UPDATE: On October 30, James and Gary left home and drove all night to purchase a low-mileage Class C motorhome to replace Shilohmobile 2. This vehicle seems to be in very good shape mechanically and very few problems overall. Now we have a couple of items ahead of us.... Remove the interior and get our kennels installed and replenish the gas fund so we can drive it. If you have considered a donation and have yet to make it, please think about it now so we don't have any stall in our mission!
Over 2 years ago, we purchased a second RV for transports. This RV had previously had the interior removed and been used as an adoption vehicle with built-in kennels. While not pretty, the design worked perfectly. We did put quite a bit into mechanical issues along the way and, now that it is running well, time as well as rust and old water damage have made the housing portion unstable enough that we do not want to take any risks by transporting dogs in it any longer. It has served us well and has seen hundreds and hundreds of dogs pass through as they head to new lives. Between the two RVs, we have traveled over 265,000 miles with more than 3,500 dogs on board!
We prefer the design of the RV as it holds more kennels than any van would, while still being roomy enough to allow for more comfort on transport (some of the kennels can have the middle partition removed to make a huge kennel for really big dogs as well as moms with puppies), more room for loading and unloading, and greater ease in caring for dogs on the road as well as ease of cleaning after trips.
We have been searching for a gently used RV to purchase for our trips. We are looking for something in superior mechanical shape (so we don't sit on the side of the road with 50 dogs waiting on a wrecker) and a sound body (no roof leaks, etc...) so that we can remove the interior and install our built-in kennels in order to continue our journey. It must have a generator and preferably 2 roof mounted air conditioners to keep dogs safe on those summertime transports.
We are urgently trying to raise funds because it is the only way we can keep up the pace. With this vehicle down, our "fleet" is cut in half, which means less trips to save dogs from high-kill shelters. Van rental (when you can find one to rent) will more than double the cost of our trips, which also means less trips and less dogs. Shilohmobile1, our flagship vehicle, already has over 190,000 miles on the odometer and using it to make 3 or 4 trips a month to keep up will shorten its life drastically.
While we may sound picky, much thought has been put into our only goal: keeping dogs safe and comfortable on their journey to begin their exciting new lives! We need your help today!