Ah, terrors, er terriers! Your min pin sounds completely normal for the breed. My part westie mix (also in the terrier family) has the total westie personality, and she brought down a bird in our yard the first week we had her. I had to rescue the bird from Maddie, and she was none to please to lose her prize. She's constantly on the hunt for birds, squirrels, and lizards. When she sees one through the window, she goes nuts, whining pitifully, like she's dying - lol!
Terriers were bred originally to hunt vermin of various sorts, so they feel the need to help you out in that area. Sometimes Maddie will start sniffing the ground, then start trying to dig something out - I guess she smells something underground.
Maybe you could play the "Find It" game around the house. Hide tiny high value treats (about 1/4 the size of your baby fingernail) around the house (don't let her see you do it, obviously) and tell her to find them. Start easy, so she gets the idea, then gradually make the hiding places harder to find.
I agree with Susan to teach her tricks - mental exercise will wear her out much faster than physical exercise, since she's already an Energizer Bunny.
We just bought a small TT with tiny tanks (15 gray, 9 black). We also bought a 15 gallon overflow tank, since we know we'll be needing it at non-full hook up campgrounds - probably daily for grey water.
To maximize the length of use between emptying the tanks, we have done the following, as necessary:
*use campground facilities during the day to help the black tank last longer, and we also only do #1, never #2 unless it's an emergency, in the camper toilet (sorry if TMI).
*strictly limit the amount of toilet paper used, which helps both with making the tank last longer, as well as keeping the sensors from gumming up as quickly. *flush the black water tank (some campers have one built in when emptying the tank for last time; we have a simple wand sprayer that we attach to a hose and stick down the toilet - NOT the drinking hose!!). This has worked pretty well in every camper we've had so far in keeping the sensors relatively accurate (as well as the bathroom habits listed above).
*don't empty the black tank unless full or nearly full. Add water, if necessary, if you need to empty before it's full.
*take Navy showers to limit water going into grey tank. We use the campground showers if they're clean and have a/c in the summer. With kids, I'd definitely do this!
*wash dishes outside like tenters do, if necessary. If you have an outside shower, this is very easy. Set up a small folding table and use 2 dish tubs on it - one for soapy water (only an inch or two is plenty) and one for draining dishes with an rv size dish drainer in it; use the sprayer to rinse dishes into the soapy water tub. If you don't have an outdoor shower, attach a second hose to your water connection with a Y connector. Good for rinsing dirty/sandy feet off, too.
When we had a larger TT with 30 gal. tanks, the black tank lasted a week using the above methods, and the gray lasted about 3 days. There were only 2 of us, so that makes a big difference, compared to having a family/kids.
Glad you decided not to buy the TT - too much trailer for your vehicle. I just bought a Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB (16.5 ft., 2506 dry weight, 7 ft. wide) to tow behind my 2010 Pathfinder (6000 lb. tow limit, V6 4L engine), and it tows fine, but I wouldn't want to tow much more with it. A TT is like driving a sail into the wind. You have to take account the frontal area creating drag, not just the weight and length of the trailer.
Please don't get a 250 with the 6.0L engine. I had two of them - BAD, BAD engine, and Ford knew it - notice that it was changed after only a few years! With my first one, I though I had just gotten a lemon so traded it and had the same problem with the second one. In hind sight, I wish I'd pursued the Lemon Law. These trucks were in the shop at least once a month while under warranty. My nephew-in-law had the same problems I did, and has had to do innumerable "fixes" to keep his truck going.
I guess it's mainly private campgrounds with the no x-pen rule? We camp mainly at state and federal parks and have never come across this problem. I do agree that camping with two dogs is much easier than three - been there, done that. However, the poster has 3 dogs, so it's a moot point. Could one dog be left inside while having the other two outside on leashes, then rotate them?
If you decide to get coconut oil, the dosage is 1/2-1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. Start with an even smaller dose to avoid tummy upset. Some dogs get loose stool if started on a higher dose. It can be gradually increased, if the dog tolerates it well. I'd recommend organic extra-virgin coconut oil. It can be bought at places like Vitamin Shoppe (which carries its own brand at a lower price).
