I had to do a little research on some old posts myself to remember things that I do automatically, or from a newby (to RVing with fuzzbutts) perspective.
We travel with work and can spend up to 9 months a year traveling with our 5th wheel and gliders.(we are currently in SC in the 5th wheel).
So here are some pointers. Not in any specific order.
New travel cage:
set it up now and let the gliders play mark it and get used to it's smells. Look at the cage and see how easy it will be to clean potty, poo and food mess. Due to the confines of an RV, it may need to be cleaned daily or every other day.
If they will be traveling in this cage while RV is in motion, be sure the cage is fastened and secure. Take out or tie down heavy articles inside cage while moving.
Acclimating gliders to travel:
take them on a half day trip in a bonding
bag several times to get them used to different smells and sounds
. Be sure to pack with them some apple slices in the bonding
bag. Keep them out of direct sunlight.
- Are the 4 dogs currently part of your household? If so, that's a good thing. Half of that issue solved.
- Is the RV where you can allow the gliders to visit it and they can get used to how it smells while they are in the bonding
Packing for the trip:
You will need to take their bedding and pouch that has their scent on it for their first few nights. Remember they are "scent oriented". You will also need some 4x4" fleece squares with your scent on them and change them out every few days so they know you are there among all the other scents of close quarters.
RV safety and slideout concerns:
If this is a class A motorhome, keep in mind the cockpit area is off limits. They can get under the dash and make their way out of the vehicle or chew on the wires. All cupboard doors and drawers need to stay shut at night in case there is a "breakout " of the travel cage. Normally, they will seek you out first, but along the way will be somewhat curious.
- are the dogs accustomed to the gliders? Do they react or get excited or upset when they see the gliders? What breed of dogs will be traveling? Will the dogs be crated or behind a secure door at night?
There are all kinds of outlets/ holes to the outside world in an RV to consider. Let alone cubby holes that lead into other compartments. Plumbing, shore power, furnace vents. Engine cover or fire wall to engine compartment, on board generator, stove to propane tank holes... Now don't get scared or paranoid on me, I'm trying to prepare you for the worst case scenarios. And also give you a perspective on the opportunities of what a glider sees and smells.
Slideout... That's kinda tough to judge from my perspective. A motor coach is sealed when closed, and fully extended. Gliders love to climb so run your hands around the slideout to make sure there are no big gaps. If you find any, stuff it with a towel, but don't make a bigger hole. My concerns are the furniture and them getting in or under them.
Supervised tent time for extra exercise is the best option. Especially for a colony of 4.
Ok, I've given you a lot of info and questions. I'm sure I left something out, but will add later. Don't be too scared to take them, just be aware of your surroundings.
Please ask more questions.