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    If they have to ride in the back I would go with the crate idea. You should also try them in th back seat. We had a 2008 Ranger FX4 extended cab (before Steven flipped it!). Porter road every well in the back seat. Everything for the front was up high enough that it came up to about his neck, which kept him from trying to get in our laps. Of course Porter rides great anyway. They aren't all that roomy, but if you can sit with the seats up a little you could fit two dogs back there.

    This time we are getting a F-150 supercrew (we just sold a lifted 05 F-150). The back seats come up and I could fit a few Rottie back there. All the room is really nice. Its not as good on gas, but also not as light on the road.

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    I like those boxes that someone showed a picture of. If that isn't possible, vari kennel type of crates (so at least they provide some protection), secured in the back is probably your best option. Now, if you find they will ride nicely in the truck cab, then you'll be all set!

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    The dog boxes are indeed magnificent, but not something you can just throw in the bed when you need it and then take out when you don't. Also, the nicer ones cost about as much as my truck.

    I've seen those boxes hauling Plotts in northern Wisconsin. Their owners are bear hunters, and they are very serious about their hounds.

    I like to think I'm serious about Esther and Molly but, for those occasions when they need to ride in my truck, rather than in the dogmobile, I'll try them in the "extended" cab and, if that isn't possible, I'll use secured crates in the bed. I already have two large crates and a typical trip with them would be a few miles each way. In exceptionally hot or cold weather, they'll just have to ride in the van (unless they can ride in the extended cab.)

    I looked at a few quad-cab trucks, which have a decent back seat, but couldn't find one with 4WD (in my price range.) I've driven a 2WD pickup here in the winter and don't plan to do it again.

    You all have given me some things to think about, and I thank you for that. Nearly anything we do for our dogs (and for ourselves) involves some compromises and I recognize that, if I flip this truck, we're all going to be in deep doodoo regardless of where we're riding. I cannot protect against every possibility, but I can take some reasonable precautions and limit the risks.

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    When I was growing up we always had the Basset in her hard plastic crate if she was in the truck either in the cab with us if there were only a couple of us or in the bed with a tarp to keep her from the heat/wind/etc and strapped and bolted down (yes my dad installed bolts into the bottom of his truck so that CB would be as safe as possible!) if it was all 5 of us with the 2 little dogs and she had to be in the bed. Now my parents only have themselves and my sister and their 2-3 small dogs everyone(and my mum's cat) are in the cab either crated or buckled in with their car harnesses. My 3 dogs are also in my SUV buckled into their harness in the back seat(the pug/x likes being in the rear away from the Border Collies some times, so my husband made him a seat belt back there!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    I looked at a few quad-cab trucks, which have a decent back seat, but couldn't find one with 4WD (in my price range.) I've driven a 2WD pickup here in the winter and don't plan to do it again.
    No kidding...they aren't really in ours (we need 4WD too). But thats what he wants...so we'll see.

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    I picked up the truck tonight. I think the dogs may be okay riding in the extended cab. We'll try it tomorrow.

    There's going to be a period of adjustment. My Escape had every imaginable bell and whistle. This Ranger has crank windows, no cruise control, no tilt steering . . .

    And when I got home and stepped out, I nearly fell on my face. The ground clearance is much higher than the Escape. I will appreciate that, and the 4WD, next winter.


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    And when I got home and stepped out, I nearly fell on my face. The ground clearance is much higher than the Escape. I will appreciate that, and the 4WD, next winter.

    Lol, imagen going from a mustang to riding in one. I'm use to having to fall into the seat.

    I can't wait to hear how they like it.

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    It is perdy.. I LOVE Ranger trucks.


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    Nice ride! Let us know how the dogs do in it and careful stepping out!

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    That's a really nice truck. You can also look for some dog pickup truck restraint devices which are meant to protect your pet, and keep your pet from leaping out.
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    Re: Dogs in pickup trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    I picked up the truck tonight. I think the dogs may be okay riding in the extended cab. We'll try it tomorrow.

    There's going to be a period of adjustment. My Escape had every imaginable bell and whistle. This Ranger has crank windows, no cruise control, no tilt steering . . .

    And when I got home and stepped out, I nearly fell on my face. The ground clearance is much higher than the Escape. I will appreciate that, and the 4WD, next winter.

    pretty much what my BF has, a 07 ranger.

    If your two dont mind being VERY close. it is doable to put 2 larger dogs back there. we used to haul my beighbors dog behind the seats with us and Blaze, when i used to walk my neighbors dog (2 winters ago when she fell and broke her leg. So I would take him out for her to the park) But both dogs (Blaze and bucky) are not "large" dogs atleast to me) both at around 60lbs. Lucky they are good buddies and didnt mind basiclly sitting on each other lol.

    The height is tall. My BF has 20 some odd inch tires/rims on his ranger. imagine my 80 y/o 85lbs 5'0 grandmother getting in to it when he runs errands with her. he just lifts her in lol as she cant make it lol

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    Re: Dogs in pickup trucks

    It's PPPPPPPPRRRRRRREEEEEEETTTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! THIS COMING WINTER YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT EVEN MORE. Sometimes when an upgrade is made for safety you just got to yell about it.
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    It's PPPPPPPPRRRRRRREEEEEEETTTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
    It's pretty from that angle and from a safe distance, but has lots of little dings and wrinkles when you get close-enough to really see. It gets around, though, and will get the job done.

    Pretty much describes its new owner, too.

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    Re: Dogs in pickup trucks

    The girls had their first ride in the truck today - in the extended cab.

    In took them a while to get situated and it's fortunate that they are best friends. I put the passenger seat as far forward as it goes but, since I'm 6'2", that was not an option with the driver's seat.

    They like the sliding rear window and the side vented windows. Esther finally figured out that she occupies less space when she sits and she can still see out the window when she does.

    Usually when they go for a ride, there's a lot of excited whining. There's always a pretty good chance we're going to the beach or the dog park. Today they were so disoriented that they were mostly silent.

    I am cautiously optimistic that this will work. And there's always to dogmobile.

    (For those that don't know, Esther is about 90 pounds and Molly is about 70. They are pretty big girls.)

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    They can handle it, there's always bribery.

    Besides, 90 lbs and 70 lbs really isn't THAT big. I remember having to ride in the back "seat" (the fold down kind) of a Chevy S-10 in my early teens, usually stuck back there with a friend too. And I'm 5'9"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    (For those that don't know, Esther is about 90 pounds and Molly is about 70. They are pretty big girls.)
    Bring 'em over: Roscoe (my 30 lb lab/mutt mix) LOVES the big girls!
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    Beautiful color! (I love red)
    As a side note - I don't know where you live but I would check local city ordinances - a few that I know of actually restrict the methods by which dogs may be transported in the beds of trucks. The city we are about to live in restricts open beds, tethers, and wire crates. Something to consider.

    We have a similar truck...no 4WD drive but in other regards the same. We put car harnesses on them, turn them facing each other and strap them in the with the fold down seat's seat belt. Works well for keeping them in one place. Just a suggestion but you seem to have reached a workable solution for y'all already. Happy travels!
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