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Self-Transporting

If possible, it's best to transport your own alpacas by themselves.

Keep tracking records on all alpacas transported.  Know your route and any planned stops.  Disinfect the trailer and trailer equipment after each use.  Disinfect the vehicle after transporting alpacas (a car wash is great).  Don't forget the tires on both the vehicle and trailer.  A good disinfectant is 1 part bleach to 9 parts water in a pump-up sprayer.


DO  

Make sure your vehicle is rated for towing or rated to haul the combined weight of you, your alpacas, and all other items.

Check tire pressure and tread on vehicle and trailer (including spares).  

Check fluid levels in vehicle.

Practice hook-up and hauling an empty trailer.

Padlock trailer access doors when you aren't in the vehicle.

If using a van or SUV, put a divider between the people and alpacas.

Provide lots of nonslip bedding.

Secure feed and water in van, SUV, or trailer.

Secure inanimate objects that could come in contact with alpacas during transporting.

Practice loading and unloading alpacas.

Separate males and females for transport.

Leave halters on alpacas with the leads easily accessible to you.

Monitor outside temperature.

Stop every 2-3 hours and let alpacas get up, poop, pee and drink water if they choose to.

Choose fuel stops/restaurants with ample parking.  

Park in the shade whenever possible.

Whenever you stop check on the comfort of the alpacas and give your vehicle, trailer, hook-up, and tires a once over.


DON'T

Tie alpacas in the van, SUV, or trailer.

Transport cria < 30 days old on long trips.

Take alpacas out of the trailer until your final destination is reached.

Allow the general public in the trailer.

Padlock the trailer access doors while you're in motion.


REMEMBER

To drive responsibly.

You have a trailer behind you.

To have all health/transport papers.

You are transporting a precious cargo -- you and your alpacas.

Happy transporting and travel safe!



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