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The question was, "Can I use my roof-top air conditioner off the batteries while traveling because my dogs get really hot when we are in really high temperatures?" As a seasoned RVer with dogs, cats, and kids, I was taken aback by the question. It made me realize that sometimes it is important to educate new RVers in how to properly deal with dogs and cats in an RV.

Catnip Farm
(319) 685-4270
P.O. Box 72
Victor, IA

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Green Horse Natural Fly Spray
(641) 449-3436
19522 70th Ave.
New Virginia, IA

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PetSmart
(515) 221-2295
11101 University Ave Ste B
Clive, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(515) 287-9995
1311 East Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

PETCO
(319) 377-4376
1450 Twixt Town Road
Marion, IA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Pet Butler of Des Moines
(800) 738-2885
PO Box 13406
Des Moines, IA

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PetSmart
(515) 289-0667
1715 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(712) 252-3200
1742 Hamilton Boulevard
Sioux City, IA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

PetSmart
(319) 447-2509
4810 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(712) 366-2913
3271 Marketplace Drive
Council Bluffs, IA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

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The Well-Equipped Doggie RV

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The Well-equipped Doggie RV


By Julee Meltzer

I was on an RVing with dog’s forum the other day and I saw someone posted a newbie question about RVing with dogs. The question was, "Can I use my roof-top air conditioner off the batteries while traveling because my dogs get really hot when we are in really high temperatures?" As a seasoned RVer with dogs, cats, and kids, I was taken aback by the question. It made me realize that sometimes it is important to educate new RVers in how to properly deal with dogs and cats in an RV. So, here are a few questions and answers, starting with the air conditioner issue:

Question: "Can I use my roof-top air conditioner off the batteries while traveling because my dogs get really hot when we are in really high temperatures?"

Answer: You need to run your generator when you are using the air conditioner whenever you are not hooked up to electricity. (There are a few people who have tricked out their RV with so much solar power and banks of batteries that they could potentially run the air conditioner off of their batteries, but this is an extreme situation.) In addition, it is always a good idea to run your generator on a full load once a month just to keep it in good shape.

Question: "My cat and/or dog has ruined my blinds, do I need to get new ones?"

Answer: This is an "it depends" answer. If the problem is just that the strings have been borken or frayed, you can replace these yourself or send them out to be repaired. There is a popular website for repair called The Dirty Blind Man (http://www.dirtyblindman.com/). I have heard good things about them. Or, if you want to watch a video on how to repair your own blinds here is one: ( http://www.windowblindservice.com/repairvideo.html ). When our clinds became old and dirty, we replaced them with conventional fabric blinds rather than those day/night blinds specifically made for RVs. In the bedroom, we spent the money to order light-blocking blinds. Wow, I can actually sleep in the morning now!

Question: Can I use an ex-pen at a campground?

Answer: This is totally up to each campground. Some campgrounds allow you to set up elaborate ex-pens for your dogs, while other expressly forbid it. If you do set up an ex-pen, make sure that you use something to cover the area under your steps. Lots of people use the plastic or vinyl lattice material that you can find at any hardware store. They then use bungee cords to attach it to the ex-pen. If you want to let your cat outdoors, please put them in a figure eight harness and stay outside with them. Otherwise, you are setting your cat up to be terrorized by dogs or wildlife with no way to get away.

Question: My dogs really steam up the RV at times, can I use a dehumidifier?

Answer: Absolutely. You can purchase a small dehumidifier from any major hardware store or Sears. We bought one and we use it during really rainy periods to keep down the moisture in the RV. This is particularly hel...

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