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Old 05-12-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I am in the process of downsizing my house with the plan to sell it and purchase a Class B in the Fall. There are two questions I have, one of which is a major concern.

1) I have two adorable Corgis who will be my traveling companions. As a single person, my biggest concern is how to deal with them when I need to leave them in the van (to work out, run errands, eat out, etc.). If I am in an area where the temperature is high or very low, how do I ensure the temperature of the van stays at a good level? I have heard about Volt Start and am hoping that, along with one of the pet safe temperature monitors and maybe a video camera, will be adequate. Feedback?

2) Does anyone know of a blog, website, or video that lays out the general list of what a person can and should pack for a Class B? I ask because Iím trying to determine what to keep for the van, what to store for a small apartment for future, and what to donate or sell.

Thanks for any information!!
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:57 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

I am in the process of downsizing my house with the plan to sell it and purchase a Class B in the Fall. There are two questions I have, one of which is a major concern.

1) I have two adorable Corgis who will be my traveling companions. As a single person, my biggest concern is how to deal with them when I need to leave them in the van (to work out, run errands, eat out, etc.). If I am in an area where the temperature is high or very low, how do I ensure the temperature of the van stays at a good level? I have heard about Volt Start and am hoping that, along with one of the pet safe temperature monitors and maybe a video camera, will be adequate. Feedback?

2) Does anyone know of a blog, website, or video that lays out the general list of what a person can and should pack for a Class B? I ask because I’m trying to determine what to keep for the van, what to store for a small apartment for future, and what to donate or sell.

Thanks for any information!!

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We have taken my Wife's service dog with us, or else we don't go, so I have little specific to offer about leaving an animal behind alone. But just consider the van as much like a car that can heat up quickly on hot and sunny days. Only consider leaving them for more than 15 minutes in hot weather if you can park in shade, crack windows, run ceiling fan, and monitor the inside temperature.

As far as what to take with you, a very general suggestion is minimum week of clothing, minimal cooking utensils, a few cleaning supplies, as small broom and dust bin (it's surprising how much you can track indoors), umbrella, jackets, and rain gear. Don't worry too much (like we did at first) since you'll find adequate stores to replenish supplies.

Do take comfort items for yourself and your pets. Your own pillow, their dog beds, and few of their favorite toys. We also carry a sound machine that we use at home which tends to override outside sounds to some extent since noises will be different in different locations.

Take a few short 1-2 day shake-down cruises and it will help you immensely to figure out what works for you.

Safe travels.
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Thanks! Since I’ll be living full time in it, I need to find a way to leave them for an hour or so. Obviously, I will be trying to avoid hot temperatures but it was my understanding that if I leave the A/C on and have Volt Start, the engine will start when the battery gets low, thereby keeping the A/C on. Is this true?

Good feedback on how much stuff to take with me. I’m considering trying to buy before I sell the house so I can park it in the driveway and just load up what I can. But it will depend on whether I can qualify while still having a mortgage.
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Obviously, I will be trying to avoid hot temperatures but it was my understanding that if I leave the A/C on and have Volt Start, the engine will start when the battery gets low, thereby keeping the A/C on. Is this true?
This system is not reliable enough.
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Thanks for responding. Then how do single people with pets travel full time in an RV? I know they do so surely there is a way to deal with it safely. Otherwise, I cannot make this life decision for the future.
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Even when thermally soaked my Sprinter doesn't get dangerously hot with the roof fan thermostat set and a side window vented. With water available, I would be comfortable leaving my dog in it all day. Of course I would leave it in the shade if at all possible too.

Of course that's in NC, not Yuma Arizona in August or something...
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Thanks, Felipe. Having previously lived in Arizona for 20 years, I would definitely be avoiding it from April through October or November. What have you heard about the reliability of Volt Start? If I have the RV Pet Safety monitor so I know the inside temperature and walk outside the grocery store, gym, etc., and use the remote to start the engine, wouldn’t that be a reliable and safe approach?
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If you are considering Voltstart, that presumes that you are looking at a Roadtrek/Hymer. I personally wouldn't trust it for more than an hour or two, but that is based on fear, not experience. To find the most people who are using this system, you might want to join the FB pages for "Roadtrek & Hymer Owners" and "Roadtrek Zion & Simplicity Owners" and "Hymer Activ Owners" ... There are varying levels of trust with the system. Personally if I had had to leave my dog for a couple of hours, I would have just left the engine running with its AC cooling... and locked the doors. (one has to go out the rear doors to do this in a Promaster) Anything longer than that I would have the rig in a campground hooked to electric... and taxi elsewhere.
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While we do not full-time, we have the same concern for our labs. I just discovered our Winne Era has a setting to start the generator if the A/C wants to turn on. I haven’t tested this feature but plan to.

So far we have relied on opening the windows and turning on the roof vent fan as it keeps a lot of air moving through the coach. Using the awning makes a huge difference when in the sun. Our solar panel easily powers the fan so we have no concern about running down the house batteries.

You can also buy inexpensive cell phone based monitors that will call you if a set temperature is reached. I plan to get one for our stick house when we head south next winter.
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I've been traveling with my dogs in Class B's for the past 12 years (mostly to dog shows). Depending on the outside temperature, I've either just opened windows and had the roof fan going, or I've used the generator to run the roof air. Are you planning on buying a Class B without a generator? That was one of the reasons I wanted a Class B - makes it so much easier to leave the dogs in the vehicle with the generator running for the a/c. It would be great to have a newer vehicle where the generator starts up on its own to run the a/c. Another must-have are O2 battery operated fans. I have my dogs in crates while I'm driving or am away from the van, so I'll put a couple of fans on the bed opposite the crates. The fans are in front of the open window, so they help to draw more air in and direct the flow toward the dogs. If you're parked in the sun, the awning really helps to shade the interior, and I put silver mesh shade screens on the other side of the RV. A silver tarp could also help, as long as it isn't blocking the windows. I keep a thermometer in the back of the RV so I can check what the temp actually is, but I haven't gotten one of the remote systems yet.
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