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Old 12-07-2009, 05:58 AM   #1
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Anyone put built in kennels into their airstream?

Hello Everyone,
We are new members and just bought a 1965 airstream Overlander International. We are gutting it and rebuilding. Has anyone ever built in kennels to their airstream? We have four large dogs, 3 deafies and one hearing. Looking for any ideas and suggestions. In the past we have just set up portable kennels, but are debating on incorporating them into our layout instead. They are not in kennels very often but it is nice to have them if we need them.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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I'm pretty new myself, and crazy like you, I've got lots of dogs. If you have a twin bed coach you may be able to build the bed platform higher and place crates under them on both sides. Try to keep the weight just in front of your wheels. Wherever you place them keep them low, airstreams like a low center of gravity.

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It would be easier taking a space that later could be converted back to some conventional use. Figure out that width/height and then how many standard retail dog crates would fit in there. At times we find ourselves visiting friends or family where we can't leave the dogs back at the campground or else we'd be away too long. Having crates gives us options to throw crates & dogs in the truck and set them up in a garage or elsewhere.

We've got a 55# dog and her crate stays under the dinette until we have more folks inside the Safari for dinner. Pays to have picnic table weather.

Building them in? Ever see custom made pickup beds for sled dog teams? Oh, Georgia... I guess not.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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Welcome fellow dog loving members from Georgia. We only have one 80 pound dog. He sleeps in one of the beds at night! We also have a large, heavy, but portable crate that we keep at the end of the picnic table for him when we are outside. He loves to go camping and accepted the crate idea quickly. We actually started camping so we could take Dutch with us. He is now 15 years old and barely able to jump up on the bed.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice Bob, Kevin and Kristi. I was going to put them under the twin beds as it would be easy to lower the beds back down if I no longer needed the kennels, but, we found out the gray matter tank and the wheel wells are there too! I can probably fit in two kennels and take two portables. I have boys who love the idea of "bunks" too. My pups range from 65 pounds to 90 pounds with the 90 pounder being only 6 months old (Great Dane). I have also considered building one in opposite the sink side and give up some cabinet space there.
Glad to see some fellow GA pup and airstream fans!
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Maybe if you have a dinette you could use a large retail crate secured to the floor then have a custom table top secured to the crates top.. Just and idea. Good Luck!
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Jennifer,

If your buddies are crate trained these folding fabric crates have worked very well for us. Been using them since getting our Classic. Store easy in the trailer or TV. One for Fado, PWD and one for Rainbow, the deaf Ausie.
The old style metal folding would be needed if the guys are not crate trained
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Send a pm to millvalleyca and ask them for pictures.. they did a great job with their kennels.

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Old 01-28-2010, 10:31 PM   #9
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Send a pm to millvalleyca and ask them for pictures.. they did a great job with their kennels.

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Here's a pic of what we did for our three (small) dogs.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input!

Thank you Robert for the soft crate suggestion. Not able to use them for 3 of my 4 dogs. The last time I tried it they ate through them, then through my rear gaucho foam in our Scotty! We only left them alone for 1/2 hour! One is great with with the cloth ones and we do have one for her. Great to see another deaf dog owner out there. Do you happen to be on the deaf dog yahoo website?deafdogs : The deafdogs mailing list is for people with dogs that are deaf. Great site for info!

Millvalleyca, love your built ins! That is what I was picturing doing. I will have to be creative about the space for one as he is a large Great Dane (only 7 months and huge). The other two should fit in smaller crates that I can build like yours. Helps to have the pic so I appreciate you posting it! I can show my hubby tonight.
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Rescued the Ausie several years ago, great dog, very noisey though, but you probably already know that. Gets along with Fado real gud. Rainbow now lives in the country with Sandra's sister, everybody comes with us whenever we camp in the Adirondacks.
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My dogs are spoiled and won't use crates.

But I think portable crates would be more useful

One of my dogs is about 85 lbs and the other is 8 lbs. I leave my camper unlocked, dogs have run of the camper. Bad guys stay away.
Friends come by to visit the dogs. I have to leave the curtains pulled back so they won't wreck them when they want to look out the window.

Dogs are way cool. When I am in a store, the big dog sits in the driver seat, the little dog sits shotgun. I would not trust them in the truck
if they had thumbs, as they know about the whole key thing. I am sure that they would try to drive into the store to find me. I think that they
know something about my missing spare keys. Everytime I bring it up, Big Dog puts on an innocent face, and Little Dog just plain looks guilty.

BTW I won't leave them alone in the truck or trailer unless it is cool weather, or the sun is down. Windows cracked, in the shade, bucket of water...all that good stuff. AND I don't trust an air conditioner to keep running. Again, doors unlocked so someone could rescue the dogs, if I got detained.
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They look lazy.........

But I feel safe when they are around.
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