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Old 08-14-2016, 06:14 PM   #1
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Keeping TT cool while on the road.

I've got 2 pooches who travel with us but due to my allergies and space constraints, they cannot ride in the TV with us which means they travel out back. I need to figure out a way to keep them cool while we travel. It's been far too hot to put them back there. Any ideas?


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Old 08-14-2016, 09:36 PM   #2
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Hate to say this....but don't put the pets in the tt while on the road. In the event of a serious accident you will be sentencing them to serious injury or death. Ditto for those folks who allow their pets to lie on the dashboard or roam free in the motor coach.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:54 PM   #3
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Hate to say this....but don't put the pets in the tt while on the road. In the event of a serious accident you will be sentencing them to serious injury or death. Ditto for those folks who allow their pets to lie on the dashboard or roam free in the motor coach.
Agreed - it is exceptionally dangerous. However, the biggest issue (apart from any accident happening) is intake of exhaust from the towing vehicle, which could kill the pets. A danger warning has already been posted by another forum member - see link below.

Lesson Learned... could have been deadly...
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:55 PM   #4
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Why don't you ride in the trailer while it's being pulled down the road and see if you like it.

My wife tried that for about a quarter mile and madder than a wet hwn.

We would NEVER subject our dog to riding in the trailer.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:18 PM   #5
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I don't want a 60 lb. dog bouncing around in the cab & crushing my kids in the event of an accident... So... I found a like-new fiberglass truck cap on CL for $500 & fastened it more securely than just using the stock clamps. I then secure a sturdy dog crate near the center back. The front & side fiberglass cap windows are all slid fully open. Based on a temp gauge, the inside temp remains very close to outdoor temps (with wind/shade as a bonus). Whenever we stop we let the dog out for a walk.

Another concern is the electric / A/C failing when we leave her alone for short trips away from the TT. Therefore I installed (2) 12V Deluxe MaxxAir fans that can be set to automatically turn-on when the temps hit 85, etc. We also run them while we're on the road in push/pull fashion so the TT is not too hot when we arrive to setup camp.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:08 PM   #6
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I've got 2 pooches who travel with us but due to my allergies and space constraints, they cannot ride in the TV with us which means they travel out back. I need to figure out a way to keep them cool while we travel. It's been far too hot to put them back there. Any ideas?


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Huge "no no" here. While in motion, nothing living should be riding in the TT. There are no safety restraints of any kind. They are not built to transport humans or pets. Cap your truck and crate them in there, be sure to tie down the crates. This will provide relief for your allergies while driving and keep the pets safe. In the event of an accident involving your TT your pets will most assuredly not make out so good in the TT. I know of at least one thread I have read here that a guy discusses his pets almost dying because engine exhaust made it's way into the TT while driving down the road.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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We travel with two large dogs. To keep them secure in the back seat of the truck we have them wear their harnesses & attach them to 'dog seat belts'. This allows them to move a bit & lay down but they won't be projectiles in the case of a sudden stop or an accident. Doesn't help with the hair or allergies though - lol.

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Old 08-15-2016, 03:15 PM   #8
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We do the same as Maris with our pups

You can purchase allergy wipes, something your spouse could wipe each dog down with prior to loading up to travel ....decreases the amount of pet dander. Talk to your veterinarian about medicated shampoo for the dogs; some also help decrease shedding dander & make sure you are feeding high quality diet ...if your dogs' skin is healthy you are much less likely to be allergic.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:53 AM   #9
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Might be safer to leave them in a Kennel ???
I know that is not something us dog owners want to do,,,
But they should NEVER travel in a travel trailer !!!
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