MIM Variogate - Safety Engineered Dog Gate for Cars
Why Buy From Pet Pro Supply Company?
Now available in North America for the first time! Designed, engineered and produced by MIM Construction AB in Sweden, manufacturer of the world’s only Crash Tested Dog Crate – the Variocage.
The MIM Variogate transforms your cargo area into a spacious, safe and secure environment for transporting pets. While giving you the versatility to use your cargo area, when not traveling with them.
When used with a cargo barrier, such as our Crash Tested MIM Safe VarioBarrier, the Variogate will create a safe and secure containment area for your loved ones. The Variogate/VarioBarrier is ideal for situations in which a Variocage will not fit in a cargo area, or you need the flexibility to use the cargo area when not transporting your pets.
- Safely Secures Animals and Cargo
- Fits Most Station Wagons and SUV's
- Allows Maximum Use of Cargo Area
- Offers Ventilation When Vehicle is Stationary & Cargo Hatch is Open
- Adjustable in Height, Width and Length as well as the Slope of Rear Door
- Locking Doors with Gas Hydraulic Motion Springs
- Built-In Key Lock for Security
- High-Quality Powder Coated Steel Construction
- Installs Easily in Car and attaches to vehicle with Load Tested Straps to Anchor Points
- Short and Long Dividers are Available as an Accessory
- Leash Hooks Included
- Two poles extend behind the Variogate on the cargo area floor for additional support, 28.5" apart
- 1.98” of space between the vertical bars is good for all dogs 15 lbs and above
- No Modification to Vehicle Required
|Size||Variable Height||Variable Width||Variable Depth||Shipping Weight||Instructions|
|Variogate Universal||24.40" - 37.79"||37.59" - 43.5"||23.62" - 51.18"||57.32 lbs||Variogate Instructions|
|Size and Measurements in Inches|
MIM Three (3) Year Warranty
4×4 North America, Inc (the exclusive North American distributor of Variocages handles all warranties. Warranties of all MIM Construction products is in effect for Three (3) years from date of purchase. To be covered by the warranty, the defect must be an original manufacturing defect. The warranty does not cover any damage, mis-use or modifications by consumers nor does it cover damage from animals, drops, falls or impacts.
Use the Instructions Below to Determine the Right Variocage for Your Dogs & Vehicles
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions at all about measuring or sizing, please Contact Us! We cannot guarantee a return if the incorrect size Variocage is chosen without our recommendations.
Step 1 - Measure Your Dog
To properly measure your dog:
A. Measure the length of your dog, from the tip of the nose to the rump or base of the tail, then add 3 inches to the measurement. The calculated length should be at or shorter than the Variocage's max length.
B. Measure the height of your dog, from floor to the top of the withers (high spot on the back above the shoulders), then add 3 inches to the measurement. The calculated height should be at or shorter than the Variocage's height.
It is important to measure your dog first before measuring your vehicle. Proper fit for your dog is vital to your dog’s comfort and safety. Here are some helpful hints when measuring your dog for a Variocage.
- Hold the measuring tape in one hand and place the free end at the front edge of your dog's nose pulling it straight back to the base of his tail. This will give you the length measurement for your dog. You will need to add Three (3) inches to allow the dog room to turn around in the cage.
- Place the tape at the top of the shoulder and measure down to the floor to get a proper height measurement. Add Three (3) inches to give the dog plenty of room if he wants to stand up.
- Be sure to estimate your dog's adult size if you order his crate while he is still growing. You can check his breed standard to get an estimate of what size he will reach at maturity to make sure your crate is large enough.
- Proper measuring will assure that your pet can comfortably stand, sit, turn around, and lie down in his cage. You can always add a divider panel in the MIM Safe Variocage Double if necessary, and reserve the remaining space until your pet grows into it.
- As a general rule, if you're not sure which size to select, choose a larger size. It is OK to go size a Variocage 1 size larger in almost all cases.
- The bars are spaced in the Variocage according to the breed size that typically fit in a specific Variocage Model. For example, our smallest MiniMax Variocage is suitable for small toy breed dogs but it can also be used to transport cats safely.
Step 2 - Measure Your Vehicle
The MIM Variocage is suitable for use in Station Wagons, Crossovers, Minivans, Vans, and SUV's. The Variocage is also angled towards the top on both the front and the back of the cage and is adjustable in length so it can fit in a variety of vehicles. The slope of the front and back of the cage is approximately the same as the slope of the backseat of most vehicles.
