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Posted about 5 years ago

 

What does everyone think is the best K9 vehicle to have.  I have a Chevy Impala and it sucks..

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WOW!  It's amazing that you also think the Impala sucks. I think it sucks as a patrol car all together.  Every K9 handler should have an SUV. We have too much stuff to haul around and my partner is tired of begin thrown around in the back of that tin box.  We first got them in 2003.  I jokingly stated to command that I had to continually stop to feed the mouse in the trunk.  They didn't think it was funny and continue to order them today.  Their reasoning was that the Impala is more fuel efficient.  I know for a fact that I got better mileage in my Crown Vic.  We all know the real reason, "Its politics man, politics!"

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Some of our county K9s have Chev Tahoes. They removed half the second seat, and there is a crate for the K9 that runs that half of the SUV all the way back. Makes for a bit more room for the dogs. There is also the added bonus of transporting suspects in the other half (not an enviable position for a bad guy), and all the added room for equipment.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I have an 06 crown vic. I am 6'3 and have plenty of room and my dog has plenty of room with the american aluminum accessories insert. my trunk is a little cramped but it beats being in an impala. im gonna try to hit em up for a tahoe when im due a new one

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I definetly agree a SUV is the way to go, but next choice would be CVPI. American Aluminum is probably the best and easiest K9 insert for performance and installation. I've installed Ray Allen and cussed several times. Didn't like their customer service either. The climate control and door popper system is very good from American Aluminum as well. We've used American Aluminum products for around 8 years and never had any problems. The officers have not complained about space in the CV and yes the trunk does get crowded. But overall it's not bad. The Tahoe would be the top choice if budget allows.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Sorry guy's I can't agree with the SUV. I like the Crown Vic. it has plenty of room for both me and my partner. The problem with the SUV is wear and tear on my dog's shoulders and hips from jumping in and out of an SUV. I figure that I can squeeze an extra year or two out of him by keeping him in a car. It is essential that a proper K9 compartment is installed in the Crown Vic. with the "Hot & Pop" system.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Over here in the UK we tend to use station wagon's, in London we are changing from VW Passats to a Europeon bulit ford.,the Mondeo, this model is used by a lot of Europeon K9 units. We take out the rear seats and replace them with a kit box, then a fibreglass dog cage is put in with a divider is installed so two dogs can be carried, the system is easily removed for cleaning etc..A quick release system is added so the dog can be deployed by the handler through the front of the vehicle if needed.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

  I like the SUVs.  I've had em all.  The crown Vics and other cruisers are faster, but the SUVs are more practical for hauling the most equipment plus dog. The argument "SUVs are harder on the dogs joints", is bull shit.  When the time comes your dog can't jump in or out of an SUV; guess what?  Its time to retire.  If the most strenuous thing your dog does, is get in and out of the vehicle, then, clearly, the SUV restriction applies to you and you should stick to the cars (crown vic).

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

My hometown department uses the Dodge Magnum for a K9 vehicle.  It sits lower to the ground and results in less stress on the dog's shoulders when it exits the vehicle.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I would have to say that an SUV has its advantages and disadvantages.  Same goes for Crown vic or impala.. most departments that i know of will not let you engage in a pursuit in an SUV..But an SUV has so much more room..I currently have a Crown Vic and i have hardly no space..If i had my pick i would like to try a dodge magnum..

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

 I am a Border Patrol canine handler and was issued an unmarked Ford F-150 4door 4x4 as a take home ride.  The rear cab is set up as a kennel.  Generally, it is a good setup.  The only problems are a lack of legroom due to the kennel and the horrible folding bedcover we use.  The bedcover allows water and dust to enter.  My gear in the back required constant cleaning.  The rumor is that we are going to upgrade to F250's, so we can have more legroom/gear storage.


I also have marked crown vics available for patrol duty/highway interdiction.


We also have some Durangos in service.  They don't hold up as well to the off road use as the trucks.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We run Ford Explorers (Gov't Agency).  I run 5 10" at 195 and at times find it too confining.  Kennel seems big enough for a 70lb Mally.  Have enough room for all my stuff.  In the winter it's a plus, as all my gear is warm.   


