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Old 01-20-2008, 07:06 PM   #29
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I agree with cap, I have a 220lb English Mastiff & he needs ALL of the pickup bed when traveling
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:55 PM   #30
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Riding in the trailer would be way to dangerous!
I travel with a Great Dane, Rott/Lab mix & a Shiba Inu. They love camping and the road trip is so much a part of the fun. I don't have children other than the 4 legged type, so there is plenty of room in my rig. I put dog beds in the back of my Tahoe and they ride comfortably back there. Also always have a water bowl handy as well as a huge bottle of water.
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For those of us who have danes -- question for you? We just took our A/S out for the first time this weekend, and had both dogs in crates attached in the back of our P/U. How do you guys collectively handle the getting out for a break? At least in our situation, we wouldn't be able to lower the tailgate to get the dogs out without unhitching the A/S -- is this really what everyone does?
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For those of us who have danes -- question for you? We just took our A/S out for the first time this weekend, and had both dogs in crates attached in the back of our P/U. How do you guys collectively handle the getting out for a break? At least in our situation, we wouldn't be able to lower the tailgate to get the dogs out without unhitching the A/S -- is this really what everyone does?
Hello Shawn,

Here's a recent thread about traveling with a Great Dane that may help you out.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...hem-66497.html

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Thanks -- that's actually my wife's thread, but I don't know that anyone actually addresses this specific question.
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Thanks -- that's actually my wife's thread, but I don't know that anyone actually addresses this specific question.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:09 AM   #35
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Dog as passenger!

We pull a 26-foot trailer and we have a Newfoundland --- also a large dog. You must be careful with placing a dog in a trailer. Check the laws in your area. I have heard that it is illegal for a person to ride in the trailer as you pull it, but I am unsure about the dog. The real problem is that you cannot see the dog and there is no air flow. Dogs die when from being left in vehicles in hot weather.

We tried using a bubble connector between the cab and the cap of our pickup truck, but it was useless in hot weather. Air leaks around the tailgate are common and defeated the purpose altogether. The term "hot dog" is not an exaggeration.

We used a crate when the dog was under a year old. With training, the dog learned to lie down, yet in cold weather he was able to move around without being crated. You can find portable air conditioning units, so that arrangement might be an option. However, the dog would have to be completely trustworthy to be left alone in the back of the truck with the machine running.

I'm not acquainted with the Mastiff breed, but Newfies prefer to be with their "people". Large dogs and crowded vehicles are not compatible. We travel as a couple and Bear has the back seat of a crew cab to himself. The seats fold up, so he also has the option of the entire floor area. Just ask yourself if you would want to travel in the dog's place. That may make your decision easier.

We plan to order a new Airstream in the spring. If If you know of anyone with a Classic 31, I would like to know how they like it. We are getting ready to order a new one and excited doesn't approach our mood.

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Our Great Dane & Australian Cattle Dog currently ride in the bed of the pickup in their Airline Travel Crates. The aussie suffers from motion sickness when she is enclosed in the cab but can do excessively long trips (with breaks every 3-4 hours) with the wind blowing thru her crate. The Dane is a safety hazard to my kids if in the cab. We are talking about getting a cap for the truck.
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traveling with dogs in trailer

I don't know about Canada laws, but I believe in the US it's illegal to have people and/or animals traveling in the trailer as it's moving.
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Cap the truck! The trailer is too dangerous for pets when in motion. Haven't we all opened the door at some point and things have been tossed about? If you can't tell I am very passionate on this subject, if you don't have room the dog in your vehicle, don't get the dog.
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The original point of my comment actually had nothing to do with putting our dogs in the trailer -- we'd never even think about that -- it was about trying to figure out how best to accommodate a large dog with a truck. We intend on getting a cap for the truck, but we certainly don't allow the dogs to roam freely in the back of our truck, they are both strapped into travel crates. The issue that we're facing is that in our configuration, we are unable to open the tailgate of our truck (regardless of cap) when the trailer is connected. When we go on longer trips, we would need to stop and let the dogs out. To accomplish this, we would literally have to unhitch, pull forward 2 inches, open the tailgate, let the dogs out, load them back up, backup, re-hitch and then proceed. Although I know that this could be solved with a different TV, that's just not going to happen since it's a fairly new vehicle, and I was curious if others have this same problem and any solutions.

Again, we're not planning or have ever planned on letting the dogs either ride in the trailer or free in the bed of the truck.
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Shawn~ I wasn't responding to your post, sorry for the misunderstanding.
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A friend of ours has a Lab and a German Shepard, his TV is a Toyota Tundra. He removed the back seat and the seat brackets, padded the floor with ensolite camping pads, covered the pads with old quilts. His boys have plenty of room to move around, the floor is flat, they ride low in the pickup, its easy to get them in and out because all you have to do is open the door! He and the dogs did over 10,000 miles this year and they seemed none the worse for wear!
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Have you thought about getting the right kind of cap? When I first met Steve he was towing his bambi with a Chevy with a Gemtop Shell on it with ambulance style doors. I hated it, but he loved it and since there is no tailgate but two long doors that swing out to the sides getting your dogs in and out without unhitching would be easier. HTH!
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