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Posted: 11/10/20 07:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

Rent a MH for the summer. Probably a class C.


I have a tendency to agree with this, unless you plan on using the unit for pleasure afterwards. If yes, I would suggest you buy what you can afford in a Class C type unit as it's not advisable to leave pets in a tow-behind unit while under travel.


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*Is the plan one trip across country with the menagerie? Or will you take them each summer when you travel?

If it's a one time trip, I wouldn't let the animals drive the RV choice.

There's a reason kids are mandated to be belted in...applies similarly to animals. Each should be in a small secure cage while traveling.

A full size van pulling a trailer would be a good option as there is plenty of space for pet crates but even a 4 door pickup could easily be outfitted.

When looking at small motorhomes, consider where you could put those crates without it being a big hassle moving around them all the time....of course with that many animals, it's always going to be a hassle regardless of RV type.


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time2roll wrote:

Rent a MH for the summer. Probably a class C.


I may be mistaken, but it's hard for me to imagine that a rental contract would allow for all of those animals.

If this is truly something you want to do, I tend to think that those suggesting a van are likely most on point. Trailers bounce, a lot - I can't imagine most of those animals would do very well back there. If you can't fit them all in a crew cab, a van is your next best choice.

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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Rent a MH for the summer. Probably a class C.


I may be mistaken, but it's hard for me to imagine that a rental contract would allow for all of those animals.

If this is truly something you want to do, I tend to think that those suggesting a van are likely most on point. Trailers bounce, a lot - I can't imagine most of those animals would do very well back there. If you can't fit them all in a crew cab, a van is your next best choice.


I wouldn't want to rent it afterwards....lol.
Besides, renting for a couple months is EXPENSIVE and sounds like OP isn't made o money, so least expensive overall is the best ROI once the trip is done.
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I agree that a van is a good option. Cargo (and passenger) vans often are quite capable tow vehicles with decent payload ratings, unlike many SUVs and some pickup trucks.

A motorhome would be another reasonable option. In the event of a breakdown, you can run the roof air conditioner from the generator without needing the vehicle to be operational. Of course, that doesn't work too well if your "breakdown" is running out of gas. A motorhome also won't heat up as quickly in the sun as a car. In terms of repair service availability, it's true that there are more auto garages around, but repair facilities for larger vehicles are not extraordinarily rare either. A class C motorhome (built on a stretched van chassis) will be a bit easier to get repaired than a class A, though probably not by a huge margin.

Chassis problems are relatively rare if you have reasonable preventative maintenance--things like making sure the brakes are in good order, etc. More common are difficulties with the house parts of an RV, most of which needn't bring a trip to an immediate halt. A malfunctioning interior light or even a dead fridge isn't the end of the world.

Some campgrounds may not permit you to camp with all your animals.





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I forget the name of the group but there is a female only RV club (or few?) out there. you may want to look into them re the safety aspect.

I also like the large van and rent a MH iideas previously expressed for the trip. But if you have a truck with a large enough cab, you can pull a trailer and let the pets ride in the truck, perhaps in their own crates.

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Tortiemctortiepants wrote:


I am planning on relocating from VA to WA next summer, and also taking the summer to explore along the way (I work in schools so have my summers free). I will be moving with my pets (two medium dogs, a cat, 4 small birds, a bunny, a tortoise, and a snake).

I would appreciate any and all suggestions from experienced travelers!!


I am going to sound a bit harsh, no way to make it sugar coated..

Re-Home at a min the small birds, bunny, tortoise and snake, you CAN replace them when you get to your final more permanent destination. While they can travel, it seems to me it would be a real pain to deal with.

Cat and dogs typically for the most part tend to travel OK and are less of an issue for care when traveling a long,long distance or long time provided they love being in a vehicle.

But two dogs and a cat can become a handful quickly if they are not acclimated to traveling.

When I was a kid, we did take a cat and at one point my Grandmothers dog, cat fared much better than the dog.. The cat would simply find a comfy spot behind a seat or in a dark place and sleep(once got into a lower cabinet below the stove and we thought we had lost it at a stop, took a couple of hrs to find and dig it out of the cabinet) ..

The dog, well, not so much, would fuss a lot.. Didn't like to be couped up.

As far as renting a RV, yeah, I would think that would void the rental contract and might be costly to you if the rental place decides your pets may have caused damage (they will figure out that you had pets from cat, dog, bunny fir along with bird feathers floating around).

* This post was edited 11/10/20 01:53pm by Gdetrailer *

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Gdetrailer wrote:

Tortiemctortiepants wrote:


I am planning on relocating from VA to WA next summer, and also taking the summer to explore along the way (I work in schools so have my summers free). I will be moving with my pets (two medium dogs, a cat, 4 small birds, a bunny, a tortoise, and a snake).

I would appreciate any and all suggestions from experienced travelers!!


I am going to sound a bit harsh, no way to make it sugar coated..

Re-Home at a min the small birds, bunny, tortoise and snake, you CAN replace them when you get to your final more permanent destination. While they can travel, it seems to me it would be a real pain to deal with.

Cat and dogs typically for the most part tend to travel OK and are less of an issue for care when traveling a long,long distance or long time provided they love being in a vehicle.

But two dogs and a cat can become a handful quickly if they are not acclimated to traveling.

When I was a kid, we did take a cat and at one point my Grandmothers dog, cat fared much better than the dog.. The cat would simply find a comfy spot behind a seat or in a dark place and sleep(once got into a lower cabinet below the stove and we thought we had lost it at a stop, took a couple of hrs to find and dig it out of the cabinet) ..

The dog, well, not so much, would fuss a lot.. Didn't like to be couped up.

As far as renting a RV, yeah, I would think that would void the rental contract and might be costly to you if the rental place decides your pets may have caused damage (they will figure out that you had pets from cat, dog, bunny fir along with bird feathers floating around).



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Toughts...

Travel Trailer: Definitely don't travel with your animals in the trailer. Even the most substantial trailers are bouncy nightmares for animals. Sensitive animals like birds, bunnies, and turtles won't survive this daily punishment.

RV Rental: The cost will be prohibitive. A friend of mine rented a small Class C to relocate to Orlando and between the mileage and the five days rental it cost her over $3k. I can't imagine what it would cost if you took your time and enjoyed yourself, but it would probably be cheaper to buy something.

A van with a small travel trailer sounds like the safest option for your pets and the most affordable option for you. "Car camping" out of the van would be even cheaper, but not as safe for you.


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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Rent a MH for the summer. Probably a class C.
I may be mistaken, but it's hard for me to imagine that a rental contract would allow for all of those animals.
Yes and campgrounds have pet restrictions too.

Might be better to get the pets where they need to be settled in. Save the adventure part for later.


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