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Old 11-15-2011, 07:22 PM   #15
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What I find interesting is your choice of a pet, i.e., a parakeet!

We travel with a cat, but somehow I think a parakeet might be more appropriate. :>)
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:38 PM   #16
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Birds make good travel trailer pets! My little birdie is a Bourke Parakeet, sometimes called a Bourke Parrot, too.

They're a little bigger than your typical petstore "Budgie" parakeet, but not as big as say, a lovebird, and different colors - they're wild coloration is pink belly, grey back, blue on shoulders and under the tail.

It's a very quiet breed and makes a good apartment bird - and thus a good travel trailer bird. Mine has been with me 6 years and is quite used to travel - her cage goes in the passenger seat and she is copilot, looking out the window the whole time. (Note: Most birds are not used to car trips and DO tend to freak out and should be covered!)
When I'm in the trailer she's usually out of the cage and either on my shoulder or poking about. Otherwise she has a large cage and it takes up one of my two captain's chairs in the Freedom Deluxe. (It is a sacrifice of precious space but the bird is worth it!) She doesn't talk but speaks fluent bird and understands some things - she knows her name, and "Birdie" and "Go Home" (sometimes she'll listen and go to the cage and sometimes I have to put her there.... depends on her mood)

My neighbors in the adjacent RV are my best buds, they've got my spare set of keys and they help me out... if the weather shifts dramatically while I'm at work they'll go into my trailer and adjust whatever needs to be adjusted so the bird isn't too hot or cold.

I'm also very careful with cooking (I never use propane or teflon cookware!) and avoid any strong scents - cleaners or airfresheners or any of that. Birds are sensitive to chemicals, and so am I! (I find baking soda and elbow grease gets most anything done.)
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- she knows her name, and "Birdie" and "Go Home" (sometimes she'll listen and go to the cage and sometimes I have to put her there.... depends on her mood)
This describes several women of the human persuasion that I know...
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:17 AM   #18
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harry----your comment about carpeting in trailers is VERY valid!!! the outback by team trillium that we own, our OSOKOZY, does have carpet. some days i hate it. some days i love it. but the nicest thing about it--it is not installed. by that i mean, it can be removed. the carpet piece is attached by snaps/dome fasteners in the corners and is easily taken out, shaken (a little less easily, as it is quite stiff) and returned to the trailer. we clean it each fall, and lay it out in the sun to dry. we sweep it off while we're travelling, but the darn lip on the door bottom does not allow me to sweep the sand and dirt---mostly sand---directly out of the trailer.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:27 AM   #19
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harry----your comment about carpeting in trailers is VERY valid!!! the outback by team trillium that we own, our OSOKOZY, does have carpet. some days i hate it. some days i love it. but the nicest thing about it--it is not installed. by that i mean, it can be removed. the carpet piece is attached by snaps/dome fasteners in the corners and is easily taken out, shaken (a little less easily, as it is quite stiff) and returned to the trailer. we clean it each fall, and lay it out in the sun to dry. we sweep it off while we're travelling, but the darn lip on the door bottom does not allow me to sweep the sand and dirt---mostly sand---directly out of the trailer.
That's my point...carpet in a 13-17' camper/trailer CAN'T be for insulation. 21st century, folks! We landed an unmanned vehicle on Mars, drove around, took pictures, sent them back, what, ten years ago?
ps-i'll find something to bitch about at my cremation......
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:06 AM   #20
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That's my point...carpet in a 13-17' camper/trailer CAN'T be for insulation.

ps-i'll find something to bitch about at my cremation......
Don't like what's on the floor? Change it. Carpet, lino, real hardwood, lino squares, foam mats, Pergo-types, bamboo, paint... we've seen all and probably more to come! And each person made the changes because it worked best for them.

Harry... I bet you'll say "it's too hot in here.."
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:06 PM   #21
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Don't they say the carpeting all over helps reduce moisture buildup? I imagine it might provide some sound insulation as well - helps prevent every little noise from seeming REAL LOUD inside the fiberglass tube.

