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Old 08-30-2016, 03:13 PM   #15
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I would not do it with the pets. Airstreams are ovens with an AC.
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Old 08-30-2016, 04:25 PM   #16
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We do leave our Standard Schnauzer Abbey in the Bambi sometimes, but never for very long. If it's so warm that AC is required to keep it livable inside we don't leave her, period. Even in cool enough weather, we always leave the fantastic fan on to bring air in. Even when it's cool enough without the fan on, the vent is open.

We do a lot of rallies with friends...at those times, if we need to be gone for very long we either leave Abbey with friends or leave keys and ask someone to check on her periodically and/or take her for a walk. We do the same for them. Because we often camp with friends, we happen to know that she doesn't bark excessively when we are gone...but like when we are home, if someone knocks on the door, etc, she will "acknowledge" them. (She's our doorbell and intruder alarm. )

If you are a long-term resident in a park you may be able to make arrangements with the management or someone you know in the park to check on your dog periodically if necessary...some will do that and some won't but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Good luck...the fact that you are worrying about your dog in advance signals that you are a good pet-mama!
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:11 PM   #17
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My wife and I travel with two Schnauzers and have never left them alone in our AS. To us they are like kids and we seldom ever left our kids with anyone else either. We are to be the responsible ones so we plan our trips around having iur kids with us.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:44 PM   #18
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There's a reason that the summer months are the low season in Palm Springs. Do your pets a favour and rent a place with air conditioning.
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I'm glad you care of your dogs (pets).

There was a previous thread that stated the AC can fail. However, with that kind of mentally, ANYTHING can fail then. The sky could be falling.

I travel with pets and when we have to go places, we do leave the AC ON for the dogs.

Having a camera would be a great idea. But you'll need some tech know how to pull that off. I would recommend putting one of those balloon strings by the AC vent so you can see that it is blowing in the camera.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:14 PM   #20
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Go for it. Do you have a family member that can watch your furry kid as a backup plan?
No, unfortunately, there is no one who will be there reliably with me.
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We do leave our Standard Schnauzer Abbey in the Bambi sometimes, but never for very long. If it's so warm that AC is required to keep it livable inside we don't leave her, period. Even in cool enough weather, we always leave the fantastic fan on to bring air in. Even when it's cool enough without the fan on, the vent is open.

We do a lot of rallies with friends...at those times, if we need to be gone for very long we either leave Abbey with friends or leave keys and ask someone to check on her periodically and/or take her for a walk. We do the same for them. Because we often camp with friends, we happen to know that she doesn't bark excessively when we are gone...but like when we are home, if someone knocks on the door, etc, she will "acknowledge" them. (She's our doorbell and intruder alarm. )

If you are a long-term resident in a park you may be able to make arrangements with the management or someone you know in the park to check on your dog periodically if necessary...some will do that and some won't but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Good luck...the fact that you are worrying about your dog in advance signals that you are a good pet-mama!
Thanks - actually the dog is the key decision point for whether or not to try this idea. If it is just myself in a situation, I am usually able to make it work. We are very cautious with the pets in our brick and mortar home - only use a pet sitter when needed, pay for the most attention we can (such as overnights if the trip means we are gone for any length of time), the pet sitter sends daily photos and calls with any questions, etc.
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Thanks for the many ideas and opinions

Thanks to all who have replied. Many good options and ideas! I am going to look into pet sitting to start. I would welcome any other comments if anyone else has the time and inclination. Thanks!
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questions I have not considered!
- is it safe to leave the AC on for pets and go off to work a standard, 8 to 5 work day?
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Something to think about when you leave a dog on their own in a trailer with the AC running. AC's can fail, Power breakers can trip.

There where two well publicized cases in the show dog world this summer that resulted in multiple deaths of dogs.

A party was showing their dogs this summer and staying at a hotel with a specially equipped truck with an air conditioning powered by an extension cord plugged into the exterior of the hotel. A circuit breaker in the truck tripped in the midst of a heat wave and the dogs all died.

Another similar situation happened when a van specially equipped with an AC also powered by an extension cord plugged into an exterior plug at the show grounds failed while the handler was in the ring showing a dog. All the dogs in the van were lost in less than 2.5 hours.
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Something to think about when you leave a dog on their own in a trailer with the AC running. AC's can fail, Power breakers can trip.

There where two well publicized cases in the show dog world this summer that resulted in multiple deaths of dogs.

A party was showing their dogs this summer and staying at a hotel with a specially equipped truck with an air conditioning powered by an extension cord plugged into the exterior of the hotel. A circuit breaker in the truck tripped in the midst of a heat wave and the dogs all died.

Another similar situation happened when a van specially equipped with an AC also powered by an extension cord plugged into an exterior plug at the show grounds failed while the handler was in the ring showing a dog. All the dogs in the van were lost in less than 2.5 hours.
That dog show situation sounds horrible! I feel very sorry for all involved.

I am looking into doggie daycare in the area. I have a recommendation and am thinking I should visit this daycare once or twice to make sure I like the place and that my younger, more anxious dog would be ok temperament-wise per this daycare's "standards" before going down this road.

Can I even keep the trailer cool enough for myself to manage in the summer? I don't mind indoor heat up to about the high 80's. The dogs seem ok when it is hot here, though it is very uncommon.

Is it safe to go to the grocery store or other quick errands and leave the dogs in the trailer for less than an hour? I'm not a big shopper and would probably spend most of my time hanging out with the dogs or doing work from home when I was not at the job site.
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Hi, a lot of good information so far. We took our dogs traveling with us and only left them alone in cool / cold weather. We hired pet sitters or we took turns going out with our dog in the trailer. Never happened to us, but a few camp grounds will unplug your trailer if they see you leave and your air conditioner is running. [trying to save electricity] At home, and in my trailer, I used a voice activated recorder to hear what happened when we were gone and how long our dog barked when left alone.


A trailer won't get hot as fast as a car, but way faster than a house.
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Smile thanks again

Thanks for all the responses and ideas. I am going to try to visit the local Airstream dealer this Saturday to get a better idea of options. I have been in Airstreams before but not when I was trying to envision actually owning one!
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There are a few (expensive) battery backed air conditioning options out there to make a single point of failure, like a failure of the power through the cord, less likely to be devastating.

You can think of them like a UPS (un interruptible power supply), sized for air conditioning instead of a computer.

When I say expensive, I mean on the order of $25K for 4 hours, and $40K for 8 hours.

None of these are considered "medical grade", meaning that they are technically not rated to sustain life, which is a very special, even more expensive setup.

Nonetheless, having a backup is better than no backup.
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