I have never traveled with (all three) dogs before, and I am trying to decide if I want to make the trip to Tampa in August. My vehicle is a small extra-cab truck, so that is out. I was considering renting a small SUV, but my main concern was whether or not to keep the dogs in a kennel while on the road. Basically I need some help from those who have traveled with their dogs as far as how to prepare, lodging, etc. I could rent a large van for a little less than the SUV, gas mileage would be a bit worse, but I wouldn't mind paying a little more if it made the trip more comfortable for me and the pooches! Thanks!