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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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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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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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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.
Congrats on the soon to come new pup!
 

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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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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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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. :rofl: 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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I currently have Nissan Pathfinder, very basic model. I travels great, pretty quiet for car like that. It holds a normal large airline crate. In the past I had her in a wire crate along with the Collie next to her in the other one. These were side-by-side crates and face the back but they are kinda narrow in order to fit. That was OK for short trips but for longer ones I prefer a larger cargo area, especially since a male GSD will need a larger crate than the Collie and to hold camping gear. Also I am planning on doing Schutzhund so they have to be crated for longer periods of time during the training days.
 

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We've started negotiations to buy a new 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Platinum SUV, (as Sheba is getting too large for our little sports car) and I'm pretty sure that two XL travel crates could fit in it. (I think the distance between wheel wells is 50") Or perhaps you are wanting to keep the rear seats upright, in which case it would have to be a very big SUV. With the Rogue, we'll be able to keep one rear seat upright, and our crate will fit lengthwise between the side wall and the one upright seat.

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I don't know what year your Pathfinder is, but the current model has around 79 cubic feet of cargo space. My Highland has 83.7 cubic feet, so more but not a huge amount more.

Configuration is important too, the Rav4 and Subaru Outlander had comparable cargo area by cubic feet, but the ceiling was too low in the Outlander, which was longer than the Rav4. I needed height more than length. The 36" Varikennel is 27" high, which was fine, but the 40" is 3" taller and wouldn't fit.

There's enough space behind the front seats for a lot of stuff too, I had a folding wire crate there for flyball practice and tournament and could easily have fit two.
 

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It is a 2012 model. Nice and square. It would fit one airline crate facing the back and another facing the side door. Our kids have fledged so it is just the two front seats. Getting out of a crate from the side of the car is kinda difficult for a grown dog.
 

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I like those! An added bonus is they are (Or at least were) considered a wagon. I would have saved a considerable amount on insurance since it was a wagon compared to the Saturn SUV I purchased. Helpful, as Michigan is a no fault state.

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Here are some photos of our Highlander:

All seats folded down, empty. The cargo liner was on backorder, so it was shipped to us later.



From the back, with the 36" crate and a small rolling cooler next to it.



Side door, showing wire crate, folding chair, and a bag of snacks for lunches behind the front seat, a small weekend suitcase behind the crate, and Halo's flyball bag. Those wheels by her bag are a folding rolling cart that fits next to the crate. Between her bag and the little cooler, there's a small duffel bag with Halo's food and other tournament sundry items.



Opposite side door, with a first aid kit on the floor behind the front seat and another bag of food on top of it.



I used to use my Audi A3 wagon for flyball, so things were MUCH more tightly packed! It was so nice to have so much space.
 

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yes, similar to my Pathfinder. My hope is to fit two airline kennels next to each other in the midsection of a van.
 
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