The roof of the cage is shorter in length than the floor in consideration of the angle of the back seat, as well as the angle of the rear entryway door. Measuring length as indicated above will provide for a proper fit in almost all suitable vehicles. The roof of the cage is also narrower in width than the floor to allow for a proper fit in almost all suitable vehicles.
Proper Technique for Measuring Your Vehicle
Check to see if your car has a raised sill at the rear cargo entrance. If the sill is raised, you should put something flat under the cage so its doors can open correctly. We recommend rigid foam board insulation to minimize interference with your car’s crumple zone. The floor of the cargo area should be flat.
- (A) Measure the narrowest usable area across the floor of the cargo area where you would position the crate (Note: The narrowest usable area is often between the rear wheel wells or at the bottom of the cargo door entrance.)
- (B) Measure the usable length of the cargo floor from the back seat to the door sill (Note: The front & back of the cage are angled. Total cage length is approximately 12˝ narrower at the top.)
- (C) Measure the height from the cargo floor to the lowest point at the top of the cargo door entrance (Note: Be sure to measure the shortest point which is often at the sides of the cargo entrance not in the middle.)
You may also use the manufacturer's Vehicle configurator below.
This vehicle configurator is based on European model vehicles which may differ slightly than American car models. Very few American vehicle models are included. You may use this configurator as a point of reference, however we absolutely recommend you double check the measurements of your vehicle to find the best sized Variocage.
Complete Variocage Dimensions
- 2 Dogs without a Divider in a Double or 1 Dog in a Double without the Divider provides more room for the dog(s) in some cases.
- For safety reasons, Foam Board Insulation may be recommended for use to raise the cage a few inches … or to support the cage across a floor gap.
We NEVER recommend traveling with a Variocage installed improperly.
- The 2nd row rear seats must be in the upright position and the Variocage placed against the rear seat.
- The Back End of the Variocage must be placed up against the rear seat.
- We can explain the Crash Engineering Principles behind our cages and will explain the importance and safety of a proper installation if you call us.
Questions & Answers
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What makes the MIM Safe Variocage the safest animal transport cage on the market?
Will the MIM Safe Variocage fit in my vehicle?
The MIM Safe Variocage is suitable for use in Station Wagons, Minivans, and SUV's. The Variocage design, features and adjustable length allow it to fit in most suitable vehicles.
The Variocage is angled to match the slope of the back seat and the slope of the rear cargo door. The roof of the crate is also narrower in width than the floor. These features allow for a proper fit in almost all suitable vehicles.
You may also use the manufacturer's Vehicle Fit Guide: MIM Vehicle Fit Guide. However please be aware that the manufacturer's guide is based on European vehicle models which may differ than American car models. Please Contact Us if you are unsure of the best way to measure.
How can I choose a Variocage that is the correct size for the safe transport of my dog?
There should be enough room for your dog to be able to stand-up in the cage. There should also be just a few inches of clearance from the base of the tail (not the tip of the tail) to end of the cage. These clearances are perfectly normal for the Variocage when used for safe transport of your dog.
Oversized is NOT better, especially when it comes to safety. The Variocage should be just large enough for your dog to walk into the Variocage, turn around, and comfortably lay down facing towards the back cargo door. This is the absolute safest position for your dog in the event of a collision. In fact, the design of the Variocage tends to contribute to the dog relaxing and lying down while in motion. This keeps your dog calmer and contributes to their safety as well.
A properly installed Variocage of the correct size offers the best protection available on the market for safe transport of your dog as well as all human occupants in your vehicle.
To assure a proper fit, please use the link below to see the measuring guide on our website. The detailed instructions will provide you with information on how to properly measure your dog and your vehicle for a Variocage.
When measuring your dog, please remember that the Variocage is a transport cage and it is not a kennel. Transport cages serve a specific application and therefore have specific requirements. A kennel is not designed for the safe transport of your dog.
Professional handlers typically use the correct size cage based on the measuring instructions found here on our website for transporting their dog.
There may be instances when the size of your dog and/or your vehicle may require you to make certain exceptions to the recommendations made above.
