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Old 05-26-2021, 07:51 AM
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Default Dog in back of RV-9

We have a labradoodle that will get to about 50 lbs when it's done growing. I've been looking at the -10, but with what I would want in it, I'd personally be better off just waiting until prices on the first and second gen SR-20s come back down to something reasonable (<$150K preferably).

But I am eyeballing the -9 as a possible alternative. Can't take my family of four, but that might be OK. Curious, though - would a 50lbs dog fit into the cargo area of the -9? Assuming all other things work out (dog is calm, remains in place, takes to flying, etc.) is there enough room for the dog to lay down? What abut if I through a small carry-on back there too? Independent of the 100 lbs weight limit, enough space to accomodate?
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Old 05-26-2021, 08:22 AM
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We have a labradoodle that will get to about 50 lbs when it's done growing. I've been looking at the -10, but with what I would want in it, I'd personally be better off just waiting until prices on the first and second gen SR-20s come back down to something reasonable (<$150K preferably).

But I am eyeballing the -9 as a possible alternative. Can't take my family of four, but that might be OK. Curious, though - would a 50lbs dog fit into the cargo area of the -9? Assuming all other things work out (dog is calm, remains in place, takes to flying, etc.) is there enough room for the dog to lay down? What abut if I through a small carry-on back there too? Independent of the 100 lbs weight limit, enough space to accomodate?
Hi Murdoughnut.

I think a 50lb dog would fit just fine back there.
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Old 05-26-2021, 08:41 AM
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Also:

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...light=dogs+rvs
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Old 05-26-2021, 08:55 AM
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Plenty of room for a 50 lb dog. My 65 lb Golden Retriever is comfortable back there, although not an enthusiastic flyer. I would note that for ease on access to the baggage area, dogs or otherwise, a SuperTracks canopy extension is an important part of the equation, however.

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Old 05-26-2021, 09:12 AM
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I may have seen my buddy who is a bit over 200lbs in the back area while wiring up some avionics. I never did convince him to try to sit back there during a flight.

Dog should be fine, weight limit for that area is 100lbs.
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Old 05-26-2021, 09:19 AM
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Default Fit Fine

I have transported many different dogs in this size range on Pilots N Paws flights in my -7 (basically same fuselage as the -9). No issues with fit. The main problem is actually getting them back there and then back out. I lift them into the cockpit, with the passenger seat back folded forward, and then "convince" them to walk under the support bar into the baggage area. Reverse the process to get them out. It's not graceful but it works. I had one long legged passenger who decided to jump over, but most go under.
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Old 05-26-2021, 11:04 AM
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I would like to see a photo of a happy dog in an RV posted in the RV Grin section.
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Old 05-26-2021, 12:39 PM
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I can't say enough good things about the value of the Supertracks canopy extension for sliders.
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Old 05-27-2021, 11:48 AM
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Appreciate the feedback guys!
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Old 05-27-2021, 01:54 PM
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A 50 lb dog plus typical baggage for two, for a weekend getaway might be a different story.
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