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Old 04-28-2023, 06:57 AM   #1
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Tell me if I'm crazy for building a multi use van to bring dogs along

We've sold our 5er and bought a TT for several reasons. One being able to use the proposed van as a traveling kennel when visiting weirdos that don't love dogs .
It could also haul kayaks on the roof and the extra gear that will no longer fit in the smaller storage of a TT.
The dog area will have AC and heat supplied by a roof mounted dual unit that will have an external plug in like any other RV. A small generator will also travel for things like concerts too far away to leave them at home when electric hook ups are not available.
That unit will be able to run on 120 or 30 amp without burning up.
Any suggestions, experience, or guidance will be appreciated.
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Little more details...........

Is the VAN going to be the tow vehicle for the TT?

What van/what TT?

How many dogs?
Crates mounted for travel?

Portable gen or mounted?
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Calling people names B/C they don't feel the same way as YOU about pets is not a very nice first post to be asking questions. Im surprised it hasn't been deleted..
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Tell me if I'm crazy for building a multi use van to bring dogs along

Sounds like a great idea. We travel with dogs and find ourselves skipping some activities since there a places where they canít go. We donít leave them in the motorhome when we leave since they could bark and we arenít those type of dog owners that let our pets impose on other peoples RVíing experience.

My dream setup, if money werenít an option, would be a nice diesel pusher towing a fully outfitted class B van. In concept, exactly what youíre building. Something with a generator and a AC/heat pump to keep them comfortable while we are out.

As for your project, I think youíd want to look at ways to insulate the van to help with the heating or cooling. Also, a remote temperature monitor, probably cell based, so you can get alerts if the temperatures goes outside of a safe range for the dogs.

And to Mr Ted, I think the comment about people who donít like dogs was meant to have a humorous meaning, given the smiley emoji at the end. Many times things in writing donít come off as intended. I applaud the OP for looking for alternatives to traveling safely with his pets and not just stuffing them in the trailer and leaving them to bark all day at camp as well as recognizing there are places where his pets arenít welcome.
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We are looking at to doing the same thing. My wife's Town and Country van isn't big enough now that shes hauling around an Anatolian Shepard and he has gotten to 140 lbs and needs a bigger crate.



She wants a high top van so she can stand and stack more crates in it. Either rear AC or an add on roof top with generator.



Unfortunately used vans are $$$ so we keep looking.
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We considered a similar setup. I could not find a van we liked with enough tow capacity to handle the size trailer we wanted.
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I think a van would make a great tow vehicle. In addition to being dog friendly, you can outfit it with some minimal conveniences to make day trips more comfortable.

The only issue I see is that, in general, vans don't typically have a large tow capacity compared to pickups, but it does seem to have increased over the years.
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Calling people names B/C they don't feel the same way as YOU about pets is not a very nice first post to be asking questions. Im surprised it hasn't been deleted..
At least his included a big smiley emoji () indicating humor
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Calling people names B/C they don't feel the same way as YOU about pets is not a very nice first post to be asking questions. Im surprised it hasn't been deleted..

Aren't we the sensitive type??? World is much worse off with the death of sarcasm.


To the OP - Yup, since you asked , I think you're crazy...


But then again it's your money and I think people should be able to spend their own money however it makes them happy. Have at it. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to engineer a viable solution. Good luck.
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Aren't we the sensitive type??? World is much worse off with the death of sarcasm.


To the OP - Yup, since you asked , I think you're crazy...


But then again it's your money and I think people should be able to spend their own money however it makes them happy. Have at it. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to engineer a viable solution. Good luck.
Sensitive type ? Not at all. I just feel this forum is better then calling strangers "Weirdos" for not liking the same things they do. And yes i am a pet owner and animal lover and wish to apologize to others "since the op wont" for offending anyone who just doesn't feel the same way as he does. Trust me we are NOT all like that...
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Calling people names B/C they don't feel the same way as YOU about pets is not a very nice first post to be asking questions. Im surprised it hasn't been deleted..
Hardly my first post. You forgot the smiley face BTW.
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Little more details...........

Is the VAN going to be the tow vehicle for the TT?

What van/what TT?

How many dogs?
Crates mounted for travel?

Portable gen or mounted?
Yes, it will be the tow vehicle, Chevy G3500 gasser. The TT is a Puma 30RKSS at 8800 GVWR.

Two dogs, crates secured, portable generator if no ac available.

I may decide to keep the dually as the primary tow vehicle and use the van as a daily. I'll have to move the trailer tomorrow for the new owner of the 5er to get it out of our driveway, I'll get the tongue weight of the TT then. The trailer axles weighed 6860 last week at a Cat scale but the place was very busy so I didn't drop the trailer and get back in line. I do have a tongue weight scale.
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Interesting idea. As we are also dog people, go for it!
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