Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Put the Viking top onto Mrs in Arabia's Jeep (the Blue Jeep) and put the Bestop safari top and windjammer on my Jeep (the Maroon Jeep). Took the rear seat out of my Jeep. Loaded my Bushman rack and the back of the Maroon Jeep with camping gear.
Checked the weather forecast. Cursed and swore for five minutes solid. Took the Viking top off the Blue Jeep, and installed hardtop. Removed the safari top and installed the Viking top on Maroon Jeep (but kept the Windjammer in place). Put the side windows on the Viking top but left the rear window in the storage bag, and put a Raingler net on the back to stop luggage falling out. Running like that (and with a bungee cord wound around the front bar of the Congo Cage), the interior of the Maroon Jeep was much quieter than usual.
Took both vehicles to the desert, with friends (three Landcruisers and a Durango). Pulled the Durango out of some soft sand. Some Emirati dudes in an FJ Cruiser pulled up while we we doing this, and my dad (who was visiting us this week) chatted to them. They thought the Jeeps looked cool.
We set up camp but one of the Landcruisers was going back home for the night, so my dad took the Blue Jeep and I took the Maroon Jeep to escort them back to the highway in the dark. On the way, we ran through a mild sandstorm, and then a torrential rainstorm. The UAE only gets 6 days of rain a year, so the timing was unlucky. The KC Hilites on the Red Jeep were put to the test and worked well, though I reckon the Blue Jeep now needs more lighting. The Garmin GPS was a Godsend.
It continued to rain, and got cold enough for ice and snow in some parts of the UAE, during the night. But the insides of the Jeeps, and more importantly the tents, stayed dry through the night, and in the morning we had bacon and coffee, then packed up and went home. We're planning to do the same next weekend.
Maroon 2001 TJ Sahara, 2.5 inch lift, 31" Cooper Discoverer STTs, Borla headers and catback, K&N cold air intake, Viking fastback top, Congo cage and rack, KC HIDs and daylighters, Raingler nets.
Blue 2005 TJ Sahara, 2 inch lift, 31'' Cooper Discover STTs, Viking top, KC HIDs and Daylighters.