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Old 06-30-2011, 08:09 AM   #15
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Simplistic...but it's just what we do.

Never leave Fado in the trailer alone. If we can't do it with him, why do it?
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:39 AM   #16
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The first time the dog was accidentally locked in the trailer, she chewed the bedroom window screen. This was in the driveway - hadn't even had the trailer for a month.

The only way I can trust her in the trailer (alone) is if I put her in a porta-kennel. She's never been in a porta-kennel. She would bark her head off; not a good thing at sites/RV parks.

I also worry about the heat issue; wouldn't take long to kill a pet in a AS w/o ac. So, as hard as it is, summer camping will be sans dog. When the weather isn't as hot, I figure I can put her in the truck if I will be a way from the campsite for a bit. She is familiar with the truck - just curls up and goes to sleep.

The provincial-park campsites here do not allow dogs on the beaches or public places, and generally discourage people bringing dogs as they can aggravate the wildlife.
There have been cases of cougars scooping up small pets tied to trailer or getting to them when they were in those portable wire enclosures.

It would be awful to have a holiday ruined by the death of a pet.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:51 AM   #17
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Our 11 year old cocker had never been in a porta-kennel (crate) and we got one in anticipation of traveling and she just loves it. We put her bed in it in the kitchen for about a week before our first trip (it took some extra treats to convince her it was safe to enter) and she took to it. We put it in behind the drivers seat and she rides there in total happiness. The couple of times we have left her in the AS, we didnt even use it and she just sleeps the day away like she was at home. YMMV based on the breed of dog but it works for us. But I agree with Robert in terms of hot weather camping especially. If I couldn't stand to be locked up in the trailer all day with no AC, then the dog shouldn't be either.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:58 AM   #18
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First, we got our Airstream so we could take our dog with us when we travel. There are some places pets are not allowed that people would like to visit when traveling. We took our dog with us when we went to Disneyland, and for $100, we got a cage inside a building to put her. I had to go back several times during the day to walk, feed, and water her.
Second, what would you do with your pet if you were fulltiming in your Airstream? We both work, and our alternatives were to leave our dog in the trailer while we worked, while making reasonable provisions in case either the power went out or the a/c failed, or boarding her in a kennel 6 days a week for a tick over $200 a week. We chose the former. In 18 months, the power went out 3 times, once in summer, twice in winter.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:08 PM   #19
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That sounds great. Since most basic txt phones can also receive email as a text you're basically set with a laptop/internet connection and cell phone. Because the laptop would run on battery after a power failure, it should give a good handle on the increasing temps.
While laptops will continue to run on battery power, you will need to consider your laptop's Internet connection. If you are using a card in your laptop that connects you to the cell system (3G, 4G card or whatever) you are good. If you are connecting via a Wi-Fi system you need to consider that the network may also go down in a power failure. My DSL connection would still be OK during a blackout, but the gateway/router is AC powered and would not work. Just something to keep in mind.
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We have and are traveling with our dogs. We have an aging Blue Heeler and a Great Dane. We leave the A/C running when we leave the trailer but we limit our time away from the trailer. Someone (can't remember who or their credentials) gave me a time limit of 4-5 hours for dogs to stay in crates and I transferred that limit to the amount time they should be in a trailer without being walked. We just plan to only be out 3-4 hours.

When we are home we don't run the a/c if we can get away with it. You would be surprised how well that fan works in keeping the trailer cool.
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Our 11 year old cocker had never been in a porta-kennel (crate) and we got one in anticipation of traveling and she just loves it. We put her bed in it in the kitchen for about a week before our first trip (it took some extra treats to convince her it was safe to enter) and she took to it. We put it in behind the drivers seat and she rides there in total happiness. The couple of times we have left her in the AS, we didnt even use it and she just sleeps the day away like she was at home. YMMV based on the breed of dog but it works for us. But I agree with Robert in terms of hot weather camping especially. If I couldn't stand to be locked up in the trailer all day with no AC, then the dog shouldn't be either.
Goal, yes, she might like the security of a crate. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am thinking of getting one and see how she makes out at home first. Beagles are kinda different, though. The breed is notorious for separation anxiety.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:10 PM   #22
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We took the door off the crate while we got the cocker accustomed to it, then put it back on before the first trip. by then she wasn't all that worried about it and things went fine. you can also use a bungi cord to keep the door open while at the house but it does become a pedestrian obstacle which we didn't need any more of.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #23
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Fado feels right at home anywhere we are....

He has no problem being left at home alone while we are busy or working.

He knows from experience that when we start packing the AS that he will be traveling with us. (retired..but still thinks he's go'n show'n)
On our cross country trip last October he rode in his crate with no problems. Just open the tailgate and he's in.

I really believe that EARLY socialization and crate training is a must.
A lot of our friends just couldn't understand why we were so MEAN... keeping a 10wk old puppy in a crate for extended periods. They understand now. He hasn't been crated in the house in 7 1/2 years.

In the trailer he has his own space....
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:29 PM   #24
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Interesting Replies and Input

Thanks all for your input and suggestions.

In the interest of avoiding debate in response to a couple of the replies which implied something to the contrary ... and which contained suggestions completely unrelated to my question ... and to "set the record straight" ... I'll simply state that we have never left the dogs for more than a couple of hours ... and we have never done so during the summer heat. But those couple of hours were when we were camping in during cooler temps.

Nonetheless, the intent of the inquiry was to explore what our options may be. Thank you to those who offered some friendly suggestions.
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Hey guys! Love the fantastic fan options. We've worried about the same! 5 years and counting full-timing in the texas heat. I found an APP called icam. Less than 2 bucks. It lets you use the camera on your laptop (or Iphone ... 3G since you upgraded to 4G!) and transmit to the web. Point at your handy dandy weather channel thermometer and nanny cam away. I know it's random, but then, so are we? LOL Hugs to you guys.
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My dog just gets bigger and shinier when the temp goes up...



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But there's really no reason to leave him in the trailer. He'll fit almost anywhere. And if the heat really proves to be too much....well.....I can pick up an exact clone for twenty six bucks and shipping.....
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For Those Traveling With Pets

Finally stumbled across something for serious consideration to monitor the environment in the RV when we're away:

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Thanks all for your input and suggestions.

In the interest of avoiding debate in response to a couple of the replies which implied something to the contrary ... and which contained suggestions completely unrelated to my question ... and to "set the record straight" ... I'll simply state that we have never left the dogs for more than a couple of hours ... and we have never done so during the summer heat. But those couple of hours were when we were camping in during cooler temps.

Nonetheless, the intent of the inquiry was to explore what our options may be. Thank you to those who offered some friendly suggestions.
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Finally stumbled across something for serious consideration to monitor the environment in the RV when we're away:

Call Out Devices
Hi, on our Alaska trip we never left Boo-Boo alone more than a few hours. We planned on a 12 hour bus tour, so we went separately, so Boo-Boo wasn't alone that long. [my wife went the first day and I went the next day] Later we planned an 8 hour boat tour and hired a dog sitter. Boo-Boo had lots of water, food and both vents open with the fan on. [weather was cool or warm, not hot] The call out devises wouldn't have worked for us because there was no way that we could get back to our trailer right away.

(1.) Boo-Boo in his bed, in our trailer.

(2.) Boo-Boo with his dog sitter, in Alaska.
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