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Hey all,

I'm sure a handful of you are familiar with my plans to travel and live in a van with my dogs. The van is almost complete and we'll be leaving in about 10 days. The plan is to hit some desert states, and eventually both Canada and Mexico(maybe south america as well). I have a few questions about climate if anyone can chime in with their experiences in warmer climates. From my understanding, the dogs mainly need to acclimate to warmer weather and then generally will be fine given shade and water? My goal is to never be in an area above 90 degrees at any point while traveling. We have a very insulated van, with an RV fan to keep things as close to the external temps as we can. If the dogs are shaded and have water, will these 90 degree temps be bothersome to them? We live in a fairly moderate area, where most of the year is below 90 degrees, so they're definitely more used to 60-80 degree weather, so I'm not sure how they'll deal with it. Anyone have any tips for keeping them comfortable in these temperatures? I have a few friends who camp in the desert in vans in 100+ degree temps with smaller dogs, so not sure if that's a factor either. Those dogs seem to do fine, even without an RV fan.
 

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My understanding is that if it's too hot for humans, it's usually too hot for dogs. Health issues or certain meds can make you more susceptible to heat issues. Sounds like you plan on offering shade, which is good. If it's really hot, you could wet down some beach towels and let the dogs lay down on them (perhaps with a tarp under the towels?). I bought some sport cooling towels for myself last Summer. I'm thinking something like that could be used by you or the dogs (if needed).

Are you traveling with just you and your dogs, or will someone else be with you?

Do you plan on visiting California?
 

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My understanding is that if it's too hot for humans, it's usually too hot for dogs. Health issues or certain meds can make you more susceptible to heat issues. Sounds like you plan on offering shade, which is good. If it's really hot, you could wet down some beach towels and let the dogs lay down on them (perhaps with a tarp under the towels?). I bought some sport cooling towels for myself last Summer. I'm thinking something like that could be used by you or the dogs (if needed).

Are you traveling with just you and your dogs, or will someone else be with you?

Do you plan on visiting California?
Just me and the dogs! We'll very briefly be in Cali. Mostly passing through over the course of a week or so, likely in the fall. Headed up the coast that way.
 

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Just a heads up - make sure to avoid places with "Valley Fever", common in the dust (air) of the Phoenix Valley, Central California and I am sure places in Mexico. Dogs are especially vulnerable because they sniff the ground/animal burrows. Some places (Gila Valley, AZ) can get so hot that the sand actually burns the dog's feet. The cactus thorns and goats head seeds can get into dogs feet/skin and are a real problem. I don't like to take my shepherds to places that are super hot, or full of cacti, we stay north for the most part. Also, lots of serious dog diseases in Mexico/S. America that you may not be aware of so ask a good vet.

Have a second safeguard in place if your AC blows or power goes out. For the most part, if the dogs have shade and water they can survive. But do be careful.
 
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