Large dogs that exceed the maximum length of the cage may require the use of a Double Variocage versus a Single Variocage, even when traveling alone. The width of a Double Variocage will provide them with the room they require that the length of the cage cannot. Restrictions on the length of the Variocage imposed by your vehicle may also require the use of a Double Variocage to allow enough room for your dog.
Typically, we do not recommend putting a single dog in a larger oversize cage. A larger transport cage is not necessarily as safe for the dog and is not desirable from a safety perspective. However, you can transport several smaller dogs in a larger Variocage as long as they are always traveling together.
How do I calculate the inside dimensions for a Variocage model I am interested in purchasing?
To get the interior dimensions, you deduct from the outside dimensions by:
Height: 0.60 in
Width: 1.96 in
Depth: 2.36 in
What is the correct way to install the MIM Safe Variocage in my vehicle?
MIM Safe Variocage is designed for placement behind the rear seat (or a barrier similar to it) with the sidebars traveling in the direction of the car. This placement allows the cage to work with the car's crumple zones in the event of a crash.
The Variocage is safest mounted level on a flat surface secured to the floor in your vehicle. It is important to use the straps provided with the Variocage to secure it to the tie-down hooks in your vehicle. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly.
Proper use of the Variocage relies on the crumple zone protection designed in to your vehicle and the Variocage. For best safety and by design, the Variocage must be facing lengthwise in the vehicle for maximum protection of both your dog and human occupants. Please make sure you measure your vehicle with this placement and positioning of the Variocage in mind.
Why is it recommended that the cage be up against a rear seat-back when installed in a vehicle?
MIM Safe Variocage is designed for installation behind the rear seat for added support in the event of a crash. The back seat and the resistance it provides play a critical role in the crumple zone of the Variocage. There are also tie-down straps that come with the cage to keep it secured to your vehicle's tie-down points. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly. If the rear seat is folded down or removed, and only the tie-down straps are used to keep the cage in position, it can present a danger to both your dog and human occupants in the event of a severe impact.
Can the cage be installed anywhere else in a vehicle other than behind the rear seat?
MIM Safe Variocage offers the best protection in the event of an impact or rollover when properly installed and secured to the floor behind the rear seat of your vehicle. There are several reasons for this which are outlined here:
In most vehicles, there is a protective plate that covers most of the width and height of the rear seat. This plate is designed to prevent penetration into the rear seating area by the corners of hard or sharp objects being transported in the cargo area thereby helping to protect occupants from serious harm or injury.
The front seats in most vehicles do not have a protective plate. They only have a frame. The frame is designed to withstand impacts but not penetrations by hard or sharp objects. In fact, putting a plate in a front seat might cause damage to rear seat occupants if they were to contact the plate with a body part or their head. The front seat typically allows for some cushioning for human occupants during impact yet still serves to protect front seat occupants from serious harm or injury.
Placing any cage on top of a folded seat that does not fold completely flat into the floor can be hazardous. Any elevated position above the floor increases the risk of penetrating a seat with the base or lower corner of the cage. This position can also apply more force against the upper portion of the front seat, causing it to break. Also, if it is not secured properly to the floor, the cage is more likely to become a projectile in your vehicle placing all human occupants as well as your dog at risk of serious harm or fatal injury.
If you do place a cage behind your front seat, please bear in mind that you are compromising safety when using this location. If you decide to put a cage in this position, please understand you do so at your own risk. MIM Safe Variocage cannot recommend this installation. The cage must be placed up against the rear seat and secured to the floor for the best possible result in the event of a crash.
MIM Safe Variocage has not tested cages for crash protection when placed sideways in a vehicle and properly secured to a floor. Therefore, MIM Safe Variocage cannot recommend this placement since no test data is available for this type of installation.
Placing a cage on a rear seat is never recommended. The cage cannot be properly secured in this location and it places the cage at an unsafe height in the vehicle. MIM Safe Variocage does not recommend this installation in a vehicle.
What if I have a Minivan or SUV with 2nd row captain's chairs?
MIM Safe Variocage can be installed in a Minivan or SUV with the 3rd row seats folded down or removed. The 2nd row captain's chairs would then act as the rear seat. This should work even if there is a gap between the Two (2) Seats. Please make sure the MIM Safe Variocage is strapped down properly to the anchor points in your vehicle and that you have support from the 2nd row seats for the cage.
