Dog Transport Box
The Dog Transport Box
When I got to take over my last two dogs, females Nala and Lily, I realized I needed a better transport for the dogs. First I had a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi with cages inside, but I believed the ventilation to be insufficient. Therefore I changed car to a Volkswagen Transporter with a flatbed instead. Then we started building a transport box to go on the flatbed.
To begin with, we have no experience of dog boxes what so ever. The construction therefore contains errors and many things we could have solved more efficiently in another way to get a less heavy box. But here it comes!
First we measured the flatbed and distributed the measurements to legally fit 6 boxes. Then we bought outdoor plywood, studs (45 x 45 mm) and styrofoam. I wanted the box to be fully insulated to keep the dogs warm if they sleep in it over night when we're on training camps or competitions. Another reason was that I want the dogs to have as little amount of traffic noise as they possibly can when we're on the road.
Then we started off by building the bottom of the box, studding it for making the walls of the boxes above the floor board.
After putting the floor board on, we studded the edges of the boxes and also put up vertical studs for the outer walls. Our plan was building the box "bottom-up" and "inside-out". The inner walls are not insulated, because I want the heat from the dogs to be able to spread from box to box.
One important thing to remember is that by Swedish regulations, it's not allowed to have sharp things sticking out inside the boxes. Hence, you need to use screws with round heads and so on.
Following our "bottom-up" plan we ended with building the inner roof board and then studding and insulating it with styrofoam.
We then started putting the outer board on. To ensure the measurements to be correct we first put the board on, drilled holes in the corners of the openings for the doors. Then we took a saw and cut around the edges of the studs.
We put a thin, narrow board under the last roof boards. This was placed in the middle of the roof, allowing a small slant towards the edges of the boards so water doesn't stay on the roof but runs off.
I then painted the box a glossy black color and we lifted it onto the flatbed.
Now we started adding metallic details to make the box durable. All the edges were dressed with galvanized iron and also the threshold of the door openings.
We fastened the box to the flatbed with ex-center fasteners made for dropsides of trailers.
For the doors I made my own design and then had my man welding it all together. I bought perforated sheet metal, clipped into pieces of 30 by 35 cm. To make them steady and durable we welded ledges of metal as a frame around it. Finally we welded hinges and ex-center fasteners on them. I also spray painted them with a silver color.