Setting Up A New Herd S-RV

We have traded for a new Herd S-RV (Siberian Recreational Vehicle) and Hu-Dad has been busy the last couple of days setting it up for our comfort.

The new Herd S-RV

The new Herd S-RV

Our new ride has been on order since early spring and it finally came from the factory. Before we can take it out for our first camping trip, Hu-Dad had to work on the furnishings to make them Herd friendly.

From the back to the front - notice the couch that will soon disappear.

From the back to the front – notice the couch that will soon disappear.

The space where the couch is was carefully measured by the factory - just for us.

The space where the couch is was carefully measured by the factory – just for us.

Step one of our renovation project was the removal of the couch, the under-couch drawer and the window valance.

Blank space ready for construction.

Blank space ready for construction.

Using the floor bolts that had held the couch, Hu-Dad built a frame that is secured to the floor and the wall.

The completed frame.

The completed frame.

All that is left to be done is install the crates and secure them to the frame.

Crates secured to the frame.

Crates secured to the frame.

The wall of crates - directly across from the dinette.

The wall of crates – directly across from the dinette.

With crates installed for the safe transport of The Herd, only one question remains.

When are we going S-RVing?

When are we going S-RVing?

 

21 Comments

  1. Suzi on August 9, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I came across this post via Pinterest today and it made my heart happy. We have 6 pups ranging from a 15# frenchie to our 50# border collie and currently doing our research and money savings for our RV. This gives me hope we can travel comfortably with them, even when others think we are crazy. Thank you thank you and God Speed to you and the herd!

    • The Thundering Herd on August 9, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Glad it helped. Happy trails!

    • JMO on December 2, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      We also have a class A RV and have 4 greyhounds and 4 cats that we travel with. We took out the dinette and replaced it with 4 large crates. It works and the dogs are all safe and contained.

  2. David H on April 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Really cool! Custom RV for big fur families is a great idea!

  3. Rodney Zeigler on September 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I like the engineering that went into this! My wife and I bought an old motorhome (nostalgia and other reasons) and came with a rear captain’s chair missing. GOOD!!! The seat bolts were still there and made putting a kennel in that spot simple and easy. We have a 114 lb. blind Malamute that tries to sit on my lap when I drive, so he has to stay kenneled while any vehicle is in motion, and he also kennels at night as well, so now he has “His Place” in the motorhome and is perfectly happy!

  4. S Deaver on September 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Truly magnificent thought => effort for the six Sibes!! Did the humans request any mods for themselves? 🙂

  5. Laura Yager on September 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Your Herd are very lucky dogs! Only one question…can we all come with? My Herd is now jealous, and they insist we get a beautiful RV like yours. They won’t stop wooing at me now. Guess I shouldn’t have shown them the photos!

  6. Sea Wolf on September 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Very nice conversion. Are the crates also secured to each other from side to side and top to bottom? Wouldn’t want them to jostle free in a *bump*. Somehow secured all around to keep them all in place no matter what? Youngsters will enjoy making faces out the window at humans.

    • The Thundering Herd on September 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Yes, they are all secured to each other as well as to the frame that was constructed.

  7. KJ Pierson on September 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    You removed the FURnishings for cages…how terrible. I’m surprised you didn’t just have them bolt down your cages in advance!

    • The Thundering Herd on September 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Chuckling. Paying their hourly rates for custom work costs a lot of kibble.

  8. Juno's mom on September 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Very nice! I’ll bet you can’t wait to head out.

  9. Amy@GoPetFriendly on September 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Your new rig is gorgeous – enjoy!

  10. LindaP on September 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Wow! Nice ride! Enjoy!

  11. Lori on September 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

    That is an awesome looking SRV!!!

  12. carolyn Rogers on September 17, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Also, that is the most intriguing of sinks… Or is that simply a water-bowl filler?

    The Herd has such an amazing life!

    • The Thundering Herd on September 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

      A real sink underneath the counter cover. RV’s are masters of space management, so you can use the space as a counter or lift the cover and reveal the sink.

  13. carolyn Rogers on September 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Will Typhoon be willing to be up in the upper ranks, or will Cheoah have to go up there?

    They will appreciate the first row seat to breakfast, I am sure (though I imagine you guys mostly eat outside).

    • The Thundering Herd on September 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Hu-Dad’s makes that decision based on his back – that is, those that can jump (the younger ones) ride up high so he doesn’t have to lift anyone. Thus, upstairs is Frankie, Landon and Typhoon; downstairs is Kiska, Qannik, and Cheoah.

      And, yes, on rainy days or cold nights, The Herd has a front row seat to the human dinner.

      • Michael I on September 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Since Typhoon is riding in one of the upper berths, does that mean he’s overcome his fear of heights? Is he actually maturing as he grows older?

        • The Thundering Herd on September 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

          The good part of his fear of heights is that he only refuses to jump down, not up. He is glad to jump up into the crate and ride there, but will not jump down without help. No change in that behavior.

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