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Post Info TOPIC: Full time - Part time with large dogs


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Full time - Part time with large dogs


Hi.

We are going RV part time or possibly full time in a couple years in retirement. I've bought a good strong F350 diesel and will be getting a new 5th wheel when it's paid off. 

We have a Great Pyrenees which is a long haired giant breed who weights around 125lbs. She's very sweet and good around people but loves to bark as it comes with the breed. 

We have a Honda CRV which she used to ride in the back seat and over the front center console. The hair and the drool had almost trashed the front cabin of our CRV so she's now restricted to ride in the very back, behind the rear seats. It keeps her mess manageable. 

Our future tow vehicle, the F350 has the Lariat etc and by far the most luxurious vehicle I've owned. I will need to control the hair and drool somehow if she is to ride in the cab. We have a large crate but it's still too small for her to spend a lot of time in, and she HATES being in there. 

I was wondering how any of you might have solved that problem. 

Thanks. 



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I should have mentioned the F350 is a crew cab and she rides well in the CRV, at least good for 3+ hours.

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Keep in mind- Some RV Parks have not only breed restrictions but also weight restrictions for dogs.

There are blankets designed to fit over the back of the seat and seat bottom. I've seen plastic flaps that attach to the window and drape down over the door panels to prevent damage.

One of our friends built a platform that fit over the back seat bottom with legs down into the footwell. This provided a large platform for his dog to use. He covered it in outdoor carpet and would put an old sleeping bag for the dog to lay on. It was removable if he needed to carry two legged passengers.

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When we had our Dodge, I converted the backseats to lay flat and fit a heavy plastic sheet and then blanket for our lab to lay on. Granted she wasn't restrained, but the blanket and mat caught all the hair and most of the slobber. Nose prints on the glass are a fact of life, but you should already know that!

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Thanks for the tips. I've been researching this problem across several forums. I like the covering the seat with a blanket to catch the hair, and I think this would be an ideal solution to keep her in the back:
www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm

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Try something like this . . . www.petsmart.com/dog/seat-protectors/kurgo-wander-hammock-zid36-7527/cat-36-catid-100141;pgid=TtZWGPF9XzRSRpPKVlJwnSO90000CWJjW3Hi;sid=vQ3ynPlZpw_3nK6NtLexmMlTXgauOhpS4auPBYrG%3Dcategory

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Google "car slings for dogs". This is what we use in our CRV. It will protect the seats as well as it it much safer for the dog. the dog can't fall down behind the front seat and you can store items below on the floor.

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