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I am getting ready to buy an Airstream trailer and I'm looking for some advice when it comes to traveling solo with a dog.  I live in Florida where you cannot leave a dog in a hot car.  I'm concerned that I can't even stop at a restaurant or grocery store on a long trip.  I'm just curious how others have handled this.  Thanks.



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I have a service dog so normally I dont have the problem but.............the dog comes first , so leaving the animal in the sweltering heat is not an option.......suggest a small generator for the airstream that allows you to put the A/C on for the dog........leave the dog in a locked running vehicle with A/C on and hope the dog is mean enough to keep others out..............pack sandwiches and cold drinks and skip all of the above.........but dont leave the dog in a hot environment or there is a good chance you will come back to broken windows and a fat fine.....or like one man , the judge will make you sit in a sweltering car and see how long it takes for you to want out..


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Thanks Mike. I appreciate the advice. I guess I never thought about leaving the car locked and running. I agree that the dog comes first. In fact, I would be a little nervous that the car for some reason would stall. I think I will just suck it up in the heat and wait until I get someplace cool to leave the car. Thanks again!

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With regard to a locked car with it running, I tried that some years ago when it was cold out.  I went out and started the vehicle and removed the key fob to take back inside with me.  Guess what?  With that arrangement, the fob wouldn't unlock the car when we returned.  So, the wife had to use her key to unlock the car so we could get in and go home.

Not doing that ever again.  But, if you're solo, I guess you could always carry both sets of keys.  I also understand that some systems with remote start will allow one to start and run the vehicle and still be locked.  I don't know for sure though.  I don't do remote start as I'm always concerned that if I start it, and someone decides to jimmy a door to gain access, I would be giving them access to my vehicle to be driven away.

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Terry and Jo wrote:

  I also understand that some systems with remote start will allow one to start and run the vehicle and still be locked.  I don't know for sure though.  I don't do remote start as I'm always concerned that if I start it, and someone decides to jimmy a door to gain access, I would be giving them access to my vehicle to be driven away.

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With my remote the issue isn't someone breaking in and stealing it because the built in security system will shut it off if it goes into gear without the key being in the vehicle...the bigger issue would be that it will only run for 10 minutes before it auto turns off. Might be able to run into a store for a quick gallon of milk, but then what if something were to happen to delay me? This is really something to consider for us with our puppies. hmm

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There are always possibilites... striking up friendships with you CG neighbors might result in one of them being willing to dog-sit your furbaby while you went into town. Be sure to offer to do a beer run or watch they furbaby (if they have one) for them (or whatever within reason).  When Sherry & Jesse (WestWardHo) visited their family in the Chicago area, we offered to dog-sit their Sadie for the day. Now, granted, we had a vested interest in picking their brains on all things RV and our future plans which they gladly discussed with us (not mention giving our Josie a playdate, after a proper introductionsmile, JosieTV videos are available in the lobby for $19.95 with free shippingbiggrin), but such a "trade" was a win-win and we are so very glad to have met them and we will pay forward that spirit. (Virtual hugs to you Sherry, again, on Jesse's passing) 

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This is an old thread, but thought I would add some new ideas.
Toyota Prius is sometimes used as a towed vehicle - it has the benefit of being able to run the AC COLD with just the battery, and the engine turns itself on and off to recharge.
There are "ice vests" available on Amazon with compartments on the vest to change frozen gel pads to keep the dog cool.
And my favorite - if I need a few hours in a hot location, I take the dog to a groomer. For about $25, I get a babysitter, and a clean, happy dog when I return from a movie or a museum.
For flying home in emergencies, I take her to a vet that offers boarding.

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Will offers up some good Plan B's.

Plan C? - I know a lot of K-9 law enforcement types and they have system installed on their vehicles designed exclusively for the safety and security of the dog.  Part 1 of the system is an ignition over-ride switch.  This allows the vehicle to be left running (while being locked and secure) without having the key in the ignition.  I believe you can get this feature by itself. 

Part 2 of the system is an automatic ignition start feature that detects the internal temperature of the vehicle and once a predetermined threshold is met (just like a thermostat in in a RV, TT or 5'r) the engine kicks on.

 I don't think either option (or both) is terribly expensive but it would have to be installed by someone with experience in outfitting specialty vehicles (ie, Code-3, Odyssey, Farber, etc). You'd also risk voiding the vehicle warranty due to the modification of the wiring harness.

Just my $.02, my dogs are like my kids - they don't get left alone in any situation that I wouldn't leave an unattended child in. It's just a matter of lifestyle applied decision making.

If we need a break to take on a bipedal only endeavor, we've had really good luck with finding qualified (and insured and bonded) dog sitters through Rover.com.

 

 



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Forget the Airstream and get a Motorhome. You can get a really nice Class A for what an Airstream cost.

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Fritzer's original comment is almost 2 years old, and he hasn't logged into the forums since 2 days after he initially registered for the forums.  Thus, any advice to him may not be seen by him.

Terry



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