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Old 09-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Dogs owners, how many fit in back?

Ready to pull the trigger on a 2013 Unlimited. I have three labs, could the all fit in the back, behind seats, with seats in? Gonna visit dealer this week to eyeball it, but wanted opinions.

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Old 09-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Seats down and you'll have plenty of room. I have two German Shepherds that have tons of room in the back of our unlimited. Could easily fit another, possibly two more.

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Only way you'll have that kind of room is with the seats folded down. We had our lab and boxer behind the seats and things were just about right. Unless it was a real short ride, I wouldn't put a third one back there with them.
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Gonna depend on the size of your dogs, honestly...
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That's going to be a tight fit
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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My two dogs (shep/lab x and doberman) fit comfortably in the back with the seats in but whenever I have more than that I always put the seats down so they're not falling all over each other. I'd say that with the seats up it would be too small for three labs.
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How many dog owners fit in the back? Wouldn't that depend upon the size of the dog owners?
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:41 PM   #10
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2 labs is definite- 3 is gonna be tight (seats down). They'll be tripping over each other for sure- and any harness or tie-in system will get tangled. Get these (Safari Straps) or similiar. I've seen another sytem but can't recall it right now. I'd definitely get a safety netting of some type or it could be dangerous for your dogs. One big bump and they could easily fall out.
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2 labs is definite- 3 is gonna be tight (seats down). They'll be tripping over each other for sure- and any harness or tie-in system will get tangled. Get these (Safari Straps) or similiar. I've seen another sytem but can't recall it right now. I'd definitely get a safety netting of some type or it could be dangerous for your dogs. One big bump and they could easily fall out.
Where did you get those Safari Straps? I've seen the cargo nets, but not these. My (2) labs would appreciate being able to ride with me top down. Haven't let them because of safety concerns.
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We fit three huskys on the back seat. If they are not fighting like kids it works...
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Where did you get those Safari Straps? I've seen the cargo nets, but not these. My (2) labs would appreciate being able to ride with me top down. Haven't let them because of safety concerns.

We got our Safari Straps from EAD. Warrior Cage, Extended with wide openings. We regularly have two Aussies and one Malamute/Lab/Hound mix in the back with seats down. In the Unlimited, we just put the seats down and they could run a race in the back. I "think" the cargo area in back of the JKU with the seats up is comparable to the rear of the JK with the seats out. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I will know better when I get home....
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Where did you get those Safari Straps? I've seen the cargo nets, but not these. My (2) labs would appreciate being able to ride with me top down. Haven't let them because of safety concerns.
I ordered them from Morris because I was ordering some other stuff. (They give a 10% discount to forum members).
But you can also order from Safari Straps direct.
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They have several configurations including a rear section (which I didn't order). Someone has mentioned somewhere that Safari will customize anything. More expensive than the CRS net from Smitty but they are very good quality. I plan to leave them on all the time. Someone told me the CRS net un-zips in the rear section- which would be handy. But I still prefer these.
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I run Safari Straps on my unlimited too, but i will say that Dirty Dog 4x4 has a MUCH better Cargo/Pet barrier. My lab has NO problems weezling his way under/around the Safari Straps cargo barrier when not being watched.
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I ordered them from Morris because I was ordering some other stuff. (They give a 10% discount to forum members).
But you can also order from Safari Straps direct.
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They have several configurations including a rear section (which I didn't order). Someone has mentioned somewhere that Safari will customize anything. More expensive than the CRS net from Smitty but they are very good quality. I plan to leave them on all the time. Someone told me the CRS net un-zips in the rear section- which would be handy. But I still prefer these.
One thing that needs to be considered is that the SS system sits inside the roll bars and uses only the tailgate bar. The Smittybuilt CRS uses all three rails and sits on top of the roll bars. We picked the SS for not only the metal closures and tougher webbing but also for the fact that we can easily run with the soft top up, leave the net in place, and only undo the tailgate bar. The extended version also can be useful for keeping the soft top looking neat and tidy when down. Might be able to see that in the photo above.
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I run Safari Straps on my unlimited too, but i will say that Dirty Dog 4x4 has a MUCH better Cargo/Pet barrier. My lab has NO problems weezling his way under/around the Safari Straps cargo barrier when not being watched.
Did you get the JKU Universal Divider or the Pet one? The Universal one works quite well for us in the two door. We let them just chill on long rides in the JKU, so no net system there yet. Nikki does, however, get her head stuck in the webbing sometimes though. She is a smaller Aussie though, about 38lbs.
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i got the Warrior Pet Divider. it's super solid like their straps, but leaves way too many holes for a wild lab to get through. the Dirty Dog Pet divider seals off the rear cargo area completely. i also really like the quick releases that Dirty Dog built into their rear net, which would make raising and lowering the net for the dogs that much easier than my Safari Straps.
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i got the Warrior Pet Divider. it's super solid like their straps, but leaves way too many holes for a wild lab to get through. the Dirty Dog Pet divider seals off the rear cargo area completely. i also really like the quick releases that Dirty Dog built into their rear net, which would make raising and lowering the net for the dogs that much easier than my Safari Straps.

Oh! I will have to look into that! One drawback to the SS divider we have now is how hard it is to access the back. Off to do some research....
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I keep a pack(about 15) of wild chihuahua's in the back as my alarm system....
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I keep a pack(about 15) of wild chihuahua's in the back as my alarm system....

Yea, but that is only about 1.5 Labs.
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I have two 90 lb German Shepherds, it is tight unless you fold the back seat down. They wouldn't be happy on a long trip since I don't think they could both lay down.

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Yes they will fit behind the rear seats in an unlimited. They will need to get along well. You also will need to stop often and let them out.

Here are two recent pictures taken during a 4WD trip in the Colorado Sangre di Christo's. In back of our JKUR (behind rear seats) are our 150 lb mastiff, 135 lb Newfie, and our little (103lb) newfie/saint mix). The first picture doesn't show the dogs well, so I really lightened up the contrast in the second to show all three dogs. So yes its possible if your dogs get along well.


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And if the JKU isn't going to be big enough for you, consider it's big brother. The Ram Power Wagon has all the same goodies (and more) than the Rubi. Front and rear electric lockers, electric swaybar disconnect, 456 gearing, 12K under bumper winch, skids, etc, etc. And obviously carries a lot more dogs, and things. For a big truck, it'll really go offroad. Here are a few pictures of our old 06 Powerwagon:



Moab - 2 picture on Fins & Things Trail:


Moab - Wipeout Hill:


Just giving you another, bigger option.

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A couple of pictures to better show the size of the dogs that we took wheeling with us and rode in the area behind the rear seats of our JKUR. Your dogs should be fine back there as long as they get frequent breaks.


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How many dog owners fit in the back? Wouldn't that depend upon the size of the dog owners?
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been wanting to do that since this went up.
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Mastiff, pfft. How about some pictures with big dogs

You are actually right. My dogs, while all considered "giant breeds", are small or medium sized for their breed. I've actually seen several saints in the 280lb range. Those were really big dogs!

In the first power wagon picture shown above there were 8 dogs inside the topper. You can see 6 in the back, and another saint thru the left side window. There was also one more dog, a Mastiff, behind the others. That was a total of slightly more than 1000 lbs of dogs in there that we took on that camping trip.

Here is the one you can't see in that picture.

And for a size perspective, This is my wife up at camp with a couple of small dogs - An IWH and Mastiff:

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