But I agree the carpeting is somewhat annoying at times. In my case I always have to deal with bird seeds and feathers getting tracked all over. But I can deal with that. Also I have some "scrap carpet bits" over the installed carpet and those are regularly pulled out and shaken. The local birds always learn real quick the area just outside my trailer is good hunting for spare seeds.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:02 PM   #22
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of carpet and birds......

Melissa,
Sounds like your bird IS the ideal pet for a trailer! I like the quiet part. The birds that shriek just split my skull. I used to have an aunt that raised parakeets for pet shops. I helped her with the farm and she had thousands. I've had them for pets in the past as well. I've never heard of Bourke's though, that's a new one

I ordered my trailer with linoleum because carpet would have made it unfit for human habitation after a month. I spend too much time in unimproved campsites and bad weather. I have mats I can take out to clean or discard if needed. I have noticed one thing though that I don't like. In cold damp weather, the floor is cold enough to condense water. the floor is always wet. At first I thought I must be spilling something or tracking it in, but it is condensation! I think I'm going to try the fatigue mat squares. They weigh nothing and can be removed easily if they don't work out.

Theresa mentioned something that drives me crazy. It makes me wonder if the people who build trailers ever actually live in them . I would never design a trailer where the door jamb prevents sweeping out the door! Good grief!

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Old 11-17-2011, 08:46 PM   #23
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Melissa, your posts about the bird are very interesting to me. My daughter had some budgies (and a Quaker parrot, and doves, pigeons and chickens, and a mallard named Speedy!) when she still lived here with us... I looked up Bourke 'keets and I see they are not budgerigars. I read a bit on grassparakeets.com that your kind are not so shrill and loud, a plus! But then it said this:
It is tempting to keep these birds as pets, since their colors outshine the comparatively plain budgerigar. Neophemas, however, have quiet, introverted personalities; they are not as outgoing or charismatic as budgies. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, Neophemas do not make good pets. Grass parakeets are best enjoyed in aviaries or flight cages.
I have a feeling you would disagree strongly! Do you think your bird is pretty typical of the species, or would you say that you found one that is unusual?

Also I was wondering if you somehow have been able to train yours to only "go" in the right places? I wonder how much of it happens while perched on the shoulder... I guess that is the one issue that has most deterred me from having a bird, but if some are actually trainable I think I'd take the plunge. I wouldn't really want to keep it cooped up in the cage all the time. How do you handle or cope with the er, backflow issue?
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Hi: Mike Magee... Years ago my boss was walking back from the bank when he got "dumped on" ...streaked down his hat. He simply said..."For everyone else...they sing"!!!
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Hi: Mike Magee... Years ago my boss was walking back from the bank when he got "dumped on" ...streaked down his hat. He simply said..."For everyone else...they sing"!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
He was a quick thinker. I would have liked the guy.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:12 PM   #26
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Hey fiberglass folks!

I ran into the owner of a 5th-wheel Scamp in Okefenokee Swamp who mentioned this forum to me... it wasn't the first time I'd heard of it either. I tried a few times to get into the Casita Club forums but was never accepted. (Apparently because I only have a free email address, which discredits me as a valid human being in their eyes.) <_<

Anyways... yes. I have a little Casita. : I've been full-timing about a year. I am a modern gypsy. Just me and my pet parakeet, my little home on wheels, and my Toyota Rav4 (V6 with tow package) that has pulled like a champ from NY to FL and back again.
Hi Ranger!
I'm brand new here too, and don't even own my Casita yet. Still in the "impatiently dreaming and planning" stage. I'll get there, though.

Do you have a blog? Your lifestyle sounds great, I know you have a lot to share with us here on the forum. And an RV bird, that is GREAT! I look forward to seeing your posts.
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ps-i'll find something to bitch about at my cremation......
Okay, you have got to read my most favorite ballad, everrr!
The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service.
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that Casita Club is fine when you get past the opening intro. I thought that was kind of useless. But it is a spam reducing tactic. Really good forum and friendly, like this one.
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