My wonderful honey built a home made dog barrier for our RV for keeping the dogs in the back while traveling, and leaving us free to get in and out the door at gas stations/what-not while on the road without having to worry about them escaping. I just wanted to share in case it helps anyone else out trying to configure something similar. We recently inherited a 33ft 1996 Sea Breeze, and travel with two musky huskies and a dingo. All big dogs, and one of the huskies canít stand being crated (long story short his previous owner kept him crated 16hrs a day and heís pretty much an teenager).
After looking around online and seeing how expensive barriers can be, we decided to use an old large wire dog crate (the kind that folds up) we had and removed the two long sides and top from the base. After a quick trip to the hardware store, this is what we ended up with. And the nice thing is it folds up easily for storage in the back bedroom when we donít need it.
First off, here is why we really needed a dog barrier. Kimba wants to drive:
View from the front of the barrier (Kimba modeling):
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View from behind the barrier looking toward the front of the RV:
View of the latch, note it has a clasp on it to make it more difficult for the dogs to open the door:
View of how we attach the barrier to the walls of the RV, using Velcro to strap it to flat hooks drilled in:
And finally a short video of John demonstrating how to get out of it while the dogs are still in (Kimba and Cujo modeling):
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