There are many times at trials, and during rest stops on the way to and from trials, that is convenient to leave your dogs in the car. But until now, for the sake of security, the only ventilation you could provide for them is leaving the windows cracked open. The Ventlock Tailgate Lock allows more ventilation into your vehicle while at the same time keeping your door locked. Ventlocks work by fixing the rear door or tailgate in a semi-open position. Combined with a front window open just an inch or two, you'll have free-flowing air just where the dogs need it most—on their noses at the back of the vehicle. It takes only a few seconds to fit or remove the Ventlock, and the car can be locked in the normal way, using either the key or keyless locking device. Best of all, the Ventlock fits 99% of estate cars, hatchbacks, vans, and 4-wheel drive vehicles fitted with a rear door. The Ventlock is made from steel and then coated with a tough polymer-based epoxy polyester finish or durable nickel coating. It is incredibly strong and is made to withstand years of hard use. Takes only seconds to fit or remove.
Important Note: As dog owners ourselves, we feel duty bound to say that whatever method of ventilation or protection against sunlight you use, there can be no substitute for checking your dog on a regular basis. We recommend that you do not leave pets unattended for long periods in a parked vehicle in direct sunlight. The Ventlock is not suitable for use when the vehicle is moving or when the engine is running.
What size Ventlock do you need? Click on the Sizing tab above for instructions on how to measure and choose the appropriate size.
If the Ventlock fits your vehicle, then all the sizes are available to you. There are no special sizes for different cars. If one fits, they will all fit. The choice is simply how big an opening you would like for your dogs. Ask yourself one or two basic questions before you make a decision:
- Are your dogs in a secure crate? If they are, you can have as big a gap with as much ventilation as you like.
- If your dogs are not in a secure crate, then you need to choose a Ventlock that will not let your dog get out through the opening.
A very simple test is to put your dogs in the car and then open the tailgate to create the size opening you are happy with and then measure that space and order accordingly.
Below are some other guidelines that may help you choose. Many people end up buying two different sizes so they have flexibility for different situations.
- 4": Ideal for uncrated small dogs or in cooler weather. When fitted to the tailgate or one of the rear doors of your vehicle, the amount of ventilation provided by the 4" Ventlock is equal to that achieved by leaving all the windows of the vehicle one-third open. A good choice for the rear door of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
- 6": Useful for uncrated larger dogs left for relatively short periods of time, such as a trip to the grocery store where leaving a window open might attract the attention of the opportunist thief. Along with the 4" model it is also an excellent choice for the rear door of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
- 9": One of our most popular sizes. Good for uncrated medium to large breeds that will be unable to get through a 9" gap. Provides quite a bit more ventilation than the 4" o 6" Ventlock.
- 12": This is probably the largest model Ventlock that you should use if you are not leaving your dogs in crates in the car. Circulates lots of air.
- 18": For those of you who keep your dogs in a secure crate in the vehicle, both the 18" and the 24" Ventlock provide the ultimate way to give your dogs access to free flowing air but have the peace of mind knowing that the tailgate cannot be opened or closed without your consent.
- 24": This is the perfect choice for crated dogs either in conjunction with a reflective space blanket on a hot day or on wet and windy days when there is a real possibility the tailgate may be blown shut.
Will the Ventlock fit my car?
The Ventlock will fit your vehicle if it has a catch or post simliar to anything shown in the photos. It is suitable for use on American and European model automobiles from the following manufacturers: Audi, Acura, Buick, BMW, Cadillac, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Citroen, Daewoo, Diahatsu, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Iahatsu, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, Lada, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Opel, Peugeot, Plymouth, Pontiac, Proton, Renault, Rover, Saab, Saturn, Seat, Skoda, Ssangyong, Subaru, Suzuki, Talbot, Toyota, Vauxhaul, Volkswagen, Volvo, Yugo.
On some vehicles, such as full-size vans, there may be a manual latch on the rear doors to open the vehicle that will be accessible with the Ventlock in place. In this event, the Ventlock will not keep your vehicle secure from others entering it. However, if you frequently crate your dogs in your car at trials, you may still find the Ventlock useful for securing the doors so they don't blow closed on a windy day.
How do I fit the Ventlock and how long does it take?
It takes the average person around 10 seconds to fit or remove a ventlock. No tools are required. Here's how to do it:
- Unwind the threaded hook a few turns and place it over the post or through the catch inside the car.
- Gently screw on the Ventlock until it is firm but not over tight.
- Close the door by pushing the latch mechanism onto the free end of the Ventlock.
- The vehicle can now be locked in the normal way using the key or central locking.
How do I remove the Ventlock?
To remove the Ventlock, unlock the vehicle in the normal way and simply lift the handle or turn the key and gently pull open the door. The Ventlock will automatically be released from the door latch.
It's important to note that unlocking your car will only unlock the Ventlock, it will not release it from the latch. You must lift the door handle to release the Ventlock from its position.
I have an alarm system. Will the Ventlock still work?
The Ventlock works on 99% of manufacturer's central locking and alarm systems, which means that you can use the Ventlock and still lock and alarm the car. However, occasionally, some vehicles (usually those fitted with alarms after the car has been purchased) have sensors that do not allow you to leave any doors open. In this case, you would lock the car with the central locking and the Ventlock in place, but not set the alarm.