Fellow handlers have the F150 crews.  Like the previous poster, toneau tops do leak.  Gear is cold.  But the leg room!  

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I am in a Crown Vic---and the room is okay as is the storage in the trunk and my partner (Brandy) seems to like it---but the perfect K9 vehicle comes with a self cleaning button like an oven---clean the interior and dog at the same time! Seriously though I am the only officer on duty some times and that forces me to call another agency for transports or to do front seat transports---does any on make a 1/3-2/3 cage for the Crown Vic?


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I like the 4x4 Jeeps equipped with cage and feeders.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We have Ford F-150 trucks with the cages in the rear by the tailgate.  My department consists of seven handlers (two are trainers) and we have forwarded our requests for Chevy Tahoes.  However, our Deputy Chief refused the transition because "only chiefs drive suv's".  So, we're stuck with non-pursuit rated vehicles that guzzle a large amount of fuel which exposes our K-9's to the public at all times when they're on duty instead of a better all round vehicle for the same price.  Makes sense to me

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I've got a Tahoe PPV (2 wheel drive pursuit) with a Ray Allen insert.  I love this truck.  It gives me all the storage space I need with room to spare, and the performance rocks.  Even in the very high winds we get out here, the truck doesn't even wobble.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We had a Ford Explorer and that was great.  It was fairly low, still had good control and such.  The Explorer also has plenty of storage room in the back for training gear, duty gear, or even an extra kennel with a dog.  The cage we had in the back doors was huge.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I have a 2003 Crown Vic with American Aluminum insert and have decent room.  I just wished the back of my seat would lean back a little better because I sit straight up.  I'm a 5'9 female, so I need the leg room.  I've seen a bigger City department around where I live go to the Chevy Trailblazers and they love them.  They have told me they are lower to the ground and hold the road better when driving faster and still have plenty of room for them and the dog plus equipment.  I've been begging my department for SUV's and finally have they talking about it.  I would LOVE to have a tahoe but I doubt that will happen.  :-)

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I love my Tahoe... Its got the Ray Allen cage where the backseat was with a remote door popper, plenty of leg room for my long legs, and it lights up like a christmas tree!! Not a bad engine either, its actually faster than out Impalas (I too, think they are garbage!). I love the Code 3 Super Visor light too, it makes me delightfully unnoticable!

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I have a 2007 Crown Vic.  I like the car as a patrol car, but the driver's room is cramped as a K9 car.  Due to Ford's "heavy duty" seats and the foward leaning headrest, it makes sitting in the car for extended time periods tough.  This is with the American Aluminum insert.  Trunk room is OK, even with my SWAT gear.  Like Stephanie said, I wish there was a way to lean the seat back. 


Will there ever be a perfect K9 vehicle?  Maybe Carbon Motors will make a K9 squad.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I guess I am the only one here running a Charger for a K9 vehicle. I love it. Of course, in all fairness, I am not a large guy nor is my dog. My Lt. is 6'7" and has plenty of room in his Charger. THe majority of our K9 units are in Chargers, some full cages and some split. Mine is a split cage. I work on an interdiction team on the interstate and love the performance the Charger provides. We have some in the Tahoes as well. They would be my second choice.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Chevy's new police rated pursuit Tahoes are great for K9 vehicles.   The newer 2007, 2008 body styles are lower than the older Tahoe's so less wear and tear on the dog getting in and out. Not to mention the handling characteristics are very similar to and in some aspects better than the Crown Vic.  One very notiecable difference is that the Tahoe has a much more stable platform when turning this provides less moving around for the dog.  In the old Crown Vic you have to really watch the cornering and turning as the dog would get bounced back and fourth in the cage.  We get our PPV Tahoe's for about 4 grand more than a Crown Vic and it is well worth the money.  Plenty of room for equipment and still maintain the ability to pursue.  We have American Aluminum cages that run the full length across where the back seat would have been.  All but 3 of our 14 canine teams are in the Tahoe's now and so far they are performing exceptionally well.  I have been in the impala, that sucked.  Crown Vic is okay and works well, not alot of trunk room especially if you carry extra equipment for SWAT.  I would love to try the charger but not sure I would want to sacrifice the room.  The Charger is the only vehicle that has out run my Tahoe........