I am looking at purchasing a trailer here in the next few months. I have happened upon a few good deals. But one in particular has me intrigued. There is a guy who can custom build one for me for quite an affordable cost.
So my question is, if you could have a custom built trailer for your dogs what would you want?
To kick start here are a few must haves and luxurys. I am going to see how much extra the luxuries are and add a few. Which ones to add is the question.
MUST HAVE: a good bar space on doors that is small enough that an adult GSD cannot fit their mouth around to clamp down.
Luxury: Screens on the door where teeth do not have access to edges, but will prevent bugs from entering dogs kennel.
MUST HAVE: Ventilation system. A fan to pull in air flow. Prefer the open top so the dogs can see each other and share the air. But bars in between must be very thin so no teeth, noses, ears can get through and potentially cause a fight.
MUST HAVE: Insulation to prevent overheating in the summer.
MUST HAVE: steel frame to help prevent crunching in an accident and potentially save dogs lives
Luxury: I would love to have some lighting on the side that I can turn on to potty dogs. Doesn't have to be super bright. Just a little help to see the dogs standing right next to the trailer to load them up.
Luxury: Tie out cables on each side of the trailer. Maybe 4 total? to attach dogs too. Need to be DURABLE as dogs may pull VERY hard on these
Luxury: Storage on top. Also offers insulation. would like a raise top with lights. Also prefer dividers for separating collars, leashes, balls, tracking articles, vests. Etc. Maybe a deep area somewhere to fit a food bag.
MUST HAVE: needs to be easy to clean. I would love to be able to hose it off and let it air dry and call it good. Maybe slightly slanted floors to make water drip out immediately? Or maybe have a little drainage system in place? I don't want a dog to spill water or potentially pee in there and be standing in water. Or have it splash all over me when I let a dog out
MUST HAVE: Needs to have either one, or separate (prefer just one key) for each kennel.
MUST HAVE: lightweight. I am pulling with a chrysler town and country minivan. I believe my towing capacity is 3600lbs
MUST HAVE: two types of doors. Outside door for protection during driving. (would love to be able to vent them partially open, or open a window for airflow during drive) Inside door with bars so I can open the big door and see what the dog is doing and make it sit before I open the door.
Luxury: I feed my dogs the raw prey model diet. Plus this trailer will potentially be pulled weekly to a Schutzhund club. If there was a built in cooler on the top that would be awesome! I could travel with some dog meat for trips. Or bring cool drinks and lunch on the weekends
MUST HAVE: I want the dogs to have enough room to sit up and not duck their heads. They have erect ears and their ears touching is not a big deal but if they are traveling for a potential 14 hour road trip I want them to be able to stretch around in it.
Luxury: Two axels. I heard this makes the ride softer for the dogs.
The trailers this guy builds are similar to this