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RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

We use the Marcell Pro cellular monitor that will call, text AND email me if the RV loses power or if the temps get above or below a preset level or if the humidity rises dramatically. It uses cellular service and not wifi so it will work ALMOST everywhere and does not rely on campground wifi which will be non existent in a power outage. Marcell Pro Thank you!!
Jas1317 11/25/20 08:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Newbie needs help with WiFi!

This is exactly what I need thank you. Are you a member? I’m wondering if I sign up will they give me a direct consult. I was up for hours last night reading all the free material lol. They no longer do direct consults. What are your needs? What are your questions? I need to teach courses and/or see patients on zoom approx 15 hours/week. I also need to be able to run a monitor - video and temp - on my dogs in the camper occasionally - maybe a few hours/week. I have a sprint phone with “unlimited data” which I now understand is not unlimited. So it sounds like I need to purchase a hot spot (how do I do this?!) just to connect my laptop to for the purpose of zoom. And I’m not sure what else! My truck is a new gmc and I understand that offers hotspot service somehow - I don’t know if that’s worth it?
Jas1317 11/15/20 08:51am Technology Corner
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

If you watch a video of a RV fire they are burnt down in minutes with leathal toxic smoke long before that. What good does a sign do if the door is locked? My Collies are the most important thing in my RV. The rest can be replaced with a shopping trip to Wallyworld. You have a really good point. I guess I feel the chances of a random opportunistic thief opening the unlocked door and turning my dogs loose (now scared and running - neither is very protective) is higher than my RV catching fire??I don't know where you camp but I haven't locked a RV door (other then the storage yard) in over 25 years and never had a theft. Of course I have owned RV'S for over 25 years and never had a fire. There for awhile RV'S had a issue of refrigerator fires. I had the recalls done to fix the issue. Usually a thieve will do more costly damage to the RV breaking in then what the stuff inside is worth. We don’t camp anywhere yet we just bought our first travel trailer! I’m so glad to hear this!
Jas1317 11/14/20 08:23am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

We’re at our winter runaway rv park. Dog friendly with the usual rules. Campers next door have 3 dogs and are in the habit of leaving them unattended for several hours at a time. Wow! Those critters can be heard all over the park! So last evening the lady walked by with her 3 dogs and my Wife struck up a conversation since we had not yet met. Very friendly, so we let her know that their dogs bark constantly while home alone. She had no idea and thanked us for telling her. We’ll see what happens. No complaints from us. We’re dog people too. But ours go with us. Wow. Yeah I don’t intend to leave them without a monitor so I would know if they bark. Mine don’t bark much at home unless they see a dog out the window or someone comes to the door so I don’t think it will be an issue, but we are going to make sure before leaving them. And it would also be for a very short period of time - to go to dinner or to the pool or something like that. Otherwise ours will come with us too.
Jas1317 11/14/20 08:22am RV Pet Stop
RE: Newbie needs help with WiFi!

Read and research here - they are the gurus: RVMobileInternet.com Rob This is exactly what I need thank you. Are you a member? I’m wondering if I sign up will they give me a direct consult. I was up for hours last night reading all the free material lol.
Jas1317 11/14/20 07:48am Technology Corner
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

If you watch a video of a RV fire they are burnt down in minutes with leathal toxic smoke long before that. What good does a sign do if the door is locked? My Collies are the most important thing in my RV. The rest can be replaced with a shopping trip to Wallyworld. You have a really good point. I guess I feel the chances of a random opportunistic thief opening the unlocked door and turning my dogs loose (now scared and running - neither is very protective) is higher than my RV catching fire?? Are RV thieves a big thing? This is probably a separate topic in itself!
Jas1317 11/14/20 07:47am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

Been traveling with a dog, or dogs for 30+ years... Like already stated, how they react at home is usually how they will be in the RV... Take a drive, park away and sneak back to see what they are going.... Get a monitor and keep a watch..^^^This, to a dog the RV becomes home. My Collies like the RV because we go on more walks. Perfect I think our dogs are going to love it too! Thank you for the confidence!
Jas1317 11/12/20 09:47am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

I have always traveled with full size Collies. I never crate don't want large crates in the RV to deal with. None of my Collies have ever damaged anything in the RV's. Do you crate at home? Along with the A/C I run a fan. I leave the TV or radio on so outside noise is not as much of a distraction. I don't leave them alone for extended periods. They sleep when left alone in the RV. I usually just take the Collies with me when exploring the area but understand some areas it's not possible. Now more controversy, I always leave my RV unlocked when gone with pets inside. If a fire would break out there would be a possibility of a rescue. A RV can burn to the ground in very little time. I also give the campground my phone number if they need to contact me. This is smart I never thought about the fire issue! We don’t crate at home anymore, used to when they were younger and they sometimes go it a crate to sleep by choice (it’s open and cozy).
Jas1317 11/12/20 05:45am RV Pet Stop
Newbie needs help with WiFi!

