Over The Years
Sportsmobile has converted lots of vans with special dog considerations, and other pets too, including cats, birds, and a snake.
Most Owners have only one small dog, and only need space for a small crate. Others have several dogs requiring space for multiple crates, special cabinets and other needs. Some owners show their dogs throughout the country, and need grooming equipment storage.
Whatever Your Needs we will be happy to work with you. We'll build and equip it your way, whether it is a simple canine transport van or a luxurious self-contained motorhome.
Concerned about stopping for lunch, sightseeing or shopping when the weather is hot? Some owners report that they simply let the van's engine idle for a while when they park. You might want to put a note on the windshield saying "The dog is OK - A/C is on." An Inverter (12V to 110V) 2000W 65A is included with the Standard Equipment Package. Also be sure that your gas tank is not low, leave a couple of windows down a little and lock the doors. Do not park over dry grass as the catalytic converter could start a fire. Note: in some states it is illegal to leave the engine running in an unoccupied vehicle.
Various paging systems are available with a temperature sensor and high and low settings that you determine. When the temperature reaches one of these settings, an automatic two-way pager will alert you by audio and/or a vibrator. No service is required. Portable. Long-range antenna optional. Other options are available such as engine start, turn on A/C, attic fan and engine heater.
Dr. Eddie and Mrs. Adele Neupert will primarily use their Sportsmobile to transport their four dogs for training and hunting. Some of the areas are only accessible with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Mrs. Neupert also shows their prize-winning dogs throughout the United States.
Ford E-350 V-10 Extended Body with four-wheel drive, Voyager top, Trojan bumpers, driving lights, optional wheels/tires and running boards.
"Eddie and I are very happy with our Ford van conversion. We took a big trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and Montana with our Vizslas. The van did great! Here is a photo of Big Beauford (yes, we named the van) in Montana where we hunted sharptail grouse, and Hungarian partridge."
Crates measure 36"L by 25"W by 24"H. Two face to the rear. Two face to the front.
The large drawer is 60"L by 48"W by 12"H with an 800 pound load capacity. Compartment partitions are adjustable and removable.
Upper drawers measure 58"L by 25"W by 3"H. Load capacity is 800 pounds each.
Each drawer is easily accessible. They slide on steel rollers and tracks.
"This is perfect travel for both us and for our dogs. We can go anywhere we want for special training or shows. — Dr. and Mrs. Neupert
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter RB (Regular Body) is only 19'4" long. It is small on the outside but big enough on the inside for comfortable quarters for owners and dogs.
The diesel engine has plenty of power. It's agile and parks in a regular parking space. Mileage averages about 20 mpg.
High quality welded aluminum crates were built to the owner's specifications by Kustom Krates, www.kustomcrates.com. They connect to the van's floor and each other. 40"L by 24"W by 30"H. Weight 50lbs. The drawer has a rating of 800 lbs.
Up-front living quarters. The no-clutter contemporary design has a very open feeling. Stove and propane systems were deleted for credit. For lots of people a microwave convection oven serves their needs very well. The owner included a generator to power the A/C for extended periods of time. There's seating for five. A portable table is included. TV swivels for outside viewing and all the way around so the dogs can watch the Animal Planet shows.
The goucho converts into a 45" by 70" bed with the hinge up 9" extension. Notice there's walkspace to the rear. The 7 CF refrigerator has an upper freezer compartment. The seats are upholstered with very durable and soft ultra-leather.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is available in three body lengths. The RB (Regular Body) is 19.4" long. The EB (Extended Body) shown here is 22'9" long. The LB (Long Body) is 24' long.
Bunk bed hinges up for more floor space. The bunk is great for naps or an overnight stay. Crates can stow under and on top of the bunk. The removable mattress can be any thickness.
The platform bed can carry crates, cargo, or be used for a bed. There is storage under the platform and a large drawer. Upper compartments are on both sides and the cab.
An electric flush port-a-potty conveniently stows out of the way. See bath options for more info. For a climate control interior the following systems where included: Roof-air conditioner, attic fan, generator, 2000 watt inverter, auxiliary batteries, 12 volt electrical system, and a 110 volt system for the air conditioner. A temperature alarm was also included.
