Title: Re: Bradley Sheet Metal dog box

The mushers I have heard from that own metal boxes tell me they are warmer than wood or fiberglass (because they are insulated) and they haven't had issues with wet dog parts sticking to the metal.

Title: Re: Bradley Sheet Metal dog box

im lookin to make a steel dog box for myself. i am a full time certified welder i weld and work with metal all day everday. so im not going to spend tons of money on a box when i could just as easily make one myself. if you have any advice or pictures of some homemade boxes id like to see them im trying to get all the ideas i can. thanks.

Title: Re: Bradley Sheet Metal dog box

Title: Re: Bradley Sheet Metal dog box Last I checked the dogs were not on bare metal with the manufactured dog boxes.

That's what the "blue stuff" is for, to keep them off the metal and allow the best insulator, air, to do it's job.

Title: Re: Another Bradley Sheet Metal Dog Box

A close relative of the afore-mentioned metal dog house is the dog box. These are typically used as temporary shelters for transporting dogs and are often seen in the back of a pick-up truck or on a trailer. Many dog boxes are made from aluminum although steel, plastic, and wood are also used. Dog boxes can be quite elaborate. For example, some models are built as a stand-alone trailer with wheels. Others are custom-built to fit snugly in the back of pickup trucks. Some incorporate cages into the design. Many are just simple rectangular boxes that can be carried by one or two people.

Title: Re: Another Bradley Sheet Metal Dog Box


For years TruckVault has manufactured some of the finest metal wire and solid metal dog boxes on the market. Whether you are looking to purchase a single-wire or In-Line two dog solid dog box, your best friend will be safe, secure and comfortable while you travel. We are owners and trainers who want nothing less than the best for our dogs. With a background in metal fabrication and design, we use our skills in fabricating the BEST kennels possible. We can build anything your dog's heart desires. All we need are your ideas. We look forward to dicussing your next dog box with you. Don, I've found wood crates with and inch or inch and a half of foam on the bottom to be fine down to 15 below 0 give or take. I always thought that metal would suck the heat out of a dog. In the summer take the foam out as it's to hot. Have ventilation holes that you can close off in the winter but open up again as it warms up. You do need good ventilation up here when you put up a wet dog. Those 70 degree days up here in the summer can get pretty damn muggy and if you put your hand in the dog box after a wet dog has been in there for 15 minutes, it's like a steam bath. The dogs are all sticking their noses out a vent hole. In winter not so much.


Bolt the dog box to your truck, lock the dog box doors, open up all the vents and leave the tailgate down.

Should get enough breeze to keep cool.

Not much different than driving without AC.


Yep done it a lot. As long as you have the big slideing window vents on the side of the box and big door vents on the doors it is better than sitting under a shade with no breeze. Just keep them plenty of water and check on them regular.
I use to have an expanded metal box with a shell camper with contractor windows on the side. That was the best I ever found. I could open the windows on the camper and drop the tailgate and leave them in the hottest weather we have(100 degrees) in the walmart parking lot while I went shoping and they wouldn't even be panting. It was cooler than a shade tree on them.