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Old 03-28-2012, 10:28 PM   #15
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Question Isn't there an old saying about curiosity and cats?

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I would normally never consider doing this...

...they have their own crates, but it's more crowded.

ETA: As soon as I posted this, I knew I would never feel comfortable doing it.
I thought I heard a radio program about when animals get stressed, being confined actually calms them...
something about an autistic woman and humane treatment of cattle...
Being more crowded might actually be good for them?

At least your curiosity is satisfied.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #16
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I had a pair of beagles that INSISTED on riding in the same crate.

That said.. go sit on your trailer bed, have a friend tow you around the block at normal speeds. I guarantee you that you have made the right decision not to put them back there. I have ridden a few yards in many trailers when they had to be moved on the dealers lot and it isn't easy to maintain any balance even when the trailer is crawling along.

I also believe it is illegal for pets (Or people) to ride in any travel trailer in most states. 5th wheels are the exception, but they have a totally different suspension and securing method.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:57 PM   #17
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That said.. go sit on your trailer bed, have a friend tow you around the block at normal speeds. I guarantee you that you have made the right decision not to put them back there. I have ridden a few yards in many trailers when they had to be moved on the dealers lot and it isn't easy to maintain any balance even when the trailer is crawling along.
LOL - I think I'll let the cats drive while I sit in the trailer. They'll probably run off road as soon as they see a bird, though.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:18 AM   #18
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ok, thats settled,,,no critters in a moving trailer.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #19
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I thought I heard a radio program about when animals get stressed, being confined actually calms them...
something about an autistic woman and humane treatment of cattle...
Being more crowded might actually be good for them?

At least your curiosity is satisfied.
My greyhound hates riding in my Escape. When one rear seat is folded down so she can move around, she finds the smallest spot in the back to hole up in.

I think you are referring to work done by Temple Grandin.
Temple Grandin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:43 AM   #20
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I think you are all worrying too much...

A: It is not against the law to ride in a trailer... I have done it many times in our 13foot Scamp (get a nap will the wife takes a shift at the wheel). I am a police officer in Michigan.

B: Were talking about animals... heck they may even prefer being back there. It can be a little loud but there is no worry of CO2.
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Thanks - that was really my main question, if there's CO2 or not.

And it's good to know there are so many animal lovers on here!

And thanks for the link to Temple Grandin, very interesting to say the least!
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The following states allow riding in travel trailers. (Source: Woodalls State Polls ~2011 2011 Driving Laws for the US and Canada)

AZ, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska.

9 out of 50. Again, MOST states do not allow it, and some of the ones that do have restrictions.

Know before you go, check the state laws where you are going. As said, what is legal where you are licensed may not be elsewhere.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #23
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I think you are all worrying too much...

A: It is not against the law to ride in a trailer... I have done it many times in our 13foot Scamp (get a nap will the wife takes a shift at the wheel). I am a police officer in Michigan.

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Perhaps not in Michigan but most other states and provinces it is against the law. Those that do allow it often have special regulations for it - most often 5th wheels only and often they have a requirement for seat belts in the trailer and two way communications between the person in the trailer and the driver.

Actually in BC you can not even let your dog ride loose in the back of your pick up.
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A: It is not against the law to ride in a trailer... I have done it many times in our 13foot Scamp (get a nap will the wife takes a shift at the wheel).
It is illegal to have a human ride in a trailer in Oregon, but not animals. I understand horses like it...
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Our Dog and cat who both love camping (it's just the bothersome getting there that the cat hates) both travel in our tow. However, I think the cat would prefer the trailer as he seems to know when we are getting ready to move and hides under the big bed on us if we don't grab him and get him into the car. The dog seems to sleep until we get there, however the cat keeps asking "are we there yet?" in a tiny whiney voice - worse than kids. He lays beside the dog and asks every couple of minutes. He can keep that up for an hour or more sometimes. Needless to say we travel with the radio on high until he's done.
We couldn't get him out of the trailer just once so we started out to the gate of the campground. We stopped just outside the gate to check on him and there he was wailing to come to the car.
People are right. There's just too much stuff that could come loose and cause him injury. We love travelling with them but for their safety and comfort, they have to travel in the car with us. When we stop they both go into the trailer with a window open so we never leave them in the car if we aren't there.
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it is illegal to have a human ride in a trailer in oregon, but not animals. I understand horses like it...
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:01 PM   #27
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We have a carbon monoxide detector in our trailer and, if I forget to pull the battery before we travel, it will go off when we're moving. I imagine it depends on the aerodynamics of your tow vehicle and how well sealed your trailer doors and windows are. YMMV.
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I'd long been curious about what it's like inside of our beloved TrailMite as it rolls down the road. So a few years ago I stayed inside while Kathy drove it a short distance across a smooth parking lot. I was very surprised at how much rocking, bouncing and creaking went on even though we were going 10 mph or less. When I think of how much more intense it would be at 50 or 60 mph I'm convinced that many dogs or cats would go into a panic.

MacGregor the Border Collie LOVES his spot under the bed...when we're stopped. Which is the only way he'll ever be there.
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