Dogs in a Topper

Wolfchief

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I've had toppers on my Chevy/GMC 4wd crew cab trucks for years. I can recommend the ARE "Sportsman" with sliding side windows along with the "windoors" that an earlier poster suggested (the entire side windows lift up for easy access/airflow in the bed). I also agree that on the road, dogs should be in crates. If you put the crates on rubber mats, they don't slide easily. I was in a minor accident on I-90 just east of Chamberlain, SD several years ago and was sure glad my Golden was in a crate; it saved him. I take 2 dogs and there is still enough room for 3 guys' worth of gear, dog food, water etc.
 
Doing the suburban thing now so all the dogs ride with me, but back in the dark ages they rode in a topper. We had a sliding window on the back of the truck and a sliding window on the front of the topper. When warm we had great airflow(side windows open on topper) and when cold we left the warm air into the topper. Pretty low tech , but worked back in the 70's and 80's.
 
Doing the suburban thing now so all the dogs ride with me, but back in the dark ages they rode in a topper. We had a sliding window on the back of the truck and a sliding window on the front of the topper. When warm we had great airflow(side windows open on topper) and when cold we left the warm air into the topper. Pretty low tech , but worked back in the 70's and 80's.
A Suburban would be the best compromise for me but they quit selling them with diesels. So my compromise daily driver, trailer tower, hunting vehicle is a Dodge/Cummins Megacab with a topper. My two labs ride in kennels in the fold down back seat area with the doors facing the passenger side for entry/exit. Gear goes in the bed/topper area. The downside is I can take one passenger and two dogs. If the passenger has a dog, one of mine stays home for the next trip. Since I really like to bring both (I alternate them in fields) I often drive solo. I can slide my shotgun in a case behind the front seat so that when I get to the field I can grab my gun and a dog at the same door for quick exit to the field. When it's warm I have to be really careful about the dog left behind inside the truck.
 
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