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Old 08-10-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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BIG Dog's in trailer when driving ?????

So what is everybody's thought on this , of coarse keeping at least a few window's cracked open for cross ventilation , and have them in a certain area not just roaming around the trailer , both dogs are over 80 lbs , I no with a small 10 lb dog I would keep in the truck , but these dogs are nice size and will be tight in the truck

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Old 08-10-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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Our small dog rides in the truck with us, the big dog and cats ride in the 5er. The temps inside have always been fine for them and they seem to enjoy it. The cats lay on the bed, the dog lays on her bed or the sofa. We just open the roof vents for air circulation.
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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Thats great

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Old 08-10-2015, 04:18 PM   #4
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My concern would be how big and where this certain area is? I understand its a pretty rough ride in a trailer.
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:02 PM   #5
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I have a 240lb Mastiff that rides in the back seat of my F-350 dually. He takes up the entire back seat though...I would never trust leaving him in the camper. Hell, he would probably cause 10K of damage to himself and the camper. I have a friend who has 3 Newfoundlands. All of them 160-240 lbs. He has a Fuzion toy hauler and crates them individually. All of the crates are strapped down in back garage and he travels with his generator running, an alarm system if temp drops and a camera monitor so they watch them while traveling. He has never had an issue other than some motion sickness periodically. Also has the applicable sensors in place in case of fumes.. I think you can get away with this with a toy hauler but much trickier on a traditional fifth wheel.
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:08 PM   #6
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A lot of it depends on the dog. Ours is 60 lbs, the OP's is 80, that is a lot different than an 150 lb. Our dog is 12 years old and just lays down for the ride. She has never gotten sick and on a few occasions we had to coax her off the couch to get her to come outside when we stopped, she was chilled out, taking a nap. A younger or more aggressive or active dog may be a different story.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:41 PM   #7
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Have you ever seen "The Long, Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz? There's a scene where she's riding in the trailer and trying to make dinner. It's obviously an exaggeration but I doubt it's tooooo far off. There's a reason it's illegal in most states for people to ride in a travel trailer.

We also went on a trip this last weekend and stopped for lunch. It was HOT when I opened it up to get our lunch stuff out. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to ride back there.

Plus my dogs would totally FREAK being in a bouncy trailer all by themselves.

I just personally wouldn't feel comfortable with it.

At the end of the day, though, you know your dogs best and have to decide what you're comfortable with. Maybe do a test run just a few miles down the road and see how they react.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:21 PM   #8
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What do them dogs do when you holler:
DEAD BIRD!!??

Those dogs will be fine back there. You know you could put a generator in your truck and stretch an extension cord to your power plug and run the trailer A/C for them!!
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Just messin with y'all. Thinking about a Brittany myself.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:03 AM   #9
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I know things probably bounce around a little in the trailer, but we also travel with items sitting on the counter, when we get to our destination they're still in the same place so it can't be that bad. My wife has glass dishes in the cupboards that are stacked, haven't broken one yet. Although I've never ridden in a trailer while it's rolling, my guess is that it's not as bad as many people think. Probably a different story if your rolling down a dirt path into some remote area, but on a well maintained road.....Again, our animals sleep while we travel.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:11 AM   #10
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Our male Yellow Lab (110#) rides in the air conditioned comfort of the rear seat. We fold the seats up and install a padded wooden platform that I constructed over the storage trays under the seat. He is tethered to the seat frame so he can't get into the front seat. He lays on his padded bed with his head on the console. Likes the a/c blowing on his face. Of course, he is more like our third kid than a dog. Wouldn't think of having him ride in the trailer.
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:48 AM   #11
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Our pup is 53lbs and rides tethered to the back seat. She rides laying on a support/bed that spans from the back seat onto the console between the seats. She lays with her face always facing forward to watch the road and let the AC blow in her face. I personally could not make/let her ride in the trailer. As one poster noted, it gets very hot in the trailer when traveling down the road. Our pup is a house dog and is used to temps in the mid 70s or less. Trying to stay in 90+ temps is not acceptable to us or her (as another poster mentioned she IS like our child to us). Also, I would be concerned about the layout of the trailer when closed up. Being a 5th wheel they could stay in the bedroom (forward portion) but just don't know about that....good luck with whatever you choose.
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We also travel with three other animals that take up the back seat so putting the larger dog back there isn't an option. We used to put her in the bed between the cab and hitch, but the hitch and trailer scared her. If they would change the laws allowing kids to ride in trailers I would consider swapping their positions.... It would definitely be quieter and more peaceful with the old dog in the back seat.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:14 PM   #13
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Charlie is 11.5# and usually rides under the driver's seat. He has to be with us, so the trailer won't work.

I can't imagine traveling with multiple dogs (especially those in the 240# range), cats and certifiably unruly urchins. You folks are better folks than me.
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