Trailer Conversion

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So we are in the process of converting a small(ish) cargo trailer in to a sheep trailer. That way my SUV can tow it and I dont always have to use the big stock trailer and rely on my husbands truck. Now because cargo trailers are completely inclosed I obviously need venting and air circulation. I have two large vents installed on the top of the trailer, they kind of look like the ones on the top of an rv. One of them has a fan attached, that sucks air in, while the other lets it vent out. There are also vents near the bottom of the floor that came installed by the manufacturer but they are much smaller. I am wondering if I also need windows? if I can avoid it I would like to, they are extremely expensive to have installed properly. I am just concerned about making sure they have enough air movement. I thought about installing one of those horse trailer fans in there to help? Thoughts?
 

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Its very bright inside, the large roof vents kind of act like sky lights. I will have to ask our dealing if they have long vents, or if they could make one? I will have to take a picture to show you guys how it looks .
 

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Another trick you might try that helps loading into a darker space is to have a self adhesive mirror sheet in the back....the sheep see themselves and think other sheep are already in the trailer, so are more willing to enter.

I'd definitely get more ventilation, even if it's just punch holes spaced regularly down the length of the trailer....you never know when you'll get broke down, have to sit in the sun with a trailer full of stock until you can get someone to come and help. I'd also put a fold up hitch jack on your trailer if it doesn't already have that, just for such emergencies. Unless you live in a very cold climate and are going to be hauling stock in the cold weather, ventilation will be your biggest need, IME.

I'm changing a 4x8 utility trailer to a stock trailer this year too and don't have to worry about the ventilation issue...but the other features will definitely be added so as to make hauling sheep easier.
 

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Here is a picture of our trailer, I included pictures of the vents. There is 4 in total, 2 on the roof , the small round black on on the top and there is another on the bottom. Still in the process of converting, adding another gate, and rubber stall mats .

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