Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Maiden Voyage



The new van was finally ready for her maiden voyage part 2 (Stephen had already gotten to drive his dogs around while I was stuck at a board meeting yesterday). This van is so much bigger...... longer and wider. There is so much room! And it drives so smooth.





Stephen had finished installing wooden walls and insulation. It looks very professional. Great job, Snookums.






Greyhound decals have been applied.






And my favorite bumper sticker of all time........






You can get one of your own at Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue. Click here and scroll down. The look on passerby faces is totally worth $2. They either laugh, make a face, or hurry their kids past.


I think the old, white van was jealous. It conveniently refused to start today and now I am going to have to use the new van to pick up chicken backs on its third day of official service. Can't it just stay clean for a little while?

13 comments:

Maria Peters said...

Way cool!

How do you anchor the crates?

BrittBeah said...

Dude thanks for posting the link for the bumper sticker. I've been looking for it forever.
The van looks like a chariot for hounds :)

Stephen said...

Maria - Stick a greyhound in it!! =-)

The front crate has a brace to keep it from shifting forward into the seats. There's nothing in the back. Besides, this van is driven as if it's pulling horses not turning 9 second blasts on the quarter mile dragstrip.

cheshirecattat said...

What size crates do you use and how many do you have in there?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

In both vans, we were able to get 5 crates into each - 3 accessible from the side door and 2 facing the out the back doors. Four of the crates are 36"L x 24"W x 27"H and the 5th crate is a dicountinued variety that I love (Thanks for giving it to me when I adopted Travis, Pam!). That crate is probably 42"L x 24W" X 30"H. If anyone knows of such a crate, I would love to know. Its a little taller and longer, but still the same width. I find that the newer crates designed for vans are long and tall, but they are a pathetic 21" W, I think. Since my guys are lying down most of the time, I figure they would prefer to have the width. The crates are smaller than I use at home, but they work well for travel. In the newer van I have extra space, so I could probably handle a larger crate or 2.

Jen

Zan said...

Wow!! The new van looks great!!

cheshirecattat said...

Thanks for the crate info...my friend just added a fourth large dog and is thinking about going the cargo van route...we were looking forward to seeing your van completed!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

CCat if you have any more questions or want more pictures, feel free to email me from my website. Cargo vans really are the way to go. The best part is the lack of windows. It takes some getting used to, but you can park the dogs on a warm day. Crack the windows and run a small fan from the lighter and the dang thing stays comfortable.

Jen

Sientay L said...

Very nice! I'm sure all the hounds are loving their new ride.

Sientay L said...

I saw some crates that are 42Lx28W x30H and some that are 42Lx26W x30H at petedge.com. Are those too wide?

Addie said...

A most excellent conveyance! My dogs are jealous, since they ride crammed up in the back of the Cherokee. If they could talk, they'd probably say, "This car sucks". :-)

GREAT bumper sticker!

Addie

Pam said...

I think the crate I gave you is only 23" wide... We have two of them permanently located in the back of our big van.

I LOVE those crates and actually went Googling recently to see if there is anything similar. NOT. The best I could find was 26" wide.

I have two of the newer "side-by-side" crates that are only 21" wide. They suck. Not only is 21" too narrow, they fold up weird... not like a suitcase.

We need to lobby the crate companies to make the 23" crates!

greytblackdog said...

i'm ordering my bumper sticker today. awesome handy work stephen. you could moonlight as a greyhound van outfitter.