RV, The Pet friendly Travel Solution!

RV, The Pet friendly Travel Solution!

We’ve all had this happen – grab your pup to go experience the great outdoors, traveling towards the beach only to find ‘pet unfriendly’ hotels along the way! Dang it, talk about a weekend spoiler.

“But my dog is well trained,” you plead in a rather wobbly voice, pushing through the anxiety you feel at the prospect of sleeping in your car, mustering up the self-assuredness required when attempting to talk someone into doing something that they can’t or don’t want to do.  “Sorry” is the one word response you receive from the caretaker. Bugger….you think to yourself as you watch the sun set behind the blinking, neon hotel moniker.

This was our experience – my husband, also known as my Better Whole, and me taking weekend jaunts to small towns, only to find limited options for nightly stays that would welcome our three critters. We got tired of explaining that our dogs were perfect, that they never barked, dropped only the perfumiest (is that a word?) of poo, and that if given enough time they could learn to trim the hedges of the hotel lawn! Okay, so we may confused the facts a little – truth be told, dogs are dogs and they can do things that some folks don’t twelcome. So, what did we do?

RV, The Pet Friendly Travel Solution! 

We’re campers! Yup, we have joined the ranks of RV campers, and camping with pups is easy as long as you know all the basics. Let me share our rules of the road:

RV, The Pet Unfriendly Travel Solution by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogSafe Travel

Keep your dog safe while traveling down the road with your RV. The Better Whole has a pretty awesome vehicle with a dedicated backseat section that houses a safe booster-seat set-up to keep the pups seatbelt-harnessed and safe for travel. All in a nice temperature controlled environment while we travel to our destination. Rule #1 for how to RV with your dog: everyone stay safe and buckle up while traveling!

Take Breaks

Stop to sip some water, have snacks, stretch legs and take potty breaks. We camp in forests near small towns, and sometimes potty breaks are in less than ideal places. Easy for the Better Whole and pups….not for me. I have the solution! There’s this thing that allows women to join the ranks of free flow-ers (without getting your ankles sprinkled on-ladies know what I mean). Rule #2 for how to RV with your dog: take breaks while traveling to your destination!

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RV, The Pet Unfriendly Travel Solution by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogHave your pup properly identified, it’ll come in handy if like us, you wander into Canada. Have a copy of your dog’s vaccination or teeter test paperwork on hand, and make sure he is sporting his officially issued dog license and is microchipped. Even well-behaved dogs can get excited when encountering strange creatures they’ve never seen before! Mattie goes nuts every time he smells a cow – squeals, shivers, trying to meet the cows, he even broke free from his leash and swam across a river to meet one. We now carry a pet first aid kit! Rule #3 for how to RV with your dog: keep your dog safe, leashed and near you!

Enjoy

Woohoo – you’ve made it to your ideal camp site, easy for day-visits to nearby towns! We stay deep in the woods, neighbor free, just me and my pups, my Better Whole and our RV (with a compost toilet, no, they don’t smell!), and bring our dog’s comfort and necessity items, and we don’t stray from our dog’s routine meals. Being out in the woods is not when you want to learn if your pup can eat something different – your dog counts on you to keep things under control. Have copious amounts of fresh water filtered for purity available. Relax and in the morning harness up your pup and explore local finds. Rule #4 for how to RV with your dog: make sure you create a normal experience for your dog!

Now that you know how to make travel fun for you and your pup, give RVing a try – you can rent or buy, and even tent. You’ll get more from the experience when you keep your pup safely with you and enjoy pet-friendly travel together! Hike together, explore nearby towns together, bathe together (not literally together, but bathe every now and again), eat and play together, do as much as you can together – and photograph it. Life is short – you’ll cherish those images, trust me!

Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

 

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34 Comments

  1. Caravaning is hugely popular where I live, and a great way to travel, hassle free with the dogs. Find a pet friendly site and you’re good to go.

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    • We love RVing – it shifts the comfort to us being able to establish it for our pups! You are so right – pet friendly and we’re good to go!

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  2. RV-ing is something we’ve thought about. It’s frustrating when you don’t find good Pet friendly lodging in advance. Most are not Pet friendly with a few chain hotels that have become Pet welcoming. RVing looks like so much fun & probably offers a great sense of freedom.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    • Totally – we’ve traveled down CA coast many times – and one of the most dog-friendly towns we found was Carmel! Go figure! Totally dog friendly, they even brought our pups food and water in crystal bowls and welcomed us to a happy hour – all for 50% off as long as we wrote about them! Some times you get all the luck and sometimes, not so much!

