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

Author Topic: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.  (Read 828 times)

Katammers

  • ---
  • Posts: 43
Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:44:22 AM »
Hi everyone! Lurker, first time poster. I just purchased a 1997 Areolite Seven as a small renovation project to hopefully be used as long-term travel. My concern right now is that I have two cats. Currently the AC runs off shore power or I will need a generator. This is fine for me but when I am out of the trailer I do not want my cats to overheat in the summer and I may not always be on shore power.

Has anyone encountered this issue before? Do you just run your generator 24/7? Would it be worthwhile to convert the trailer to solar?

Appreciate any advice anyone has. Thanks!
Check out my trailer renovation web series here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=21s

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 10692
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 11:03:04 AM »
I full time it with three cats. You really don't have anything to worry about unless you are going to be parking in Las Vegas in the summertime. Domestic cats are descendants of African Wild Cats from the Sahara Desert region and cats love hot weather. 
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
Life list of birds:
https://goo.gl/photos/xuP9zPD2KP2swN1g8
Grand Canyon photos:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7

UTTransplant

  • ---
  • Posts: 915
  • Salt Lake City area
Re: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2016, 06:55:53 PM »
Much depends on where you go. We travel with cats in a travel trailer too. The cats stay in our tow vehicle while we are on the road, not in the trailer. That means you don't need the trailer AC while you are on the move. If we are parked in temps of 85 degrees or less without electricity, we shut all the blinds and turn on the power vents. They are much easier on the battery, and I highly recommend at least one and maybe two (or as many vent openings as you have). This keeps the temps reasonable. This would probably also work in higher temperatures, but I wouldn't want to chance it. I know my cats go hide out under the bed when it gets warm since it is cooler there. We just don't camp without electricity in temps above 85 because I just don't like it! I can run the generator, but I don't like doing it during the day. That is the reason God created mountains LOL! We just head up in latitude or elevation when it gets hot.

BTW, adding enough solar to run an air conditioner is very expensive both in panels and batteries.
Pam and Kevin plus Minou and Lily (the cats) plus Lexi (the grand-dog)
2014 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 240RKS
2015 Ram 2500 Diesel
http://toobusyforwork.com

Great Horned Owl

  • ---
  • Posts: 1235
  • Lake county, IL
Re: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 07:13:21 PM »
I travel with two cats, and almost never use my AC.

I built a screened "catio" for them. In the photos below, the two supports are adjustable paint roller poles. The brown brackets are to fasten it to a platform on the back bumper, while we travel.

The cats love it, and spend much of the day out there, even when it isn't hot.

Eventually, I'll modify it with a sloped roof, so I quit getting a shower when I take it down after a rain.

Joel
Joel & Dorothy
Retired electronics engineer. Avid photographer, paddler & birder.
2011 Silverado 2500HD, Duramax, 4x4,crew cab, 8' bed
Palomino Puma 253-FBS  27' 5th wheel
1994 19' Class B Horizon / Chevy

Katammers

  • ---
  • Posts: 43
Re: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 06:58:00 PM »

I travel with two cats, and almost never use my AC.

I built a screened "catio" for them. In the photos below, the two supports are adjustable paint roller poles. The brown brackets are to fasten it to a platform on the back bumper, while we travel.

The cats love it, and spend much of the day out there, even when it isn't hot.

Eventually, I'll modify it with a sloped roof, so I quit getting a shower when I take it down after a rain.

Joel

Oh wow! How nice. So I assume it's detachable and you don't tow with it attached to the trailer, you just set it up when you're parked?

Thanks for your responses everyone. I'm much less worried about it now.
Check out my trailer renovation web series here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZ5xqgzeiU&t=21s

Great Horned Owl

  • ---
  • Posts: 1235
  • Lake county, IL
Re: Brand new to renovation - How to prep trailer AC for pets.
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 10:04:10 PM »
It lifts right off, and sits on a platform that is attached to the rear bumper. That brown bracket (and another one on the other side) are to secure it to the platform.

Joel
Joel & Dorothy
Retired electronics engineer. Avid photographer, paddler & birder.
2011 Silverado 2500HD, Duramax, 4x4,crew cab, 8' bed
Palomino Puma 253-FBS  27' 5th wheel
1994 19' Class B Horizon / Chevy

 

Hosted by Over The Network