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Old 12-27-2007, 03:58 PM   #15
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We have a medium sized crate that has a padded cushion on the bottom in the back of our p.u. for Cody, our English Springer Spaniel..he weighs about 55 lbs. .we put one of those battery operated fans that attaches to the crate for some constant airflow while traveling in warm climates, and have the windows of the 'cap' opened too..he stays safe, comfortable and secure ...he also has access to his water bowl...we stop several times along the way on trps, at least every 2 hours or less, for him to stretch his legs and to let him do what doggies do when they need to ...

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:09 PM   #16
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:20 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by 345bill what we did. we bought ours a 345 mh. everyone travels together and in comfort.
I have a van. Same result here.....
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:20 PM   #18
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Please don't think about putting your dog in the trailer while traveling down the road. As an experiment to understand how rough this ride could be, get a pair of walkie-talkies and sit in the back of your own trailer while your significant other drives you SLOWLY around JUST the campground. You will be on that walkie-talkie quicker than you think begging to get out of that trailer.

We traveled with two Newfoundlands for years. Luckily we had a Suburban pulling our Tradewind. We had the entire back area flat and put a couple of nice crates in for our Newfs. With proper crate training they will learn to think of the crate as their "safe haven".

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Old 12-27-2007, 08:34 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by rettoc625
BTW - make sure you get a cap with windows and screens for ventilation for the dogs. We also attached a battery powered fan to the crates in warm weather.

It was a 3 way = 12 volt, rechargeable DC and AC. Picked it up at Walmart for about $60.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:01 PM   #20
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And cap it is!

I guess sometimes I need to ask the dumb questions in order to be set straight. I'm new to the big dog world, so wasn't quite certain what others did.

I think the reason why I was wondering if dogs could ride in their kennels in the trailer was b/c when we first purchased the trailer last year, everyone asked if we were going to ride in it while on the road, since it was such a beauty of a trailer.... I was really surprised at that, since I automatically assumed it was a huge no-no.

That being said, I also took a look at what we stash in the bed of the truck when towing... bicycles, cooler, webber bbq and propane tank, you name it, we've got it. I'm beginning to suspect that we bring lots more stuff along on a camping trip than other people, or else we're not packing it properly...

I'm very appreciative of all the responses - thanks very much. I'll start looking into a cap w/ windows and also look into fans. Also will see what the breeder will recommend w/r to equipment for this type of dog - these big guys can be 200lbs and over...

When you do something, may as well do it right, and ask for opinions from those who have done it before. Makes sense.

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Old 01-03-2008, 10:03 PM   #21
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Here's how it's done in the south, wife and kids ride in the back of the truck, dogs ride in cab. No seriously, you'll like having a cap. Some can come with window screens as well, might want to keep some extra screen material on hand incase they chew them out or something. I liked having a cap on my truck because I could secure my gear beter and keep it dry in cse of rain. You may have stated already if not if you have a sliding rear window or not, if so, some caps aer made with them as well so you can open up your truck to the back, helps with air flow as well.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:33 PM   #23
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Az, I've never seen dogs that big!..I can only guess the people are only about 5' tall????
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:06 AM   #24

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In the truck, in a crate for safety. Larger dogs need to be in crates to keep them safe in case of an accident or sudden problem on the road. They will feel more secure too. Ask your breeder for her suggestions on the type and size of crate you will need. Kennel-Air is probably the safest in a crash, but there are others. Both your dogs should be in crates as they become projectiles in sudden stops or accidents. You keep the human kids restrained, keep the hairy kids safe too.
Our first dog rode free in the back of our old Blazer, after getting

bounced around during an accident,(no serious injury) he would never again

get into the truck on his own. Ever since that incident the crate is secured

in the truck and our critters have never been loose while traveling.


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Old 01-04-2008, 07:10 AM   #25
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We just got back from a short trip with our Airstream doing some winter camping. Despite temps in the 20's, our boxer and mastiff were comfortable inside their crates in the truck bed underneath the truck cap. A couple of can get carpeting installed on the truck cap. That adds a little insulation. The metal bed gets quite cold. We add a couple of layers of cardboard to insulate the bottom of their crates from the cold. Also, our cap has a window that opens to the truck and we seal the space between with an inflatable cushion made for that purpose. We turn the heat up in the truck and use a fan to it circulate back to the dogs.

If it's really hot outside, that's more of a problem. The AC will only do so much coming all the way from the cab. Then it's better to ventilate them as much as possible, or just put them in the back seat of the crew cab, which we've had to do.

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:11 PM   #26
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Is stated earlier, dogs feel secure in crates.

Under a cap, they have the advantage of shade - they'll be fine with adequate ventilation. The consideration of carpet and possibly a fan are good ideas.
As a young person, we rode to Tx/OK from Calif in the back of an un-airconditioned P.U./Camper combo. What did we all do before A/C?
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:14 AM   #27
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I was towing a Ford F-150 and the dog rode in the cab of the PU, the cat also, that little thief liked to ride (sleep, thats the only thing he did when he wasn't filching hamburgers, that little bum was also loved a bit of the cat nip...) on the dash.

Any, I pulled into a service station (back when they had attendants with a rag in their hand, and a greeting), and the guy came up to me looking dumbfounded. He said "I thought that truck was following you kind of close, then looked and saw a dog driving, I thought I was losing my mind".

Looking back the pooch was sitting behind the wheel with a big smile on her face, that cat was asleep and probably stoned, again, on the dash. We both busted up laughing, it was a funny sight.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:51 AM   #28
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