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Old 07-21-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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I have 2 small dogs who frequently travel with me. Many hotels don't allow pets to be left in the room unattended. I respect their concerns about potential damage and barking even though I know my "kids" can be trusted. What I don't understand is why many campgrounds have these restrictions. Why can't I leave my quiet pups in the air conditioned splendor of MY trailer for a few hours while I go out to eat or shop?
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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Why can't I leave my quiet pups in the air conditioned splendor of MY trailer for a few hours while I go out to eat or shop?
Our two Airstream dogs routinely stay in the trailer when we are out hiking or sightseeing. We limit our absences to two hours or less. Until I read your post, I thought the "no dog left behind" rule meant you couldn't leave them unattended outside your trailer.

Well, now that we've opened this can of dog food and confessed our confusion and wrongdoing, I'm sure we'll generate a good deal of clarification.
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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We've left our dogs in the trailer, but I know they are well behaved and don't bark unless someone gets too close to the trailer (like looking in a window). For the most part, I wouldn't worry about it, because if your dogs are good no one will even know they are there. The rule is so that they can throw out people who leave unruly dogs unattended, and annoy their neighbors.
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On our way back from Salem, we stopped at a campground in LaPine, OR and they stated that you were not to leave the air conditioning running if you left the campground. If discovered, they would disconnect the power. Their reason, the cost of electricity. Pets in a closed trailer, hot weather and no air conditioning is not a good thing.

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Old 07-21-2006, 06:53 PM   #5
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Have you ever wondered why our society is governed by so many rules? It is for all those who abuse society - thus a new rule everyday is imposed on those citizens who are normal law and courteous abiding people.

To those people to whom rules are legislated for in the first place - do we honestly think that they would abide by them We just keep imposing restriction after restriction on our selves until life itself will no longer be any fun!!!

If we citizens were more nervy and pinned notes to trailers or boats of those yappy critters (who lets face it - are just simply scared little fur babies waiting for their parents to come back) then maybe there would not be so many rules...
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On our way back from Salem, we stopped at a campground in LaPine, OR and they stated that you were not to leave the air conditioning running if you left the campground. If discovered, they would disconnect the power. Their reason, the cost of electricity. Pets in a closed trailer, hot weather and no air conditioning is not a good thing.

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Wow!!! Whether it be me sitting in my trailer all day or my dog or a kid for that matter with the AC on - after I have paid my fee and they came and shut the power off - I'd be renting Lou's miniature Snauzzzzzzer to do a number on that camp ground owner.
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I travel with my pardoner -Zap - a yellow Lab, golden mix and we have not had any troubles but we pick after, don't bark, and she keeps me undercontrol. It took me awhile to understand that some people just do not like dogs. So now we avoid those folks. If my dogs not welcome then we move on.

It also took me awhile to understand that there are some people out there who should not have a pet of any kind because they just are not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with owning a pet. they don't pick up or only do so if they think someone is watching - they leave their yappy little dogs unattended and then pretend thay didn't know. These are the folks that cause we good pet owners and our pets to suffer - sooo that why I have wheels under me. Happy trails to you
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Can't imagine any campground turning off the power. What if you left a teenager in there who was asleep or not feeling well. Seems like they should just raise their rates and let you use the power. I most generally leave my two dogs in the trailer when I'm shopping or out in the boat. It's too hot to take them. I honestly think they would be fine even if the AC went off for a while. These little Argosys with their cream roofs don't get that hot sitting under the trees. Don't get me wrong, it's hot, but not hot enough to kill a dog in a couple of hours. HOWEVER, it was 108 here in Oklahoma today. Not hardly worth leaving the house.
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If it's really hot I don't take the dogs with us, at least not if we're going to be doing stuff they can't tag along. That's part of why I didn't go to international, I had the dogs with us at silver falls and didn't want to leave them alone, and it was too hot to take them with us (and who wants to go visting trailers with dogs tagging along).

Likewise they didn't go to Trout Lake with us because we knew we would be at the arts festival for several hours on Sunday.

