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Keeping The Van Cool?

Cosha
06-05-09, 10:59
Howdy guys and girls!

im forced to take my dog surfing with me this weekend! any tips on how i can keep in the inside of the bus nice and cool for Roxy?

Windows are tinted all the way around and ill leave the front windows opena few inch!

apart from leaving her a cool bowl of water down and her nice bed to kip on anything else i can do?

ill be surfing a hour at a time (ill surf with a watch on i never do that) and come back check on her! and ill give her a run befor i take a dip!

ideas?

Billybus
06-05-09, 11:02
Howdy guys and girls!

im forced to take my dog surfing with me this weekend! any tips on how i can keep in the inside of the bus nice and cool for Roxy?

Windows are tinted all the way around and ill leave the front windows opena few inch!

apart from leaving her a cool bowl of water down and her nice bed to kip on anything else i can do?

ill be surfing a hour at a time (ill surf with a watch on i never do that) and come back check on her! and ill give her a run befor i take a dip!

ideas?

If the temp outside gets hot enough theres not a lot you can do really. :(

Simon m
06-05-09, 11:03
A length of rope & leave the back door open?.

Or a ground anchor & a length of rope on the beach?.

Billybus
06-05-09, 11:12
A length of rope & leave the back door open?.

Or a ground anchor & a length of rope on the beach?.

someone might steal her:eek:

Kieran
06-05-09, 11:14
Better than her dieing in a hot van! :eek:
Wouldnt risk it myself but its your call. Find someone to go with and take turns with her on the beach or something.

chroma andy
06-05-09, 11:16
dogs aren't just for christmas
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team french
06-05-09, 11:22
you can get those fans that go in the top of the windows to let fresh air in(cant remember what they are called, but you just shut the window on them) also window blinds will help keep the temps down better than tints alone id say, get a roll of the foil/bubble wrap insulation and some masking tape as a tempory measure if you dont already have some.

Cosha
06-05-09, 11:25
i dont want to risk it either, hence why i asked if there was anyway i could keep it cool!

Should be ok at first light? like 5.00am

i dont want to put her into kenals either for the weekend!

somone must surf with a dog?

nealglover
06-05-09, 12:11
Silver foil bubble wrap, two layers both silver side out worked a treat for me.

I had them velcro'd onto my windows all last summer and made a massive difference. Did all side and rear windows. And used a wrap around front screen.

slimbo
06-05-09, 12:37
you will have to tread carefully, the rozzers dont like the way animals are sometimes locked in vehicles..

the best way is to use a ground anchor and allow the dog plenty of shade as some will give you a hard time for locking the dog in the van no matter what you do..

Cosha
06-05-09, 12:44
cheers guys, dont get me wrong i know its totaly stupid and wrong to leave a dog in the van all day long with it hot out!

my idea was to get up befor the sun comes up for a few hour surf - will be nice and cool plue my dogs lazy and she will sleep all morning then 10am-4pm ill just be chillin on the beach with her and my mate in the surf - she loves the water that will keep her cool! and then another surf in the laate afternoon when most people have buggered off etc..!

i have No intentions locking her in the middle of the day at noon as that is just plain not fair! nor safe for her!

it will be a weekend trip Friday sat and sunday - hopefuly it will just it down all weekend! A the surf is better B the van will be fresh and cool!

alltorque
06-05-09, 13:23
Take a chest freezer and put her in that:D.

Only joking,plenty of shade and air flow in the van as suggested.

Wouldnt worry too much if she's not locked in between 10-4.

If your giving her water and checking every hour she should be fine.:)

Try and park in the shade(hard on a beach i know!)

:ILU:

Cosha
06-05-09, 13:29
cheers!

ill be at saunton sands nr barnstable (most of you know the place) ill hug the treeline with my van that backs onto the dunes, should give a little cover!

im thinking of getting a big white tarp to go over the van, i remember that white reflects the sun quite well!

Mozzer
06-05-09, 13:48
pop the doggy in kennels for the weekend...the dog will chill out sleep eat and do dog stuuf and you can do as you please surf all day long........:ILU: kennels are pretty cheapA:

Cosha
06-05-09, 14:11
i thought that first, but she was a rescue pup so shes really shy and hates other people (true bitch H:)

so i thought it might just tip her over the edge, she scares quite easy aswell! might sound daft but i left her in the van for half hour and she was ok on the drive she likes the van lol plus she likes the beach

golddust
06-05-09, 14:37
How about fitting a sunroof? Let all the hot air out of the top of the van?

Cosha
06-05-09, 15:46
i guess thats doable!

Merry Monk
06-05-09, 16:14
What about some thing like this?

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38.l1313&_nkw=dog+window+grill&_sacat=See-All-Categories

cabledeck
06-05-09, 19:27
If your vehicle has a tailgate, you can leave that open about 9 inches. T he dog showing people do this all the time. You can get a metal bar that fits into the door catch on the tailgate and also locks onto the car. When you lock the vehicle it locks onto the bar but with the tailgate open to whatever the length of the bar is. Browse through some dog magazines at the newsagents, you may find them advertised in there. Remember that you really need to create a "breeze" through the vehicle. Best of Luck

Cosha
06-05-09, 20:05
Thank you both for the replys! You guys are really helping out with this one!