Why are the outer poles on the front of the crates shorter than the rest?
The reason for the outer tubes being shorter is to prevent the door from getting caught in the rear entryway opening and to allow the MIM Safe Variocage door to open all the way.
Can I carry two (2) dogs in a double cage and keep them separated from each other?
MIM Safe Variocage includes a removable divider with all Double cages. The divider is adjustable and will partition the cage so you can travel safely with two (2) dogs, one on each side. Also, when traveling with one dog, the other side can be used for luggage, groceries, supplies, and materials storage. In the event of a crash, these objects will be contained and not present a hazard to occupants in the vehicle.
Can I carry more than two (2) dogs in a double cage and is it safe?
MIM Safe Variocage Double Models have only been tested with Two (2) dog dummies. However, if you have several smaller dogs you can transport them if they are all small enough to fit together comfortably in a larger MIM Safe Variocage.
Transporting Two (2) smaller dogs in a larger cage is better than putting One (1) smaller dog in a larger cage. However, if you put a small breed in a Double XXL Cage by itself, and have a crash, the potential for harm is greater. A single dog in a smaller cage is better than a single dog in a larger cage.
Can I use a Double Variocage without the divider to allow more room for a large dog?
Yes. The dog can travel “sideways” in the cage. Owners of larger dogs have purchased Double Cages for big dogs requiring more room. In these cases, they take the divider out. Examples of this would be a large German Shepherd or a Rottweiler.
Are there any breeds you do not recommend putting in the MIM Safe Variocage?
MIM Safe Variocage Single, Double and Compact have not been designed for the very, very small breeds. These dogs are so small that the head of the animal may get stuck between the tubes. This can be a potential cause of injury for the very, very small breeds.
For smaller dogs, as well as cats, we recommend the MIM Safe Variocage MiniMax, which has smaller openings between the bars. The MIM Safe Variocage MiniMax will properly accommodate smaller breeds as well as cats while keeping them safe and secure.
What type of steel is used to make the Variocage?
The type of steel used is ASTM A366. There are a variety of dimensions used throughout the MIM Safe Variocage. The tubes are either 14 or 19 mm in diameter with a thickness of 1.0 mm. The flat steel used for the top and bottom sections have a thickness of 0.7 mm.
Do I need to use the straps that are provided with the Variocage?
Yes! Please make sure the MIM Safe Variocage is strapped down properly to the anchor points in your vehicle behind the 2nd row seats using the supplied straps shipped with your cage. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly.
Can the Variocage be used in a Pickup Truck?
Yes, if installed properly, the Variocage can be used in a pickup truck. You must place the Variocage in the bed of the pickup with the back of the cage against the rear of the driver / passenger cabin. The Variocage must be in this position in order to get proper support. This principle is the same as placing the Variocage against a rear seat for support in order to assure the crumple zone of the Variocage will work as designed.
Can the Variocage be used in a RV or Mobile Home?
Normally an RV is a vehicle with all sorts of solutions of the interior design. Ideally we would like to place a Variocage behind something rigid like a wall or rigid seat (driving direction is forward in his case). Unfortunately, most things inside an RV are not rigid in a crash.
So then we have the choice of restraining it for it to not be too loose for normal driving. This would require screwing load hook rings or the use of something else inside to restrain it to the chosen positions. Then maybe reinforce it further with what can be used without limiting something else inside the RV. Straps to and around a top side tube end or similar would improve the restraining.
Direction is not so important, there would never be a “rear end crash” that would need to use the deformability function of the Variocage as there is so much room. Placing it sideways is ok and probably improves the possibility to find a good spot as it can be adjusted in length to optimize the space available.
Basically, because crash testing was not performed with an RV, we cannot guarantee that there is a safest way or place to put the cage in an RV. But our engineers cannot think of any other crate out there that could work better than a Variocage in an RV. A custom built crate with rigid attachments would POSSIBLY be a better choice, but even that is uncertain. It all depends on where it can be placed inside the RV.
>One of the steps in the Variocage assembly manual is putting "soft material" 20mm underneath the kennel before you place it in the cargo area. What would you recommend for this "soft material"?
We only recommend this if there is a threshold that is higher than the floor to take in consideration. Then having something under the cage to allow the doors to open is necessary.
