I just adopted a dog and she rides with me to and from work in her crate in the bed of my truck. I am looking to find an insulated crate cover to put my vari-kennel in to protect her from the rain and cold during the winter months. I have located two options, one at http://www.cabels.com and the other at
http://www.longshotoutfitters.com . Both seem like decent options but I am hoping someone has experience with one or both and can let me know if there is anything better out on the market. I was hoping to find a waterproof cover but both of these are just water resistant. Any help is appreciated.
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"Greg" (Email Removed) said in
I just adopted a dog and she rides with me to and from work in her crate in the bed ... insulated crate cover to put my vari-kennel in to protect her from the rain and cold during the winter months.

Have you considered a canopy for your truck?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Have you considered a canopy for your truck?

that would be my choice as well, although depending on the actual climate, it will still get hot and cold, but unless the dog is left out in it, that shouldn't be a real problem.
I had a pickup truck many years ago. It had screened windows in the sides and the sliding window between cab and canopy. I would have pumped A/C back there for the dog, but didn't have it! That truck was cheap but incredibly impractical - no power steering and no a/c, in Baltimore City, was a bad move. It only stayed around for 2 years and then got placed in a good home..

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that would be my choice as well, although depending on the actual climate, it will still get hot and cold, but unless the dog is left out in it, that shouldn't be a real problem.

While cabs are nice people who have mounted toolboxes can't have them. That's been our problem. If we want a cab we have to remove Scott's toolbox (which he needs for work), install the cab, remove the cab after use, reinstall the toolbox, reload the toolbox. Then said cab has to be stored, probably against my fence in the backyard...not my idea of good landscaping.

Tara
While cabs are nice people who have mounted toolboxes can't have them. That's been our problem. If we want a ... toolbox. Then said cab has to be stored, probably against my fence in the backyard...not my idea of good landscaping.

I'm sure your neighbors appreciate that!
I can't believe someone hasn't solved the toolbox/cap problem though - how stupid! We only had to remove it to move a fridge once, and since it was only help on by clamps, that wasn't a big deal. Still, we were living in a rowhouse at the time, and there wasn't a lot of place to store the damn thing. It was off and on within a few hours.

The solution to your problem is obviously to have a second vehicle for the dogs.
This may be something for the OP to consider:
http://www.puphut.com /
I hope the OP secures the crate as well.

Janet Boss
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I just adopted a dog and she rides with me to and from work in her crate in the bed ... I was hoping to find a waterproof cover but both of these are just water resistant. Any help is appreciated.

I don't know where you live, or the breed of your dog, but heat is generally a much bigger worry than the rain or cold.

If you're planning on transporting your dog daily, you might want to consider a sturdy aluminum dog-box, which will keep your dog warm and dry in the winter, and reasonably cool in the summer (under most conditions). And certainly as cool as in the back of a truck with a camper top, where it can sometimes get pretty hot.

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I can't believe someone hasn't solved the toolbox/cap problem though - how stupid!

Maybe someone has but its probably not too aesthetically pleasing as I haven't seen any. We have a silver F-250 so any cab Scott's willing to put on it must match the truck closely enough to not be a glaring advertisement that rednecks are onboard Emotion: smile Actually, my neck is still nice and white but Amie, being a yankee/redneck mix n'all, well I worry at times.
The solution to your problem is obviously to have a second vehicle for the dogs.

That was the reasoning for the Explorer. Now my neverending Want List includes a pop-up camper with all the bells and whistles and big tires for off-road portability. This way I don't have to upgrade to a bigger gas-hog of a car and have the perfect excuse for hopping in the car and drive to any trial/match around...no hotel fees you see.

Tara
Maybe someone has but its probably not too aesthetically pleasing as I haven't seen any. We have a silver F-250 ... put on it must match the truck closely enough to not be a glaring advertisement that rednecks are onboard Emotion: smile

There are some really nice caps out there, but they're kind of pricey for something it sounds like you really don't want in the first place. I've mostly driven pickup trucks in the past but I don't like to put caps on them because it compromises their hauling ability and can make it hard to get at stuff in the front of the bed, but my dogs have always ridden up front with me, anyway (the dogsledding thing is different, clearly).
The crapmobile had a cap on it that we had to remove to put the dog box on. It took maybe three minutes to get it off (undo 4 clamps, lift off) but it took two people and it's really not a good solution for someone who's going to be putting it on/taking it off with any regularity.

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That was the reasoning for the Explorer. Now my neverending Want List includes a pop-up camper with all the bells ... and have the perfect excuse for hopping in the car and drive to any trial/match around...no hotel fees you see.

My problem with such is that you've gotta store it some place, and we already have a boat trailer in the side yard (boat is kept in a boatel, and the trailer has a broken axel).
It was amazingly not easy to replace my Explorer with something that would still fit my 2 side-by-side crates, had decent ground clearance, and AWD or 4WD. Too narrow or too short (need backseat available), unless I wanted to go monster SUV, which I just can't justify. Oh yeah - I didn't want to spend a gazillion *** either, but still wanted cushy amenities.
My crates JUST fit in the new wheels.

Janet Boss
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