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Looking for advice/ ideas on how to secure a birdcage in the RV while traveling. We have 2 dogs and a conure that will be traveling with us when we FT next summer. The dogs will be OK in the back seat of the truck, but the bird? The cage is too large to fit in the back with the dogs.

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Cathy first you need to determine where the cage will be placed in the RV, some modifications may need to be made to accommodate the cage.....after the location is determined a fastening system can be devised.....if you post photos we can be more helpful, but without seeing any details of the cage or location we can't offer and suggestions.....

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There is a New Horizons Majestic Toyhauler that was built for individuals who traveled with birds. Potentially the pictures on the New Horizons website might give you some ideas, the pictures of the toyhauler can be found at: http://www.horizonsrv.com/inventory/2011-42-new-horizons-majestic-toyhauler .

Given the size of their bird cages, at the least the cages would have stayed in the toyhauler during travel. 



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if this is not a class A or C you may want to consider a travel cage on driving days so your feathered kid can also ride in the truck.  We travel with 5 parrots in 4 cages but we have a class A.  Securing the cage is not your only concern.  You also needed to make sure that there is sufficient padding in the bottom of the cage and some low perches for them to ride on.  All of our feathered kids have great RV legs, but I still want to protect them if they fall.  On very bumpy roads i always put them in their travel cages instead of their regular cages.  If they ride in the truck you also do not have to worry about them getting too hot or cold.  You can message me and I will be happy to help.  We have been traveling with our feathered kids for over 5 years.



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I always travel with a sun conure. Since I don't travel with a dog, my conure's travel cage sits on the back seat with the door open. Our bird mostly rides on either me or DW, with free access to the inside of the cab (she is fully fledged) where she returns when hungry or thirsty.

If I were you, I'd put a small travel cage on the front seat between you two. If you can get your bird to ride quietly in the cage then you've been able to accomplish something we cannot. Once on us though, our bird is super quiet and content to just snuggle and enjoy the view (sometimes exploring her surroundings, biting off buttons and the like). If you intend to leave the bird out, as we do, then you might want to install a physical barrier behind the front seat, (like a cage in a squad car or some cabs) preventing the bird from flying or climbing back by your dogs (assuming they do not travel caged) and being injured or worse.

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Hi

We are prepping to go full time with our two African Greys.  We got rid of their big house cages about three months ago and bought them Kings Cages Travel cage for Macaws.  Plenty big enough just not tall like their house cages.  I am so impressed with these cages they are bird proof, seriously they cannot escape.  Well made should last for years.  I added heated pearches for winter and when the AC is on.  I am planning on removing the dinette and the sofa, replacing them with some kind of cabinet that the cages will fit on top of that can be bolted down and serve as storage.  Then we will build in a computer work area and two comfy chairs if we have the room.  I have rolling stands that they spend a lot of time on and we do plan on getting a screen room so they can enjoy the out doors safely.  We are searching for the right toad that will fit their cages and the dog in case we have to leave for a motel or in and emergency.  The dog rides belted in between us in his carrier.  

 

We are looking for a bunk house model though, I think the bunk house area is ideal.

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I forgot to mention, I remove their hard perches and swinging toys before driving.  I leave their food and water in, though I never think they touch it when we are moving.  I also use a rope pearch low to prevent falls.



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We also put thick bath mats in the bottom of their cages (cover with paper towels to catch poop) when we are traveling so if they do fall they have a softer surface to land on.  Bonnie we had a cabinet built which we have secured our fids cages to.



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I would love to see photos.  I think I will have to go custom or luck out at a used furniture store.

Bonnie



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Feather kids bedroomHere is a picture looking into the feathered kids bedroom.  We took out a sofa and have a cabinet built in.  It allows us to store things underneath and we have screwed down the cages.  We made the playarea out of some industrial shelving we got at SAMs.  Everyone has their space.  Their cages are a little small but they do not spend a lot of time in them.  



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Close up of cages.

Close up of cages



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This is a closeup of their play area.

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Very clever, love the play area too. I think having the cupboard to store things is exactly what we need. They have way more Stuff than we do. Thanks for sharing.
Bonnie

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Thanks for all the great info and pics. We still haven't decided on a fifth wheel toy hauler yet, so we have a little time to sort this stuff out.


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Hi Kathy,

 

We travel with two African Greys.  I bought them two King's travel cages for Macaws to serve as their full time cage in the rig.  We put them on tables once settled.  We got rid of their big cages because of the weight and the inability to get them in and out for cleaning easily.  Each cage weighs 30 lbs and is as wide and deep as their large cages just not as tall.  When under way  I remove the toys, put down a folded towel and they have soft rope perches to flex and be easier on their feet.  We actually also have their old small travel cages which are really quite small that we keep in case we need to leave the rig in and emergency and seek shelter they are smaller and to my way of thinking more welcome in a shelter situation also I can cover them quickly with a thick towel to protect them.

Never travel with the bird in its regular cage in a towable trailer or 5th wheel too dangerous.  Get her a small cage get her use to hanging out in it.

Bonnie



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Which model were you referring to on this toy hauler?

Thanks

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Bonnieknitting wrote:

Hi Kathy,

Never travel with the bird in its regular cage in a towable trailer or 5th wheel too dangerous.  Get her a small cage get her use to hanging out in it.

Bonnie


I concur. This was Sunny's and now Skittle's travel cage. 

Here is Skittles on our last trip earlier this month in NC.

We bring her little sleeping tent with us to make her feel at home and give her a safe refuge to avoid any drafts.

Sort of like these: http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/Products-HUTS_TENTS-1.html

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Skittles is a real cutie, Chip. Bonnie, I'll be sure to get a travel cage for our conure. As for the TH, as soon as we think we've found the model that will suit us, we see something else that might be better. As of today, we're leaning toward an Alpha Gold 3905SH with the motorcycle garage, but we're not giving up on the idea of a MH yet. Arrgghhh! I'm driving myself nuts!

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