So it depends on the trip, and where we're at, and what we're doing. I wish we could take them everywhere, but it's the heat ,more than them disturbing the peace, that worrys me.
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hi jetset jenna and welcome to the forums!

care and feeding of pets....
always an issue when traveling...
wise to carry a copy of vaccination records
vet info
and spare tags and collar....

bill......i would not stay at a campground that informed my up front that leaving ac on while gone is forbidden...how do they know i'm gone or when....way too many related issues, so thanks for the heads up bill on that place.

like many others jenna,
i've left my dog in the cool trailer, even where the 'rule' is noted...
usually i ask about it and they explain about leaving for days, dogs tied outside or inside but with doors open and so on...

if at all uncertain how that applies 2 me....
i just ask, "i'm going into town for groceries or fuel...can i leave my dog for a few hours?"
never been told "no"...

but usually if i'm driving and can, i take em anyway....

things can happen in the trailer....
-i've had circuits overload and turn off the ac,
-i had an a-c DIE last year while in a state park and i was out for a bike ride...and a brand new one too! luckily i returned before the temps started to rise inside...but still it was close...
-i came home once only to find someone trying to get 'inside' my trailer...while the break in would have been sad, having my dog hurt or loose in a strange state would have been a heartbreaker...
-what if you had a co2 leak or lp gas leak? again very unlikely but just consider all these possibilites...
-also left once for long bike ride...only to have a freak rainstorm hit the campground while i was gone....knocked out power and the 'rain sensor' feature closed my fantastic fans...so no ventilation...till i returned.

seems i read here someone who rigged up the fantastic fans to OPEN and come ON if the a/c stopped? that's pretty great thinking for the dogs....

one other thing about rv parks and dogs......usually the owners have a pooch or 2....so they are mostly concerned with 'problem' dogs... i make a point of taking my dog for a walk once the trailer is settled.....let the owner see my dog behaving well, on a leash, not barking...and so on. often they will want to come meet the pooch, again improving the bond between me/the dog and them...now when/if i ask about leaving him they are much much easier with this issue and other dog things....

so mostly i've found that 'no leave' issue in practice,
less problematic than the written form...

it helps to have a dog that is better behaved than i.....

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:14 PM   #11
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I don't want to sound like a bad parent, so I must say that one of my hairy friends has seizures and must have meds twice a day. I have to take her or take her to the vet 35 miles away whenever we go to the lake. Of course her brother goes too. "Imma" and her brother "Paden" are Poms and get mighty upset if they know we are going trailering. Imma gets "too" upset for her health, so we always go as four. I will continue to take my chances with the A/C, since a little heat is the lesser of two evils with these kids. Of course, it's not always hot in Oklahoma, we have some very nice days in the Spring and Fall. Actually there is a cold front moving in tonight and it will only be in the low 90's this week-end. OH BOY!
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I always pay by credit card to earn points. If I came back to find my power shut off...I'd simply call the credit card company when I left (earlier than expected I might add) and shut off the charge. Dog or no dog, if they don't deliver, neither would I!
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Wow!!! Whether it be me sitting in my trailer all day or my dog or a kid for that matter with the AC on - after I have paid my fee and they came and shut the power off - I'd be renting Lou's miniature Snauzzzzzzer to do a number on that camp ground owner.
Yeah, I find this bizzare at least. Me thinks they need to go after the folks who run the air with the doors and windows open at the same time. This seems to be quite common.

We do leave our two in the trailer when we are gone. We always close up though and put on the air. That pretty much isolates them from outside sounds that would make them bark.

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On our way back from Salem, we stopped at a campground in LaPine, OR and they stated that you were not to leave the air conditioning running if you left the campground. If discovered, they would disconnect the power. Their reason, the cost of electricity. Pets in a closed trailer, hot weather and no air conditioning is not a good thing.

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Yeah, that is pretty bizarre, and I'd be pretty peeved, too.

We have a policy on it, too, but it's based not just on noise, but also on observation of a few poor canines left out in the heat, without water, food, or even consolation. (Ok, we provide the water and consolation, but when the owners return, we provide some unsolicited advice on how to be a responsible dog owner.)


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