I tried it with my allergy dog, Maddie, b/c I'd heard it helps with allergies, but she doesn't like the taste. Too bad - most dogs love it!
Look at the Palomini TTs, the Starcraft AR-ONE TTs, the Aliner Expedition, and the Camplite TTs. We used to pull an Aliner Classic, which was a wonderful hardsided PUP, but we wanted a bathroom. We pull a Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB with our 2010 Nissan Pathfinder (similar specs as your Taco). It pulls it just fine, but sucks gas, which we knew going in. We keep the speed 60-65 mph, which helps.
I wouldn't rent out my trailer. I don't want folks I don't know sleeping in my bed.
One reason I like my TT is I don't have to sleep in a bed lots of other folks have slept in before.
That doesn't even count people who may not completely understand how to tow, back up, and set up the trailer. I'm far from an expert, but at least, if I screw up, I'm doing it to my trailer. Don't want someone else doing it to my trailer.
Have you looked at these? Livin Lite Camplite TT . They're pricey, but if you're looking to keep one for awhile, worth the money, IMO. They come in several floor plans within weights allowed by your truck. They can be ordered with a convection microwave oven.
We're okay with the bed, coming from an Aliner, and we've had slides in previous campers - love them! What concerns us MOST is the 5k a/c. We had that in the Aliner, and it was okay there, but I'm afraid it won't do the job in the PaloMini.
If you need to put the dog in the bed of the truck, please use an airline style crate (hard plastic sides/back/top with vents and a wire front that opens/closes. Strap the kennel securely down against the front of the bed closest to the back window of the truck. This will help buffer the dog from the wind/elements.
We looked at the PaloMini 179BHS today and LOVED it! We're empty nesters who just sold our Aliner, and this camper looks wonderful! It also has an outside cargo door for bikes, which DH loves for his road bike and my beach bike. We also need the bunks (one on floor, one above) for our granddaughter-to-be coming SOON (she's 4 days late already...hurry UP Alice!!) and our grown son, who likes to tag along with us occasionally. In addition, our small dogs' crates will fit on the floor part of the bunk area when the bikes are taken out. This TT seems very versatile to us for our needs. The bath is tiny, granted, but considering our Aliner didn't HAVE a bathroom, we're okay with it. We usually take our showers in the campground bathroom anyway. The black/gray tanks are 30/30, which is unusually for such a small/lightweight TT.
The 179 also has a built in cable lock system for our toys (bikes, grills, etc.), which I haven't seen on other campers. The couch is a gaucho (faux leather), and the bed mattress is a Serta Pillow Top. Marine grade speakers inside/outside for stereo system, electric awning, outside shower, stabilizer jacks, interior/exterior LED lighting, microwave, fridge, and some STORAGE (seriously lacking in our Aliner). It only weighs 2819 lb. with a 312 lb. hitch weight. We got a quote from our local dealer for $14,973 walk out the door, which includes WDH/sway control for our Pathfinder.
We're seriously thinking of getting this camper. We've looked at almost all small TTs, and this one is the first one that we're both excited about. You have to compromise on something, and the bathroom is our compromise.
Any yays or nays?
Try not to soothe your dog when he's extremely upset. It's sounds counter-intuitive, but soothing a fearful dog actually reinforces the fearful behavior. Tell him it's going to be okay and ignore the behavior (hard, I know!). I agree with getting a Thundershirt (has a similar effect as swaddling a baby), and also with getting the dog some calming medication.
Does your dog give you clues that a storm is approaching - pacing, panting, drooling, whining, etc.? We had a lab that could tell a storm was approaching up to an hour ahead of time (electrical changes in the air, I'm guessing). This was when we'd give him his medication, so that it was working when the storm hit.
Is your dog okay if you let him out of the crate? The metal of the crate may be conducting some electrical energy and making him nervous. Our lab liked to go hide in the laundry room until the storm had passed. We let him do this, not making a fuss over him. The smallness of the room gave him the feeling of a safe den, I guess. If you do allow him on your bed, do so, but don't comfort him. Just tell him that everything will be fine, then ignore.