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We just bought a brand-new vehicle Nissan Pathfinder. We wanna put two crates in the back side by side so the dogs are safe in the car... We bought an xlarge and a large crate and they are not fitting...
Does anyone have this truck and has fitted two crates in the back? Cody is oversized, he is tall and long, so he needs the xlarge crate for sure.. our little girl (who we don't have yet), will be a lot smaller...
Do you know of any place selling narrower crates for tight spaces like cars/trucks?
thanks for your tips..
 

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Hi Paivi,

First congrats on the new vehicle. I knew someone who had one of these cars and he could not fit 2 crates side by side. He put one facing the back and one facing the side. You may have to put the middle seat down or take it out.
 

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Thanks Denise! That sucks... I was hoping I could somehow fit them. We just got the crates from the humane society, so at least we did not spend a fortune on them, and it is always good to have extra crates I guess... but I am still somehow hopeful of fitting two crates there...
WE had them the way you described and it was fine like that..
 

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Someone here had a picture of their crates in their vehicle and they built a small platform for one to sit on so the widest part of the two crates were not at the same height. Would that make the 2 crates work for you?
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Originally Posted By: Barb E.Someone here had a picture of their crates in their vehicle and they built a small platform for one to sit on so the widest part of the two crates were not at the same height. Would that make the 2 crates work for you?
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Don't think that setup would fit anything smaller then a Chevy Tahoe which I think is bigger then the Pathfinder. I have a Xterra that I have two narrower crates in that fits perfectly. Only thing is that you can not fit a large GSD in those crates.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.js...family&keepsr=1
 

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Just thought of this. I know the plastic crates have the outside edge to them. Maybe if you try over lapping the two edges so they are on top of each other instead of next to each other it might give you a few more inches.You might have to put something under the higher crate to even it out. I know Chris did this with her two crates. Just a thought
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.Someone here had a picture of their crates in their vehicle and they built a small platform for one to sit on so the widest part of the two crates were not at the same height. Would that make the 2 crates work for you?
(GSDBESTK9 Perhaps?)
I think the ones GSDBESTK9 has now came from here:

http://www.wt-metall.com/product_index.htm

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Originally Posted By: luvsablesJust thought of this. I know the plastic crates have the outside edge to them. Maybe if you try over lapping the two edges so they are on top of each other instead of next to each other it might give you a few more inches.You might have to put something under the higher crate to even it out. I know Chris did this with her two crates. Just a thought
That's what I did in the back of my Tahoe. I had two 500's in the back of my truck:


What is the width of the cargo space in your truck? There is 50 inches (inside) from one side to the other in my truck, and the two 500 crates fit snugly. If the cargo space in your truck is smaller, give us the measurement and we may be able to help you find something that fits.


Congrats on the new ride! Be sure to post pics!
 

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Kyla, is that with or without the second row of seating down? Would the crates fit with the second row up?
 

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Do you mean the third or rear bench that folds? That third row is up in that picture. I have a suburban and could only fit one crate sideways with the third row up. A tahoe cannot fit a large sized crate at all with the last row up. I think with a pathfinder you would either need to get a bit creative with crate placement (one sideways coming out the side door and one facing rear maybe) if you want two regular crates to work. They are pricey, but one of those metal two crate rigs would work as well. I'm sure you have SO much disposable income laying around after buying the truck... to transport the dogs! There's so much that we can spend money on when it comes to our dogs isn't there?
 

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I can fit two 400s in the back of my little Sante Fe, if I use a platform like the one pictured to raise one crate up so the lips of the crate overlap. In my old Explorer I could fit 2 500 size crates side by side, by using a platform that raised both crates up about 6 inches so they were over the wheelwells.
 

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oh my gosh, you guys are wonderful!! Thanks for all the tips. Denise, I did try the overlapping and raising, I have seen what Chris did and I wish they would fit like that, but they won't... The inside dimension is 44 inches... and the one crate is 25 inches wide and the other is 23".. so just a few inches too much...
I will have to read through these again and see what you suggested. My DH found a couple of crates that are only 21" or 23" and those two would fit side by side...BUT would Cody fit into one... we tried dividing his crate at home last night to see if he can turn around in 21" width and he was able to, not easy though..
 

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Yeah John, that is exactly right. We were looking at the crates online but we cannot afford to pay $400 in two crates after buying the truck... I am still budgeting and figuring out ways to save money...
 

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Kyla, what size are your crates?
 

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You can also get Midwest Side by side wire crates. Comes in Model 608ss and 606ss

608's are 42" L x 21" W x 30" H.
606's are 36"L x 21"W x 26 H"

you can find them on the internet pretty easily.
 

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Angela, are there any that are slightly bigger in width? Cody won't fit into that..
 

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John, there's the driver's area and then 2 rows, right? I know the last row would have to be taken out (which I planned on anyways, I don't really have a need for two extra rows of passenger seating) but is the row immediately behind the driver's area put down as well in the Tahoe for two 500 crates? That's what I mean.
 

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Paivi, a friend showed me some wire crates that were made with an SUV's sloping rear in mind so that you can squeeze all the extra space out of the cargo area. Perhaps that would help. I am trying to find that link but I'm not having much luck. I'm about to just break down and send her a message! Hopefully she'll get back to me soon and I'll let you know.
 

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You should be able to have two 500s in a Tahoe without having to put the 2nd row (immediately behind the front seats) down. The box that I have is designed for the Tahoe with the 2nd row up and this box is slightly longer than the 500s, so yeah, I don't see why they wouldn't fit.
 
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