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February 2011
Life Stages Single Door and iCrate?: A side-by-side comparison.

December 2010
Double Door iCrate vs. Life Stages?: This table is very useful for those that like to see the numbers.

November 2010
Need a replacement pan?: Follow these directions if you are not sure which one you need.
Championship Collection Replacement Pans: We have Replacement Pans for the Midwest Championship Series.
Can I Join Together Two Exercise Pens?: You can, and here is some more information about how to do it.
What About Heavy Duty Dog Crates?: They are available, but maybe you should look at the reasons before purchasing.


October 2009
Two Dogs in One Crate?: It can be done, but we do advise caution, and maybe you should consider a three door model.
Great Dane Dog Crates: Yes, we have crates available for your giant breed dog.
We Have Pans for the 89Z: The trick is to measure before you buy.

February 2009
Save Money with the Free Divider Panel: How does it prevent you from buying multiple crates?

January 2009
iCrate or Life Stages Dog Crate?: What is the difference between these two dog crate models?
Dog Crates Made in USA: Yes, really! These are extra sturdy folding crates made in Indiana.
You Have a Bunch of 48" Dog Crates!: So ... what's the difference?
Solutions 54" Ginormus Double Door Dog Crate: At last a giant dog crate with a side door!

December 2008
Canine Camper vs. Day Tripper: What is the difference between these two soft crates?
Announcing: Wireless, electric and underground dog fences and receiver collars by PetSafe and Innotek.
Midwest K9 Kennels: Chain Link Dog Kennels: Safe, secure outdoor containment.
Select 1300TD: The Crate With Removable Doors: Removable doors? What's that about?

November 2008
Price Increases: What's Changed?
Why Crate Train Your Dog?: It's humane and effective
Midwest iCrates: What is an iCrate?

October 2008
Product Updates: Canine Campers, Day Trippers, Vehicle Barriers.
Life Stages, DD and UL: The differences between the different Midwest Life Stages models.
Midwest Dog Crate Pans: About the ABS plastic pan in your crate.
Three Door Dog Crates: The most veratile of dog crates.

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Midwest Dog Crate Pans

Replacement Pan for Midwest Dog Crate There is no doubt that both owners and dogs love their Midwest Dog Crates. These crates are well made, well designed and last a for very long time. Among all the positive feedback we get, we do get one complaint; the pans. Midwest Replacement Pans are made from ABS plastic. They are tough, durable, and under most circumstances they will last a lifetime. However, some owners report persistent problems with the pans breaking while others state that they last forever. We decided to do some research and find out what is happening.

The Midwest Dog Crate Pan sits on top of the wire bottom of the crate. If your dog is active in the crate, is heavy, or just stands up a lot it, causes flexing between the ABS plastic and the wire bars of the crate bottom. Over time (and with some dogs that is not long) the constant flexing can cause the pan to break. We recommend putting some cushioning between the pan and the crate to reduce this flexing. Suitable materials may include plywood or cardboard, but in our experience the best material for this purpose is carpet.

If you have some left over carpet, you can use this, but even if you do not, you can purchase remnant material from a home improvement store very inexpensively. Home improvement stores cut sections of carpet to length for customers, and often what is left of the roll is not big enough for regular resale. These pieces become remnants and are sold at a discount. We recommend a thicker piece of carpet for this purpose. Simply measure the size of the pan and ask for your local store to cut you a piece the same size. To install, simply remove your Midwest Dog Crate Pan and place the cut piece of carpet on the base of the crate. Next, replace your pan and use your crate as normal.

We hope you have found these tips useful and they lead to extended pan life for your Midwest Dog Crate. If you are in need of a replacement pan, please visit the Midwest Replacement Pans page.

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