I'm in Minnesota and have used the cheap (vari-kennel) type crates for probably 25-30 years now. I've gone through a few over the years. It's inside a tuck topper--I prefer plastic because in the summer it can get very hot in the back (I've had to fill it with ice before) and very cold in the winter.
I'm looking at getting more premium plastic crate. What do you guys recommend between the Ruff Tuff or the Dakota 283 (I'd say the Gunnar too, but that's more than I want to spend)? For those of you with the Ruff Tuff, do the tie down kits fold out of the way when used with a cover? Any other brands?