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Old 06-04-2017, 03:33 PM   #1
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12v Air Conditioner

Hello All,
New to the forum and first time posting. First off I've learned quite a bit reading through the forum. Especially as a first time rv'er. I do have a question.

I will be traveling soon for 11 days and would like to put my dogs(mastiff and shih tzu) in the travel trailer while driving. The dogs will be in their kennel and securely strapped. The issue I have is it will be during the summer. Is there portable air conditioner that anyone could recommend that I can plug into the outlets utilizing the battery power form the rv batteries and my truck? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I tried searching but couldn't really find anything. If there are any issues you all see with this please feel free to voice them as I want to make sure my dogs are safe.
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum

since A/C is 110VAC, you would need a whole bunch of batteries and a really high watt rated inverter. In your particular case it's not practical because of the space requirement needed for the number of batteries needed.

You would be better off putting a generator in the back of the truck, and plugging in the shore power.
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:26 PM   #3
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I have never heard of 12 volt ac but if it was possible I would never leave any pet in the tt while traveling. Too much can go wrong and you would never know until it was too late. Not to mention the pets would most likely be traumatized by the whole thing. TT were never meant to be passenger vehicles.


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Old 06-04-2017, 04:29 PM   #4
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While I agree that pets shouldn't be in anything being towed, it is a fact that it does happen. I wouldn't consider for even an instant putting my pet in a moving earthquake.
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:35 PM   #5
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As stated by Chuckster57, I think your only hope is to run your on board AC. It will get hot in that trailer while traveling baking in the sun. Here are other things I would recommend.

I would make sure both dogs have plenty of water

I would add at least two fans per cage to circulate air

I would purchase a remote thermometer that you can monitor from the truck

If possible would put them in an area where you can concentrate the cooled air

Key is to monitor temp near them and check water

The big guy is going to be bigger problem being cool

Ultimate RV for your situation is a TH with on board generator

Nice to have the furry kids with you on those camping trips

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Old 06-04-2017, 04:37 PM   #6
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They typically ride in the bed my truck(with camper shell) during cooler months. I think when compared to that it will be more comfortable and safer if I can get air conditioning in there. They will be monitored by a portable camera and a portable thermostat will be placed in the tt as well. I'm a hunter and previously owned bird dogs that were also in my truck bed to and from the field and on trips.
Being that I now own a mastiff and a shih tzu I don't trust the airlines and feel like they will be safer with me. The only 12 volt units I've seen are used for semi trucks or require ice periodically. Neither will work
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Riding in a camper shell isn't as rough as being in a trailer. I would suggest you set up the monitor with sound and take a ride without the pets inside. That way you can get an idea of the environment they will be subjected to.

I do applaud you for showing such concern for your pets comfort and safety.
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Forgot to mention the camera, which I suggest be equipped with a mike so you can hear if any alarms go off or in general just to hear what is going on. Pets are much safer in secured kennels that in the back of a truck with no safety harnesses
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:34 PM   #9
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I personally would not do it, but I've seen it frequently at different campgrounds. I'll see a pickup (with trailer)pull up with a family of 4 or 5. Then, after the trailer is unhitched, I'll see several large dogs appear out of no where. My wife and I just shake our heads. If that's the route the OP wants his pets to travel, good advice had been given. I'd also suggest a high velocity vent fan like an MaxxAir or Fantastic. And have very frequent potty breaks. Good luck.
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Old 06-05-2017, 04:55 AM   #10
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Hook your TT up, get a friend/family member to pull it down the road while you ride in the TT. It's extremely uncomfortable. I wouldn't subject my dogs to that. The movement is really unpleasant
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Would you all say more unpleasant than the truck bed?
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:41 PM   #12
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I'd say more unpleasant than the truck bed. Ride back there and see for yourself then you'll know forsure. Definitely open the vents and a window to get some air circulation going. Where are you headed to?

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Others should kick in, but last year we went to Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone first part of July. It was quite pleasant and we only ran the AC a couple of days. That said, you won't be running into OK/Midwest summer temps for very long.

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Old 06-05-2017, 05:21 PM   #15
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That's what I'm hoping, thanks for the replies everyone. Trying to ensure this trip is fun and safe for both the family and pups.
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:53 PM   #16
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Speaking from riding in a fifth wheel as a kid, I loved riding in the camper. State we lived in this was legal as long as had a hard wired communications device, or something along those lines It really isn't as bat as I have been reading IMO
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Old 06-05-2017, 06:14 PM   #17
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Would you all say more unpleasant than the truck bed?
Yes. Emphatically yes. To the point that I think what you are talking about is cruelty to animals. Sorry, but these things don't have the suspension that your truck does and is going to toss the dogs around in their kennels like rag dolls.

Truck bed is far nicer.

Sorry to be blunt.
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Old 06-05-2017, 06:38 PM   #18
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Agree with the negative comments. After experiencing some of the messes we have had in the TT after travelling on rough roads. Put the kennels in the truck box.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:13 PM   #19
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I gotta agree, it's quite the rough ride back there. Actually did ride in a trailer once (and only once). It was years ago; I was a kid and asleep. My father decided that instead of waking me up, he'd just go ahead and pull off down the road with me in it.

This was in an Avion travel trailer. Those things rode smoother than most trailers, because it had 6 wheels and each wheel had independent axles, rather than the straight, solid axle that most trailers have. Despite that, I was being bounced and tossed.

In a recent trip in our Vantage, our valance and shade over the dining table bounced off. We've also had the closet implode from the bouncing, clothes bounce off of the clothes rod, items laid on the bed end up in floor, etc. I met one person who even had their drop in oven bounce out of its place in their rv. Right now I need to fix the pull out pantry that has fallen down.

So yeah, I can't recommend it. You could always have spouse/friend/etc pull it a few miles down the road with you in it to see what it's like, though I really don't recommend that either, what with the safety issue.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:51 AM   #20
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I rode a short distance down the interstate in both the front (bedroom) and rear (garage) of our Raptor. I could go to sleep while on the bed up front if I had chosen. The garage is an entirely different matter. Our dog would never be kept in the garage.....way too rough. But in our case he just rides in the truck with us anyway.
But kudos to the OP for being that concerned for his pets!
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