Mike Parker trains and shows dogs across the United States. The van interior is quite open with lots of visibility through the large, tinted Sprinter windows.
The upfront living area has a gaucho/bed, table, refrigerator, microwave, fresh water system and Porta Potti. The cab Captains seats swivel around and recline.
Removable crates are welded all-aluminum built to Mike's specifications. Some of the options included: 30K diesel generator, 2000W inverter, 12V and 110V 13,500 BTU roof air conditioner, attic fan, awning and Chilly Dog temp pager system.
Chevy RB with a Contempo Top
This Sportsmobile includes a low-profile Contempo fixed top. Third and fourth captain's seats are removeable.
The aluminium crates are removeable and have front and rear doors. They measure 36"L x 24"W x24"H. The van floor and 18" up the side walls were coated for high durability. Simple hose out for cleaning. For more information on these custom crates see www.kustomkrates.com.
These crates have doors on both ends. Crates were custom-made for the available space in the van.
There's lots of storage under the crates with compartments to the owner's specifications.
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Wire crates for show cats in RB Low Roof van. Crates are located behind driver's seat.
'06 Sprinter shown
Ruth travels with her dogs primarily for pleasure. The crates removable support shelf allows for 30" of storage length below. She also uses her Sprinter to transport her dogs to shows.
Three of Ruth's dogs ride in the rear crates. The fourth one, spoiled, rides up front.
Dinettes will convert into a 48" x 67" bed. For two 30" x 74" twin beds, the two extension cushions can be placed on top of the rear shelf under the crates.
A combo bath compartment with a marine toilet, shower and sink is located behind the driver's seat.
For easy storage access, slide out the 1,000-pounds-capacity tray. Also see this tray on the Toy Hauler page for more storage ideas.
This Long Body (LB) Sprinter van was converted to meet the owner's long distance travel needs, sometimes coast to coast, for him and his six Dobermans. A special ramp arrangement with a sliding support tray was designed to make loading and unloading easy.
Owner's Additional Options
Professional Dog Handlers, On the Go
Mrs. Jackson will use her Sprinter to show dogs throughout the United States. Some of her requirements were fuel efficiency, lots of dog crate and storage space, a small galley area, sleeping for one and an upgraded sound system.
There's lots of space for dog crates. The floor is tough marine vinyl.
Additional crates can be stacked on top of the 50G water tank.
The dinette converts into a 30" x 67" bed. A table is included.
1. The interior includes Sportsmobile's Standard Equipment Package as listed:
Propane for stove and optional furnace, hot W.H., gas refrigerator, tank w/auto safety stop fill, gauge, 2 stage regulator. Propane detector, stove and propane system may be deleted for credit.
Note: The standard size 7G propane tank was exchanged for a 17G tank. A 50G fresh water tank was exchanged for the smaller tank.
2. Furnishings were included as shown in the photographs.
— Sonny and Bob
Here's an example of a more basic conversion. Sonny's specifications were insulate and finish out the waslls, floor and ceiling. Install lights, 12V and 110V electrical systems, attic fan, roof A/C, gaucho/bed and a window over the gaucho.
She also included a diesel generator that will run the A/C when 110V hookups are not available at shows. She can also cool the Sprinter when traveling.
Groomers on the Go
"Sorry this has taken so long to write, but I have been busy making money with my new Sportsmobile grooming van! I've have had it three months now, and have yet to have a single thing go wrong or be disappointing in any way. It runs PERFECTLY. I have given dozens of tours of the van, and all my groomer buddies are "jealous". I'm so proud of what you have done. The Houston Chronicle has even been out to photograph it, they too were very complementary.
"I'm continually impressed by the quality of your workmanship. Its fun to show it off! Its been years and years since I had such confidence in a product."
— Brenda Wells
Clear Lake City, Texas
Brenda's Specifications — with Sportsmobile you can select only the items you desire
Jane and Rick Fish's Sprinter is serving them well in their family-based business. They also breed Golden Retrievers, who have variously become show dogs, service dogs, search and rescue doges and beloved family pets.
"The Sprinter's body wrap is a real eye-catcher. It shows that all the dogs are happy patrons at our kennels. — Jane and Rick Fish
These two winners travel in a Sportsmobile