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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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How bad of an idea is this?

I'm traveling 1700 miles from Tucson, AZ to Bellingham, WA in a couple of weeks. I'll be staying a couple of months, so I need to get a bunch of crap from Point A to Point B cheaply.

My question: I have a large canvas cargo storage bag intended for rooftop storage, but I do not have a roof rack on my '00 Wrangler soft top, nor do I have a bunch of cash to drop on one.

Assuming I keep it relatively light, how bad of an idea is it to just strap the canvas storage bag to my soft top? Has anyone ever done this, or heard of anyone who has? Anything I should know?

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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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No, do not do it. The soft top frame is not meant to hold weight.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Perhaps you know someone with a bumper hitch "tray" that they'd let you borrow for a couple months? (...or Harbor Freight sells them pretty cheap if you have a LITTLE cash available.)
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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Perhaps you know someone with a bumper hitch "tray" that they'd let you borrow for a couple months? (...or Harbor Freight sells them pretty cheap if you have a LITTLE cash available.)
FWIW I got one of these at Lowes last summer for around 80 bucks on sale....works great for tailgating, etc...500#max...
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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Unfortunately I will already have a bike rack (Thule spare me) so the hitch rack won't work. I guess UPS it is...

Thanks for your help!
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:01 PM   #6
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You would be better off putting the bag on the bike rack.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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Have you looked into renting a small U-Haul box trailer? You could put the bike in it also.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:40 PM   #8
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If your just determined to tie stuff to your roof, get some 1/2" plywood, cut it down to about 4'x6', go to the hardware store and get a few u-bolt clamps and clamp the board to the roll bar, make sure if you use straps you use a ton of padding on the edges or your stuff will stay behind when you have no safe way to pick up what little is left. Make no mistake, this is completely schitty advise, ok, but if your careful it will work, but it may not work well if you don't think it through as you go.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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The bike rack is a spare tire rack, not a roof rack...

As for the jerry rigging advice, while I appreciate it, I don't want anything throwing off my trip. First vacation in a real long time.

I have looked at uhauls but I'm not sure if it's cheaper than shipping.

Ultimately, I need to determine what needs to be packed to make the best decision. Of course if I had found a foolproof way to secure the cargo bag I already have, that would have been ideal...
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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Why not just get a hitch carrier basket from harbor freight and attach that to the roll bars? You don't need a top up anyway, its a jeep!!
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:12 PM   #11
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With two dogs and a cat, closed top is safest!
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #12
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How tall are the dogs?

I have a Great Dane and I have a good 8" above her in the back with the top up. I've been thinking of using netting above her to carry camping supplies/cloths. If you have smaller dogs, you could have more room.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:29 PM   #13
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Good idea! Do you have a link where I can buy those types of nets?
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #14
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Unfortunately I will already have a bike rack (Thule spare me) so the hitch rack won't work. I guess UPS it is...
How about this: http://www.amazon.com/automotive/dp/B002BKJML0

They are designed to allow you to mount a bike rack while keeping your receiver functional. Grab that and a hitch rack, you will only be into it just over $100 and you will probably use it in the future.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #15
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I'd start with a fabric store. If nothing else you could weave your own using 1" nylon straps. That or check out what you can find on the web.

How big does your bag get? Might be able to just hang that up back there.
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