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Camping Tips if You Have a Pet?


I haven’t ever camped with a pet before but I read its very common. What would be your tips for those people who would like to camp with dog?

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Albert,

First of all, welcome to the forums.

You might check out the forum category entitled "Fur, Feathers, and Fins" to get something of helpful information with having pets while RV'ing.  How things work with pets can vary, depending on how one is camping.  For instance, there are cautions as to keeping an RV at the right temperatures should one plan on going to see things where pets may not be allowed.

Good luck with your plans and research.

Terry



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We started traveling with a 9 yr old and 14 yr old cats. The older cat traveled for 3 years with us and the younger on for 9 years.
First year out we learned that we needed to use bottled water for the cats as well as ourselves, kept their tummies happier.

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Our cat has never NOT known traveling. We got her as a kitten, when we still had our mpg. In those days we still had the S&B, but when her kennel appeared she knew we were going places. Now, with the MH, when the kennel appears she jumps right in as soon as an engine starts. We haven't needed to use bottled water for her or us (yet).

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Our cats associated the carrier with trips to the vets so putting them in the carrier meant LOUD, ANGRY meows the whole way. Once carriers were open, they would quiet down and both would get up on the couch and sleep. So that's how we traveled. Turn on the diesel, they would immediately each get on their own end of the couch, curl up and wake up about 4 hours later by which time they would let us know it was time to stop. They were only allowed water in the morning of moves as the older one had motion sickness. Stopping meant it was time to eat!

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The biggest issue I see with traveling with any kind of pet is their schedule tends to rule your life. If it's a cat maybe not so much but you always have to keep the coach heated or air conditioned within reasonable boundaries and if it's a dog you have to let them out every so often. If you only want to take short trips or can always take your pet with you then those issues tend to disappear. The other thing to think about is resale value of the coach. There are lots of folks who don't want coaches that have had pets in them, but many also don't care. This is one of those things where you have to weigh the pros and cons and make your own choice. Personally I've chosen not to have any pets, but I know everyone doesn't feel like that.

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If having a pet is important to you, then the rest can be worked out. When we started out we had a 120 pound dog. He didn't like travel days so we gave him a seditive. Initially the noise of engaging the parking brake on the MH caused him to bark, he wasn't too keen on the jack' s going down. He got used to it. As he got older the steps were an issue. Most other dogs we see in RV parks are around 20 pounds. Most parks have some or many rules regarding dogs. Usually reasonable. Some places have breed restrictions.

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