I just read up that dogs keep cool by takin in water and panting out the heat! I have to keep fresh air movin in the van! Dogs body acts like a heat shrink!

I even thought about a thermo in the van and if it gets over a temp it would set off a 40 second flair but then again i dont want the coast guard to come take my van away lol!

crosser
06-05-09, 20:20
as cabeldeck says if you have a tailgate you can get a bar that allows you to leave it open a few inches to allow the air to flow.

you can get them from justkampers clicky here (http://www.justkampers.com/shop/type_4/type-4-camping-outdoor-accessories/safety-security/tailgate-vent-lock.html)

polosteve
06-05-09, 20:21
If your vehicle has a tailgate, you can leave that open about 9 inches. T he dog showing people do this all the time. You can get a metal bar that fits into the door catch on the tailgate and also locks onto the car. When you lock the vehicle it locks onto the bar but with the tailgate open to whatever the length of the bar is. Browse through some dog magazines at the newsagents, you may find them advertised in there. Remember that you really need to create a "breeze" through the vehicle. Best of Luck


Just campers sell them for tailgate t4's. To be honest I great thing to have dog or no dog, I'm going to buy one. 20 odd quid, cheaper and easier then fitting a sunroof.

I slept in the van for five weeks in france last summer, I just propped the back up with a block of wood... It was hot as hell

cally
06-05-09, 20:42
Yep, Dogs are air cooled like old v-dubs...:D...


They cant sweat, hence the heavy panting in hot weather, if it's early morning shouldnt be a problem...

Just leave both front windows open a few inches...T:...

l34sm
07-05-09, 11:40
Just Kampers do a tailgate bolt, i have one, bit fiddly the first time, but easy to fit, and locks the car. Thn couple this with the front window vent and you will have an airflow through the car. Use silver screens on the sunny side

spanner monkey
07-05-09, 12:07
Firstglass in bournemouth can fit sunroofs for around the 200 quid mark either in the cab or back roof area- getting mine done soon.

nic 1084
08-05-09, 15:40
I go away with my two dogs quite often..

If they are going to be in van for any length of time, create your own shade... get a tarp or army poncho then go down to nearest tent showroom and scrounge spare awning poles ( mine cost 3 per pair).... must ensure gap between roof of van and cover... you can always use a pillow on the roof as a high spot to get the gap.


once the sun is off the vehicle and there is a draft through, theres no problem.:D

if you can, leave a note in the window stating that the dogs have water, are regularily checked and a mobile number for emergency contact in the window so if the old bill or Mr/Mrs 'honest i know all about animals even though i havent got one' :*comes moaning they can contact you.

just dan
08-05-09, 15:47
all of these sound like good idea's i reckon the best bet is a fully opening sun roof i lived in a caravan for a while opening windows was nice but to really let the heat out open the roof vent the heat shoots out. obvioulsy if you couple this with the other idea's to you should be pretty safe.

polosteve
09-05-09, 20:11
Fiamma roof vent in my sisters van, cost 35 from cak tanks. Fitted in an afternoon, measure twice cut once :eek:

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8858/cimg1672dr6.jpg

From the outside -

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/9822/cimg1668lx7.jpg

cleveley
09-05-09, 21:03
Last summer we decided to return our dog to the van while we packed up as she is a bit lively & was really hot from running around. It was actually cold in the van compared with the outside temperature: van parked in the shade, 12v fan running, windows open as far as those plastic vents will allow, silver screens and huge bowl as well as sink filled with water..........but someone thought they knew best and complained!! Just shows that your weekend could be ruined regardless of your efforts.

By asking for advice, I'm sure you're not likely to leave your dog if you have any doubt about the temperature. Just be careful not to lose track of time as I know someone who left it too late as the dog had spilled all the water :(

The only other thing you could do depending on your dogs temperament is surf where there are lifeguards and see if they would keep an eye that your dog doesn't decide to go for walkies. We use one of these for shade but wouldn't leave our dog unattended as she would bark persistently

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/products-pictures/asset_15007236.jpg

Hope it pours all weekend for you and you and doggy have a great time!

koolskool
14-06-09, 20:38
Ive fitted a flettner wind powered rotary air vent on the roof of my T4 and it's great at extracting air from the van. It works better at the seaside with the sea breeze. with the vent there is absoloutely no steaming up of the windows in the mornings after sleepin all night with the windows shut...recommended, and obviously they dont use ellecy..bonus!:)

Mad Aly
14-06-09, 21:11
I use thermal screens to keep the sun out, Always park where it is going to be shady , if not create your own shade if you are going early morning shouldnt be a problem. my dogs are with me everyday in the van but only in the morning in the summer, in the heat having the windows opened a few inches is useless . Temp outside can be 20 dec but inside can reach 40+ .

I have had one of these fitted in my Van (the sliding door one) when I leave them it is locked with a padlock and I leave the sliding door opened I don't have central locking

http://www.dogcages.net/Gallery.htm.

Aly

stigletti
15-06-09, 12:33
If you installed a roof vent and opened it fully and then opened all the windows a little then you would get a through draught. I designed some security bars from my little rear windows so those can be open fully and then filver screens on all windows too. If you have a heater that you can set to 'fan' that would also help. ALso take doggy for a swim just before you leave him/her. This is what I do and mine is happy as larry :)