All Dogs Corporation
The home of the best Dog Show Vans!
Below are a collection of the outside views of some of the vans we've converted:
Notice the opening windows, on the sliding door and on the rear doors. On the blue one, notice the painted-to-match running boards, awning, bottom awning clips, side light, outlet cover, TV roof antenna, & roof A/C. It is BLUE, the only things not painted match are the backup camera (if you can see it) and the, well, windows!
Above are three of our customer's vans parked together at a show. Notice that you've got lots of options to add or delete at will. The picture on the right doesn't look like a Sprinter, and we'll convert whatever model vehicle you'd like! It added a two foot hightop and lots of toys inside. The little girl out front of the van does not come with it!
Now for some inside views. Every van is different, but these pictures will give you some ideas of what can be done.
These show the front area of the van. On the left, you can see where this van just wanted a shelf over the front seats, with a box shown on the right with all the controls for the generator, inverter, rear roof A/C, and rear lighting. There is also the flex light, for safe map reading in the passenger seat at night without blinding the driver. The front shelf is typically done in an oak, but this customer wanted it bedlined to match the rear floors. On the side above the sliding door, you can see a second rear A/C thermostat with the temp alert. If you look closely, you can see outlets (both 12 volt and 120 volt) behind the sliding door, and the light switch just above it for easy access inside or outside the van. The awning arm is conveniently stored above the door to keep it out of the way.
Above you can see more options for doing the front area. On the left, you see the oak-finish look without the box. notice the combo DVD/TV/backup camera display, and the controls at the far left for the rear engine A/C. On the right was a van which wanted an open ceiling for easy access from the driver seat to the rear area. All of the controls are simply installed in the ceiling liner, and the backup camera display is mounted to the visor.
These pictures show the rear area of this van. On the left you see the storage box for crates and four foot X-pens. The top of this box makes a great work top for preparing food bowls. The small box in front of it houses the reservoir tank for the generator's radiator. On the right, you see the passenger wall covered in tie-downs. Our motto, "You can't have too many tie-downs!" Notice that the bottom corners are all sealed, and you can literally park on a slant and hose out the van after a show.
It's always good to see some 'in use' pictures. On the left, you see the van from the rear doors. This van was designed to hold eight 500 size crates, and two more 700 size crates, with plenty of storage for not only show equipment, but even your luggage. On the left, you see the top of the rear storage bays, and the back of the rear 700 crate. On the right, look along the ceiling side wall. At the rear is the hanging clothes bar, then the power/fuse box, then the rear engine A/C (that actually works!), then the self-retracting 20 foot hose line (connected to the water tank underneath the van). The hose has a quick-connect so that it's also the fill point for the water tank, to protect your water supply. And in front of that are some storage cabinets, over where additional crates are usually stacked. This van was also setup so that you can delete two of the 500 crates, & have a platform where you can put a air mattress for sleeping.
Although most vans we do are the 158" Sprinters, there are other choices. On the left is the inside of a Ford E350. Notice the super-duty tie-downs, normal ceiling height, and factory-provided flooring. On the right is yes, another Sprinter, but it is the 140" model with a very modest conversion. Notice the short platform in the rear, power converter at the rear top corner, and four flip-down hanging clothes bars along both walls, to maximize driver rear visibility. There is lots of lighting as well, notice all the little black lights on the ceiling, as well as the one under the platform on the left, and there are more you can't see.
Well, I hope that gives you a good idea of some of the finished looks inside the van. Below are some pictures of vans in progress. It's easy to hide cheap work behind walls, and I'm not afraid to show you what's behind our walls.
The first thing to go in is wire, wire, and a few more wires. On the left you see wiring along the wall to where the fuse box will go. On the right is part of the ceiling. Some things to notice are that we install ground wires back to the fuse box for everything, we don't simply screw into the chassis giving you a much greater likelihood of future electrical problems. After this step comes the preping for insulation.
The only way to cover over wires wires wires is with insulation insulation insulation! This isn't the 1/4" thick useless insulation you get from most manufacturers. Nor does it cover just a couple of places. We fill the walls, ceiling, and doors with expanding foam insulation.
This picture deserves to be by itself. We can't prove this, but we believe that we cut out and throw away more insulation that most shops INSTALL. We cut the insulation flat so that the interior walls go on flat against the interior steel walls.
After the insulation is trimmed, a plywood is installed over the walls for strength and support. As you might guess, all of this is a very time consuming process requiring meticulous care.
Finally, the walls are covered with FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) which is both glued and screwed to the plywood. After that, the floors are covered with a truck bed liner, going up about one foot up the walls to provide a completely sealed cargo area before other cabinetry begins. Holes are cut for all electrical plugs and switches. It's finally getting close to the finished look.
The final steps in the shop include installing cabinetry, electrical, generator, and trim work. Of course, customer support and service never ends. We hope you've enjoyed this walk through the production process. If you like what you see, give us a call and let us build your ultimate dog show van!