No Top/Soft Top Overland Trip

#1
Has anyone went on a trip without a top or just a soft top? I usually never keep my top off and I have half doors but am planning a trip with my soft top down and soft uppers in back. I was wondering if there is anything special I need to plan around or tips.

thanks

Lloyd
 
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#2
I've done it. In fact almost all of my spring and summer trips are soft top trips. I think it comes down to how long you're going to be in "peoplely" places and how much you trust them with gear strapped down. When fully loaded and things are somewhat accessible in known crappy area or I have a bad feeling, I am fine leaving my vehicle alone for a short time out of view (15 min or so for running into convenience store or using bathroom); anything longer than that and I have someone stay behind to keep an eye out.
 

dmoo

New member
#3
back when I had my LJ, I did most summer camping with the soft top. I did about a 10 hour trip and it got pretty annoying with the wind noise/flap. I cant speak to the JK tops. Also security was a huge concern loaded up with all my camp/mountain bike gear. literally anyone can just unzip the back and get in. but top off in the summer is about the best thing ever.

good luck. get locks for everything!
 

squint

Adventurer
#6
Agreed. Soft tops work just as well as hard tops and are more versatile in most cases. Hard tops are not as easy to slice into though but any vehicle left unattended is a target for thieves.
 
#8
I agree with all the recommendations, I take the top off in April and put it back on in October. A friend and I drove from Ohio to Colorado with our soft tops on. I have the luxury of secure storage in the rear of my jeep, Good luck, Ron
 
#9
Has anyone went on a trip without a top or just a soft top? I usually never keep my top off and I have half doors but am planning a trip with my soft top down and soft uppers in back. I was wondering if there is anything special I need to plan around or tips.

thanks

Lloyd
I'd recommend running the hardtop or soft top with full zip doors. Nature is a bitch and pretty unforgiving. It can take a good trip from zero to 100 real quick.

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#11
I run with a soft top (up and down) and steel doors when I am out on an "adventure". Often I will have the rear windows out and the top comes down. Even then I want doors. I usually travel in thicker overgrown woods with lots of things that will snap back at you and many of the have thorns.

Running around town and short trips on clearer trails I will have no doors or half doors and top down, weather permitting.
 

Dr. Marneaus

Station Wagoneer
#12
In the 3 years that I owned my TJ, I think it had a hard top for about 3 months. Numerous trips, long and short, city living, never had any problems. Why would there need to be any special considerations?
 
#13
I see allot of the JKs and JKUs with hard tops and more TJs and YJs with soft tops. Not sure if they are being setup more than when purchased or if new Jeep people want a quieter ride?