Our local Chevy dealer let me take an Equinox home to make sure my crates fit. In order for this to work, one crate would open out the driver's side back door and one would open out the hatch, so I needed a crate with a door on the end, like normal, and a side door crate.
Of course I had both (remember my crate to dog ratio is 12:2).Yes, I could get 2 26" tall General Cage crates in one. But I couldn't get the door open on the one behind the driver's seat! See how the door frame slopes down? Crap!
So I went shopping on line and found a 25" tall metal crate made by Mid West Crates. Phoenix doesn't really need a 26" crate. He has an inch to spare and that inch made all the difference. Whew. (Now my crate to dog ratio is 13:2.)
When we bought R2, I told the Farmer I needed him to build me a crate-holder-upper thingy to level out Phoenix's crate and keep him from riding at a slant. I'm the first one to admit both Phoenix and I may be a half bubble off center at times but let's not encourage that sort of behavior.
The Farmer gave me The Look. He had no concept of what a crate-holder-upper thingy was, having never been asked to make one before. All my previous vehicles had back seats that either came out or politely folded flat.
While I was originally thinking of some kind of platform or shelf, it turned out that strategically placed 2x4s did the job. The first one balanced Phoenix's crate.
The second two balanced Jamie's crate. Yes, Jamie's crate could have just ridden flat in the back but that would have left a lot of wasted space between the two crates.
Then I hooked the crates together with these handy-dandy little metal attachy gadgets. (Yes, that's another highly technical term - attachy gadgets).
The hardest part of the whole construction process was finding clean 2x4s. We have a lot of scrap lumber around the place but the Farmer and I do not share the same definition of clean.