangler**forum.com/threads/...-for-lj.10707/

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Goose Gear e mailed me back.
The side panels go in adjacent to the bottom panel.
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You can find a thread about how I addressed my storage requirements here:
Enjoyed your build thread and interior rack design. I'd imagined something similar, so it was great to see a physical manifestation!

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