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.
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.
"Eddie and I are very happy with our Sportsmobile 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."
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.
"I'm an agility dog trainer. I designed my van for transporting my dogs in a safe and comfortable, climate controlled environment."
— Julie Higgins
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.
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
- A/C 110V Rooftop - 15,000 BTU.
- A/C 12V and heater
- Generator - 3000W diesel with auto start
- Inverter 3000W with 140A charger
- Exterior Electric Hookup 110V, 30A
- Auxiliary Batteries - 3.80 AGM total
- Voltage Monitor - e-meter system
- Solar Panels - two 185W
- Water Heater - 4G fast recovery
- Fresh Water Tank - 50G
- Marine Toilet
- Black Water and Grey Water Holding Tanks - 29G each
- Custom shower
- Attic Fan
- Espar Furnace
- Refrigerator - 7CF
- Stove - two burner flush mount
- Convection Microwave
- Sink - with pull-out faucet
- Cameras - 4 system with adjustable back-up camera
- In-Motion Satellite
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:
SHADES Day/night - van side & rear windows
CURTAINS Windshield, cab doors
DOOR PANELS Side and rear upholstery
TABLE Any size
FLOOR MATS (3)
POWER CONVERTER & BATTERY CHARGER
110V EXTERIOR INLET W/25' Weatherproof cord
GFI Ground fault protection
ELECTRICAL CORD ADAPTERS
110 WALL OUTLETS
AUXILIARY BATTERY AGM deep cycle
LIGHTS Throughout interior
DETECTORS Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector
SINK, FAUCET, FRESH WATER SYSTEM
WATER PUMP 12V Demand System
WASTE WATER Sink (grey) water hold tank
CITY WATER HOOKUP
STOVE - Deleted for credit
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.
- Generator - Propane 3.6K Onan
- Solar Panels - two 80 watt panels
- Roof A/C
- Furnace - 19,000 BTU
- Freezer - 2 CF, plus a 3 CF refrigerator
- Porta Potti
- Temperature sensor
- Stereo System - upgrade
- XM Radio
- Running Boards - fiberglass
- Awning - 7.5'x13'
— 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
- Fixed Top 6'3" stand up height
- Fiberglass tub, 5' one piece
- Custom cabinet designed to your needs
- Non-slip floor, counter and table tops
- Removable seating
- Can convert top storage into upper bed 54" x 78"
- Dual 30 amp 110V systems can use one for camping, or both for grooming
- All 110V outlets EFI, either 20 or 15 amp
- Full monitoring system
- Up to 50 gallons of fresh water
- Up to 50 gallons of grey water
- Up to 10 gallon LP/110V Motoraid water heater
- Up to 19.6 gallon propane tank
- 20,000 BTU furnace
- Roof A/C 15,000 BTU
- Attic fans, 3 speed, low amperage
- 12V battery system, up to 200 amps
- 60 amp converter/charger
- Generator, 4.0 to 7.0
- In tub drying system
- Portable drying system
- Central vacuum system
- Clipper vac ready
- Grooming tables
- Super suds recycling pump
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