I am on Long Island and spend a lot of time in VT, I know your pain. I run a soft top April-November and a hard top for the winter. Best of both worlds.
For us, if it looks like rain when we are going out, we only remove the two front freedom roof panels and store them in the cargo area, in case it starts to rain.We got our first Wrangler this winter (hard top Sahara). As we slowly make our way towards spring here in New England, I'm looking for options/ideas on how to maximize having the Jeep topless without going crazy on the cost front. We also have a Renegade with MySky (removable roof panels) and know how quickly and difficult it is to trust the New England weather to not have passing showers/storms based on trying to keep that topless the last 4 summers. We have a garage so it would be parked covered overnight. Poking around I see all sorts of bikini tops, would those keep things dry enough for times you get caught in rain? Most of the time the doors would be left on, I'm guessing there's no way to bring them along with you stored in the back of the JLU? What does everyone else do in a climate similar to New England (ie going more than 3-4 rain free days is fairly rare).
I've never been in heavy rain with the freedom panels off, so the infotainment system has never been drenched. I too read those posts of people saying it dries out after a while, but I never really wanted to test it first hand. When I do the "freedom panels only" trips, I usually just toss em in my tent if the weather looks good for the day.Thanks for all the ideas and product recommendations, definitely no shortage of solutions. I think as a first step I really like the idea of a hard top hoist, solves the issue of storing the top as well. After that tough call, Sunrider vs Trektop both look awesome. As an aside, from what I've seen online is the inside likely safely survives getting wet in the event of getting caught in some weather? Might not be able to make a warranty claim on it but I've seen reports of draining inches of water and everything was fine (all electronics, seats, etc. Also going to check with the campgrounds we go to, see if they are somewhere nearby have any sort of Jeep top/door storage areas (might be wistful thinking, but it would be great to drive up to say NH White Mountains with the top on, then break it down and store it up there).