Hey fellow Jeepers,
So I have a bit of a delima and looking for a few suggestions. Maybe a few others have a similar setup that works well. So I have a 2015 JKU w/factory hardtop; I'm adding safari straps
so during the nicer mos. I take the dogs with me and not worry about them trying to jump out.
We are planning a family vacation down to FL in a few weeks and want to be able to leave the hardtop at home, but as everyone thats ever been to florida knows afternoon rain showers and pop-up storms happen almost daily. I've looked through the soft top options and read reviews on trail cab covers
, emergency tops
While the cab cover would probably keep everything inside drier, it doesn't allow for driving since you can't see out and it would be a 'pull-over and wait it out' scenario. The emergency top does allow for driving at low speeds and seems to have some mixed reviews with how well it works. Personally, I don't mind if a bit of rain gets in, that why jeeps have drain plugs in the floor plus I have slush mats which would catch some of it.
My main concern is on the drive down getting drenched in a down pour and all our stuff getting soaked before we check in at the hotel. So I started thinking, is there another option that I'm just not thinking about. Maybe getting a bikini top
with duster for the ride down and just store it. Not sure that the duster would actually work with the straps though.
I don't really want a full soft-top that requires me to install a lot of additional hardware that I would need to remove when I switch tops. The tailgate channel I have to have for the safari straps, which I plan to leave the straps on 24/7/365, so a minimal install is cool.
Anyway, if anyone has a similar situation (hardtop at home and ride w/straps), I'd love to hear your setup and any pros/cons you have with it.