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How We Roll in Our RV: Air Conditioning and Unattended Pets

Posted by roadtrekingmike, 08 November 2013 · 641 views

How We Roll in Our RV: Air Conditioning and Unattended Pets It can heat up very fast inside an RV and in this edition of How We Roll in our RV, Jennifer and I answer a question from a reader named Danielle who asks:

“I’m thinking about taking my freelance writing business on the road in a small motorhome, and I have a question. I’ll be bringing my dog with me and I’m concerned about leaving her in the RV while running errands. Can a dog overheat in a motorhome as they can in a car? Can the A/C run off the battery while sitting in a parking lot, or would I have to run the generator and risk the wrath of quiet townsfolk?

Any advice from you (or Tai!) would be much appreciated. Thanks, and safe travels!”



Jennifer and I take our Norwegian Elkhound, Tai, with us and since he has a double coat and doesn’t tolerate heat well, we worry about leaving him unattended for long periods of time, even with the AC on and even in our Roadtrek eTrek, which can run the AC on battery power for long periods of time.

We don’t leave him unattended even when we are plugged into shore power at a campground. Indeed, many campgrounds have rules about that. How many times have you walked by someone’s RV, only to hear some yipper inside loudly sounding his concern about being abandoned. It is rude to other campers and not very nice to your pet to leave a barking dog alone. Our Tai is not a barker, he’s a sleeper. But what if the AC in the park went out? Like a car, an RV can heat up very fast. So we pretty much always take him with us, except for short periods of times like when we are eating in a restaurant. And then only if we run the AC in warm weather and check on him frequently.

You can click the video to hear our response to Daniele’s question. And use comments to offer your suggestions.

Meantime, if you have a question about How We Roll in our RV, send it to us at openmike@fmca.com

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