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Old 06-18-2016, 11:30 PM   #1
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We have a 2500 GMC Duramax diesel for towing our 5er. We travel with our furry friend. Does anyone leave their pets in their running truck with a/c on when making stops?

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Old 06-18-2016, 11:52 PM   #2
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I have done it with 2 vehicles. My results:

First one started leaking a bit of oil from the rear main seal when it got hot. I stopped using it as a dog cooler and went to heavier oil. That cured the leak.

Second one's A/C compressor failed about 3 weeks ago. It's a 10 year old CRV and they do have known compressor failures, but I suspect this may have pushed it.

After these experiences, I am no longer going to do it.


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Old 06-19-2016, 04:42 AM   #3
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We don't leave our dogs unsupervised in our trucks... they have been known to jump around in the cab. One of us will stay with them or both of us get out and one will take the dogs to a grassy area so that they can do their business.
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When the weather is acceptable (not too hot or not too cold) we put ours in the fifth wheel and open a couple of windows. She normally is asleep under the edge of the bed when we return, totally content.

In weather that is too hot or to cold...we never leave her alone.

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Old 06-19-2016, 06:25 AM   #5
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We have a 2500 GMC Duramax diesel for towing our 5er. We travel with our furry friend. Does anyone leave their pets in their running truck with a/c on when making stops?

All depends on how long you're referring to as a 'stop'. At rest areas, we either:

A) hit the remote start so the ac continues to run, all go in to do our business, then come back to get the dogs on the grass to do theirs.


B) one of us (usually me) gets the dogs on the grass, the other (DW) takes the kids in to do their business, when DW and the kids get back, we swap and she's the dogs while I head in to take care of mine.

At longer stops, like picking up groceries on the way to the campground, we put the dogs in the trailer with radio on, windows open and if hot, fan running.

If really hot I try to bypass stops like that until I can get to the campground and setup the site enough to ensure the dogs have AC, then back-track for things like groceries.

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Old 06-20-2016, 07:28 AM   #6
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We don't leave ours in overly hot weather. As others have noted, while one is inside doing their thang, the other will walk the dogs then we switch out. If we are stopping to eat, we'll have one go in and order and bring the food out. We'll eat in the trailer itself or an outside eating area if one is available.

If the temps are cool, we'll leave them but we'll always park in an area where we can keep an eye on the vehicle.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:31 AM   #7
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If we stop for a meal or grocery store, we normally move the dog into the camper with windows open and the fan in the bathroom running. If it's cool enough outside or cloudy out, we will just leave her in the truck with the windows opened 3" or 4".
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We don't leave them unattended. If its a quick stop (fuel only for example), then one of us stay with them in the truck. For longer potty, leg stretching, etc then one will walk them while the other goes inside and then switch if needed.

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I used to leave Jake in the truck with the AC on I don't do that anymore. If it other then a quick pit stop I roll the windows down and leave him in there. He is far better then an alarm system. I do put up shade on the sunny side
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