I've had a few people ask me about living in an RV and traveling around the country with parrots. Well, not much is different than owning a dog or cat and traveling around, although Michael and I have done a few things that I haven't heard other RVer's talk about.
Michael and I bought a Le Crosse Alert thermometer for the RV. This thermometer hooks up to ethernet so you will need a wifi extender, and uses so little of a hotspot that you don't even see the data being taken. Which is fantastic for people who live off of hotspots! The extender can also be hooked up to any wifi that you might have at an RV park so that you can use their wifi rather than your hotspot. And again, it uses so little data that it didn't even register when we checked our data usage. The fantastic part about this thermometer is that it can hook into an app on your phone, meaning I can monitor the temperature in the RV for the birds whenever I want from wherever I want, and you can even set it to take readings at whatever interval you want. I have it take the temperature every 10 minutes because I'm a paranoid parront (parrot + parent). This could also be used for people traveling with dogs and cats who aren't able to bring their pets out with them. I highly recommend this product. It's nice to be able to check on the parrots and know that they are warm, not cold, and not too hot.
Another thing Michael and I did was shop around at pet stores and Amazon trying to find the sturdiest cages possibly. In case of an accident, I don't want my birds being harmed or escaping, so we've done our best to find the best cages for RV travel. We even have seat belts in the "bird traveling area" a.k.a the dinette. So we can buckle their cages in if we want.
Michael and I bought Kumquat a travel cage that goes on top of a stroller. It is the Pak-O-Bird travel carrier with the stroller they list on their website. This way, when we get to some warmer weather, eventually, we can take him out with us for strolls. This is a great way to let your parrot be a part of the RV journey. The great thing about the Pak-O-Bird is that you have three areas for the bird to look out of, and all of those areas can be closed with a flap in case your bird gets a little too excited or frightened. We wouldn't do this with the budgie or Her Majesty, because it would freak them out too much. Thankfully, Kumquat's infinite curiosity about the world around him makes him the perfect bird for such an outing.
Another thing you can do to keep your birds safe is to make sure you, first, have a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector, and an LP detector and second that they all work! Something I saw recently which I think I will do is, put a large piece of paper on your windshield, or on any window that you think is noticeable, and have "In Case Of Emergency: Please Rescue My (Insert number) (Insert any animal)." I thought this was a brilliant thing! It's kind of a judgment call. I haven't decided if I'll put it up or not, but I saw it and thought it was a good idea. It could also let emergency crews know there are animals inside in case they can get to your pets.
This brings me to the RV itself. We chose our 2008 Fleetwood Tioga because of the size. It's 32 feet long, meaning we have plenty of room for two humans and three bird cages. The three bird cages fit in the area above the driving cabin when we are parked. Then the bird cages are moved to the dinette area when we are driving for the safety of the birds. I wouldn't recommend having your birds out with you while moving. You have a seat belt for a reason, and they have a travel carrier for a reason. As long as they can see you from their cages, they are happy, and then when you park you can take them out and play with them to their little hearts' desire.
We also keep the birds up to date on their vaccinations, which is always a good thing. One thing Michael and I might do is go to Canada with the RV, which means we will board the birds before crossing the border. I don't want the Canadian or US government giving me any headaches over the birds. Why even risk it? So, in that case, we would board the birds and then come back and pick them up.
If you think of any other questions, just let us know, and I will keep you all informed of anything else Michael and I think of to use for bird/pet safety in the RV. But my opinion is that RVing has the same risks a house does. It has windows and doors that birds can escape out of, it has potentials for killing the birds, same as a house! So if you have birds and you want to travel, I'd say do it.
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