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Old 09-26-2017, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hello Airstreamers!
I'm new to this site but would like to get more feedbacks from all of you. I'm quite determined that I'm going to get a 16 foot Bambi in August 2020 when I turn 55 & retired. This would give me about 3 years plan to get rid of my personal stuff & prepare mentally to live full time on the wheels. I've lot to learn since I'm not a handy person. I plan to get a brand new 2020 or 2021 model and I really like the compact size of Bambi 16 easy to haul with my Honda Ridgeline. Currently I'm in Baltimore and planning to travel to the west coast since I love wine & yoga to visit wineries and yoga retreats. I'm so ready!! My question is how's traveling with 2 cats in 16 Bambi?

PS:. I've 3 cats but the oldest one won't make it to the 2020 since she has a cancer tumor
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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Not trying to discourage you, but I've seen some parks that do not allow unattended pets in trailers. Usually areas where it's really hot and they are afraid that the A/C may turn off, leaving an unattended pet at risk.

Probably not a bad policy. And if you are traveling alone that could be a concern even where there is no explicit rule.

Otherwise I say good luck! I'm full-timing and loving every minute.
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I'm pretty sure there are tools that will link to your phone and alert you if trailer temps rise above certain temps. Our cat enjoys camping (1 cat, 50 # dog, and 10# dog with 2 adults in a 19--granted, were not living in it!)
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:48 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure there are tools that will link to your phone and alert you if trailer temps rise above certain temps. Our cat enjoys camping (1 cat, 50 # dog, and 10# dog with 2 adults in a 19--granted, were not living in it!)
Perhaps. Seems like that would require an internet connection...
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Can't speak to full-timing... or cats, but my border collie Ollie and I travel quite well together for up to 3 weeks at a time in our 16 footer. I'm still working so that's about my max time off in one stretch.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:02 AM   #6
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Thank you all!! I have never thought of pet policy in the park. Most likely I won't live in a hot area as I prefer cooler weather in the northwest coastline (Northern CA, OR & WA areas). I wouldn't jeopardize my kitties life, they are my babies!!! I love the 16 foot Bambi floorplan with back & front living space in such a compact space. I wish they make it up to 20 foot, that's the largest I would feel comfortable to tow.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:23 AM   #7
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Your plan is totally doable.
We ran into a lady at Jackson Center with 2 dogs in a 16' Sport.
Seems like the Ridgeline might handle a 19, 22, or maybe even a 23.
Why not get a longer trailer for more storage and walk around room?
Have you visited a dealer and spent time in each model?
Go into each trailer and go through the motions of preparing a meal, eating, taking a bath, watching television, and sleeping. As you visit each trailer, imagine where the litter box, food, and water will go.
This will steer you ion the right direction.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:37 AM   #8
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I'm pretty sure there are tools that will link to your phone and alert you if trailer temps rise above certain temps. Our cat enjoys camping (1 cat, 50 # dog, and 10# dog with 2 adults in a 19--granted, were not living in it!)
Yes, there are such tools. Google "Mobil lock." It comes with it's own cell service and costs $20/month.

We have one for our two dogs that we leave alone in the trailer. Cats don't bark, so leaving them along is even less likely to cause trouble. There are parks that don't want you to leave unattended animals alone, but IMHO that is just stupid. From what I've seen, the pet industry drives the RV industry.

The only concern with cats is that they scratch your upholstery to death. You would probably also need a plan to acclimate them to the trailer. Some animals freak out in new environments.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:43 AM   #9
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Cats have a higher body temperature than we do, so heat doesn't seem to bother them.
The a/c went out in the house and it got to 96 degrees inside.
The cat totally did not mind.
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Actually, I am planning something similar with my dog in a couple of years (or sooner). This thread has really helped me put things into perspective and alleviated much of my anxiety about traveling solo!
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:14 AM   #11
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We took a 2 month excursion with 3 cats in our 19' Flying Cloud and subsequently our current 25' Flying Cloud. We drove to Colonial from Baton Rouge to trade in the 19'. My biggest concerns with the cats was scratching the upholstery and peeing anywhere else but the litter box. They did neither, but they're around 12 years old. We took a couple of scratching posts that they used while at the house for them to scratch on. A familiar item with familiar smell.

Several times a week we'd leave them in the Airstream with some windows open (if we weren't worried about rain) and the temps never got above the low 80s. We boondocked nearly the entire 2 months. As someone else has alluded to, our cats are accustomed to lying in the Louisiana sun on concrete in the middle of the day, so lying around in a travel trailer in the shade with plenty of water and the temps maybe getting as high as 82 doesn't seem bad at all.

It also depends on where one plans to camp. We were in North Carolina and Kentucky for the August summer so it wasn't nearly as bad as Louisiana.

Bottom line is our cats adjusted to life in the Airstream. Thank goodness! And we adjusted to life in the Airstream with them!
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Thank you to hear all the positive stories about traveling with their pets!! What a relief!!
I haven't visited any airstream dealership yet, because I don't want to end up buying it way too early!! I could be a bit of impulsive buyer LOL..., I know my weakness!!
Probably by mid end of 2019, I will start to visit some RV shows. I have never towed anything in my life, so I'm a bit of nervous to be honest. This morning, I just saw a video of Tommy Bahamas 19 foot, I'm already drooling about the mini bar & wine rack area. I just don't care much about the corner bed setting. For 22 ft, I don't understand why they block the entire back area for a restroom, I heard that the back area has the best view!! 25 ft is way too big for me which has a nice floor plan IMO. I want to have unobstructed front & rear view! So 16 foot is the best option so far unless they will come out with a similar floor plan in 2020.
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Don't let people discourage you! Unless someone has traveled with a cat and it didn't work, I do not consider advice from inexperienced naysayers to be very helpful.

Our cats have been full-time Airstreamers for more than a year and before that, traveled with us on months-long trips. We stay mostly in public campgrounds or on public lands and thus have never had an issue with RV park rules. We also do not travel to places where it will get too hot in the trailer. The Airstream stays much cooler than a car would, so we are fine up to 85 degrees in most campsites and even 90 degrees for a day or two if we have decent shade and the ability to get good airflow through the trailer. We do not leave for long stretches in the middle of the day during hot weather, instead doing activities like hiking and site-seeing in the afternoon.

We also stay in places for at least a week. Our cats like the camping part but do not love the driving part so we seek to minimize the number of times we bring them in the car to go place to place. Some cats do get carsick, so plan your route carefully to avoid the windy mountain roads or see your vet about anti-nausea drugs or a mild sedative. This is one key to our cats being happy campers... If we were driving them around every couple of days, I think it would be too stressful for them so a week or two in a place works best for us (and is generally a more enjoyable way to travel in an Airstream for us, too).

Since you are thinking about a Bambi, you might also want to get them used to walking on a leash so they can get some fresh air. We have heavy-duty cat harnesses that are very difficult to get out of and we are careful about walking them away from dogs and wildlife. They enjoy being outside and stretching their legs (not much actual walking happens - more fits and starts of movement and flopping on the ground). Get started with this kind of acclimation now - it will make it easier when you are ready to start traveling.

Our cats were 11 when we started traveling with them and they have seen more states than most people. Assuming your cats can adapt, you can make this work for you with the advice in this thread!
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