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Old 10-01-2017, 07:15 AM   #1
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Hi all. I am considering buying a sport 16 in the spring. I am a single woman and want to travel (not full time) with my dog. How do some of you handle bathroom breaks on the road? I am not one who is against leaving your dog in the car for a brief period if weather is cool enough and windows cracked. However I know there may be times when it is too hot. Do you use the toilet in your trailer? im sure you all have this worked out so wanted to know what you do please! Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:31 AM   #2
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While in route & at campgrounds I use the bathroom in my trailer thats why I purchased it. If you just stopping to use the restroom its probably time for the doggie to go potty also..The dog will either stay in the truck while you run in to use the bathroom..or go with you to the trailer..then on his/her walk
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:40 AM   #3
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Welcome...you just get out and run in, leave a window down if need be but a potty break shouldn't take long enough for your vehicle to overheat.

I usually potty first, then take Lily for a walk.

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Old 10-01-2017, 10:32 AM   #4
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Welcome! We take our pooch with us camping as often as we can and at rest stops, we take her for a spin around the rest area (usually a place for them to do their business) then bring her in the trailer with us while we do our business

It's great to not have to use public bathrooms!

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Old 10-01-2017, 01:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for your responses! I've been kind of surprised at how upset some folks get about leaving your dog in your car at all. I agree you should be very careful...not be gone so long and watch temps/shade but good to hear some of you do it at times with caution. Also just didn't know if it was a good idea to use trailer toilet all the time cause then you have to empty it more. Hahaha! Sport 16 tank not so large so being inexperienced at this didn't know how soon it fills up. (21 gal combo). SteveSueMac look s like your pooch is a cousin of mine. I have a beagle!
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for your responses! I've been kind of surprised at how upset some folks get about leaving your dog in your car at all. I agree you should be very careful...not be gone so long and watch temps/shade but good to hear some of you do it at times with caution. Also just didn't know if it was a good idea to use trailer toilet all the time cause then you have to empty it more. Hahaha! Sport 16 tank not so large so being inexperienced at this didn't know how soon it fills up. (21 gal combo). SteveSueMac look s like your pooch is a cousin of mine. I have a beagle!


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Old 10-01-2017, 04:27 PM   #7
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I recently posted this in another thread, but frequently leaving our dogs in the airstream is fine when the car can get too hot. Unless the air temp it very high, most of the heat in the car comes from the windows. The airstream is at least minimally insulated and opening the roof vents and turning on the fans can keep it perfectly safe. Just use common sense. If you’ll be gone very long or it’s very hot outside find another plan. But if your only concern is during a bathroom break, just bring the dog in the Airstream with you.

And of course use the bathroom in the Airstream. Thr only time we don’t is on the last leg home before it goes into storage at the end of a season.
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Old 10-01-2017, 05:40 PM   #8
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I leave truck running w Daisy inside. Use a manual key to turn lock driver door cause it auto unlocks if engine is rynnibg and I try to switch lick or throb lock. Manual twist lick works. Yes I've been bystander- lectured and who cares. People need to mind their own biz not mine.
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I love this air group. Thanks so much. When I figure out how to post pics I will post Abby beagle sometime!
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:48 AM   #10
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I'm a solo senior woman camper... not potty related, but I'd only consider double axels on a camper. Then if you have a flat tire, the camper is usually not leaning heavily toward the flat. IMHO..
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:05 AM   #11
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Our camping friend is an 81 year old lady with a dog.
She has an Interstate.
She has the bathroom breaks figured out.
Humans go in the camper and fuel/meal stops.
Dogs go at rest stops and fuel stops.
Sometimes if the dog has to stay in the camper she runs the generator and roof air like during church while traveling.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:57 PM   #12
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I full time with my dog. Generally I stop every 2-3 hrs just because I have to go, I generally relieve my dog whenever I go. He can hold himself for a full day, but the movement while traveling I think makes him require more frequent stops. Yes I use the toilet in my trailer when necessary but not always.
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Just as a data point, my husband and I put in a lithium battery system which is capable of running the roof a/c for short periods (1-2 hours). I turn that on when I leave the dog in our rig for short periods in hot weather.

The special issue for me is that we live in the Deep South. If someone sees a dog in a vehicle, they are not going to stand there thinking, "Hmmm... how long has that dog been IN that vehicle? Has it been three minutes or two hours?" They'll just smash the window out without hesitation even if the dog doesn't show signs of stress. So if the roof a/c is running, they'll know that the dog is safe. So I run the roof a/c even when it does not need to be run, strictly speaking.

Even if I cover the windows with their reflectors, the dog sometimes barks at passers-by. So even if they don't see her, they'll still smash out a window in a standing vehicle unless they hear a/c running.
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:16 AM   #14
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my minn pin loves to travel and adapts to any circumstances..loves the heat..not the cold..when we stop to relax a bit i use the toilet in the trailer,then walk her or,she walks me.....she is such a good traveling companion .
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