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Old 11-13-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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DOGS Travel trailer or truck?

Does anyone leave their dog in the trailer when your driving from one destination to the next with the trailer? Or do you have the dog ride in the truck with you?

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Old 11-13-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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Recently there was a horrible accident where a 20 Year Old Hunter died when the Trailer that He was sleeping in while being Towed caught Fire.

Should your Pet be left in the Trailer while underway? I don't think so!

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Old 11-13-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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You don't say HOW your dog rides. Is he unrestrained in the trailer, with free run, or in a kennel cage? How does he ride in the truck? Is he unrestrained?

The safest way for your dog to ride is in the truck with a harness and restraint system. If he is unrestrained, YOU'RE better off with him in the trailer becaus he will become a projectile in the truck that could kill or injure you in the event of a crash.

If you do leave him in the trailer, be aware of heat issues. It gets HOT in the trailer in the summer. Keep your dog in a kennel cage so he can't get into things that will harm him (pesticides, chemicals, etc)
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:23 PM   #4
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Don't have a Dog, but we travel with Cats (Show Cats). We removed the rear set and installed an UltraLite Cage that is strapped down so it can't move and the cats travel there. As mentioned heat can be a problem in the camper with the windows closed and the sun baking down, cab of truck is AirConditioned. Wouldn't think of leaving them in the trailer, caged or not.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:35 PM   #5
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If you want to see what it is like in a trailer while in motion, put a video camera in there an take a short drive on regular streets and roads. Now go home and view the video. Would you want to ride back in the trailer? Now if you would not ride there, why should you put man's best friend back there....hot in the summer, cold in the winter and shakes like a hound dog trying to pass a peach pit.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #6
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Dog in truck with us. Never in trailer, no one in the trailer even if allowed. To many possibilities of something going wrong.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:12 PM   #7
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Anything not secured in any vehicle becomes a missle in a crash. I've read posts where people think it's OK to for them or their pet to walk around in a moving MH, but on other threads are horrified to think of a pet being loose in a trailer???
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In the truck for sure.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:46 AM   #9
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The way I look at it is...Would you let your child ride in the trailer or the truck? No, so please put the dog in the truck.
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Originally Posted by Ray,IN View Post
Anything not secured in any vehicle becomes a missle in a crash. I've read posts where people think it's OK to for them or their pet to walk around in a moving MH, but on other threads are horrified to think of a pet being loose in a trailer???

They exactly the same thing...TT, 5th, Class A, B, or C, Moho...a moving house..safety rules should be used equally regardless of the style of RV.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:04 AM   #11
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In the truck so that you know what's going on with your pets.
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Interior Photo's of a Flipped Fifth Wheel

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The safest way for your dog to ride is in the truck with a harness and restraint system.
Respectfully, this is not the safest way. They can still be hurt- in an accident- by the same things that can hurt you. The safest is in a hard-sided kennel- like a Veri Kennel- the kind used by airlines to ship animals.

This limits their movement and protects them from flying debris. However, most people do not have room, for them, when they have big dogs. If you do not, then the harness system is a good second best (make sure that the harness is on correctly and not too loose).

I have a friend who's 5er jack knifed and flipped- on it's side- a few years ago (cause: trailer breaks failed). Her dogs were in it but were all in Veri-kennels. The dogs were banged up but otherwise okay.

Kitchen view:

Living room view. Just look at that slide!

Bathroom view.

Imagine if your dog, or any other living thing, had been in this trailer- loose. They would be seriously injured or dead.

Her dogs were in the Veri-kennels and were fine, if shaken up.

I hope that anyone, reading this thread, who allows their pets to ride loose in a TT or 5er will reconsider after seeing these photo's.

My personal preferance- when I had my TT- was that my dogs were crated, with me, in the tow vehicle.

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Our dog rides in the truck. When we had 3 they rode in the truck.
We've always used a barrier between them and the front to prevent them from becoming projectiles. I always thought it was just common sense. I wouldn't let my worst enemy ride back in the 5ver...


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