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Old 06-26-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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pets traveling in coach

just for enlightenment: would it be prudent to put 35 lb dog in its crate and then put it in the coach while traveling???

what are pros and cons???

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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I've heard vomit stories about pets in this situation. That's only hearsay and couldn't be admitted in court.

In our state it's not illegal to tow with a person inside a trailer (got this directly from a state trooper, although they strongly advise against it). [on edit: I seem to recall he said humans in the trailer is not legal in most other states. Another constitutional right barred to keep us from competing for a Darwin award...] Think about trying this with a human inside the coach for an hour or so. I'll bet you'd get some interesting stories about the ride, noise, etc. You could be freaking the bejeebers out of a loved pet.
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Con: It might be a tad warm inside for that. Just a bit.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:50 AM   #4
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there will be puking

I have taken a few very brief trips in my 72 Safari, once across a parking lot and once to the other side of a campground. Top speed, maybe 20 mph. I was stunned at how rough the ride is, the sounds it makes, the sway. It seems a miracle that the inside stays intact. That said, absolutely no. I would not put a crated pet in the trailer. Besides the terror factor, when a dog pukes in a crate, it is an unbelievable mess. And there will be puking
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:28 AM   #5
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Yeh, the rig moves way too much and serious injury could happen to your pet from siding around in the crate. The temp can rise in the rig just as high as in a parked car, especially if stuck in traffic.

But I am a serious per lover and I would not hesitate smashing car windows on a warm day to release the animal in distress and turn over to animal control.

When it's 72 degrees, a car in direct sun can reach an internal temperature of 116. Even in the shade, a car can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors, and cracking the window has almost no effect. Hot car can be deadly for dogs
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:59 AM   #6
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Aside from the heat issue, I think an animal would be frightened and anxious by the movement of the coach.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:37 PM   #7
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Would you have your kids travel that way? That's your answer.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:23 PM   #8
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:24 PM   #9
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just for enlightenment: would it be prudent to put 35 lb dog in its crate and then put it in the coach while traveling???

what are pros and cons???

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I agree with everyone who posted on this subject that you should not attempt to do it. There are no pros to that idea.
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Put your dog in one crate, and your wife in another.
After an hour or so, pull over and go check on them,

Who is glad to see you?
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Long Long Trailer...

Ever seen the scene in the movie where Lucy decides to fix dinner between stops? The movie is somewhat exaggerated, but none the less I think that I would avoid it at all costs.

If you do decide to follow the advice of klattu please make sure to remove all sharp objects, and cast iron cookware before opening the cage you wife is in!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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Hey Kingfisher24, you were the one who was running away from home! How did your travels go? Are you planning anymore travels? So you thinking of taking the dog this time?
We are leaving on July 11th for our first out west adventure in our AS can't wait!

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Knowing that nothing is 100% safe, I'd be reluctant to keep any live animal in the trailer. I know I've said this a lot in the past, but I saw a horrible wreck coming home from the summer midwest rally in 2004. Trailer rolled, contents of trailer all over the grassy median of the highway and the couples pooch was in the trailer, got out from the front end ripped open, was unhurt, and was running down the Interstate. I figure if it's not good for humans, it's not fit for beast....of course I say this as a rabid animal fan.
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Put your dog in one crate, and your wife in another.
After an hour or so, pull over and go check on them,

Who is glad to see you?
Or better yet, have wife and dog in TV and papa in the crate in the TT
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