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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2015, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Crate Safety

Anyone seen this. A bit sobering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ztYl_sCaoY

I was thinking about a variocrate before this... now I"m a lot closer to eating rice and cabbage for a couple months so I can afford one.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2015, 09:31 PM
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It is strange they did not test a standard wire crate and a welded aluminum dog box.
I believe the variocrate is designed for a front to back orientation in an SUV.
I put out $500 for aluminum dog box (welded) when my dog's paw slid through the pan opening for a wire crate as we parked on a hillside. It took 3 of us to extricate him and that was with him NOT panicking (he was good that way when he was hurt)

For my own dog box with vertical bars, I lined them with 1/4" hardware cloth to keep paws and legs from sliding through (which is a concern I would have with the variocage)

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Yeah, I have a wire crate in the back of my Subaru. I did that because it has the side entrance and that works in the back. But I'm pretty certain after seeing this video, a wire crate would potentially be more dangerous in an accident than nothing.

Wish I could find someone with a variocage.

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The only wire crate I would consider is the old kennel aire commander that is no longer manufactured. 1" x 1" heavy wire, not a folding crate. There are stories of that one surviving major crashes and rollovers. For an SUV I would strongly consider the variocage. While you are saving, I put a gazillion zip ties on my wire crates to add to rigidity because I had concerns about those things. Each one has a 75lb break point and I had them at every connection and also used clips on the doors.

Then, as you are on a search hanging on for dear life with your dog in your lap on a gator careening down a mountside and hitting trees and skidding........or riding in the open bed of a pickup . [I know, short distances and the many miles are put in the vehicle--my crates are strong and secured, too] In an SUV I would want the added ventilation of a more open crate. The variocage was not readily available in the states when I got my aluminum boxes.

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The only wire crate I would consider is the old kennel aire commander that is no longer manufactured. 1" x 1" heavy wire, not a folding crate. There are stories of that one surviving major crashes and rollovers. For an SUV I would strongly consider the variocage. While you are saving, I put a gazillion zip ties on my wire crates to add to rigidity because I had concerns about those things. Each one has a 75lb break point and I had them at every connection and also used clips on the doors.

Then, as you are on a search hanging on for dear life with your dog in your lap on a gator careening down a mountside and hitting trees and skidding........or riding in the open bed of a pickup . [I know, short distances and the many miles are put in the vehicle--my crates are strong and secured, too] In an SUV I would want the added ventilation of a more open crate. The variocage was not readily available in the states when I got my aluminum boxes.
LOL... but true.

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I have a basic Midwest wire crate in my SUV. I have had a rollover with the dog in the car. He was perfectly fine.
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