Welcome, we are glad to have you here.
Good morning, M. K. Wilkie;
Also, welcome to the group.
And, welcome back to "the RV lifestyle." Nice to know that you have chosen to do this again, and that does say that there might be something to this way of life.
You spoke of traveling with both your dogs and your cats. I have considered taking along at least one of my cats, and there is a small modification to the motor home to fully block the doorway from the back of the motor home to keep WC back there when I open the door to go outside. I do not want to try chasing him down if he decides to run up the trunk of a tree. He does seem to enjoy laying on the large expansive area on the dash under the sloping windshield in the front. He can see out watching things outside, and usually it is fairly warm up there. I am just not sure yet how he will do while literally "on the road."
Latté Land, Washington
Welcome! Know some of the feeling. We full-timed for about two years in Class A with our dog and cat. Did everything wrong and ended up back in an apartment trying to rebuild our poor maxxed out credit cards (when gas went to over $4.00 a gallon we finally threw up our hands). But love so much of the lifestyle. Trying it again but only for extended trips. Now we have a home base.
New cat now and she's been indoors all her life. She's going to hate me taking her to the vet to get on heartworm prevention (sadly we live in the east where you have to keep them on it if they go outdoors) but our new rig is too small to not give her some leash time (supervised and when she is ready ). The first kitty though loved it. Well, not the moving part. You should see the claw marks on the back bedroom door. But once parked? She spent so many hours on the dash and at the windows watching the scenery (aka wildlife, geese and birds) at each new place.
Look forward to your posts and journey to get back on the road!
Oh, we only closed her in there once! In fact I went to let her out while we were moving - and you should have seen her dart out, and then stop and look at me with this horrified expression to find that the "front end" was moving, too!! We were afraid she'd get under the driver's feet if we didn't but after that she pretty much would hide under the sofa while driving so let her be.
Haha - I know the feeling about not finding leaks. Isn't that like the best feeling?! Be sure to post lots of pics! We're all voyeurs here I think :-)
HAHA! Oh yes, I've seen them! Grin. Yes, I've thought the same thing! To be young again :-) Ah well, there are compensations, right? I think, now that I'm older, I don't waste as much time on the unimportant stuff!
Our new kitty (Salem did pass sadly quite a few years ago, and our young dog is now elderly this time around) will definitely go in a carrier this time around. Salem actually freaked out in the carrier. Unlike some animals that find them safe she went nuts being confined - she would make her claws bloody trying to get out. You could tell it was just horrifying for her. Marie Antoinette going to the guillotine. Shillelagh does much better. I'm trying to figure out how to use the space between the cab seats for Freyja. There are too old seat belt receivers that were left in when someone replaced the seat but I don't think you can buy a belt with an insert on each end? That would be perfect and then we could attach the strap on her car harness above her and going across. They never work with those shoulder harnesses, get all tangled up and she's really too big to be comfortable that way. Will take some creativity!
My aunt and uncle travel with three dogs and a fifth wheel and expect they do the same :-) I know they built ramps for their dogs to get into the camper. In another year I expect I'll be doing the same for Freyja. Maybe something that just assists with the cab as the door opens widely and it's lower....
Cats are finicky travelers.... I had a 15 yr old cat,(Gi GI ) who was at home in my 5th while traveling.. The queen bed up front was HER's.. lol,,, She would go outside like a dog to do her buisness,,, so no kitty litter boxes inside. She would sit next to the steps when we parked,, and maybe wonder no farther then 50 feet from the RV by herself... of course she would follow me around,, she thought she was a dog. I tried to let her ride up front in the truck and she wanted nothing to do with that,,,, miss panic and spazz... so she got the comforts of home in the RV while traveling and was quite content. Riding up above the hitch seemed to be her spot,,,, I guess cuz of the ride and she did OWN the queen bed,,
LOL. Cats are the queen of wherever they decide to park themselves! I love that attitude.
I've got two places I can put the litter box - either in the front cab below the drivers wheel when parked (or the passenger although we're thinking that will make a nice seating space for someone to work on the computer) and I can sacrifice space under the kitchen sink, cut out the shelf and put in a cat door. I'm going to start with the former (it'll ride in the bathtub while moving - she never uses the litter box when traveling) and then see how that goes.