Leaving a Dog in the Van - Ventilation ideas?

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  1. Wissel

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    I'm about to tear my van apart to refit, but I've started thinking about the times my Dog is left in the van by himself. Ventilation specifically.

    It's his favourite place to be and the only time he likes being by himself, but of course I want him as comfortable as possible.

    So I'm in need of inspiration. Any great ideas guys? :)

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    We've never really found it to be a problem, except in really hot weather. We park in the shade but have found that roof vents open and blinds down keep the inside fairly comfy. Two vents so there can be a through draft if possible seem to work...
     
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    That's exactly what I've done up until now, but I've also come back to a wet van after an impromptu downpour :D2

    I'd like to try and avoid this, so if someone does gave a brainwave...
     
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    We leave one vent (big one) over the lounge area open an inch or two so won't normally let any rain in. The Fiamma turbovent over the bed is set to draw out air so a good circulation with the hotter air high up being sucked out. Thermal blinds closed on all sun side windows. If very hot there is another wall mounted fan above where they usually lie.
    Temperature measurements show it remains cooler than the outside temperature for hours.
     
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    Fit a Fantastic vent they shift a lot of air for quite a small current draw. Our daughters dog sometime comes in our van if its hot her favourite place is on the floor under the Fantastic vent, with the fan blowing down on her.
     
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    We’ve got one of those American fantastic vent fans. Its at the front bit of the hab, ceiling. We open the rear roof light and switch it on. It really cools the inside down . If we are in we open the windows a notch on the back doors and it’s even cooler.
    Plus we pull up the thermal blinds on the windows and put the silver screen on. We’ve got a thermometer in the van and it has not reached any uncomfortable temperatures , it’s always a lot cooler in than out .
    Busters fine left for a few hours in the van , and at home .
     
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    you can get a criss cross pattern collasable vent that fits wind up windows . cant remember where i got mine . had it for years . a good pet shop or perhaps the vets will know where to get one ,or two.
     
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    Thanks Reallyretired.

    Cheers Alan :)
    I have those already for when we are all sat in the van (so front windows can be open but dog safe), but they are not strong enough to be left in while away from the van (you've met my dog). Thanks though.


    Thanks for that Lenny and Ralph-n-Bev :)

    That does look a good solution. From a quick search it seems to fit the same 40 x 40cm hole I'd have from removing one of my Mini Heki's, which is a bonus.

    I see they sell a version with rain sensor that shuts the room automatically. This would solve the scenario of a sudden downpour when away from the van. Does this work well?

    I see this model is around £350 which seems reasonable.

    I'll do a bit more research on this, is there anything about it you don't like?

    Anyone else have any suggestions?
     
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    A cheaper alternative to the Fantastic fan is an Endless Breeze. Brilliant 12 volt fans and dogs love them.
    Coupled with an open vent they should achieve what you want.
     
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    Only had the standard ones so don't know how good the rain sensor one is.
     
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    Thanks Figaro, read a lot of good things about that fan. I also like the O2 COOL, which is similar, bur rechargeable.
    I think I'd prefer a fitted solution for ease so I can just switch it on instead of having to plug it in etc. But may get something like this in the future to use sitting outside the van :)
     
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    Thanks Lenny. Is it quiet enough to be left on a low setting overnight, would you say?
     
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    We use the fiamma turbovent at night. On low speed it is very quiet. We also carry a large fan which we use outside under the awning when its very hot. More for us than the dogs though. Dogs only have sweat glands on their feet apparently which is why they can suffer so much from heat and why a fan is less effective for them.
    When we're parked in the mh and it' hot the dogs go underneath where it is cool.
     
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    Yes fine on the low setting often use ours at night if it's over 30°, they have an adjustable thermocouple so once the van is cool they turn off.
    Don't be tempted with the Fiamma may be a lot cheaper but doesn't shifts anything like the quantity of air.
     
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    Cheers CCC, I'll do a little more research on the Maxxfan when I've had a few coffee's :)

    Thanks Lenny, take it you have had the Fiamma in the past?

    Good to hear the Fantastic vent is quiet enough to use at night.
     
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    No good if you're not there and have a daft dog.
    Leaves the van open to scroats entering or even stealing your pooch.
    Fine if you have a vicious dog though.
     
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    The current van has a Fantastic vent in the bedroom & not enough space to fit another one above the lounge so I fitted a Fiamma Turbo vent in the main roof light. No comparision in performance I nearly returned the Fiamma it was so naff but decided anything was better than nothing.
     
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