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Old 07-28-2010, 05:47 AM   #29
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This thread is really interesting for me, since we're planning to trade the B-van for a trailer in a year or two. I have a question, which has in part been answered, but I'd still like to hear opinions... In the B-van, we leave our cat (Snowball) loose all the time and we have a generator that runs the rooftop A/C when it's warm. When we're on the road, he curls up in the bunk. But how would we deal with the heat in the trailer?

We were thinking, for the trailer setup, we'd get him a large cage, such as one a large dog would use, and put a small litter box and food and water in there along with a bed. We think that'd be great for him. We'd probably keep him in the truck with us. But what about stops? How do you keep him cool during those times? (Getting a diesel and leaving it idle with the A/C on seems like a good idea.)

I guess the other option is putting the cage in the camper while traveling, then opening it up enough that it doesn't get too hot in there...

How do others handle this?

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:48 AM   #30
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We had two cats that rode in the trailer. They seemed to prefer that. Each cat found a secure place on their own to ride. In warm weather, we kept both vents open, the front fan blowing in, and the rear fan blowing out. Both fans at high speed. That worked up to about 95 degrees. You can run with the vent covers wide open according to the Fantastic Fan folks and we pulled many miles with ours open with no problems.

Above that temperature, we put the cats in the truck with us. We have a diesel. I will lock the cats in the truck and hit the remote start which gives us 10 minutes of idle time with the AC on to run into a fast food place and grab something.

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