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GrousinFF

Tacoma w/ topper, 3-4 dogs?

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GrousinFF

Just picked up a 2013 Toyota Tacoma DC with a bed cap/topper. I know most carry 2 dogs in kennels with ease, but was wondering if anyone has ideas/pictures/etc.. on ways to haul 3-4 dogs SECURED. Any help or ideas would be appreciated!

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River19

How large a dog?  I think your best bet might be a custom box........ The Tacos are skinny frames, not very wide which is great for 4 wheeling not so awesome for storage.

 

Obviously 2 dogs in the back seat would certainly work :-)

 

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GrousinFF

35-55 pounds... Setter and a shorthair mix. My two are no problem, but I very often hunt with others who have 1-2 dogs that tag along as well. I was trying to utilize the topper, but the more I look, I'm beginning to think that a custom box may be the only way to achieve it. Guess I'd better start saving $$$$....

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River19
27 minutes ago, GrousinFF said:

35-55 pounds... Setter and a shorthair mix. My two are no problem, but I very often hunt with others who have 1-2 dogs that tag along as well. I was trying to utilize the topper, but the more I look, I'm beginning to think that a custom box may be the only way to achieve it. Guess I'd better start saving $$$$....

 

 

If you are handy......you could probably think about one of the kits from Lion Country

http://www.lcsupply.com/DIY-Series-Dog-Box-38-in-x-48-in-x-25-in/productinfo/55048W/

 

25" high I believe it said, not sure what you topper height is but maybe 2 of these built and stacked on top of each other.....that way you can run one box for 2 dogs when with your dogs only and add the second set when others are with you.....

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sprocket

I would suggest that you plan for your usual 2 and have accommodations for the visitors...If yours usually ride in the back, then keep that and add a box in the back for the guests...

Either way - please post pics of your solution - others here may benefit.

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rolawson

Not really sure what you are asking. I have a 1992 Toyota Pickup that I hunt out of. I have a dog box that fits 2 dogs in each side easy. I haul 4 dogs all the time. Any factory made dog box that will fit between the fender wells will hold 4 dogs easy. I have hauled 4 Walker coon hounds many times.

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GrousinFF
On 11/12/2017 at 6:42 PM, rolawson said:

Not really sure what you are asking. I have a 1992 Toyota Pickup that I hunt out of. I have a dog box that fits 2 dogs in each side easy. I haul 4 dogs all the time. Any factory made dog box that will fit between the fender wells will hold 4 dogs easy. I have hauled 4 Walker coon hounds many times.

The normal local hunting isn't the problem, as that is what I normally do as well. The problem is when we venture north (say Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, etc...), 15-20 hours with two per hole isn't acceptable in my book... at least in my book anyway.

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NW River Mac
8 hours ago, GrousinFF said:

The normal local hunting isn't the problem, as that is what I normally do as well. The problem is when we venture north (say Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, etc...), 15-20 hours with two per hole isn't acceptable in my book... at least in my book anyway.

 

 A couple of ten minute pee breaks on a chain and they should be all set.  You're talking two days per year that you would do this, up and back.  I have dogs in my kennel that will spend 23 hours per day in their box curled up and not move.  I have dogs that spend 23.5 hours on the couch and I have to drag them out to go to the bathroom.  

 

The other thing I would say is, who says that boxes have to be shiny aluminum.  I would build a box out of wood for a trip that happens once a year.  and put it on top of the other box that you already have.  JMO, 

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Grifish

Rough Tough kennels are stackable and can be stabilized together.  They have a kit, but, I think you could easily make a custom one for your app.

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Biggggybmf

I dont have a topper on my Taco.  However this is how i do 2-4 dogs without much of an issue.  The hardest issue with the Tacoma is the narrow length between the wheels.  makes it harder to find a dog box.  I dont see how the setup i have wouldn't work with a topper.  The yeti probably wouldnt work with a topper.

 

Two dog set up

 

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4 dogs

 

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juneboy1

I carry six, I am selling mine after this season! Bird prices, cheap cheap cheap.

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steingre

 

 

Here's my setup- large wire crate and large ruff tough- elevated on 3/4 inch plywood- storage underneath for two long plastic bins.

 

The two crate setup carries a 90# lab and a 75# short hair -no room for two dogs per crate; I can get another crate on the floor of the bed, between the elevated ones and the tailgate.....but it has to fit crossways!!

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rolawson
22 hours ago, GrousinFF said:

The normal local hunting isn't the problem, as that is what I normally do as well. The problem is when we venture north (say Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, etc...), 15-20 hours with two per hole isn't acceptable in my book... at least in my book anyway.

There is plenty of room in a box 38" or deeper box for 2 bird dogs of normal size. My friend has a box that is close to 54" deep and close to that in width and you can put 2 dogs in each side and they will be lost in the thing. We have hauled 3 dogs in each side with no problems.

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bmeador

I have a Tundra, which I know is bigger. But this is how I solved my problem of hauling 5+ dogs around the country.  2 hole will hold 4 average GSPs and/or EPs when it isn't too hot. Top box is 46 × 46 which would fit on a platform that rests on your fender wells.

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Coveyrise64

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A setup like this works great if you have side entry doors on your topper.

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