Hi we just bought our first travel trailer and are about to hit the road for a few months! What are the best options for reliable WiFi? I want to be able to run a video and temperature monitor in the trailer if we ever leave our dogs (for short periods of time) (I could use equipment suggestions here too). I also need to be able to reliably work via zoom meetings. We plan to stay at campgrounds with WiFi service but you never know how reliable that is. Any tips appreciated!!
Jas1317 11/11/20 08:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

I dont have dogs. But to add, i would do a few dry runs in the driveway. Get the dogs used to the camper. Then get the dogs used to your leaving the camper for a bit. No real way to know how they will respond to a new environment unless you try it out first. Some will take to it well. Some will need to be trained a bit or learn the new system and some will not do it at all. Good luck ! 100%
Jas1317 11/11/20 08:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

Do they BARK when let alone? *Sneak back and check on them Do they have 'separation anxiety? *are they wound-up/over exuberant when you come back home How to they behave when left alone at home? We traveled FT for 7 yrs with a Big Border Collie/Lab (78#) She was high energy so when she was not going with us we took her for a brisk walk/ply time prior to us leaving Then turned radio/TV on low for company and off she went to bed when we told her ***Yes we have snuck back and check on her ***Yes we have spoken with neighbors and asked about her...that had no complaints and some were not even aware their was a dog in the RV How your dogs behave NOW is most likely how they will behave in trailer Barkers are NOT appreciated! And this is NOT what you want to return to! https://i.redd.it/j9wgmq30k6r11.jpg height=500 width=300 Thank you for these thoughtful questions. It will definitely be a lot of experimentation in the beginning and we plan to have video audio and temperature monitoring happening at all times. They are used to being home alone for several hours on a regular basis. They bark if someone comes to the door or if they see another dog out the window. We plan to bring them most everywhere with us, but there may be times when we want to grab a bite to eat or go for a swim etc. Thanks for all your advice!
Jas1317 11/11/20 06:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

Yes you can do it safely and know whether they bark or not. We use a Cloud Cam camera which has video and audio. We have a temp stik that monitors temp and humidity. I have the camera wired into the inverter so if the power goes off we can still see, hear and if necessary talk to our dogs. The temp stik will let us know if the fiver is getting too hot since we have it set to check every 15 mins. The cloud cam is also positioned to show us a night light which will not burn if the cg lost power. Lastly we use a Verizon mifi which is not dependent on the cg's internet and is secure. All this info is monitored by our smart phones. With all that being said, most of our trips without Lucky and Lucie are not over 30 mins away generally speaking. The longest we have stayed away was 3 hours and that was at a Triumph Quartet concert in P. Forge. We were only 30 mins with traffic away. It can be done with today's technology safely. This is so helpful thank you!
Jas1317 11/11/20 06:34pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

I've had to delete several posts because of flaming. Please stay on topic without unnecessary vitriol. It is your responsibility to insure that you follow the campground rules and make sure your pets are not bothering others around you. Monitors can be a great tool to make sure your dogs are well behaved while you are out. Thanks so much - I see this is a touchy subject - I got some great tips and we will absolutely have monitors and thermometers, and by no means would I leave my dogs all day or in a dangerous situation. Thank you for monitoring!
Jas1317 11/08/20 09:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

Here's what we do. We have a Visible Wireless phone we use as hotspot for our router. We use a GoVee wifi temp sensor to monitor trailer temps. We have the Alfred camera app on the phones so we can se in real time what is going on with the dogs. You can do multiple cameras so we have Alfred on the tablet too and the app allows you to use the front and rear cameras on the phone and tablet. You can even use an old phone too. Just have to connect it to the router. Make sure to keep the devices on the charger so they don't run out of charge. I need to change my sig, we have 2 small dogs This is so helpful thank you!
Jas1317 11/08/20 08:43am RV Pet Stop
Keeping pets safe in travel trailer while “home alone”

Tell me about keeping dogs safe in the travel trailer when they are alone (as in if the humans go out somewhere for a while and want the dogs to stay back and be safe and comfortable). We are new to camping, we have 2 40ish pound dogs, planning a few months on the road, and while we will likely take them lots of places there will surely be times that we need to leave them in the camper. We plan to crate them and we plan to have a generator as back up in hot/cold weather. Please give me the tips! Thank you in advance.
Jas1317 11/07/20 10:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

