went out to those n. georgia mtns. today (topless of course) to enjoy the beautiful weather. i've come up with a different way to remove the top. i use to just get under it and lift it with my back and walk it off onto a porch or utility trailer. well... i'm gettin too old and too fat for that nonsense. i'm sure someone has come up with something like this long before me but i'll share anyway. i decided to pull under my shed, place 2 2x4's between the rails and the top. using 4 tiedown straps fixed to the ceiling of the shed i just lift up on the top 1 corner at a time. i'm sure someone has got better way than that, but it works for me.
Yep, my dad does the same thing with his f250 fiberglass bed cover, and just a hair forward of it, is the hitch for our 5th wheel. So he just backs up all the way, lifts the cover off, and moves up a little and drops in the hitch.
I'm going to do the samething when i do mine i'm going to rig up a hoist using pullys and rope i have a car port and the rafters are covered up with steel sheething so i'm going to rig it up on the roof.
Years ago when I worked at builders square I helped a guy rig up a lift and storage "system" for his Miata hardtop. Just walk down the aisle at Home Depot thats has the ropes and pulleys and such and get creative. Mounted form the ceiling in the garage, or a good tree branch: A simple rope and pulley hooked up to the cargo rack on the top would prolly lift it off and hold it. Use either a bar shaped like an I to slip into the rack with the rope (or cable) in the center. Or 4 hooks at the 4 corners of the roof rack. Tie it off and it could suspend or lower it to the ground easily.