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Arnoldjeff 06-07-2016 06:38 PM

Leave dog inside with AC?
Going on a beach trip this summer and concerned about leaving my dog in the airstream in case the air conditioning stopped working. It's a 2014 flying cloud, but I'm still nervous about it and leaning toward finding a sitter for my dog instead. Anyone have thoughts or experience with this?

Amg 06-07-2016 06:42 PM

Yes, get a temperature monitoring system. I have a temperature alert brand that will call, text message, and email me if the temperature goes above the what I set it. You can also view the temperature on their website. It runs on A/C or battery.

Zybane 06-07-2016 06:48 PM

Please get a temperature monitor system on the cell network. For only $99 a year you can ensure your pet is in a healthy environment:

Lily&Me 06-07-2016 07:01 PM

I wouldn't do it.

Power can fail, gadgets can fail, and your dog could die.

I wouldn't leave Lily alone and unattended in my rig for any extended period of time, regardless of the weather.


rmkrum 06-07-2016 07:27 PM

We only leave our pups in the AS parked in the shade in cool weather, where an open window and two fantastic fans running keep the AS cool enough. If that's not possible, the dogs are in the TV, with dash AC running, with a responsible adult human aboard the entire time. Won't leave the doggies in s running vehicle alone either. Too much to go wrong.

It sometimes makes mealtimes for the humans a take-out PITA, but dogs can overheat too quickly--faster than humans, with very devastating results. We don't take the chance with dogs or people.

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rmkrum 06-07-2016 07:31 PM

Oh yeah, and the last time wife and I went on a vacation including Disney World, the boarding cost for our little traveling pack was much more than the Disney trip, and we felt it was well worth the peace of mind.

Disney was a lot of fun, but returning to pick up our pack of doggies in good condition was priceless.

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cameront120 06-07-2016 07:33 PM

Power fails and it won't take long for the heat to rise to a fatal level. Find a loco
Dog daycare while you go on excursions, or bring the dog with. If that won't work, leave the pup at home with a sitter.

Sbb 06-07-2016 07:40 PM

We leave doggie home since we work when we travel. It would not be fair to doggy and parks all have rules that do not allow you to leave doggy alone. As lovely and cute as they are, most tend to bark a lot when mom and dad are gone for the day,

2vets 06-07-2016 07:40 PM

Too much of a risk in my opinion. Saw a heat stroke death of a pug last week..... Very sad. As a veterinarian, I cannot advocate a dog unsupervised in any vehicle.

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SteveSueMac 06-07-2016 07:47 PM

Even at home at least once a week Daisy goes to our local Camp Bow Wow to blow off some steam with her pup friends. Some camping trips are perfect for her to join with us, other times not so much so for those trips, she camps at Bow Wow while we camp elsewhere.

On those times she goes camping with us but a particular activity isn't suited for her, we will seek out a local Camp Bow Wow (weeks in advance) or other such service. She's accustomed to playing with her friends and is supervised so we really don't worry.

Of course anything can go wrong any time, but we feel more confident with this approach. Even with good warning devices In your trailer, there's just too much that can get out of control too fast. Especially if it's hot - more likely the campground will have lower voltage, AC will fail and it can honestly be a matter of minutes before it gets uncomfortable and not too long thereafter where it could be life threatening.

Another option we've considered (but not done yet) is to pay a responsible niece to travel with us and dog sit while we're gone.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend leaving your pooch in the trailer. Good luck!

tcrum 06-07-2016 07:53 PM

I know people that have reworded their fans so in the event of a power failure to fans will open and circulate air.

SeeMore 06-07-2016 08:06 PM

The thought never crossed my mind.

Amg 06-08-2016 06:48 AM


Originally Posted by Lily&Me (Post 1803384)
I wouldn't do it.

Power can fail, gadgets can fail, and your dog could die.

I wouldn't leave Lily alone and unattended in my rig for any extended period of time, regardless of the weather.


I also would not leave my dog unattended for any extended period. First my system will alert me if the A/C power goes off. So that is not an issue. I am never more then ten minutes away from the coach. Finally every five minutes I remotely monitor the temperature.

In my case I don't have the option of boarding my dog because of a compromised immunity system. . It is really a matter of common sense in the monitoring and not being far away from the coach.

kscherzi 06-08-2016 07:01 AM

I'd not leave my dog alone in the summer, or anywhere where AC is needed to keep him alive, ever. Now if you're camping in the mountains in the fall where daytime temps get to the upper 50's then that's a judgement call, mostly on how your dog behaves in you absence and campground rules. I think AC is too unreliable.

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