Sounds like your friends have poor situational awareness or don't fully understand how to manipulate that jack unlblkrubi. Incidences I believe to be preventable. Nonetheless, I've used my Hi-lift countless times, if even in the garage. I will caveat the frequent usage with "if you've never been stuck you've never been wheeling." So much so, I've repainted it. Antwon, don't put it on the hood. I fabbed up brackets to do so after asking this question awhile back and didn't like it. I'm a hard*** Marine and I found it awkward to manipulate. With the weight of the jack I was trying hard not to scratch the heck out of my hood/windshield and was worried about dropping it and smashing my Jeep altogether. Moreover, reviews about other mounts will tell you they block the sprayer nozzle for your wipers nearly completely. I'm hitting the trails again and am following -jb- and his idea. It keeps the jack out of the weather and out of the way. If I absolutely am in dire need of it I can get it without exiting my TJ. I bought u-bolts, wing nuts, and made my own strap and it sits just below the profile of the seat and I still have what little room was already there. Ultimately, you only learn one way and it's personal preference. Best of luck on your choice.