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Dog barrier

I have a large breed dog (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and his crate doesn't fit in the rear hatch area. Even with the seats folded down, no bueno. So after obsessing for a solution that works and doesn't take away from the functionality of the jeep and to keep it daily use friendly, I opted to go with the barrier.

I was considering a few options- 1 smaller crate but he would be too cramped and I still lose the backseat. 2 was a harness and seat belt but it was limiting his movements too much and seat covers weren't keeping in place and I didn't want to ruin the leather of my new Jeep. In addition I'm limited to 1 passenger in the back. 3 the dog barrier, my solution.

So the plan is to have him in the hatch area any time he's in the vehicle, keeping him from jumping to the front and bothering passengers or destroying seats and it keeps him and occupants safe in the event of a collision. This gives me room for 5 passengers as well. And for traveling the best solution was to go with a roof rack and carrier.

That being said- I wanted to point out that I bought the Travall barrier. This is normally difficult to get in the US but I found it online and in stock. I ordered it last week on Tues and it arrived today (Tues)- about a week in spite of our NE snow storm. This barrier is great! Very easy install, very sturdy, looks awesome and is a great piece.

Attached are a few pics- sorry it's a little dark outside.
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Re: Dog barrier

How safe is it for the dog to be travelling in the trunk?
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:22 PM
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Re: Dog barrier

Probably what I'll wind up going with as well. How much does it warp the plastic trim around the windows where it comes in contact? I worry about it deforming the plastic over the long term if I leave it in on hot days.
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Re: Dog barrier

Does it rattle or make any noise?
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The unit is very sturdy and has no rattles. The important thing it does is create a crate like environment in the rear of the vehicle so he's not a projectile in an accident. With him being back here, I still plan on using a harness and using the cargo tie down as an anchor. However I can leave it a little looser than it would be in the back seat (as in the back seat he can get to the front if it s looser) and give him a little more room and comfort. This should also offer him a pretty high level of safety.

As for warping, there isn't any. Hot summers days can change things around, but the plastic pieces it attaches to are pretty inexpensive replacement pieces should they start to show wear. Plus I don't see the barrier coming out unless I get rid of the car or him, which I don't see either happening.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:11 PM
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Re: Dog barrier

do you lose the rear seat reclining function with this? Looks like you might be able to install it while the seats are reclined then deal with a little gap when they're upright?

My passengers love the reclining rear seats, but my dog is more important

Is it easy to remove and re-install? I fold down my seats and crate my dog when we go on trips, but if I ever have 3+ passengers, this would be a good option.
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Also...we need pics of your dog!
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Re: Dog barrier

Since its just usually me and my two dogs in my GC the rear seats are folded down 99% of the time and I have two crates in the back. One of these days I am going to order two new crates so I can go side by side in the back. I believe I will only lose about an inch of width on each crate for my two collies. Shop around you can find crates in various lengths, widths and heights to fit. I am checking into tie downs from Loop Rope to make the crates more secure.

Nothing is more fun than going into a new car dealership with crates and dogs for a test fit and then a test ride. I have friends who did this at the local Mb dealer when they were considering a GL. Sales manager had a cow since the sales person didnt clear it with him. The Range Rover dealer down the road had no problems with them putting crates and dogs in Autobiography edition. Guess which make the purchased???

Milous and Marlon its a shame that Jeep doesnt take advantage of the marketing opportunities with folks who own dogs and do events with their dogs. The flat floor with the seats folded makes the GC a great vehicle for hauling pups. Millions of dog owners are doing conformation, agility, flyball, obedience, rally, lure course, field trials and herding events every month and need a great vehicle to haul their best friends around.. BTW the way you could buy a new ferrari with what it cost to campaign a dog for Westminster.
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do you lose the rear seat reclining function with this? Looks like you might be able to install it while the seats are reclined then deal with a little gap when they're upright? My passengers love the reclining rear seats, but my dog is more important Is it easy to remove and re-install? I fold down my seats and crate my dog when we go on trips, but if I ever have 3+ passengers, this would be a good option.
The way it fits you can get most of your recline back except for about an inch. As for removing and reinstalling, it only took me 5 minutes to put it in for the first time. I can only imagine the same for reinstalling it again. I plan on leaving it in permanently unless I have to haul something big.

Here's a pic of my dog, his name is Zeke. He's 6.5 months and just tipped 80lbs on the scale.
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I have a Weimaraner (3yrs old) and a Great Dane puppy who will be here on the 1st! This is something I should get. Where did you buy it? And how much was it?
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Re: Dog barrier

This seem to be a nice dog barrier setup, check it out;

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Re: Dog barrier

@Vrrooom - Great looking dog! I bet you guys have some fun in the Jeep together.

Not to sidetrack, but there is a thread on one of the 4runner forums dedicated to the dogs in the trucks and it is amazing. I've spent quite a bit of time lurking through and being extremely jealous. I can't wait to get my own co-pilot!

Show off your Dog, Ultimate 4Runner Dog thread - Toyota 4Runner Forum

*Why doesn't Jeep Garage have this thread too?!
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