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Old 04-18-2017, 08:06 AM   #1
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Question Pros and Cons Litter Box Mod

Hello all!

We are the proud new owners of a 2015 (and I think 3/4) 30DS. I work from home full time, and we are hoping that we will be able to part time in our FR3 some time in the near future, going out for 4-6 weeks at a time.

We have 3 cats, and took them with us for the first time last weekend for a 2 night trip. They did pretty well, but we are struggling with the litter boxes. Litter is EVERYWHERE! I've been scouring the internet trying to find a solution we can live with so that we all can go out for longer periods together.

Our first trip out we put one litter box in front of the passenger seat, and the other under the dinette table. We've discussed taking the cushion and plywood off of one of the dinette bases as a short term solution, but that has obvious drawbacks.

I found this blog post recently where folks in a 5er carved out some space under the stairs for the box. I liked this because it keeps the box out of the way, helps to decrease litter spillage everywhere (our boys throw litter around like it's confetti!), and is accessible from the basement for ease of cleaning.

The only place I can think of in the FR3 that has similar access is under the king sized bed. If we put a cat door in the base of the bed, and added a "litter box room" we would be able to reach it to clean, and with a longer access tunnel and rubber floor tiles, may actually be able to reduce litter tracking to a bearable amount.

We've taken a look at the base of the bed, and can't tell what it's made of... is there some kind of firewall material? Is it insulated? Or is it just several layers of plywood? We have some concerns about allowing critter access by putting a hole in the base of the bed from a bay that has an opening for cables, so that's a big reservation.

I'm sure there are other considerations that novices like us haven't thought of... What are your thoughts?

Thanks!!!
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
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Another place you could use it isin the pantry like cupboard next to the door .. it's kind of a useless space anyways and you can put a car door in the front to the left of the sink .. we are going to put a recycleable bag in there and a bottle hole in the front
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Hello all!



We are the proud new owners of a 2015 (and I think 3/4) 30DS. I work from home full time, and we are hoping that we will be able to part time in our FR3 some time in the near future, going out for 4-6 weeks at a time.



We have 3 cats, and took them with us for the first time last weekend for a 2 night trip. They did pretty well, but we are struggling with the litter boxes. Litter is EVERYWHERE! I've been scouring the internet trying to find a solution we can live with so that we all can go out for longer periods together.



Our first trip out we put one litter box in front of the passenger seat, and the other under the dinette table. We've discussed taking the cushion and plywood off of one of the dinette bases as a short term solution, but that has obvious drawbacks.



I found this blog post recently where folks in a 5er carved out some space under the stairs for the box. I liked this because it keeps the box out of the way, helps to decrease litter spillage everywhere (our boys throw litter around like it's confetti!), and is accessible from the basement for ease of cleaning.



The only place I can think of in the FR3 that has similar access is under the king sized bed. If we put a cat door in the base of the bed, and added a "litter box room" we would be able to reach it to clean, and with a longer access tunnel and rubber floor tiles, may actually be able to reduce litter tracking to a bearable amount.



We've taken a look at the base of the bed, and can't tell what it's made of... is there some kind of firewall material? Is it insulated? Or is it just several layers of plywood? We have some concerns about allowing critter access by putting a hole in the base of the bed from a bay that has an opening for cables, so that's a big reservation.



I'm sure there are other considerations that novices like us haven't thought of... What are your thoughts?



Thanks!!!


Hi we had a problem with our cat. He would dig in his box like he was trying to reach China and send litter all over the place. I finally found a litter on Amazon that cut back on the mess by 90% it is called Dr Elseys Ultra. It's a heavy litter and it is the best I have ever used it comes in a 60 lb. bag. Try it. As to location of litter box we put ours in the shower. What mess there is is easy to clean up when we a going to shower. We have a door on our bathroom so I put a cat door in . Hope this helps
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:28 AM   #4
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There is unused space under the Fwd edge of the bed (Fwd of the coach). If you crawl under the food the bed, you'll see carpet covering the aft portion, but the 12" on the front is just the thin wood paneling. Others on this forum have knocked out this wood paneling to create more storage. Otherwise, the bed pretty much sits on top of the rear storage compartment, so not much you can do there.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:27 PM   #5
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We don't have cats anymore, and didn't take them camping. But the greatest 'mod' I came up with for home was putting the litter box inside a plastic tote - and cutting a hole in the side of the tote. If the digging got out of control, the tote kept the litter spray contained. If the aim for the corner of the litter box was a bit "off", the tote was easily cleaned out. Whatever you come up with, I would suggest you try to surround the box with something that is easy to remove and thus, clean out. Getting litter in the nooks & crannies of the corners of compartments would make me crazy.
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Hi. We have a 32 ft mh and were able to remove the door/laundry hamper directly under our sink and then use a cafe rod/curtain to cover the door opening and yet allow easy access for the cat. Totally great location.
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Hotzfamily is right Maybe that pantry cupboard ain't such a good idea
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WE put one of those recycled plastic"grass" floor mats in front of the box. When they came out a lot of the litter came off their toes into the mat. Kept the TT a lot cleaner
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:08 PM   #9
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Covered litter box

I have a 30DS and my cat comes camping with me. While I have not been able to remove every last speck of litter, using a covered cat litter box and combining it with a pad that is designed to catch an excess litter that is on the cat's paws as it exits the cat box does a very good job. The covered litter box also helps with any odor, and it is much nicer to look at the top of a cover, than down into the litter box when I pass by!
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:09 PM   #10
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Try the Tidy Cat Breeze liter system. No sand everywhere, much easier to maintain and no smell. I have two cats in a 25' Solera and they do fine with one liter box. The Breeze system really is the answer for those of us with limited space.
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