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Old 08-19-2010, 10:59 PM   #1
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Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

Hi all,

You may have seen me clogging up the towing forum with questions about whether or not our Subaru Outback can tow a 15A or (perfect world) a 17A. It looks like we are limited to the 15 A, at least with this car ... and it is a car that we hoped to keep until it dies, so we'd prefer not putting ourselves in a situation where we have to trade in and upgrade.

So that leaves us with a 15A ... a theoretical 15A, at least. In which two reasonably fit adults (5'6" and 6'), and two seventy pound Golden Retriever mixes, need to peaceably coexist. We plan to use the trailer for recreation, but also for work. We're radio journalists and have some audio and photographic equipment .. not a huge amount, maybe a suitcase's worth? And we need room to work on a laptop with a little equipment here and there.

We're mainly concerned about whether our pups will be constantly underfoot. We'd thought maybe we could just leave the 15A's bed down at all times for them, but realistically we're going to have to use that larger table every so often. So we're very curious how people manage with large ones in tow? Do you use the screenhouse option? Do you find yourself constantly having to move around to accomodate your dog? Constantly having to take down and set up bed/table so that they have a place to go?

How much of a pain is is it to stow your bedding and swap into table? Where do you put the bedding?

Is there any sort of modification that would allow us to extend the small dinette table in such a way that we can make it larger temporarily for work? I know it would block the door, but if we know we were gonna be in there for awhile? Thus allowing us to leave the bed intact?

Also, has anyone modified that back dinette -- the bigger one -- to become a u shaped sofa with a table?

Thoughts? Advice?

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Old 08-19-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

We have two big labs but so far have left them at home when we've gone camping b/c bringing our two little kiddos along is already more than enough for us right now. We are fortunate to have several different neighbors who are kind enough to look after our dogs while we are away. So, sorry, but I can't help you on your direct questions regarding bringing the dogs along however, a few possible options you could consider...

If you are in a temperate climate (not too hot or cold or raining), then you could use a collapsible camp table with some camp chairs & work outside. You could set it up under the awning if it's too sunny & bright out.

Alternatively, if your dogs would be content & obedient enough to stay in it, a collapsible kennel/fencing/pen area could be set up outside the trailer for when you are working inside & need the space. Maybe something like this?
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Our two labs would likely want to chase deer and jump out so I wouldn't trust it for our dogs but maybe it'd work for yours.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:24 AM   #3
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

My wife and I travel with our 17B, two young boys and a German Shepherd Dog. Our 8 year old happily shares his bunk with Cassie, our dog, or should I say our dog shares her bunk with our boy? She also likes to sleep under the table when it is set up. If we have no problem with two young boys and a dog, two well behaved adults and a two dogs should be ok!
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

DDevin, for what it's worth, we're talking 15A. I feel very confident we'd be okay in the 17A, it's the 15 that has me nervous ...
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:14 AM   #5
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

Well, if you need specific answers for the 15A, I guess I can't help. I was going to give you some insights based upon many years of camping with 3 dogs in a 17' Casita, but I guess it won't help. Sorry

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Old 08-20-2010, 09:01 AM   #6
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

Oh, yikes, no, I would still love to hear everyone's experience ... I thought I was just a dunderhead last night and maybe didn't clarify that while we WANTED a 17 we're probably going to have to stay with a 15 regardless.

Sorry about that Dave. I'd love to hear more about Kaya, Nola, and Pepper's journeys ... All beauties, btw. Is Nola by chance a New Orleans rescue?

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Old 08-20-2010, 09:26 AM   #7
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Not a problem Elizabeth. Yes Nola (golden/chow mix?) is a Katrina rescue. Deb was down there for 6 weeks on animal rescue operations after the dikes broke and brought Nola back...scared and scarred (from the chemical stew she had to live in). We just found out Nola has lymphoma, probably due to that chemical stew, so she's just started chemo. Poor thing.

Back to camping. Dogs are on the floor at night, but when I get up to get our coffee, the pack gets to be on the bed...for the floor space. We always left the bed made (due to the bedding storage issues and the hassle of making it) so the dogs were underfoot when we all occupied the trailer at the same time...but we tried to avoid that when possible, and when impossible, the dogs got the bed and we got the trailer. The most important things we have learned are:
  • Microchip your pet!
  • Bring their shot records
  • Know the location of the nearest vet
  • Dogs get heat stroke far more easily than humans. Make sure they have plenty of water and shade
  • Lots of dogs get snake bitten (Deb is a Vet Tech and sees it all the time)
  • Dogs love skunks (ask yourself how I know that)
  • We spent most of our time outside the trailer, mainly using it to sleep, so the outdoor plans are more important than the indoor ones
  • All of these trailers are tiny...so plan on playing Twister as you maneuver around the dogs
  • Dogs are even more territorial in the strange environment of a campsite...so watch out for other people's dogs. Ours are trained, socialized and know who is boss...many other people's dogs are not
  • City dog's pads wear out fast on gravel roads.
  • Did I mention, dogs love skunks?

Two rhetorical questions:,
1. Why is it the folks with the giant whale trailers have the tiny little dogs, and the folks in tents and tiny trailers have big dogs?
2. What if there were no rhetorical questions?

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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

Elizabeth;
My opinion is, if you have to use the dinette/bed of the 15A for work, you will quickly find the hassle of setup is very tiresome. The biggest problem is actually making the bed; crawling on the matteress while trying to tuck the sheets in is an interesting feat of legerdemain. If the small table is the right size for your work, it may suit you...but did you notice the seatback angles? You'll definitely want some lumbar cushions.

The dogs will definitely be under foot. In the Casita we found it best to have one person moving at a time...and we're both of a reasonable diameter . I'll say it again, these are tiny trailers. We finally moved from a 17" Casita to the Escape 5.0 for the additional room. I'm sure owners of those giant multiple-slideout whales would think we were crazy to "move up" to a 19' trailer, but that's what draws us to these fiberglass eggs...the minimalist nature of the experience.

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:40 PM   #9
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

Dave,

The scenario you describe with the takedown/setup of the bed is exactly what troubles me. In the 17, we'd have a permanent bed and a good-sized space to work. Clearly we'd lose that in the 15. I don't think we'd need that big table every single day, but we'd probably need it quite a bit ... and the takedown/setup spiral begins.

Has anyone worked any sort of modification on the small dinette table where it maybe folds out and becomes larger? I know that this would make the table extend in front of the door, but let's say we were working in there for a few hours and didn't need to go outside.

Does anyone else have any other magical ideas for modification that might allow this to work a little better? Maybe I should look at the layout for the 15B and see if the different arrangement of stuff there gives me any ideas.

Elizabeth
(p.s. if anyone wants to trade a Subaru 2.5 for a Subaru 3, let us know ...
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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Re: Travelling with dogs -- how do you manage?

BTW, here are the two travelling companions ... Fernandina (aka Fern) the Golden (Retriever) Girl, and Dovekie the Golden Retriever/Wirehaired Pointing Griffon mix.

If only they would let us use them as pillows, this would all work out nicely.

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