why should i tie down my dog crate to my vehicle?
11-03-191 min read
We built the only 5 Star Crash Tested travel kennel around, and its anchor straps are a part of the safety equation.
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Crash testing was a critical part to Gunner Kennels’ R&D process as Addison was building the G1™ dog crate and it impacted every aspect of its final design. That attention to detail and refusal to quit until he built the best, safest travel crate is what earned the G1™ the market’s only 5 Star Crash Test Rating.

This included the Gunner strap system, which secures the box to the vehicle – an important part of the safety factor for your K-9. If you’re in an accident with your dog in the crate, you want to make sure it’s not going anywhere (for the safety of both your dog & fellow car passengers – read some of our save stories).

So in all those third-party crash tests, we were also making sure our Tie Down Strap Kit passed muster.

In our own initial crash testing (before the G1™ was ever sold), the original strap accessory we had planned to sell actually broke – so Addison went back to the drawing board with those. 

The straps we offer on gunner.com today have been tested and proven in all of our crash test scenarios and adhere to the CPS safety standards. Other straps broke in the testing.

Note: the left kennel is a double-door kennel with openings on each side. The Gunner has one door. The two crates are on the same sled, with the same anchor points, at a simulated 30 mph frontal collision. We chose this video to show the importance of choosing the right straps for your crate in case of an accident.

So yes, the Gunner straps may be pricier than some you find online, but the quality construction guarantees that your heavy-duty kennel is staying strapped and secure when anchored to the right vehicle points with these straps. Some specs on them:

• MFG Rated 2,500 Pound Load Capacity Cam Buckle
• MFG Rated 4,250 Pound Break Strength Nylon Webbing
• 380 Degree Fahrenheit Melting Point

Gunner recommends anchoring the kennel to your vehicle 100% of the time through our stainless-steel tie-down pins – for both your safety, and your dog’s.

Read More: Real-Life Dog Crate Crash Test: Tuck Survives a Truck Rollover

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GUNNER strap sets are the only ones that we recommend, and have met each of the brand’s crash test standards. They are the straps that the Center For Pet Safety recommends using when anchoring your crate to your vehicle for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.

Our new & improved tie-downs are made with an extra-thick custom cam buckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material that ensures you can leave these out 24/7: better guarding against fading and stretching, and perfect for high abrasion environments.

Read why it's important to use GUNNER straps for safe travel.

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Your dog works hard for you – this fan works hard for your dog. The GUNNER Fan Kit is a high-powered device designed to mount easily to the crate, with a stainless steel mounting rod and custom tensions bolts. Built to provide significant ventilation, especially while kennel is stationary. A durable structure, just like our customers are accustomed to.

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This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

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