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I have a Tahoe dedicated to upland hunting and I'm wanting to set it up to maximize my storage space with room for two dogs.  I know there are some good products, but they are expensive.  Looking for some do-it-yourself ideas.

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My 97 Grouse Mobile. Set up for my two Cockers and Two Pointers.

Its obviously homemade for my Suburban. No security. Just a platform, with a middle support and 2 wrapping paper totes. 2 XL crates.  I only had to buy the carpet. Keeps the sliding around and noise d

This is our set up. It is a 4 door '06 Tahoe that hauls 4 dogs.   I lay the seats down and have a platform built up at the same level as the drawer system in the rear. I believe the kennels

Here is my homemade gun box or whatever you want to call it. This is the 3rd pickup I have hade it on. I had to expand the main part as the pickup got wider. I should redo the drawer one of these days so it fits better. It works for me and I built most of it without actually buying anything. I have several low profile tackle boxes with various stuff in them (gun cleaning/repair kit, dog first aid, etc.) that go in the bottom.

 

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image_zpsdifucz9h.jpeg It is a mess, but this is the back of my truck on a recent hunting trip. The platform the kennel sits on slides out for easier access. 

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It's not homemade as it's a truck vault but it works do me. I have a short truck vault for a Suburban or Taboe for sale possibly. They're great. 

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Its obviously homemade for my Suburban. No security. Just a platform, with a middle support and 2 wrapping paper totes. 2 XL crates.  I only had to buy the carpet. Keeps the sliding around and noise down.

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Some nice stuff here. I go the red neck route in my 4 door 1st gen Tundra. Duffle case with shells, dog paraphernalia etc behind front drivers seat. Strap vest draped over same seat. Cased shotguns on floor, dogs on back seat. I did put some seat covers over seat. My dogs always use to ride in bed under a cap, no dog box. (I did use a crate when traveling a long distance like Canada which wasn't often.) When the late great Jake got old and I had to lift his 80 lbs into the bed I started letting him ride in cab. It was easier getting him in. Cash has never seen the truck bed and just stinks up my cab.

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Great post so far.  Good ideas.  Especially the strap vest over seat. 

 

Dog has always rode in crate inside Tahoe.  Love the smell.  Especially when he got skunked. 

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Early season I run a dog box with no topper until it starts getting cold.  Top storage and 3 gallon water can.  I like it to be small enough to fill up from a tap and carried around easily so I can take it inside so it won't freeze.  I use gamma seal lids for 5 gallon pails for dog food that are water tight.

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Late season I make my buddy drive.  Sometimes we load my dog box into his capped pickup, but lately we have been going with the Mud River type insulated covers.  I have been trying devise a post that deemed this picture necessary for almost a year now, my buddy did all the driving and I'd gone 5 up and down on grouse and shot a limit of woodcoock.  Despite hunting pretty much next to each other he couldn't buy a bird all day.  I tried suggesting he use my gun when I hit five...he suggested I see I could have a 'ten grouse day' (legal in MN).  I didn't get there, but it's as close as I'll probably ever come.  I referred to him as my 'chauffeur' for weeks afterward

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Here is what it looks like on a late season pheasant trip.  Note the intense organization and specialized water container we bought at a feed store (lower right and red)

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Decked drawer system. Ruff Tuff kennels.

Windoors on side of truck. 

Will put mud river kennel covers on when it gets cold. 

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20 hours ago, Jakeismydog2 said:

What are your thoughts on the decked system?

So far I love it. I was able to install by myself. Each drawer can hold 200 lbs. It allows me to get 3 dog crates across, above the wheel wells. 

My prior truck had all my stuff in the back seat. Now my back seat is clear and everything is in the drawers. 

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My daughter and her boyfriend had this made for Sharon and I last Christmas. I was able to use it once last season in Vermont and It was great for fishing season.  It is now set up for grouse season!

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Since I can hardly drive a nail, I had to buy my dog box, a 3 hole one with topside storage. Got it from Fiberlite about 7 years ago. The box is light enough so that 2 guys can move it from one pickup to another easily. It is surprisingly warm, too. A coupla years ago in South Dakota it was 19 degrees when I woke up and I staggered out to check on the dogs. No problems, the water in their water bowls was not frozen and the dogs were nice and warm.

 

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