And do yall think a fan is necessary? I am coming from a ruff tough crate and don't really know what do judge by.
I have an exhaust fan on my slide and I've used once in the 12 or so years I've had it... I think. As long as you have some sort of breeze they stay pretty cool. I do use the fan on my trailer but it's a lot different having more dogs packed in there. Still not a bad option to have in case you need it. And if you find one without I would probably just end staking out the dogs under and around the truck if it was that hot.
Most boxes have a fan. Cost when new 150 bucks. When you get ready to upgrade you'll be competing with boxes that have fans. Plus, I think they are well worth the money. I use mine all the time.
Sounds like you want the Ainley, its a great box. To get the vents at the bed rail have them weld some 3" channel on the bottom of the box. You'll get some ventilation, still have some rear glass and be able to wash all the beer caps,dog hair that tends to find hiding places in the bed. You'll really enjoy the new box when it ships in 3 months.
I have a MTCK 2 hole with bottom storage just under the kennel, water, and fan. I chose bottom storage because it is my understanding with top storage the fan takes up some space and the lid need to be open. A pain in the rain. The bottom storage does make the box high enough to make the rear window useless.
I have seen folks put a cross over tool box next to the cab and the kennel against that. The kennel sets over the tires but on the short bed trucks there is not much room for anything between the kennel and the tail gate.
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I completely disagree with this , go into your attic when its hot and its even hotter , you need air flow to circulate through and it will help cool. The better ventilated an attic is the cooler it will be. Thats why they add attic fans/ soffit vents, roof vents etc.
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I would probably order a fan over a water tank if it came down to one or the other. Keeping the toolbox and getting a two hole with fan and no storage is an option, just means no bed space left in my truck and probably less resale market.