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Old 04-26-2015, 09:16 AM   #31
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Very short trips

If we ever get our new Wildcat out of the shop for warranty work! We plan to take a short trip to Flagler bch Fla for a few days. This will be our first trip with the pups(90lb lab & 75lb boxer) and maiden trip for the Wildcat. Our plan this trip is shake down to see if traveling with them is feasible. My concern is leaving them in the 5ser and have a short in the electric and fire that they are trapped in camper. That is my biggest fear so our trips away from them will be very short. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:47 PM   #32
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With those two you might leave the door unlocked. No one will break in for sure. Letting a neighbor know the door is in locked in an emergency would help with your concern.

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Old 04-30-2015, 10:02 AM   #33
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...I haven't tried it but I saw somewhere that you can attach a temperature monitor to a cell phone. If the temp hits a set point an alarm goes off and the cell phone calls you to alert you.
Before we got our Berkshire, we had a trailer, and our shepherd and toy poodle loved it. The shepherd passed away, and our toy poodle is now 15 and (like everyone else ) needs to pee more frequently, so we don't leave her alone more than 3 hrs or so. This means at WDW, one of us goes out earlier, then is joined a couple of hours later by the other, or something like that.

I bought (and returned) a NEST smoke alarm that can connect to the internet via modem, thinking I could use my iPad as a hotspot to call my phone, or otherwise query the NEST by phone. The probem was, that the NEST uses MyFi, and my iPad as a hotspot uses WiFi, or vice versa - I don't recall which.

One of the two biggest hazards travelling with a dog in a motorhome is fire in the coach while away from the campground. A neighbor at a campground last year left their (vintage) coach for a two hour period, and we later detected smoke and burning insulation. When we tracked it down, the manager took about two nanoseconds to decide to take an ax to the door upon hearing barking. It was a success story, and the owners (and dog) were extremely grateful. Shortly thereafter, I had an extra set of keys made, and put them in a lock box I mounted on the interior of the propane compartment door, which by law may not be lockable and is the first place a first responder will go. I also put my cellphone no. on the propane compartment and entry doors, so the FD or manager could get the lockbox combination (which can be part of your VIN no, visible in the engine compartment). However, I don't think the FD takes that much time before taking an ax to the entry door window.

The other big hazard while traveling is either losing the leashed dog, or getting run over by a vehicle while crossing the parking area to a grassy area at a rest stop.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:27 AM   #34
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While traveling in our Berkshire, my wife and I have a small Yorki.... She travels great but we have to put her in a small kennel when we leave the coach which we place in our bedroom and leave the TV on. I also have my wife's father with us on trips which he also brings his large golden retriever that knows "NO" rules!! So what I do with "mick" is I place sheets on the couches (knowing he's going to get on them) and go from there... He's never had a issue, made a "mistake" or done anything wrong to our coach and he is what I'd say is a part time camping dog..... Needless to say, protect the furniture, leave some sound on and if they think the coach is their home.... They'll be fine until you return... Left them both for many hours at a time with no issues..... (Climate controlled obviously)

We also put our dog in a crate when we leave her in the camper alone. This helps ensure that she won't jump down from the bed, break a leg and lie there in pain until we return. We learned our lesson when she got into some chocolate when she was left at large in the camper. Could have been deadly.

Most dogs that are properly crate trained will feel very secure and happy to be in their "den." Our poodle will even open the door to her crate and go inside when instructed (and given a treat).
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:38 AM   #35
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We take our 3 fuzzkids everywhere we go. I have absolutely nothing against those who "SAFELY" leave theirs and one day we may do the same, but for right now they enjoy going with us and we do too, just our choice.


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