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I would include a thermometer, maybe take a drive around on a warm day without sheep and see what the temps do. I don't think you can have too much ventilation.
I agree with this. You should also record the humidity...it's not only the heat that can over stress but also the humidity of animals in close, all the moisture they release in the heat, etc. that can cause shipping stress.

Definitely needs way more ventilation at all levels.
 

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There are also vents near the bottom of the floor that came installed by the manufacturer but they are much smaller.
Those vents concern me. Is there any chance they could bring in exhaust fumes into the trailer if you got stuck in traffic? The manufacturer didn't make this to transport people or livestock so I doubt that would be a concern of theirs. I would look for a way to seal them off during travel, and still be able to open them for added air flow when necessary.
 

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Those vents concern me. Is there any chance they could bring in exhaust fumes into the trailer if you got stuck in traffic? The manufacturer didn't make this to transport people or livestock so I doubt that would be a concern of theirs. I would look for a way to seal them off during travel, and still be able to open them for added air flow when necessary.
The two small black vents is what i assume you are talking about? one is near the floor, the other is up by the roof. The one near the floor is at the very back of the trailer not near exhaust but I do understand your point. Yeah, its definitely not a concern of theirs but we did make sure to follow their advice and instruction when installing everything in order to not void warrenty. I cant afford a $13,000 proper sheep trailer. This is what we have to work with, if i had another truck I wouldn't be dealing with weight restrictions, but my SUV cannot tow our huge trailer, and i need my husbands truck to tow our RV since we are at shows for 7 days at least.
 

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It looks like it is going ot be very nice.

I agree though you need more ventilation for livestock. I think your going to have to cut some openings, Those things get stupid hot in the summer esp being black and sheep make a lot of moisture breathing.

You dont actually need to drive it around btw. Put a thermometer in it and close it up except your vents wait until about 3pm on a sunny day and go check the temp. You have an RV, what happens it you have just the top vents open and no ac on in the summer? It gets hot lol this is the same concept but black on the outside, no insulation and smaller so worse.

I've been in some of those "fancy' horse trailers in summer and omg it was hot! They had the windows open, the vents and the back door and it was still hot and those were light grey or white. Moving wasnt as bad cause of the airflow thru the windows from going 50-60mph but sitting for any more then 10-15 mins and the temp went up fast.
 

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It looks like it is going ot be very nice.

I agree though you need more ventilation for livestock. I think your going to have to cut some openings, Those things get stupid hot in the summer esp being black and sheep make a lot of moisture breathing.

You dont actually need to drive it around btw. Put a thermometer in it and close it up except your vents wait until about 3pm on a sunny day and go check the temp. You have an RV, what happens it you have just the top vents open and no ac on in the summer? It gets hot lol this is the same concept but black on the outside, no insulation and smaller so worse.

I've been in some of those "fancy' horse trailers in summer and omg it was hot! They had the windows open, the vents and the back door and it was still hot and those were light grey or white. Moving wasnt as bad cause of the airflow thru the windows from going 50-60mph but sitting for any more then 10-15 mins and the temp went up fast.
Agreed, I definitely want more vents, but I'm not sure what kind? How do I get maximum air flow. I thought about those horse trailer fans...but I dont know if it would solve much.
 

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How big is that? It looks like it might work
 

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How big is that? It looks like it might work
Not sure, it popped up when I was looking for ideas. It looks like the same size as a typical horse trailer window. It was on a website for horse trailer parts.
 
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