Otherwise there is no safety necessity to place anything underneath the cage.
However, anything placed on the carpeted cargo floor over time may cause some chaffing or wear after a period of time. Something like a rubber WeatherTech Cargo Mat under the Variocage can help protect the carpets. Foam or an Anti-Fatigue Mat would work extremely well for this application.
It is not a safety issue, but more something that helps customers who are particular about their cars, keep the interior nice.
Variocage Assembly Guides
- MIM Variocage Single Assembly Guide
- MIM Variocage Double Assembly Guide
- MIM Variocage MiniMax Assembly Guide
- MIM Variocage Compact Assembly Guide
- MIM Variogate Assembly Guide
Variocage Double Assembly Video
Variocage Double Mounting Video
Variocage Single Assembly Video
Variocage Single Mounting Video
Video Demonstration on Adjusting the Depth of your Variocage
Adjusting the Top of your MIM Variocage
Step One: Measure the distance between the top panel seam and top panel leading edge (Diagram #1 – Measurement (A)) .
Step Two: Measure the distance between the opposite top panel seam and top panel leading edge (Diagram #1 – Measurement (B)).
Step Three: If Measurement (A) equals Measurement (B), no further adjustment is needed. If Measurement (B) does not equal Measurement (A), adjust Measurement (B) until it equals Measurement (A). To do so, loosen the black knobs on top of cage and adjust until Measurement (A) matches Measurement (B). Once Measurement (A) and Measurement (B) are equal, re-tighten black knobs.
Please Note: If your cage rattles, you will need to compress the top of the cage. To do so, loosen the black knobs on the top of the cage, compress the top of the cage 1/8” to 1/4”, and retighten knobs. Make sure you follow the three steps above after you make this adjustment to ensure Measurement (A) and Measurement (B) are equal.
Adjusting the Bottom of your MIM Variocage
Step Four: Measure the distance between the floor panel seam and the outside leading edge on the left side of the cage (Diagram #2).
Step Five: Measure the distance between the floor panel seam and the outside leading edge on the right side of the cage.
Step Six: If this measurement on the left and right side of the cage are equal, no further adjustment is necessary. If this measurement is NOT the same on the left and right side of the cage, adjust until this measurement is equal on both sides. To do so, loosen the black knobs on both sides of the cage and adjust until both sides are equal. Once both sides are equal, re-tighten black knobs.
MIM (MM) - Ships FedEx Ground from FORT WORTH, TX
- Note on Shipping*: All Variocages are shipped with Signatures Required. To opt out of a required signature please make a note in your order.
- Ships within 1-2 business day
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Freight Shipping Information
There is often confusion about how freight works and how lift gate deliveries work. Freight is used when shipments are 120 lb+ or for oversized equipment. Our standard Free Shipping option for freight delivery includes delivery to a Commercial Address and does NOT include a liftgate. If your order is to be shipped freight, you will have the option to specify whether the item will be delivered to a Residential or Commercial address. If there is no option for Residential or Commercial delivery, then the cost of this is included in the price.
We also recommend adding the optional Liftgate for all Residential deliveries, and any commercial locations without a loading dock.
- Freight Delivery Location - This option specifies whether the delivery location is a Residential or Commercial address.
- Residential - The fact that a business is being operated from a location does not qualify it as a commercial address. Any business being operated from a home, apartment, or other dwelling where people live on the premises is considered to be a residential address. Our freight carrier will contact you to make an appointment before delivery is attempted to a residential address. Residential delivery does NOT include a Liftgate. Liftgates are a separate option.
- Commercial - These addresses are those defined by our freight carriers and/or zoned by local municipalities as commercial sites. Typically these addresses are zoned as commercial real estate. Most commercial sites have tractor-trailer access and a loading dock.
- Freight Liftgate - A lift gate is just a hydraulic lift that is attached to the back of a truck that can lower freight to ground level.
Freight carriers prevent their drivers from assisting with the unloading of heavy equipment other than using a liftgate to ground level. We highly recommend any delivery address without a loading dock, select this option. However, please know that for certain very long items, such as Kennels over 6' in length, a Liftgate will not be able to bring the entire order down to ground level. Please have the necessary manpower available to receive your items with limited delay to the driver.
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- Multiple warehouse locations nationwide to ensure faster shipping times
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