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Old 09-09-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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Puppy Bunk

We have two 60lb puppies that travel with us. Carrying crates big enough to hold them is a hassle, not to mention the space they consume when set up!

So we decided to convert the lower bunk in our Berkshire 38RB into a puppy sanctuary. We removed the mattress, curtains, and knobs from the windows. We then lined the floor and walls with 1/4" fiberboard so there is nothing exposed for them to chew. Put some Kong crate matts in for comfort. Installed a wire crate door on the opening that allows plenty of airflow.

The puppies travel in comfort and we don't have massive crates to store and walk around.

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Old 09-09-2015, 12:57 PM   #2
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Wonder if that will work for hyper-active children?: I would be afraid to put this in my rig,'cause I know the first one the DW would stick in there.
All joking aside, that is a neat deal. Have some friends who have 2 large dogs. For sure going to tell them about your idea.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:58 PM   #3
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Love this idea. Too bad we don't have the space to do this in our Roo.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:06 PM   #4
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We did the cheap-man's temporary version of this... we just take the mattress from the bottom bunk and put it on the top bunk, then set up the (size large) crate on the bottom bunk. It can stay set up all the time, or we can collapse it and store it under the master bed if we need the bunks for people to sleep on.

She still sulks all the way to the crate when we say it's time to go in, but she loves the window so she can see out and I love that i know my couch will be in one piece when we go back inside.

How hard would it be to convert your bunk back to human status?
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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How hard would it be to convert your bunk back to human status?
We can convert back to a regular bunk with about 30 minutes of effort. We consider it permanent as long as we own the coach but can be easily converted back to a regular bunk if we decide to sell.
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She still sulks all the way to the crate when we say it's time to go in, but she loves the window so she can see out and I love that i know my couch will be in one piece when we go back inside.
Our puppies actually love the space. They sleep there at night and anytime we are gone from the coach. When we start to pack up from a camp site, they happily go into their crate while traveling.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:25 PM   #7
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I would be afraid to put this in my rig,'cause I know the first one the DW would stick in there.
I hear you Papa! My DW had the same ideas!
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