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Old 09-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Doggonit : don't do this

Buddy Keath tied Riley, the Brittany, on a long leash, to one of the support arms for the awning.
Riley spotted a squirrel and ran full tilt to the end of the leash before coming to an abrupt halt, his head still attached.
But, this morning, as Keath tried to close the awning to head for home, he discovered that the arm was gently bent, preventing travel in the track. A bit of persuasion with a couple of 2x6 planks straightened the arm enough to close it.
I suggested tying the dog to one of the Weight Distribution Hitch bars next time.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Ouch! Yeah, those arms are not all that tough, especially with side forces.

Jasper is only tied when forced to by campground cops, which is rare, and we usually just use the picnic table, or trailer rim.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Portable ex pens work a treat. You can get tops for them for the dedicated climbers. Tying can cause more problems than a broken (awning) arm sometimes. Ask one who' been there.
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Yeah we swear by x-pens too! We usually just bring one and plop it next to the trailer under the awning, but if we're at a dog event or someplace we have space to spread out we'll link two and form a "yard" for them that's as long as the trailer and that sticks out further than the awning. Our dogs are fine off-leash at big campsites without much road traffic (I'm paranoid) but at smaller campsites or dog events where they're excited, the x-pens are invaluable. If you are going to tie out, I highly recommend harnesses so if they "squirrel!" they don't hurt their neck!
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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I suggested tying the dog to one of the Weight Distribution Hitch bars next time.
Hitched up? If not, those bars aren't attached to anything. If a bar that size is an effective anchor for your dog... well, my dog is bigger than yours

If the tug is at the site, the hitch (safety chain loop) is a relatively solid anchor point.... especially with our motorhome (I don't want to meet the dog that can move that) but even with the van which pulls our trailer.
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If the tug is at the site, the hitch (safety chain loop) is a relatively solid anchor point.... especially with our motorhome (I don't want to meet the dog that can move that) but even with the van which pulls our trailer.
I kinda cringed when I read this, Brian. I pictured someone not realizing, and taking off with the tow vehicle.
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I kinda cringed when I read this, Brian. I pictured someone not realizing, and taking off with the tow vehicle.
It's unlikely anyone would miss my dog attached to their car

Jim, I don't think that this would be an issue for you or me, but some people will drive away without paying any attention to the vehicle (and they might have dogs that lay quietly when they walk by), and they should probably find another anchor point.
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We just use a screw in anchor for our dog by he is only 12lbs , if the ground isn't suitable we loop it around the back bumper of the trailer . Attaching to the tow vehicle just frightens me.
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When Escape was building our trailer, We had Reace weld a small loop to the frame by the battery boxes in the back. We attach a rope with snap clips. It works well, and Murphy gets to watch the set-up and take-down process since we attach him to it as soon as we get the trailer positioned. We have also used a carabiner to attach his leash to the rod that holds the lower step.
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We just use a screw in anchor for our dog ...
We used a screw-in anchor in our own yard for a young Rotweiller cross. It was awkward to put in, would sometimes tangle the cable, and bent. We found a stake-type anchor much more effective and trouble-free; however, it takes a hammer to install and a prybar to remove. An example: Top Paw Dome Stake (although ours may not have had the fin; the fin might make it too difficult to pull out).

Perhaps a smaller version would be enough for a small dog and easier to deal with. Perhaps one of the big ones could even be cut off just above the fin.

I would expect a screw-in anchor to be very difficult to use in the gravel pad of most campsites. Although the stake would be better suited to those locations, I still wouldn't put it in without checking with the campsite operator.

I haven't used either type of anchor in a campground.
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