We bought our first camper today! Thank you for all your responses and help! We ended up with a new jay o 32bhds! I hope we chose wisely. :)
Jas1317 11/07/20 10:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. Not to trash your brand by any means, so please don't take it that way, but I would NOT recommend a "lightweight" trailer for longer trips. Lightweight trailers have smaller tanks and more fragile build. They are lighter because they have thinner cabinets, thinner seats, thinner supports on the beds, etc. That's fine for a weekend trip, but that stuff will wear out and break quickly on a longer trip. Small tanks can become a problem out West where you might be staying at a state or federal park with no hookups and less than ideal bath houses. Storage will be minimal and your cargo carrying capacity (including water) will be significantly smaller. Clothes, toys, bikes, food, computers, work stuff, chairs, etc all need to be stored someplace if you want to use them over a longer trip. A lightweight trailer likely won't have large storage areas and won't have a lot of available weight in the GVWR. On edit I see the OP has a 3/4 ton truck, so some of that weight can be put in the truck, but it would still requiring shuffling things around constantly and exposing things to the weather. I wondered about this with the lightweight trailers - I was told at camper world that they are just as sturdy, just made better/lighter/etc. But what you are saying makes sense. What travel trailers do you recommend?
Jas1317 10/20/20 09:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

OP, how old are the kids and what gender are they? That will influence some of the decisions. I'll give you this advice though... Look for a camper with a bunk room, rather than just bunks. I grew up camping in a small trailer with bunks with a curtain screen for "privacy". There is no ventilation in their and it gets HOT in the summer. They were tight little coffins. Close walls on 3 sides and a tight ceiling. We have a 2015 Jayflight 29QBS that has a back bunk ROOM. The box is actually 31' and the overall length is 34' and its GVWR is 9500 lbs, including over 2000 lbs of cargo and water capacity. It has 2 bunks on one side and an elevated double bunk on the other side. The bunks are mostly open, except for the last 24" on the 2 single bunks. There is a curtain to close off the room, but there is an AC and heat vent in the room itself. Having open bunk areas allows for air to circulate and maintain a comfortable temperature. As much as we like our camper, we wish we had gotten a slightly different model that had a slide out in the bunk room as well. We had a half ton truck at the time and tried to make the truck work with the bigger camper. Ultimately we didn't like the towing experience and bought a bigger truck. If I had known a bigger truck was in the immediate future, we would have bought the slightly bigger camper too. We have an outdoor kitchen as well, that sits under the elevated double bunk. Initially we didn't want the outdoor kitchen, but loved everything else about the trailer. We anticipated taking out the kitchen and turning it into more storage space. We quickly learned that we LOVE the outdoor kitchen. We cook most meals outside, rather than having the odor and humidity inside. Having the outdoor fridge allows us to keep drinks there so our older kids aren't constantly in and out, leaving door open, letting heat in, waking up the toddler, etc. We don't use the outdoor stove as much anymore now that we bought a 22" Blackstone griddle. Staying in a camper for more than a week, you're going to want a slide out. Rainy days with kids can be a disaster in a small camper. Having open space inside where they can play, color, read or just have separate space from each other is golden. We do several week long trips every year and a 3 week Florida winter trip every year. Inevitably you'll get a day with less ideal weather (rain, too hot, etc) and need some downtime inside. A slide in the main room gives you that space. We have friends we camp with that now have a 16 year old daughter and 13 year old son. They bought a bunkhouse model when the kids were slightly younger and they shared it. Now the 16 year old has the bunkroom for her own and the 13 year old sleeps on the dinette every night. We like the idea of some of the 5th wheels that we've seen that have a loft area. We have a girl, boy and girl. Our next trailer will serve as they hit their teens and we want to have separate space for the girls to have privacy. Something to consider depending upon age/sex of your kids. You talk about a cross country trip, which is going to be lots of moving with a couple days rest between. Some recommended ditching the 3 way fridge and getting a residential style... I don't see that as a benefit for cross country travel. I don't know that I would feel comfortable leaving a residential style fridge unplugged during a long day of hauling and hoping its still cold enough to keep the food safe at the end of the day. Now, if you stay at a campground for a month at a time, a residential style sounds more appealing to me. We carry food with us and keep the fridge running on propane while we drive to keep food cold. I would do more research and get real-world experience from people about whether or not a residential style will keep food cold while you're on the road. Good luck, have fun! Thanks so much this was all so helpful and what you said makes sense and sounds like the direction we are heading in! Which is reassuring! We have all girls - 9, 6, 3. We definitely prefer that bunk room format for sure! And I think theoretically we would get a lot of use out of the outdoor kitchen! So interesting about the fridge, really good points.
Jas1317 10/20/20 04:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

...Please tell me more about avoiding camping world. They had so many choices!... Here is all you should need to know. O.M.G.
Jas1317 10/20/20 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Are there any campers that don’t have so many negative reviews?? There are SO MANY bad reviews! Where we are in NY there isn’t much other than camper world!
Jas1317 10/16/20 06:45pm Travel Trailers
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