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Old 04-10-2013, 09:35 AM   #11
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We put a cap on the back of our P/U and then the DW made a pad for in the back for our Shepherd/Retriever mix. He had no issues riding back there with a little fire wood too. This allowed us to put his food and water dishes back there with him and no worry when the water slopped a bit. We'd stop every 1-2 hrs and take him for a short walk/potty break same as us. We'd traveled the longest 8 hrs and no problem.


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Old 04-10-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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Hello, and I am new to this Forum. I had 3 dogs, lost my German Shepherd to cancer about 6 weeks ago, but I still have my older Blk Lab mix and a schnauzer/terrier mix. They are experienced canine campers, but for now I have a Ford (V-8) Explorer and there is just not enough room for them.I am close to getting another German Shepherd from a rescue, and we are looking for a larger tow vehicle to tow my 2011 Roo. Pick-ups don't work with dogs, so my question is... What vehicle do you use to tow and to have room for your dogs? What do you do with your dogs when on the road to keep them safe and comfortable and be strong enough to tow your camper? Before the Ford, I had a full-sized conversion van that had plenty of room and that towed the pop-up we had with no problem. Thanks for your help!
Sounds like a full size SUV or van is in order. Our GSD and Lab ride happy as clams in the back of our Excursion. Sometimes I let them sit in the third row as they prefer to be closer to the kids. With rear A/C and heat the temp is never a problem.

And they have a comfortable place to hang out when we running errands or setting up etc. they can see us which all they care about.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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We have 3 dogs as well, a 60ish lb Shar Pei, Dachshund, and a Rat Terrior. We've taken all 3 camping before and it didn't work out very well. The wennie dog hates being outside, the rat terrior is nuts and barked at every little thing. The Shar Pei loves it and loves being outside. We usually leave the two little dogs with a friend of ours that grooms and boards them and take the big dog with us. Before my daughter was born, we let the Shar Pei ride in the back seat of the truck but since we have Peyton back there now, it is somewhat cramped. I decided that I could let the dog ride in the travel trailer in her crate, I put her very large crate on the bottom bunk in the back of our Surveyor next to the window so she can see out. If it's hot outside, I slide the window open so she gets some air. We usually don't go on long trips so it's never been an issue. We just bought the wife a Nissan Armada that has plenty of room as well as power to tow our Surveyor so I'll probably start putting the dog in the back of the Armada for trips.

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Old 04-10-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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Crew cab truck with Rottie and lap dog in the back seat. Its just me and the misses now, so plenty of room
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #15
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Our dog is small so he goes into his pet taxi. We use a larger one so he's comfy inside the camper when we arrive.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:53 AM   #16
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Our dogs:

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Where they ride:


(since been finished with hinged doors, black outdoor carpeting on the sides and interlocking foam standing mats on the floor)

I welded up a "grill" for the windows and popped them into the channels. We open the cap windows and let it flow thorough on warmer days.

They love both places but are usually in the cab with us.

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:11 AM   #17
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We have an 07 Ford Explorer. Not the EL. With the third row seat folded down our Old English Sheepdog rides in the back. I put a large soft sided crate for him in the back. Me, DW and our two teenagers ride comfortably. The only thing we run into is that it's a big jump into the back of the TV. I have to help Bentley into the back.

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:03 AM   #18
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My SuperCrew Ford Truck has rear seats that fold up flat against the rear of the cab. There is plenty of room in the back for your dogs with the seats folded up.

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #19
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We used to have a TH with a F250 crew cab. Wife, 2 boys, 70lb lab and 30lb Puggle all packed in.

Just bought an RV so everyone will now be traveling in style. Haven't been out yet but Lab will be on our bed in back spread out, puggle will be on the sofa and the kids on the floor.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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We have an 11 yo German Shephard, Rosie. We tow a 37' fifth wheel so a big pickup is required. Our tow vehicle is a 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, crew cab, dually, diesel, 4X4. We bought a "hammock", a padded seat cover that attaches from the front seat head rests to the back head rests. We also have a seat extender that we use between the driver seat and the back seat. So that keeps Rosie comfortable in the cab while underway. Of course we do stop at rest areas every hour or so for both Rosie and us.

But getting into and out of the truck would be a HUGE step up or down for Rosie who has hip problems and also arthritis. We bought a collapsible ramp and, with our help, Rosie can handle that for getting in and out of the truck. We also use the ramp with the trailer, running it from the top step to the ground. Rosie probably could get by without it for the trailer, but to be safe we set it up and leave it there while we are parked.

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