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Hot Water Solutions for Travelling with Pets

Even if it rains cats and dogs on holiday, this clever 12v/240v Duoetto water heater keeps the RV clean for pet owners...

More people than ever are taking their pets on holiday in their RVs, caravans and campers, presenting owners with challenging clean-up tasks as their energetic animals roll around new territories ranging from sandy beaches to the dusty desert and remote rocky mountains.

“Post Covid-19, there is a huge domestic travel boom on here in Australia and around the world, as State borders open up and more people explore their own countries in safe, secure healthy environments,” says RV equipment and hot water specialist Jay King, Managing Director of Aus J Hot Water Solutions.

“Travelling with pets is an issue that many owners are currently addressing, as they ponder alternative possibilities to boarding them out and leaving their best friends sometimes lonely and fretting.”

Dogs are among the most popular pets to consider as travelling companions, with more than five million in Australia alone. They are generally more 'portable' than cats – though some people will travel with show animals of all types, ranging in size from cats in personal cages, through to horses in custom floats, says Mr King. 

“We are pet lovers here and internationally. The RSPCA pet welfare organisation tells us that 61 per cent of Australian households have pets, which is one of the highest rates in the world, behind the US with 67 per cent but ahead of the UK with 40 per cent.”

“We find that most pet caregivers are women – nearly two-thirds, who often consider their pet to be a family member. But men too love to travel with their best friend - even if sometimes they don’t like the mess that results after a dip in the sea or a roll in some nice red dust, which sticks to everything like glue and gets right up their noses.”

Aus J’s 12v/240v water heater is allowing RV and boating enthusiasts and family travellers alike – including their pets – to splash and roll about wherever they like, when they like, without having to plug into mains power to clean up afterwards with a hot shower, or rely on caravan parks facilities.

The clever Duoetto MK2 10-litre water heater that Aus J Hot Water Solutions sells locally and internationally (including NZ, Africa, Asia, UK, Europe and North/South America) is finding markets among RV, caravan, camping, and marine yacht and powered boat owners, as well as being used in work vehicles and 4wds used to tow RVs including caravans to remote places where they wish to maintain optimum cleanliness and comfort.

The tough, compact and durable water heater offers selectable temperatures between 30-75ºC (86-167ºF) on 240v and up to 70°C (158ºF) on 12v so people with pets can shower, wash, clean and enjoy abundant hot water whether mains power is available or not.

The latest Duoettos – which typically retail for under $A420 ($US310) – feature automatic sensors to allow switching to 12V when mains power is not available, enabling the Duoetto to deliver ample hot water in remote areas such as campsites or on boats where mains power is unavailable, which it often is in large areas of major RV, marine and work vehicle markets, says Mr King.

Meet Sydney and South Coast beach nomad Graeme Gherashe and his inseparable boxer Ms Bobbie who just loves to splash about.

“It is a great freedom to be able to get out onto the beaches and the wide-open spaces, but not so much fun if you bring the salt and sand back into the vehicle. My dog thinks she owns the space, and the entire bed. She has first dibs, so we both need a good washdown before we go inside,” said Graeme, a veteran of the 1970s panel van days (his was purple!) before he upgraded to a more spacious VW transporter. 

When Graeme was finishing fitting out his new vehicle for his day trips and interstate roaming with Ms Bobbie, he heard about the Duoetto solution. 

Mr Gherashe says the thought that had gone into the design impressed him: "the Duoetto MK2 10-litre water heater is easy to install. I was going to get it installed for me, but with some advice from Jay, the job was straightforward. If your plumbing and electrics are in place, it’s pretty simple – but still not hard even if they are not.”

“Our typical customers up to this point have been men" adds Mr. King. "But we are finding that it is starting to change as we get out to show our portable heaters at campsites and public spaces where singles, couples and families approach us. 

Sometimes it is the woman who is the handyperson and wants to install it – and with pets we find it is often the woman who is the one making the purchasing decision.”
“We are finding that women make the broader range of pet decisions generally, including choice of their new family member and how to care for it, whether it is a dog, cat, small mammal or reptile that appreciates a bath. 

“Some of the women we talk to tell us their cats and dogs seem to know when the family is preparing for a holiday – they can get very clingy and put a big guilt trip on you. So if you don’t want a fretting dog or a hostile moggy when you return, maybe it is time to have a look at how portable they might be. 

In addition to family happiness, you’ll probably find that the cost of boarding an animal for a month far exceeds the cost of a hot water unit to clean them and yourselves up after a holiday romp.” 

About Aus J Hot Water Solutions

Aus J offers a range of innovative gas and electric water heaters with models for domestic, commercial and recreational applications, including a 240v 10-litre Aqueous water heater designed to provide homes with near-instant hot water and reduce the wastage by having the heater located under the sink. 

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For your chance to Win a Duoetto MK2 Electric Water Heater , enter our Competition before 17/01/21 (midnight AEST).

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