Sleeping bag snuggles. Photo by Emily Butterfield.

65 Percent of Campers Are Dog Lovers

 Broadry — It turns out many campers are dog lovers too. According to the latest search filter analysis from Outdoorsy, pet-friendly recreational vehicles are one of the most popular filters used by would-be renters. A recent survey by GoRVing also backs up the animal-loving trend, with nearly 65 percent of polled RVers saying they prefer to bring their pet along for the ride.

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So, whether you are considering buying an RV for the purpose of renting — or seeking to borrow a camper for a few weeks — a pet-friendly rig is likely top-of-mind. 

  • What size of RV will best accommodate your pet?
  • Is there an indoor or outdoor shower in the RV that can accommodate dogs? (Chances are they may get a bit dirty or muddy while venturing around a woodsy campsite.)
  • Is there a cooling and heating system in the unit to keep animals comfortable?
  • Are the floors easy to clean when it comes to pet hair?

But before either booking or buying a pet-friendly rig, experts say to consider Fido’s needs in advance. Here are a few questions to help you narrow down a vehicle:

Those who buy an RV to rent out to others should also make sure they list the rig as “pet-friendly” so would-be renters can easily find the unit while searching for a vehicle on the online RV rental platform. 

Pet-friendly campgrounds

You have the RV; now what? You may want to decide on what campgrounds to visit. 

A good resource for finding pet-friendly campgrounds is on websites like RVontheGo and KOA. Campers may be interested to learn that a few luxury US campgrounds even cater to dogs with pet salons, pup playgrounds, and off-leash dog parks. Many of these campgrounds will have specific pet rules and expectations for dog owners, so be sure to review the guidelines before booking. 

MORE: The 7 Best Dog-friendly Campsites in the US

How to pack for your pooch 

You’ve got the RV. You’ve got the campsite booked. Now, it’s time to start packing for your pooch. Here’s an example:

  • Leash and collar (note: most campground will have specific leash requirements)
  • Food bowls
  • Plenty of food (note: remember that you may not be able to find your dog’s brand on the road)
  • Extra water
  • Treats
  • Poop bags
  • Bed
  • Toys
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Medications (if needed)
  • Travel harness or crate
  • Info of your pet’s vet and local vet at your destination

    Finally, if you are looking for more RV inspiration for your pet-loving family, there are some great pet-lover boards on Pinterest and several resource articles on Outdoorsy worth checking out.

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