Dog temperature control

Looking for tips on what people have found with temperature control to make the environment habitable for dogs. I have a little fluffy dude and I may leave him (not for extended periods) in the van and wanted to know if any of you guys have experience making sure the dog would be OK and not cook.

The MaxxAir seems to come highly recommended, and I will get that if I need, but honestly I would prefer not to spend quite that much. I am also concerned about the solar panel (200watt) in the UK’s not incredible amount of sun, and if it could reliably run it?

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Greetings!

Let’s start by asking what type of van you have, a cargo van, or a window van with lots of opening windows in the back?

If you have a window van, you can get a 10" O2Cool 12v fan at Walmart for under $20, and crack your front windows, and open a back window and place the fan in it blowing outwards to draw air through the whole van. Much more effective than even 2 roof vents.

If you have a cargo van, basically you’re screwed. Even with two expensive roof vents, you’re only going to cool maybe the top foot of the van just a little bit. Cracking the front windows can help a little, but it will never compare to the ventilation available in a window van.

Your first choice should be to only park in the shade, never in the sun. In the shade, your van shouldn’t heat up to any more than the outside temperature. In the sun, it doesn’t take long for the van to heat up to 50°f+ hotter than the outside temperature.

Also available are cooling wraps & bandannas for dogs:

And cooling pads for dogs:

Similar things are also available for us people, plus there are also 12v heating & cooling seat pads and blankets available.

Finally, if you need to keep the whole van cool while camped out inside without the engine running, 12v swamp coolers work great and require very little power. In the desert, direct swamp coolers work best, in humid areas, indirect swamp coolers work the best. With my indirect swamp cooler, I can lower the inside temp to about 50°f below the outside temperature, and lower the humidity level by up to 70%. My home built swamp cooler draws under 2 amps @ 12v DC. It sits inside, in front of an open window, plugs into a cigarette/accessory plug, and has 3 speeds. On low, it draws under 1 amp, which is enough to maintain a comfortable temperature even when parked in direct sunlight. You do need your front window down about half way, so it could potentially be a security concern.

Cheers!


"The money to live comfortably is the best medicine in the world." ~ Road_Money


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Hi, thanks for the response :slight_smile:
It is a windowed van, but only the front windows roll down though the back opens on (not sure what they are called) clips that hold both side windows sat open to a few inches. Do you think it could be possible to work with that? Sounds like a good option.
The swamp cooler also sounds like it’s worth investigating, doggo has cooler bandana a cooling pad again a good shout, thanks again :grinning:

Greetings!

Tip open windows work fine. Mine tip out at the bottom, so I put my 10" fan on the ledge created by the open window, and then have a suction cup near the top of the window that I fasten the handle too.

Just depending on your van, a 6" clip on fan might be a better fit. They won’t move as much air, but they may be handier to mount. On occasion, I have hung a small L shaped shelf bracket from a suction cup on the window, then attached a clip on fan to the shelf bracket. Other times I was able to hang the fan directly from the suction cup. Depends on the fan and the suction cup…

Cheers!


"The money to live comfortably is the best medicine in the world." ~ Road_Money


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I’ve seen some tips from a caravan people before: Park in a shade, cover windows that are in sun side with (reflecting) material and open shade side windows partially.

At least for some vans there are window vents (example: https://www.thecampercoshop.com/reimo-hulsberg-mercedes-vito-2014-window-air-vent-grills ) - I think it would not be that hard to make one that fits your van.

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Greetings!

Wow, those are spendy! I just got these and made my own:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Amerimax-Snap-In-Gutter-Filter-PVC-Gutter-Screen-6-5-in-x-3-ft/50040808

Cheers!


"Time used wisely earns money, friendships, and happiness,
but time wasted can't buy anything but misery." ~ Travlin' Tom


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Cheers guys, going with the window fan option, bought one to try out but waiting for me to get further in the build to finalise which fan I am using. At least I know what I am aiming for now :slight_smile: