We are planning on taking a trip from Houston to Colorado this winter. Our group consists of myself and my wive, my mom and dad, three kids (12,10 & 7) and a Flat Coat retriever (65 lbs). As you can see, its a pretty full house.
We have a Mazda CX-9 which should be comfortable enough for the people, but possibly too small for the dog because we will need to pull up the additional 2 seats in the back.
I guess what I need is some recommendations with regards to what can I possible do to make it more comfortable for the dog, other than get a bigger vehicle. The answer is probably not much, but was hoping that someone may have any ideas I have no thought about.
Also, any recommendations regarding where to put our luggage? The CX-9 does have racks on the roof, so I could buy a cargo box for the roof. Alternatively, I could get a hitch cargo carrier. Never had had either one, so I am not sure which one is better or more convenient. Open to suggestions on this matter as well.
Thanks for your help.