|Barked: Fri Apr 12, '13 5:58pm PST |
|I'm looking to buy a new car/truck and I'm not sure if getting what I want to get will be practical.
Currently I have a 1998 4Runner that I love but since getting Mikey and now Moose who's even messier, my perfectly clean interior is no longer. I try to keep up on cleaning it but now with Moose's slobber and the sand and dirt he brings with him from the beach (when we went) and trails, my 4Runner has become a dump and I'm sick of it.
I'm just not a fan of cleaning (vacuuming, wiping down interior trim and cleaning windows) every single week. It's a pain. (I currently don't have him crated in the back. That is something I plan on getting him used to in the coming months. Even if I get a truck, he'll be crated).
So, I'm thinking of getting a Toyota Tacoma pickup with a shell on it. Now, let me be clear--Moose does not travel in my car if it's hot out. I just don't risk it and luckily the weather here in the S.F. bay area is pretty moderate. His car travel time is mostly limited to late fall through early spring when the weather is cool.
Of course, if I get a pick-up he'll need something back there to keep him cool if it's warm when I take him up to the trails so I've already got an idea on how to deal with that.
A portable, 12v battery operated air conditioning unit with a fan. It's the size of a Coleman cooler. Which should be arriving on my porch any minute now. Apparently it really can cool a small area the size of a truck bed.
Again, this is not meant as a device to keep Moose cool in a parked truck in the sun. It's to be used when I'm taking him on short runs to the trails (about a 7 minute drive) on days that are not hot. Like I said before, Moose does not get in my current air conditioned car on hot days. Just isn't safe.
I want the pick-up so I can contain the fur, slobber and dirt to an area I don't have contact with. Also, I'll lose seating when I put the crate in the back of the SUV. At least with an extended cab truck, I can still seat 4 and have room for The Moose's crate.
Anyone have a pick-up that they transport their pups in? And how do you handle heat and any other issues that I'm not thinking of? Is there a SUV out there anyone knows of that can carry a giant crate and still seat passengers?
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