EPDM Coatings
rvupgradestore.com Composet Products PO Box Zone
Over The Network Custom Yacht Interiors

Author Topic: Keeping pets cool off the grid?  (Read 206 times)

RoxieRV

  • ---
  • Posts: 5
Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:23:57 PM »
Hi RVers! I just bought my first RV (1994 Gulf Stream sunsport 30') and I'm so excited to hit the road with my two dogs in a couple short months.

The biggest thing I've been wrestling with is trying to come up with a solar / battery configuration that will allow me to run the AC for a few hours at a time without a hookup, in order to leave my dogs unattended, and keep the basics running for boondocking: fans, minimal lights, and charging the occasional small device.

I'm learning a lot about the basics of solar, but there is so much information and so many conflicting opinions about whether something like this is even possible! What do you guys think? Is anyone doing something like this already? I'm specifically curious if anyone uses a "soft start" to run their AC on solar more efficiently... I've only read about it on one blog but it sounded promising.

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 1834
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 01:46:59 PM »
At this time, short of spending substantial sums of money, it's not feasible to run AC off batteries for more than a very few minutes.
Scott
2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350 "OURVEE"
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 800W Solar
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab "RTOAD"
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster

kdbgoat

  • ---
  • Posts: 3958
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 01:50:00 PM »
Here's my standard answer for folks wanting to learn about solar power on an RV:

http://www.jackdanmayer.com/rv_electrical_and_solar.htm

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/

But, just be aware that running your A/C off of solar power/batteries isn't practical. The A/C will drain a decent size battery bank in a matter of minutes. You need to be hooked up to a power source, or run a generator.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


2016 Leprechaun 319DS

RoxieRV

  • ---
  • Posts: 5
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 01:54:04 PM »
Thanks for the advice, y'all. That's what I was afraid of. Is it safe to leave your generator running with the RV unattended?

Ernie n Tara

  • ---
  • Posts: 3233
  • Life is Good - Together
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 02:21:22 PM »
Park in the shade, leave a couple of windows open, provide lots of water, optionally get enough batteries to run a fan to  circulate the air, and shave the dogs. Then spend a day to verify maximum temperatures are reasonable for a given outside temp. Remember, an rv is not a car. With air circulation and shade, temperatures inside will "usually" be be ok. (Watch the flames now)!

Incidentally, some breeds, and all cats, tolerate heat well, others not so good.

Ernie
Ernie 'n Tara

2011 Winn Journey 34y
2012 Jeep Rubicon - Dozer (orange - kinda)
2006 Jeep Wrangler

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 1834
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 02:29:11 PM »
Park in the shade, leave a couple of windows open, provide lots of water, optionally get enough batteries to run a fan to  circulate the air, and shave the dogs. Then spend a day to verify maximum temperatures are reasonable for a given outside temp. Remember, an rv is not a car. With air circulation and shade, temperatures inside will "usually" be be ok. (Watch the flames now)!

Incidentally, some breeds, and all cats, tolerate heat well, others not so good.

Ernie


Agree. We have dogs, live in AZ, and would never leave them in a car. But we've had the RV in 80-90 weather with a window cracked, shades all closed and two Fantastic Fans running on medium, and it was surprisingly comfortable - certainly not an unhealthy temperature. I wouldn't hesitate leaving them for a few hours. As Ernie suggests, try it out yourself to be sure you're satisfied. A good vent fan (like Fantastic, not the 4" junk bathroom fans) makes a huge difference.
Scott
2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350 "OURVEE"
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 800W Solar
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab "RTOAD"
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster

kdbgoat

  • ---
  • Posts: 3958
Re: Keeping pets cool off the grid?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 02:40:35 PM »
I wouldn't shave my pet though. do an internet search on will "shaving my dog keep it cooler". You may be surprised at the answer, I was.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


2016 Leprechaun 319DS

 

Hosted by Over The Network