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Old 08-12-2014, 03:18 PM   #29
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I've been traveling and camping with my whippets & greyhound for several years. They usually travel in crates in my SUV. My FIRST order of business when getting to a campsite is to set up their pen. I purchased 10 (3'x4') panels and set them up in a number of configurations. Since my purchase, I've done away with the panel attach fasteners and now just use zip-ties exclusively.... very fast setup and breakdown. Anyway, once the pen is in place I can put the dogs inside with water and beds so I can go about my parking and setup while they relax. And that helps me to relax. I don't have to worry about them getting hot in the truck or standing up and blocking my view while parking, etc. Here's a link to my setup:

I also have a center gaucho that I typically leave in the partially extending position so that they can recline there while inside. Keeps them out from under my feet.

I have tried a number of ways to carry their food but I always resort back to 1-gallon freezer bags. I can fit them just about anywhere.

I'd really like to add a wall mounted bowl holder, something like this:

Good luck - traveling with the pups makes every trip so much better! IMO.


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Old 08-12-2014, 03:51 PM   #30
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Great thread! Making lists of meds for our lab...

Funkill, I like your wall mount bowl idea. I have been looking at adding this model to our trailer to keep bowls out from underfoot. Hoping it will fit inside the door, in place of our magazine rack. Haven't yet measured it out though.


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Old 08-14-2017, 04:30 PM   #31
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ok, I'm prepared to get some negative feedback on this, but here goes--we have three small dogs who are trained on invisible fence. The options I've seen for "portable" invisible fences don't seem to work very well. Has anyone found options for containing dogs outside of the airstream? We would like to have them with us when we are just sitting outside but would rather not use tie out leashes. Yes, I wish I had invested in training them when they were young, but I didn't.
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:48 PM   #32
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We tried an old wooden accordion child's playpen, probably from the 40's or 50's. We thought is was kinda retro with the Airstream. The littlest could sneak through it and the biggest just turned it over. Now we just have the two small dogs. We got a soft puppy playpen that folds up like one of those oval windshield screens made of cloth with a wire frame. DW got it at a Beall's Outlet store. It is octagon shaped and has a top zipper and a zipper on one side. It folds up flat and has an elastic band to keep it folded up. It was made under the Laura Ashley brand.

Laura Ashley Printed Pop-up Water-Resistant Pet Playpens, 29"x29"x17"


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Old 08-14-2017, 04:50 PM   #33
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New AS Owner: advice on traveling w/ dogs
We have 4 of similar to this. 24" is easy to step over but keeps our pups in. Added safety over invisible is some protection from roaming dogs. Folded up they take very little space. I used a section of wire shelving to go under the Airstream where the steps are so I can open the door without fear of them going walkabout alone.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:54 PM   #34
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Lots of great advice above. I'm a big fan of simple lists, so here goes (some of this repeats what others have said):

- Get a temperature monitor and make sure you can get back quickly if you get an alert.
- Leave a radio and the AC fan on when leaving them alone
- Stop often for water breaks when traveling. We stop about every hour
- Cover everything they sit on: couch, bed. Orvis is a great place to get furniture covers
- Consider GPS trackers.
- Always make them wait for the release word before getting out of the truck or Airstream
- Leave leashes on in the truck
- Put a "Save my pet sticker" on both sides of the trailer with cell phone number
- Put an extra set of door keys in a lockbox secured to the trailer
- Have lots of candles for when you are there
- Have a good hand-held vacuum, dry swiffer, wet swiffer, and small dust broom and dust pan
- Have lots of lint brushes in lots of places
- Get a good water-trapper mat for inside the front door (Orvis)
- Have lots of dog towels
- Get a big golf umbrella with auto open for getting out the door easily when it is raining and the awning isn't open
- Have good brushes, combs, and towels in outside compartment. Use the brushes often
- Keep a copy of shot records, especially rabies, in both the tow vehicle and Airstream
- Have a dog rain coat and boots for when it is raining hard
- Put everything you take on a dog-packing checklist and check it before each trip

We love traveling with our dogs, two 100+ pound Great Pyrenees. They have been almost 20,000 miles in the Airstream and we traveled with one of them and another dog before her another 20,000+ miles in a 17' Casita.

We plan our trips around the dogs, making sure we don't leave them alone too long. We are particularly careful in the summer when an AC failure could be dangerous. Our monitor will notify us if the temperature starts getting too warm or if there is a power failure and I make sure I can get back quickly. If getting back quickly would not be possible for some reason, one of us stays with them.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:02 PM   #35
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..... have a flashlight right by the trailer door
Do not lock both locks on the trailer door ...

If a dog *really* needs to go out .... you want to let it out quickly. Cleaning up the trailer is a "not so fun" exercise.

Don't ask how I know all this


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