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Old 02-05-2015, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Bringing along our large dog?

Ok so I'm trying to figure out how we bring our dog with us. When we had the pup and towed with my SUV he went in his crate in the back of the SUV surrounded by gear. Now though we have the truck with no cab cover. Truck seats are taken up by our three kids. Dog is an 80 pound siberian husky. He likes to go camping when it isn't to hot. A camper with AC might make the warmer weather more agreeable for him. Is it safe for a dog to ride in the trailer in his crate (hard side airline style crate) if I secured it so it couldn't move? The bed to the truck in his crate seems kinda windy to me. I'd be sad if we can't take him any more but I do want him to be safe. How do you all transport large dogs if you have one?
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:07 PM   #2
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I know a lot of hunters who put the crate in the bed of the truck, with a crate cover. Then they strap it in. They are fairly protected this way. I would be less concerned about heat this way then being in the enclosed tt.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:10 PM   #3
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My 90# Boxer/Mastif Mix rides in a crate in the back of our truck with no issue what so ever. In the summer we are very cautious not to travel in the heat of the day.

Like your dog, our dog used to ride in the back of our SUV when we towed with it. He had never been in the truck bed, and I did a lot of research and question asking like you -- and came the conclusion it was safer crated in a truck vs in the trailer. Gus no gets very excited when he sees his crate in the truck and has no hesitation to ride in there.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:49 PM   #4
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Have two Black Russian terriers , over 110 lb each, they travel in the trailer all the time, no crate, always making sure that there are no loose items, never had any issues
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:14 PM   #6
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We are in the same boat now. My kids and their junk take up the back seat and the dog is too big to sit back there with them. I'm thinking of making a plywood dog box to put in the bed of the truck. The flooring in my TT is all vinyl...I don't think he'd be safe in the TT after seeing him fall just running thru the kitchen in our house. He's also in his puppy stage and likes to chew on things when left unattended.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:21 PM   #7
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My dog travels great in the back of the truck in his dog crate, been doing this for years, just watch for the hot days. Stop often when its hot to walk around a bit and make sure he drinks plenty of water
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:03 PM   #8
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lol if you go the dog crate in the bed route make sure you take measures to cleverly conceal him from the all the busy body do-gooders and animal rights wackos out there, surely they will file a police complaint (from my experience).
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With the crate up near the frront of the bed, closest to the cab, the wind will be minimal. The crate needs to be secured enough and stable enough to remain intact in the event of a collission. The last thing you want is the dog getting out onto the highway in a confused state.
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:56 AM   #10
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Those that have a crate in the bed of the truck how do you secure it? Since ours is a hard shell airline carrier crate I was thinking a few ratchet straps if we tried that. I know those secure pretty much anything so it will not move.
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