We are new to RVing and looking at getting an older RV to travel the country with the kids. So of course we can not leave the Guinea Pigs behind. We have 2. I was trying to see how folks dealt with them. One thought I had was get a small travel cage for when we are on the move and then a larger outdoor cage for when we are at a campground. We want an RV under 30' so that doesn't leave much space inside for for them.
A side question is how do you keep your animals cool while you are out sightseeing?
Hi Chuck! I definately think that anyone traveling with any type of pet, including us, MUST have a generator that will power the in coach roof airconditioner. That pretty much puts you in the class C (which we prefer... well, actually we prefer vintage trailers but our Misadventures trips with lady dog requires a generator) or class A rv. And, our experience has been that it should be an rv that came with the generator installed from the factory. Sure, you can weld up some pretty cool stuff and tack it on the back bumper or frame, and then pull all the wiring and add an inside thermostat, but why go through all that stuff when you can find hundreds of rigs with it already done!
When you go sightseeing and your not connected to a land line power source, just crank up the generator and power the roof air making sure you have enough fuel to keep the genny going while you are away... many rvs will cut off the generator automatically if your gas tank gets below 25% fuel left. Generators and roof airconditioners in good working order are way dependable and can literally run for days at a stretch, provided they have enough fuel.
Like the idea of inside cage(s) and then larger one(s) for outside. You see rvers with pets from dogs to Parrots doing that all the time with good results. Also, is there a way to put any id and your cell phone number on your pets? Hmmm, don't know. If one escapes it's the only way you'll get it back if you don't find it right away.
Suggest you also read the Good Old RV Forums on buying a used classic or vintage camper. Lots of info on what to look for and look out for... like leaking roofs, mice nests,etc.
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Thank you for the response about the pets. Very helpful. Hopefully by mid 2011 we are on our way. Class C is where we have been looking. I almost bought a very nice 60's Ford Shasta the other day until I realized it was drum brakes all around. If I have to tow a little car I sure would be more comfortable with disc. But that is for another part of the forum.
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