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Old 03-17-2016, 03:34 PM   #1
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Getting ready to take the RV across the country heading southwest. I have a large GSD that I am concerned about being able to get her into the RV, but we are going to try it anyway. I already have a ramp for her but am concerned about getting her in and out for her pit stops. Does anyone have any tips about these dogs that have health issues? Her immediate issues are bad hips and elbows and her cancer is slowly cooking. She loves to ride and I love to drive so I am excited about this new adventure for both of us. I have an older class c motor home and will be towing a jeep behind us. I have only taken short trips up until now. I need all the tips I can get so please feel free to tip. )
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Keep her between the ditches!

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Hello and Welcome,
We travel with 4 pups and in your case I would suggest a Dog ramp just to give a surface to walk on.
It sounds like you will have a grand time !!!
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Glad to have you here with us.

I would think a ramp would do the trick. Especially if it were narrow enough so that could walk alongside the dog when you make the pit stops, making it easier for her to get up and down the stairs.

Best of luck with your trip and Happy Trails!!
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Before you embark on any trips I would suggest that you get dog acquainted with the ramp. Set it up on a lower level and make sure the dog can navigate up and down and gets use to using it. Progress to higher elevations until you get to the height of the RV. Then set it up in the RV and practice with it. If it goes well I'd say go for it.

We have traveled with up to 11 dogs, 2 large breed Curly Coated Retrievers & 9 Pekingese. We just lost our oldest Peke so we now have a total of 10.

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On the ramp. I'm sure things will go just fine. Enjoy your travels, safe and trouble free.
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Look for a ramp that is easy to put out and take back in and as has already been mentioned, practice with it. I tried the ramp idea with a elder 90 pound Lab we had, but I found it easier to lift him partway up the steps, and he took it the rest of the way.

This is a beautiful country. Enjoy your travels and the views.
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Getting ready to take the RV across the country heading southwest. I have a large GSD that I am concerned about being able to get her into the RV, but we are going to try it anyway. I already have a ramp for her but am concerned about getting her in and out for her pit stops. Does anyone have any tips about these dogs that have health issues? Her immediate issues are bad hips and elbows and her cancer is slowly cooking. She loves to ride and I love to drive so I am excited about this new adventure for both of us. I have an older class c motor home and will be towing a jeep behind us. I have only taken short trips up until now. I need all the tips I can get so please feel free to tip. )

We had a big Rottweiler (120 pounds) that was having mobility issues. We found a extra large dog life preserver that had a webbing hand grip centered at the top which was above his rib cage and behind his shoulders. It was perfect to lift and assist him up the steps.
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We had a big Rottweiler (120 pounds) that was having mobility issues. We found a extra large dog life preserver that had a webbing hand grip centered at the top which was above his rib cage and behind his shoulders. It was perfect to lift and assist him up the steps.
Now why didn't I think about that. Great idea.
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Hi, welcome Ebliss. Hope you can figure out getting in and out for breaks. It is so nice to have our furbabies travel with us.
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