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    I'm thinking about buying a dog box & am wondering what I need to look for and what to stay away from. I only have one dog and won't be getting a puppy until later this year or early next year, so a single dog box will do. It will be going in the back of a pickup truck that won't have a cap on it, so I need it to protect my dog from the elements & have fans or air conditioning (if that exists!). I'd also like something I can lift if needed. Bottom line is safe and comfortable for my dog. Any suggestions appreciated!!

    Out the door, but will check back.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Oh no the jeep is gone? I"ll miss that jeep it was your signature
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    Quote Originally Posted by moscowitz View Post
    Oh no the jeep is gone? I"ll miss that jeep it was your signature
    You mean the Ellie Mae Clampett-mobile?!? Honestly, I'd be happy driving one of those forever, but maybe I can break the curse since switching to a (almost new) Ford pickup.

    Do you have any suggestions about a box Mike? I did post here because I'm sure there are some things I should look for and some to avoid. I don't want to cut corners and regret it.

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    They might make them, but I don't think I've ever seen a single dog box with fans. If you even think you might need a 2 hole box just get it now.

    They are expensive and heavy, doubt you'll be able to lift it. There are nice ones sometimes, (now) in the classifieds on RTF. Most come with fans, lights, drawers for storage and a water tank. Like this one:
    http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...eel-Frame-Skin You could probably use it for 10 years and sell it for 50 % of what you paid which makes it a little easier to rationalize.

    The alternative, is a topper with individual crates under it. If you think you might want to add a full length drawer system to the bed someday be sure to get a topper that will be tall enough to accept the drawer unit and crates. The drawers are about 12 inches tall, crates about 24-27 inches. So you'll need a topper that's a little taller than the cab of the truck. The newer toppers have an optional "windoor" that you can get on both side that open like the door in the back for more ventilation when you're parked and a slider window for ventilation while you're driving.

    I think a 2 hole box with drawers and a fan costs as much or more than a topper, drawer units and 2 custom made metal dog boxes.
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    Put a topper on it.
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    I use an Owens single tread plate box. Added insulation and use attachable fans when needed. Has a storm door with vents in the backside. Door locks, chained to a tie down hook for anti-theft or accident. Lifts in and out easily. $300-$400

    Heavier double boxes are nicer but I transport 1 dog and besides - with a double box I'm not sure where the decoys would go. Would rather put a buddy's dog in the back seat of the PU than nasty dekes at days end.
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    If your getting a second dog within a year, why not get a two dog model now?

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    Gawd I seriously missed 1/2 the post - don't know what I was thinking...lol. Missed you had a 1st dog, missed you were Miriam, missed you asking about AC on a box.

    Guessing you don't need room for decoys. Buy the double now for pete's sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTFSH View Post
    I use an Owens single tread plate box. Added insulation and use attachable fans when needed. Has a storm door with vents in the backside. Door locks, chained to a tie down hook for anti-theft or accident. Lifts in and out easily. $300-$400

    Heavier double boxes are nicer but I transport 1 dog and besides - with a double box I'm not sure where the decoys would go. Would rather put a buddy's dog in the back seat of the PU than nasty dekes at days end.
    I would like to know know where u found one for $300-&400. I have been looking for over a month now and can not find a two hole box for near that. $500 maybe and they never post a pic and when u contact them no reply. So any help on where u found one in that price range would be a big help.
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    I'm with Mike. Put a topper on it. You wont regret it.
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