Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tips for Enjoying Jeeps during Winter

Jeeps are perfect for any time of year. However, wintertime provides additional challenges that can be difficult to deal with, if you aren’t properly prepared. Winter brings snow, sleet, slush, and freezing temperatures mixed with your usual dirt, debris, and various road and trail anomalies. It’s important to incorporate seasonal accessories to ensure your travels are both safe and comfortable. So, we’ve put together a few ways to make the most of your Jeep during the cold winter months.

Heater

You’ll need to make sure your Jeep’s heater is properly functioning in order to stay warm and keep your windows defrosted. There are plenty of affordable portable heaters able to warm your Jeep and clear your windows in seconds. Staying warm is imperative to maintaining quick reaction times and keeping your extremities from cramping or losing sensation.

Floor Mats

Installing floor mats over your Jeep branded floor mats will keep them looking like new well beyond their normal shelf life. Thick rubber mats prevent snow, moisture, and your feet from damaging your interior and are extremely easy to clean. If you ever decide to sell your Jeep, showing off your perfectly maintained interior will be eye-catching and add real value to the sale.

Tires

Your off-road tires are designed for versatility and rugged environments. But, are your tires designed for snow? Driving on tires not designed for snow and sleet may cause your Jeep to slide or be unable to grip properly to the terrain. Snow tires have larger gaps in the tread design that is specifically engineered to improve traction on snow and ice. Winter is notorious for robbing tires of their proper air pressure, as well. You’ll need to check the air pressure in your Jeep’s tires frequently to ensure they stay within the recommended PSI. Tires that are improperly inflated will not hug the road evenly, causing the tires to deliver less than optimal performance.

Winch & Recovery Kit

One of the most important accessories for any time of year, especially winter, is a winch and recovery kit. With or without snow tires, you’re bound to end up stuck at least a few times, and the only thing worse than being stuck, is being stuck in the cold! Installing a winch and keeping a complete recovery kit handy will ensure you never have to stay in one place too long.

New Top & Doors

If your Jeep’s convertible top and removable doors have seen better days, winter is the perfect time to replace them. Cracks or tears in your Jeep’s convertible components are the top contributor to moisture, mold, and mildew infecting the interior, not to mention the cold air that seeps through when driving. A new convertible top and doors will not only keep you warmer and your interior clean, your Jeep will look great too!


These are just some of the quick and easy ways you can enhance your winter Jeep experience. It’s important to stay warm and alert at all times when driving in cold weather and being prepared will guarantee everyone’s safety and enjoyment. What are your favorite tips for enjoying your Jeep during the winter? Share your stories with us in the comments section below!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Enjoying a Convertible in Winter

Winter is usually when we focus on reminding our online family about taking steps to preserve and protect their convertibles from snow, debris, and all the things that will damage tops. But, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your convertible simply because it’s cold outside. It’s important to drive your convertible during winter to keep the battery charged and fluids circulating. So, we’ve decide to review a few ways to ensure your winter drives are just as enjoyable as driving during all the other seasons.

Warm it Up

If you’re going to drive your convertible during winter, you had better make sure the heater works. Repairing a car’s heater is much easier and more affordable than dealing with air conditioning systems. Older cars will pull heat from the engine, but newer models will have a heating core that passes hot air through the ventilation system. If your convertible’s heater isn’t working, it could be the core, a broken thermostat, low antifreeze levels, blocked vents, or a few other issues that can be repaired relatively quickly and without breaking the bank.

Seal it

Winter will make any issues with moisture or air penetration exponentially worse. A smart, quick solution for this issue is using weather stripping made specifically for cars. Weather stripping, along with a gasket adhesive (if necessary), will provide a stopgap measure that prevents moisture from damaging the interior, wind from noise pollution, and cold air from zapping your warmth. Weather stripping is affordable, effective, and lasts long enough for you to replace any components before they cause further damage.

Bundle Up

Don’t make your convertible do all the work when driving during the winter months. Bundling up will ensure you enjoy your convertible to the fullest. Driving gloves and goggles may seem extreme, but they can help you enjoy the drive longer and with a hip look that’s functional and stylish. Of course, you’ll need to maintain a high level of mobility and visibility to ensure maximum comfort and safety.

Accessorize

From heated seats to wind diffusers, there are plenty of ways to accessorize your convertible to stay warm. But, not all accessories need to be for the car. Consider bringing extra blankets, electric and otherwise, along with hot chocolate, and other snacks to make your trips more enjoyable. While drivers should never use blankets, hot chocolate is a delicious way to stay warm, comfortable, and alert.  

Give Yourself Options & Stay Safe

An early morning or late night drive may seem ideal, but if it gets too cold, your vision and motor skills may become compromised. When driving your convertible during winter, consider driving with the top down and the windows up, vice versa, or limiting your drives to short windows of time. Even with the top and windows up, convertibles are extremely enjoyable, but you’ll need to use good judgment when driving in unusual conditions.


