We take a lot of care in preparing for our long trips. In addition to cleaning and preventative maintenance to the View, our canine first class passengers receive the most attention. One of the most important things we’ve struggled with is restraining them while we’re in motion.
Kinnon has grown since our last trip, so he needs the larger kennel, which fits perfectly and securely under the dinette. He sleeps contentedly most of the day, often in the Toller legs in the air position. Allie, though, is an anxious traveler. Put her in a kennel and she pants and drools the whole way. We’ve tried prescription drugs from the vet, but if she’s drugged she can’t get out at a rest stop. The last trip we found a solution: a calming collar, herbal calming tablets, and a harness that snaps into a rear seat belt. This allows her stand or sit (maybe to lay down) between us. She loves to look outside and was much calmer on our trip to the ocean.
Then we have a couple of weeks of food, their leashes and leads, toys, beds, grooming tools and a couple of boxes of first aid and canine formulary.
We are also taking the bikes this trip, and looking forward to more exercise. Notice that the taillights and license plate are not obscured. I also redefined the tools and repair parts we travel with, lightening the load a bit. Because of the added weight of the bikes (and the new custom mattress, I’m moving some of the heavier items in the right storage compartment over to the under seat storage in the left side.
Just about ready to load our personal items and hit the road. Looking forward to visiting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (they have one RV spot) near Kanab, Utah as the southern most point this trip.