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Old 07-31-2011, 03:36 PM   #15
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Like Stephanie, we started RVing because we were unable to leave one of our cockers with anyone because of severe health issues. (Even vets were uncomfortable taking care of her.) We had many good years with her camping. She's gone now, but we are still camping and we still have dogs... We do not leave them unattended outside when we are gone, and they are ALWAYS on leashes. We also faithfully pick up after them. But we do leave them in the trailer when we have to go off without them. Never for very long, but alone never the less. We have never had a problem with it from campground management. We leave the AC or fans on and the music playing so they are less likely to hear outside noises. We also never allow kids to rush up to them or pet them unless one of their parents has given the OK.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:15 PM   #16
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Yes, there are a lot of downsides with bringing dogs camping - rules about where and where not they can be, inspired, I guess by a few ill-mannered dogs, and more likely, irresponsible owners. As a result, we carefully select which outings our Golden Retriever joins us on. If we are planning back country hikes or to camp on beaches restricted due to endangered species, she stays home. But she brought great joy to countless people on the (paved) trails at Yosemite last weekend - people were frequently stopping us for meet and greets, which Lucy happily obliged. Those moments remind me it's worth the compensations you sometimes need to make to have such great 4-legged companions ....
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....... people were frequently stopping us for meet and greets, which Lucy happily obliged. Those moments remind me it's worth the compensations you sometimes need to make to have such great 4-legged companions ....
Our problem is too many people make assumptions that aren't necessarily true.......they even stole the name from our "Bo".
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:59 AM   #18
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We only travel with our dogs. We'll go biking, fishing or into town with the AC on with its fan on 'low' so that it's running even if the compressor is not.

Ben, I've known beagles to be quite vocal. Have you experimented with how they tolerate outside noises with the Airstream closed up and the A/C on?

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We leave the A/C and music running and have the 2 fantastic vents set up to turn on in the event of a power or A/C failure.
Scott, tell me more about how you did this.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:54 PM   #19
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Scott, tell me more about how you did this.
We set the swith on the Fantastic Fan to "on" (not the 'open' switch) and turn the temp knob to a slightly warmer temp than the AS is currently at. Then, if the A/C tripped a breaker or shore power goes out, when temprature rises to the pre-set level, the Fantastic Vent automatically turns on (top opens and fan starts). Hope that helps...
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:09 PM   #20
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POI...only our rear FF has a separate thermostat and operates that way.

The front will stay open, (til it rains), and the fan will switch on/off with the on board thermo.

I guess not all have the same features.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:39 PM   #21
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Ours has so many switches we are still trying to figure it out.

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #22
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I find that RV parks uptight about dogs are uptight about a variety of other issues, so I avoid them (the parks, that is, not dogs--my Brittany goes everywhere w/me except where prohibited by law).
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Today the power went out.

We are parked at the TerraPort at the Mother Ship in Jackson Center, OH. It is very hot here.....high 90's.....today at 4:30 PM the power went off and was off for 2 1/2 hours.....we have no idea what the problem was but had we left our sweet boxer alone in the trailer, he would have cooked......without power, our airconditioner stopped.....and I do not believe our 2 Fantastic Fans would have helped.......it was 97 inside in a matter of minutes.......

We are traveling across the country with our boxer and he is not equipped to handle the extreme heat that we have experienced in the midwest......so we have been having to find doggie day care and boarding in order to attend some meetings we have scheduled and to do sightseeing....dogs are not allowed anywhere there is air contitioning.....not the movies, the malls, restaurants and most RV parks do not allow pets in any of their buildings......

One big exception to this was Twin Fountains RV in Oklahoma City.....while it was 108 degrees outside, they allowed us to bring the boxer in their large recreation reception room...(the complete opposite of Gunsmoke RV Park in Dodge City--wouldn't let us in with the dog to register in 107 degree heat)...the staff at the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, OK watched Bandit while we toured the museum, and here in Jackson City, they are pet friendly--Bandit was allowed in the factory reception room and while we toured the factory, he was allowed to stay in the reception room crated....also the WBCCI airconditioned lobby was also pet friendly........

We always have Bandit on a leash and we travel with doggie bags for the poop......he is always ready to jump in the truck to head on down the road and is the first one to jump back in the trailer...he is a very good traveler.......we just wish he were welcome at more places.......we have given up on hiking our National Park trails....

The power outage today in Jackson Center has given me pause to even think about leaving Bandit alone unattended in the trailer for more than a few minutes.....we also travel with an open air crate that allows us to have some flexibility---but we still keep an eye on him lest someone thinks about taking him. paula
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:10 PM   #24
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We have a lab. I left her tied up once in the Tetons. I figured it was better than being in the trailer. She doesn't bark and would sleep most of the day. We came back from a half day away to find her gone. Someone untied her. It was the Ranger. Left a note to pick her up at their office. They gave me a ticket for $75 saying she may attract bears. Please. The bears up there are well feed, and she would have barked at it and scared it off.

So now she has to stay in the trailer. or we leave her at home.
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...so we have been having to find doggie day care and boarding in order to attend some meetings we have scheduled and to do sightseeing....dogs are not allowed anywhere there is air contitioning.....not the movies, the malls, restaurants and most RV parks do not allow pets in any of their buildings......
I really feel for you there! A few years ago we attended a rally on the East side of Oregon - desert country - without thinking about how hot it was going to be for our furry friends. We ended up heading to the nearest big town looking for someplace cool to get out of the heat. Unfortunately we found the same as you - dogs aren't allowed anyplace that has AC! We ended up cruising around in the van with the AC on most of the morning, visiting parks and stuff, then went back to the rally, hooked up the trailer and headed home to our cool house!

I have always thought full-timing sounded like something we want to do someday, but I don't anticipate ever not having a dog (or two) at my side, so I don't know how that dream will ever work out.
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My brothers solution....

He has a slight limp from a hip operation.
Went to the local doggie wal-mart and got a orange life vest for his Golden, stenciled, "service dog" on the back now Harley goes everywhere with him.
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In Europe, many restaurants allow dogs.......they are treated as part of the family....at first, I was taken back by the presence of a dog next to us at dinner.....now I appreciate the wisdom of that practice.....

And I really think malls should allow leashed dogs inside, if not the individual stores......little dogs often go unnoticed.

Our exuberant boxer could never pass as a service dog.....or at least we have not been trained enough to communicate service dog behavior to him....meanwhile, we are in search of another doggie care facility......a caring one that allows free play with other dogs......for tomorrow.....(we will have to pass the aggression test---but he always does and is always welcome back)

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Paula,

Great looking "family"...

I have always loved the Boxer, thank you for the ears.

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