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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Best car for two GSDs?

I currently have an SUV that doesn't have enough room for two crates. I am wondering what cars to look for for the next one. I am not going to get a pick up. Needs to be able to hold two crates for two adult GSDs. What do you guys all have if you have multiple dogs that are crated n cars?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 01:11 AM
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I have 3 dogs, so minivan.

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I have a minivan also, though only 1 dog. But I think 2 crates would easily fit in back with the seats folded away.

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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 01:54 AM
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A friend of mine is a plumber and his work van is a Nissan sprinter van or whatever and the cargo area in those things is insane. He can fit full size sheet goods (4x8) in there if he wanted and it's tall too. If I didn't want a truck then I'd go with something like that or one of the bigger suvs like the Tahoe
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I think the Tahoe is good, a club member of mine has one and it fits two GSD sized crates quite well. Lots of others drive minivans as they have the most space. I like the 4Runner myself, but that's personal preference.

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post #6 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 02:18 AM
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I think it would depend which size crate you want to use for travel. I have a smaller crate for travel which could fit two crates in an Enclave, but the large crate for home no way, I don't eve know if the large crate would fit. I have to fold the 3rd row seats down for the travel crate which was the puppy crate. I'd take measurement of the crates and compare to the space available in the vehicles you like should show the measurements in the specifications of the vehicle.
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I've been researching SUVs, too. I would love a Tahoe but they are a bit much for my teacher salary! Acadia has the 3rd row, and when folded down, and 2nd row pushed up, the space is huge. They also have the widest wheel base in the class. The 2017s are a bit smaller from what I've read. Congratulations on the puppy! What a lucky pup to get a mom like you.

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post #8 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 12:11 PM
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There's a really nice fb group for dog sport vehicle set up ideas, tons of people posting pics of their car and crate set ups if you're a visual person. Not sure if posting the link to the group is allowed, but I've found it helpful for comparing a really wide variety of options and getting to see how the car looks with the crates in it. Pm me if you can't find the group and want the link
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It depends on what type of crates you plan on using.

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What kind of SUV do you have now? And what kind of crates? I just bought a 2017 Toyota Highlander a year ago, and I love it. It only has Halo's crate in it right now - a 36" Varikennel, but we brought that and also the next size up, (which is what our dogs sleep in at night), with us to the dealer to make sure they'd both fit. They also fit in the Rav4, but there was much less room left for other stuff with two crates. The crates will not fit side by side, one would need to go across the width of the vehicle and one lengthwise, but there is enough room between the wheel wells for other brands of crates. Rough Tough Kennels are narrower than Varikennels, and you would be able to fit two Large and I think also two XL side by side.

The Honda Pilot has a bit more cargo area than the Highlander and is also well reviewed, but Consumer Reports referred to its touch screen infotainment system as frustrating (if I remember correctly, Edmumds called it "infuriating"), and said that while the ride is comfortable, it handles like an apartment building on wheels. We ended up not even not even test driving it. I do know people who have them and like them very much though.

If you go larger you'll have more room but you'll also have lower gas mileage. I was looking for the smallest vehicle that would give me enough space for dog stuff and also be comfortable to drive and not so large that parking was going to be an issue.

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