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dog mod steps herman

“We have the scissor steps on the back door.  We covered the metal steps with rubber drawer liner to keep our lab from slipping.  It works great.

Our 80-pound, nine year old dog sleeps in the front corner of our queen size bed.  She rolled off once and will not sleep near the edge any more.  We have screens on three sides surrounding the bed and she loves the fresh air.” – John and Jody Herman, 2001 GMC 1500, 2008 Palomino Bronco pop-up

dog mod spill proof water bowl mcleod“I use hospital pads (blue quilted pads for under patients) left over from my late Dad on one side of the dinette.  Jack knows he is to only get up on that side.  He is a water dog (Irish Water Spaniel) and is frequently damp at the very least.  The pads are sturdy, launder easily, and are just the right size to tuck around the cushions.  They are also easily removed if humans are expected.

I had a temperature controlled Fantastic fan installed and bought a self-cooling pet pad which fits perfectly on the floor of the camper.  I keep it in the shoe cupboard near the floor at the back door and simply unroll it down the hallway as I leave the camper.

With the exhaust fan set about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the window between the cab and truck left open, and the truck window open a little, the camper stays a comfortable temperature.  I have a Northstar window boot.  The self-cooling pet pad takes care of a longer stop.

I also have a special water dish.  It’s a rectangular shape, has a round drink and fill opening at one end, and built-in hard handle at the same end.  It’s hard to describe, but you fill it up half-way.  When you lay it flat, the dog can drink independently.  Also a seat belt through the handle holds it firmly in the cab and, when transferring it to the camper or campsite, the water drops to the bottom and is easily carried.  It’s a fabulous invention. It holds a lot of water, never spills, and he gets to drink whenever he needs to.

When I purchased my 2000 hard side truck camper this spring, I discovered that Jack can’t leap into the overcab.  My previous Northstar TC800 had a thinner mattress and thicker cushions.  So, I purchased a two inch flat lawn chair pad and I place that on the dinette in the evening – when he is dry of course!

My remaining challenge was the lower screen in the camper door.  Any dastardly squirrels in the campsite or a dog walking by resulted in the screen being popped out.  I looked at commercial screen protectors but thought them unsafe as they go on the inside and claws could get caught and damaged in the grills.  So I found a sheet of plastic window pane and had it screwed on the door interior.

Dog Mod Poodle

The last modification I am having installed is a propane and carbon monoxide monitor that will send a message to my cell phone.” – Michele McLeod, 2013 F 150 HD, 2000 Travel Hawk 9.5

“We travel with a eighteen pound cat that thinks he’s a dog.  We keep him on a leash or run cable at all times when he is out doors.

The first thing I did to my truck was make a cover for the electric windows and door lock switches that are on the armrests.  This solved the problem of him unlocking the doors when we leave him behind in the camper.  He likes to put his front paws on the armrest and look out the window and we would come back from a hike and find the front of the truck unlocked.  Or when we are on the road he will walk down the armrest to lay on the dash and roll the windows down on his way to the dash.  The covers saved that problem.

When we get to camp, his food and water dishes go in the drivers foot well and the litter box goes in the passenger side foot well.  With the pass through window, he can go up front when he wants and we don’t trip over his stuff in the back.  We used to have dogs but love traveling with a cat.  You never have to stop to let them do their duty.” – Mike and Nancy Pohl, 1999 Ford F150, 1985 American Pilgrim 8.5 Hard side

“Really, the only thing I’ve added is a good dog bed that rolls up and goes into a stuff sack.  If I have to leave my dog, the Fantastic Fan, which I’ve added, keeps the interior nice and cool.  With two 100 watt solar panels, I don’t ever worry about the fan draining the house batteries.  In the last three years our dog and I have traveled to all of the lower 48 states.” – Al Stebbins, 2005 GMC 2500, Northern Lite 8-11 Queen Classic

“We have a yellow lab named Sarah.  We set her bed on the floor between the front dinette seats.  We put the ramp up and she goes right up into the camper to the bed. Under a cabinet overhang we have a K-9 non-spill water bowl.  We built a platform that sits on the rear seat which has a larger bed for traveling.” – John Dorrer, 2013 F-250 Ford, 2014 FWC Grandby

“Our Lance has a slide.  Our dog took over under the dining table in the slide.  It works out great because he is out of the way when we move around the camper.  We set it up with his bed and blanket under the table.  He is an older dog and can’t jump in the camper and the truck anymore, so we bought a tri-fold ramp for him to get in and out of the camper and the truck.” – Erwin Greven, 2002 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2002 Lance 921

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cat mod momma kitty and boot

“I built a boot out of foam covered with Sunbrella fabric that goes between the camper and the truck cab.  This allows my cat, Momma Kitty, to go between the camper and truck when going down the road, and when stopped for the night.  It has worked great for over 12,000 miles since February 2015.” – Dave Scobie, 2007 Toyota Tundra, 2014 Outfitter Caribou Lite 6.5

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