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, etc.
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.