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    What do you consider to be the right hole size for a large lab (80 pounds)? I see some width's as small as 18 inches and some lengths as short as 30 inches. Do you consider these adequate?

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    Frank, I would go 18-20 wide. Too much wider and the dogs cannot brace themselves as the truck bounces. I would go 32-34 long, so a big dog can stretch out. I would go taller than standard so your dogs can stand up in crate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Shih View Post
    Frank, I would go 18-20 wide. Too much wider and the dogs cannot brace themselves as the truck bounces. I would go 32-34 long, so a big dog can stretch out. I would go taller than standard so your dogs can stand up in crate
    I agree, but would go 20 inches wide for a larger dog! Wish my boxes were taller.

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    I really wondered where Frank was going with this thread as I read the title. Glad it went to dox box size.
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    If you are going with a chassis mount, if you put your boxes closest to the cab, your first two holes (before the wheel well) can be taller. The hole over the wheel well will be standard size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayou Magic View Post
    What do you consider to be the right hole size for a large lab (80 pounds)? I see some width's as small as 18 inches and some lengths as short as 30 inches. Do you consider these adequate?

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    19-20 wide, 36-42 long, 24-25 high will cover all situations. they should have room enough to stretch when they are up
    but should travel laying down. When it's hot there should be room enough for air to circulate.

    I had 3 crates built to go side by side in a topper - 19 1/2 wide, 25 high, 38" on bottom - 34 on top - 2 " taper on each end -
    really worked well as long as one of the three was not a retriever - training 3 dogs becomes work . One of the retrievers
    pushed 90# but fit well in the crate.

    Reason for taper on both ends was two of the crates could also go in an SUV & fit with back seat up
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    Frank I am not positive on what Ainley does for their 3 hole slide-ins. I know mine is 4 inches longer to give them room to stretch out. Height should be high enough to get circulation going but you do want them traveling lying down. Having been hit while traveling with a dog in the slide in on the back I am glad he was lying down he was A-ok!!

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