Our RV Setup

After we posted about our RV trip this past weekend, we had a couple of readers ask about our RV setup for maximum canine comfort and safety. Please join us for a little tour inside the S-RV (Siberian Recreational Vehicle).

front to back view
Looking from the front of the RV, you can see the bunk beds between the main cabin and the master bedroom.
bunk bed crates
We built our own crates in the bunk beds – two on each level.
sleeping here
We are sleeping here. Take pictures tomorrow.

The bunk bed crates are for sleeping only. We would need something more substantial for safe traveling. Besides, we like our travel set up better for more openness:

canine seat belts.
RV furniture comes with seat belts which allows our canine seat belts to be connected.
4 dogs in seatbelts
Two at the dining room table and two on the couch – quite comfortable for riding.
two on cab over
And for the other two? Crates built into the cab over.
traveling and sleeping
These two spots are perfect for both traveling and for sleeping.
And, being snow dogs, we even have a fireplace for maximum comfort.


  1. tammy j on January 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    this was a wonderful step back in time! thank you Hu Dad! xo

  2. Deborah Rolman on January 13, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Way Back Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite post because I love seeing the dogs who are no longer with us. This brought to mind another post. Wasn’t there a certain pup that was over the cab that learned how to open the door?

  3. Debbie and Ruby on January 13, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Very nice way to go camping. Not showing this to Ruby because she will object to the tent in the future!! Sure do enjoy seeing those that have passed on, especially the wooly girl.

  4. Jean Burkhardt on January 13, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I too love seeing the furangels again. This S-RV was awesome. It seems they had just about everything a Sibe could ever want-including a fireplace!!! LOVE this WAY BACK Wednesdays Hu-Dad! Also seeing the Little Prince so young is very sweet!

  5. Jeanee T on January 13, 2021 at 7:17 am

    So good to see the missing pups. I do love these “reruns.”

  6. Jessica on April 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    What kind of RV do you have? How long is it? Looking at purchasing for full time travel with an Alaskan Malamute and a Lab.

    • The Thundering Herd on April 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

      We currently are in a 37 foot Thor Outlaw. However, we are in the process of trading it for a 35 foot Dynamax DX-3. We will have a new S-RV this fall!

  7. mary allen on April 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    So I have been looking into seat belts and I was wondering which brand you use? Love the layout of using the bunk house model for crates smart thinking. You have two that look very similar to my two. Thanks for allowing us in on your fun.

  8. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady on April 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Oh I would LOVE to have an RV like that!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. Jack & Moo on April 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That is really cool! Furry impressive set-up! At first glance mom was like “where are the dog cages?” I think we should start demanding better travel arrangements for us, too.

    Jack & Moo

  10. jan on April 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Quite an ingenious arrangement. Just wondering how long it takes to place and belt the dogs in for travel and sleep.

    • D.K. Wall on April 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

      It is just like the Jeep – we each have our own spot and want to go to them. Load up is really pretty quick.

      Getting out of the RV on leashes for a walk – that is a wee bit more chaotic.

  11. Sea Wolf on April 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Fantastic setup and so well done. We need to see a video of the loading process. 🙂

  12. Mom 'n Ice on April 14, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Mom sez: Does each one of the Herd have their own “designated bunk”, and not just whoever comes first? That is such a wonderful use of space for them. Who gets the “top bunk”, and who sleeps on the bottom? Whoever, and wherever, it sure looks like they “know their place”, and are happy in it.

    For Ice ‘n Ayla, Roy took the rear seat of our van out, built a “bunk bed” into the space, with storage underneath, and a blanket wrapped foamie in the bunk, with an 18″ high fence around the front and back — wooden frame, with “page wire” fence, and their leashes firmly attached to the railing of the fence. Now, Ice can sprawl out full length on the foamie, but still prefers to rest his chin on the fence railing and look out the window.

    • D.K. Wall on April 14, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Oh, yes, spaces are all reserved. For sleeping, top bunk is for Kiska and Natasha, lower bunk is for Qannik and Typhoon, and cab over is for Frankie and Cheoah.

      • Tracy on April 14, 2014 at 7:53 am

        Wondering how they all get up into those upper bunks, since they look fairly high?

        Also, could you please tell me what to do about the atrocious shedding, this time of year??? Help!!!!!
        Thanks so much. Love your posts each morning.

        • D.K. Wall on April 14, 2014 at 8:07 am

          Human lift to the upper bunks! And, believe it or not, we have not started shedding yet. Too many cold nights still at the house, but we are getting ready to blow coat. All you can do is brush a lot and vacuum a lot.

          • Tracy on April 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

            Thank you! We’ve been “blowing coat” for weeks, down here on the Gulf Coast. I’m about to wear out my heavy-duty vacuum cleaner— which happens to be called The Animal, by Dyson. I take dogs out to the end of the wharf and brush them in whatever direction the wind is blowing! Mobile Bay is awash with dog fur. LOL

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