Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

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Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:54 pm

Hi all

I’ve been wading through the search function for a couple of weeks and venturing into 100’s of rabbit holes along the way :)

Trying to settle a dilemma on which direction to go in terms of SWB or Maxi. Either way I’d be going for a rear seat conversion along with full carpet and side windows but the space behind the rear seats is most important
I need to have enough space to fit a large dog cage. Large enough for a 47kg Ridgeback who likes to stretch out when travelling

Could anybody offer any advice or pics on the space post seat conversion and even better if somebody has picks where they have a large cage in the back as well

If I didn’t have to perform dads taxi duties then I wouldn’t bother with the rear seats and I’d just have the van for myself and the dog :)

Thanks in advance

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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Papa Bear » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:04 pm

In our maxi life, behind the middle seats we can fit a 52” jump bed with a few inches spare
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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:51 pm

Thanks. That’s loads of space then

His XL crate comes in at 47” long which would mean I could get something made to the same size and still have room to spare

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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by AndyG99 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:47 pm

Not sure if I’m missing something here but won’t the dimensions of a maxi combi give you the information you need?

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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:52 pm

Hi, No you are not missing anything. I’m new to all things caddy and just worked out the same
That said reading dimensions and real world experience are often very different

Example being that SWB could give the right dimensions on paper but real world could prove to be different in that people find there is an irritating lack of space between cage and door

Apology, just trying to get as much info as possible before I bite the bullet and ditch my current 3 series tourer :)

Think I’m swinging toward a Maxi. Would probably be ample with SWB but I’d want driver and passenger side sliders and they seem to be rare as rocking horse 💩
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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Philnanks » Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:20 pm

I’ve got a Caddy Maxi Life for the soul reason of having a large dog cage in the rear having removed the rear 2 seats. Loads of room! Will try to post up some pics
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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:38 pm

That would be great if you could post pics. I’m torn between going the maxi route with rear seats, carpets and windows or life albeit I’d still probably rip out the panels in the 3rd row and carpet

Maxi is only swinging it due to the lack of windows in the back section because I do like that look although a dark colour life with privacy glass is equally as slick looking

Oh then of course having spent far too much time browsing here I’d have to swap the wheels and possibly suspension on whichever I got 😂

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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by balmay » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:26 pm

I'm unsure how helpful it will be for you, but I have 2010 caddy maxi with the transk9 cages fitted in the back of the van. I have 2 unit cages fitted, in upsidedown T layout so there should be enough space to fit back seats.
https://www.transk9.com/product/vb2-dog ... ge/?r=4242

Here in maxi life
https://www.transk9.com/select/volkswag ... -2007/b12/
My cage is 5 cm longer, and I still have a space between the cages and a bulkhead.
There are also companies who will either make a removable dog cage to fit your Caddy or make permanent cages dog walking, but that would require leaving a van for couple of days.

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Post by Semster » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:04 am

I have the SWB Edition 30. at your tightest points with the door closed and rear seats installed.

1130mm Width x 840mm Depth (Seat to Rear Door)

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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:44 pm

Thanks both. Apology I completely missed the posts and I should have updated the original

I opted for the Maxi life due to the space and the fact it wouldn’t need any changes with DVLA to use as a family motor

Found a lintran for sale and it fits perfectly. Second row seats still in and space at the end to sit and change boots etc

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Post by Semster » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:33 pm

Looks Perfect mate. Good decision


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Re: Space for dog crate after rear seat conversion. SWB vs Maxi

Post by Ste_J » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:35 pm

Yeah he’s a big lad so needed a decent size cage but didn’t want to use the entire space


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