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  3. I think it would be fun to try sometime. We haven’t had a huge problem finding places yet but a lot of the nicer options aren’t dog friendly.

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    • We found the issue when we went to smaller, more off-main highway towns! We’d love to meet up with you and Mr. N sometime – perhaps a wine country tour, out by Walla Walla – that’s where RVing would come in helpful!

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  4. I hope to do a lot more traveling with Ted after I retire in June – yaayy! Gotta get him past that carsickness problem…

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    • How fabulous!!! Mattie had car sickness for a while – we had to take breaks about every hour until he got more and more accustomed to it!

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  5. This is my ultimate dream to do cross country in one with Layla as I think it would be the easiest for her in so many ways

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    • Layla would love it – we found great rental companies that would work well! It’s fun to enjoy RVing!

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  6. We had a trailer and then an RV when I was a kid. The RV was a great way to travel with our pets, but our Bullmastiff always called shotgun! I wish I had access to an RV now, Sophie doesn’t enjoy traveling, but Nelly and Theo do.

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    • Shotgun!! Ha ha ha – that is Mattie for sure – but even though he’s a bit of a mooch, we love him, and love RV traveling!

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  7. RV-ing sounds like a great way to travel with pets. It’s a bit different with cats, they just don’t travel so well.

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    • RV-ing rocks – we love it and we meet so many furry one when we do it! Kitties, dogs, rabbits, rats, you name it – we meet people who love their critters!

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  8. We always selected our vehicle with the dogs in mind. We drove all kinds of weird things, including a cube van, and old bus … making sure there is always enough place for the dogs.

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    • That is us for sure! We have traveled in all things – from first class to rental vans, and what we learned was that it didn’t matter until we had our ‘family’ with us. For us that meant our furry family!!

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  9. Thanks for reminding me how badly we want an RV!! >.< I don't think I'll be able to take Gremlin on an RV cross-country road trip in his lifetime 🙁

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    • We had to plan ours – it was a very hard decision as we adopt seniors. We understand, but we also celebrate being able to ‘celebrate’ living! Bless your heart – and we know you will find the right balance!

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  10. An RV trip would be fun! Even kitties could learn to love an RV. You could work on getting them used to the RV early so it has their scent. It is a great alternative to staying in pet-friendly hotels. I would definitely try it!

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    • We often see kitties in RVs when we travel – that’s why we thought it would be great, universally, for all furry family members!

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  11. That looks like a blast. This is on our bucket list! We want to take Dexter on an RV vacation. Now, you have me thinking about it again. 😉

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    • A total blast – we have so much fun, and it is cheaper than hotels!

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  12. We think more places should be pet friendly. RV’ing sounds like the purrfect solution. We bet it would be fun.

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  13. I love this article! I, too, dream of RVing across the country one day…if I’m every able to retire or bring in enough money online. I have traveled tons by car with my rats (sometimes sneaking them into hotels) and I always have much more fun than I would’ve without them. Would love to be able to bring our cats along, too. Thanks for sharing your tips and for being so inspiring.

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    • Thanks for stopping by – and yes, traveling with our loved furry ones is so much more fun! One of the big reasons we got our RV!

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  14. HA! We had to make a diversion on our way home from Florida recently due to a lack of PF hotels. We have also discussed the idea of RV’ing.

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  15. I grew up camping and loved it! I hope to eventually get a camper and take my pups too.

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  16. I have friends who take their cat and their dog for trips in their RV, Sadly I would need a motorhome the size of a football pitch for our cats * sigh * I have always wanted my own RV!! Hmmm Maybe learning to drive will help too 😉
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    • Maybe you can join up with a friend who has an RV! How fun would that be!

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  17. people in India here travel with their dogs in cars when on a vacation together but i can see how travelling in an RV can be so much more of a fun thing to do

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  18. My parents used to have an RV and it was the best way to travel.

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  19. I wish we could travel more. Maybe one day though!

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  20. I’ve always wanted to RV across the country with our dogs. Perhaps one day that will become a reality. Any hints on affordable places to rent one since we don’t necessarily want to buy one? I wish there was an Air BnB version for RVs…

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