Staying warm in the winter with a convertible has never been easier. These measures will ensure your winter is just as enjoyable as your summer. Share your tips for making the most of your convertible during winter in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Caring for a Jeep Convertible in Winter

If you love your Jeep convertible, winter is the time to prove it. While your Jeep gives and gives all summer long, once the weather changes, it’s your job to return the favor. Jeeps are extremely durable, but just as susceptible to deterioration due to temperature changes, as well as snow and falling debris. With the proper care, preventing premature cracking and tears in your convertible top can keep your Jeep looking great and healthy for years to come. We suggest taking a few seasonal steps to ensure your Jeep convertible lasts well beyond the winter months.

Cover It Up

This may be a tip that we harp on from time to time, but it can be the most beneficial and is the one most people don’t bother doing. Direct sunlight, even in the winter months, can cause a drying out of your convertible top’s material and drain it of its color. Leaves and branches, snowfall, bird droppings, and other debris eat away at your Jeep’s convertible top compromising the fabric and stitching over time. A carport, garage or any covered area will provide the simple relief from the elements your Jeep needs to make it through hibernation and wake up ready for spring.

Keep It Clean

The other best way to keep your Jeep’s convertible top looking its best is to keep it clean. But, clean doesn’t just mean washed. Your convertible top’s material will have specially formulated conditioners to replenish the protective chemicals that prevent drying and cracking. Whether you’re working with vinyl or other fabrics, you’ll need to treat your Jeep’s convertible top regularly with the proper cleaners. Remember, regular carwash soap may have properties that are perfect for painted metal but not for vinyl and other fabrics. Only use an approved convertible top cleaner on your Jeep’s soft top.

Regular Check-Ups

Just like you, your Jeep needs regular checkups, too. If your Jeep convertible is properly stored and washed, you’re still going to need to stop by, crank it up, and take it for a drive. This will ensure that your battery doesn’t die, the fluids move around the engine and other systems, and gives you the chance to take inventory of how your Jeep is holding up. Listen closely to identify any unusual sounds including wind penetration and check the soft top with a flashlight to find any loose stitching, cracks or tears. Gently and slowly, go over the entire convertible top with a soft bristle brush while visually checking every inch. Make sure to address any issues immediately to prevent further damage to your Jeep’s convertible top.

Fix It Now

If there’s a problem, solve it! If you know your convertible top is torn, cracking or has been through too much over the years, replace it. Those tears and cracks will end up causing more trouble than they’re worth if they are not addressed immediately. Moisture is the enemy of your Jeep’s seats and electrical system, and will eventually cause mold and mildew to grow, destroying the interior. In this case, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. Replacing your convertible top is much more affordable when you don’t also have to replace the car seats and other parts of the interior.

Take these steps to keep your Jeep convertible protected during winter and ready for action when spring rolls around. What are your favorite tips and products for keeping your Jeep’s convertible top looking its best? Share your tips and stories in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tips for Upgrading & Maintaining a Soft Top Convertible

If you’re like us, your soft-top convertible is much more than a machine for going from point A to point B. It’s your friend, your confidant, your escape from the realities of daily life. As much love as your convertible provides, the relationship must be reciprocal in order to be lasting. Convertible soft tops are vulnerable to exposure and temperature changes, and require more attention than the average car. However, properly caring for a convertible provides plenty of enjoyment and satisfaction outside of the obvious benefits of beauty and preservation. So, we’ve put together a few tips for upgrading and maintaining your soft top convertible for any time of year.

Clean & Covered

Keeping your convertible top clean will prevent sap, bird droppings, pollen, and other debris from eating away at the fabric over time. Bird droppings, in particular, are extremely corrosive and can permanently damage every part of your convertible if left unattended. An approved carwash liquid soup should be used to gently remove any debris, as well as a conditioner to infuse a weather resistant barrier into the fabric to preserve its luster. Always keep your convertible inside a garage or covered under a carport or car cover to ensure that no direct sunlight (or bird droppings) damage the material.

Do it Right

If you must upgrade to a new convertible soft top, make sure you do it right! Use only the proper tools and work carefully to avoid damaging the material and the vehicle. With the convertible top off, now’s a perfect time to do a deep cleaning of the seams and normally hard to reach crevices on the car. Cleaning the seams will ensure that your new soft top adheres securely to the frame for a long-lasting bond. We have had plenty of customers successfully install their own replacement convertible soft tops, but we recommend using a professional to do the work. They have the experience necessary to do the job faster and their work is likely warrantied against defects.

Upgrades

Your convertible soft top has the awesome ability to incorporate plenty of upgrades. Whether you’re looking for a wind diffuser to reduce noise and airflow or a new and improved stereo system, upgrading your convertible is fast, easy, and more affordable than ever before. It’s important to provide the exact same caution and attention when installing upgrades and new parts as you would to installing a new convertible top. This will ensure that all upgrades perform as they are intended, look great, and in no way hinder performance.

What are your favorite tips for ensuring your convertible top stays fresh and clean? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear your tips and stories!