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Old 12-21-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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Custom TV

I am always looking for an excuse to see a custom dedicated tow vehicle built. Someone else's money, time and effort is a great incentive.

Option 1 is to find the right vehicle and make it a life time TV. Someone else beat me to that suggestion, so.

Option 2 is to find a wrecked version of the truck you like so much. Throw away/sell the torn up body and install a Suburban body of your choice. My choice would be vintage, but whatever trips your trigger, cause you need to be properly motivated. Slam the suspension, but keep it firm enough to tow well - no TV should have a jacked up suspension - sorry - a low center of gravity is a winner and on a dedicated tow vehicle it is a must have. You say the rest works well for you now, so it should continue to be a winner. Might increase the AC, fuel tankage and cooling system just cause you can.

Option 3 is to build your pups their own dedicated cap with good ventilation and safety. Might even install some AC - it is custom, right? The right configuration may be a business opportunity as this question has come up before. Since you use the truck for other purposes, a removable module might well be appropriate.

Option 4 is to shift your plan and trade for an AS moho. Talk about a great project and if you are considering a second drive train to maintain, no harm done with the consolidation. You can even use your hot rod for the TOWD.

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Old 12-21-2016, 03:04 PM   #16
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I'd put an insulated cap over the bed and replace the back window with an air-tight boot into the now doggie pod! Get a cap with double doors like a vans rear doors. Or get a van.
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Old 12-21-2016, 03:27 PM   #17
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X2 on the 7.3 Excursion. It's everything you need and lots of pulling grunt.
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Old 12-21-2016, 03:33 PM   #18
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Or our County animal control has a great animal transport. A 2500 truck with heat and air to the kennels in the rear. Uses the engine heat and air.
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Old 12-21-2016, 04:12 PM   #19
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How about a 7.3 diesel Excursion.
Find a nice one and spend just a little to make it a forever vehicle.
We love ours!
This is the best choice hands down ... and fit it with a bar separator to keep them in the rear
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Old 12-21-2016, 04:38 PM   #20
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A Ram mega cab is awesome with a cap on the bed. We have three very large dogs and it works great. Previously used a Yukon XL.
The Ram mega cab cab really is mega. You could go bowling back there. I have a Ram Club cab which is a 4 door each with a operating window. but not a mega. I have a 40# and a 30# dog and have plenty of room in the back.
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Old 12-21-2016, 06:14 PM   #21
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X2 on the 7.3 Excursion. It's everything you need and lots of pulling grunt.

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X3. It sounds like you are a person who likes your dog(s) with you, not back in some baggage compartment. The only way you are going to be happy is some kind of SUV or van suitably equipped to house your whole human and canine family, and suitably powered to pull your trailer. I can imagine you and your wife snug in bed in the Excella in the morning when your two daughters and two labs all pile in on top of you. What fun!
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:03 PM   #22
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Since you like the duramax look at a Chevy expresss passenger van,with tow package, lots of room inside all windows plenty of seats every body will be happy
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:05 AM   #23
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When we travel, we have two Retrievers with us, and need space for other guests. Our previous tv was a Mercedes GL 350 diesel but it was too unreliable and too small to accommodate dogs, gear, etc.

We considered many of the options posted here; older Suburban or Excursion diesels but ultimately chose a GMC 3500 passenger van with a Duramax diesel. It has a typical work van ride, rough and tumble. And I miss awd. However, with 10,000 lb towing capacity and plenty of interior space, it'll do for now. At some point I might consider a Quigley conversion.

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Old 12-22-2016, 06:10 AM   #24
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To Geeeer - re. VT Wanderer - 1. our exhaust pipes goes out the side of the truck - 2. our cap has sliding windows 3. that gives maximum ventilation eliminating the "vacuum in" affect 4. By short distances, I'm talking under 10 miles (going to our favorite hiking trails or lakes.
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:18 AM   #25
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I have hauled hunting dogs hundreds of thousands of miles in the back of trucks, and in dog trailers. They get out every time like they've been sleeping in the kitchen by the wood stove. They hop back in like they are coming inside. We mostly travel during the cooler months, but I think they would be fine in warmer weather too.
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:26 AM   #26
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Our austraiian shepherd rides in the back of our crew cab ram, plenty of room and has heat and ac...
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:19 AM   #27
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In order to aleviate any further debate on the camper shell issue, that's a no go for me. Not for any other reason than I have a tool box hard mounted to my truck that has regular use supplies in it, thus I will not be removing it to put a shell on and off every other weekend. The idea of the cargo van sounds great, and if I can find one with a duramax, I'll be a happy camper. I have looked and looked, but have been unable to locate one, and I refuse to go to the dealer and pay $40K+ for a dedicated tow vehicle. I'm pulling a $14K camper, thus I don't need a high dollar tow vehicle.
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Old 12-24-2016, 01:32 PM   #28
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Short sleeper

You might consider a short sleeper added to the cab at the front of the bed with the tool box shifted back to clear. Dogs enter through the back seat.

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