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What do I need to use to tie down the ... I drive and will anchor the crate for safety purposes?

Ratchet straps.

Most big-box hardware stores would have them. If you were in Canada I would suggest Canadian Tire, but you aren't.

Marcel and Moogli
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Said vehicle is a Honda Element, by the way!

Congrats on the new vehicle!! Must be something catchy. Gen and I should be getting ours (Saturn Relay, fully loaded) sometime near the end of this week.

Marcel and Moogli
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I am finally going to have a vehicle that I can put a crate in. I plan to keep one ... when I drive and will anchor the crate for safety purposes? Said vehicle is a Honda Element, by the way!

Since the Elements (IIRC) have cool little attachment hooks here & there in them,
you could use a regular style motorcycle tie-down. Hooks on both ends and a ratchet-type tightener.
An Element is what I'm hoping to add one of these days as well. I'm just a bit spoiled by not having to make car payments at the moment, so I'm waiting until after I add my next dog and it pretty much just becomes a necessity. I'm not 100% decided however that is what I want, or if I just want to go ahead
with the mini-van idea...so I'm stalling.
You'll have to report how you like it, and whether or not you think you can get
a 36" crate, and maybe the next size down in there. Shelly & The Boys (& an embryo down in TX)
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Said vehicle is a Honda Element, by the way!

Hey, congrats! What fun!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
You'll have to report how you like it, and whether or not you think you can get
a 36" crate, and maybe the next size down in there.
You definitely can. I brought a med/large Cabana Crate to the dealership with me when I test drove on Sunday (they looked at me funny the salesguy could not believe someone would have three dogs voluntarily). It's slightly shorter and slightly wider than the 36" Midwest I want to set up in there. You can fit one 36" with the door facing the back, and one sideways with the door facing the suicide doors, if the back seats are put up.

With the seats flipped up but still in, I would be able to put a small crate (24") next to the 36" facing the back. There's also enough space under the ceiling that I could put the small crate (for Skeeter) on top of the large crate if I wanted to, but I don't know how stable that would be.
If you take the back seats out, you can put two Border Collie size crates side by side facing the back this is the configuration a friend of mine uses, but I'm not sure what size the crates are exactly. She had two Border Collies and two Bassets (one Basset has since died) and had crates for all four in the back of here Element, with the seats out, and the Bassets had larger crates than the Border Collies. I don't anticipate having storage space for seats wherever I move to in SF, so I'm planning on leaving the seats in and flipped up almost all the time.

I think if I squeezed Solo into a smaller crate (32" or 30", which he will fit into but I like to give him more space) and got the special narrow crates that are supposed to go into SUVs I MIGHT be able to put two side by side in back without taking the seats out, but that's a big if. (Or a big might.)
Will report back as soon as it's in my hot little hands. This makes up for my family not coming to my graduation!

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I think if I squeezed Solo into a smaller crate (32" or 30", which he will fit into but I like to give him more space) and got the special narrow crates that are supposed to go into SUVs I MIGHT be able to put two side by side in back without taking the seats out, but that's a big

if. (Or a big might.)
Will report back as soon as it's in my hot little hands. This makes up

for my family not coming to my graduation!
This is bizarre. I was wondering this weekend what type of car you had decided on and hadn't gotten around to sending a post asking. Some friends of mine use the SUV crates in their Sienna. They have plenty of room for their Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, so I suppose they would work nicely for the border collies. If you have a chance to get near VA Beach before you move check out Care-a-Lot. Good prices if you don't have to pay for the shipping.
That is too bad about the family not making it to your graduation.

Beth
: You'll have to report how you like it, and whether or not you think youcan : get : a ... Skeeter) on top of the large crate if I wanted to, but I don't know how stable that would be.

Awesome...I already have 2 of the 36" Midwests, one of which is the 2-door (one front, one side) model. I plan to mount them into the car I end up with, since I rarely carry passengers (except for the occasional one in the front). Bodhi can ride in the next size down, but I don't like him to stay
in it for longer than a ride. But, the next Belgian could potentially be a ***,
so the smaller size would work (I'm not being picky about gender either would work).
Anticipating the report after you've had time to gather an opinion! Shelly & The Boys