Top Tips for RVing with Pets

It’s been estimated that up to 75% of RV owners go RVing with pets. And why not? Your RV is a home away from home—especially if you’re full-timing—and dogs love outdoor adventures as much as you do.

But before you take your pet RVing, make sure to prepare pets often ahead of time for a successful trip. Your pet has needs that you don’t have, and it’s important to be aware of them so that everyone stays safe and happy.

How to Go RVing with Your Pet

Acclimate your pet to the RV
Humans adapt to new places pretty easily, and RVs can quickly become “home” for us. But it’s different for your pet. Before you travel anywhere, slowly introduce him to the RV by letting him discover it on his own terms. He should freely go in and out so that he doesn’t feel trapped or forced, which could increase his anxiety.

Once your pet is familiar with the RV, get him used to driving by taking short trips around town. Start with a 10- or 20-minute trip and increase it as he gets accustomed to riding.

Plan ahead

RVing with pets takes special planning beforehand. You’ll need to bring pet necessities, so create a pet packing list of everything you can’t leave behind. Your list should include the basic bedding, like food and doggie bags, as well as medical history, prescriptions, and emergency supplies.
Do your research ahead of time. Find a pet-friendly campground before you hit the road—and call ahead to make sure their policies haven’t changed. Find out if the destinations and activities on your itinerary will accommodate pets, and check if the national park you’re visiting allows your type of pet.

Tip! “Pet-friendly” doesn’t mean that all pets are welcome. There might be size or breed restrictions, or a limit on the number of pets allowed.

Drive safely
If you’re towing an RV, never keep your pet in the trailer while it’s in motion. She should stay in the vehicle with you so you can make sure she’s safe. Also, use a seat belt harness, so she doesn’t get tossed or jostled if you have to make quick stops or swerve around hazards.
Don’t forget medical readiness
Research veterinarians ahead of time, so that if a medical emergency occurs, you know exactly where to go. Also make sure your pet’s vaccinations and flea & tick treatments are current. You don’t want uninvited guests in your RV!

Get lots of exercises
Your pets need their exercise—especially dogs! Always keep your dog on a leash, for their safety as well as the safety of other pets and people. You can give outdoor cats the exercise they need by placing them on a harness and leash. They won’t like it at first, but most cats eventually get used to it.

Keep a routine
A regular routine is a must for your pet! Routines help her feel safe and at home. Keep your pet on a set feeding schedule (which also keeps pottying predictable—fewer surprises on your carpet!), and go for walks at the same time each day.

Leaving pets alone
You won’t have your pet with you 24/7. There will be times when you’ll have to leave him behind in the RV. Whenever you leave your dog or cat unattended in your motorhome, follow these practices:
•           Crate your dog, or use a hard-sided pet carrier for your cat. Crates make your pet feel safe, and it keeps him from getting into trouble or destroying your furniture.
•           Make sure the AC is running, and there’s plenty of ventilation.
•           Keep your time away to short intervals, whenever possible.

Be neighborly
Be a good neighbor. Familiarize yourself with the campground rules, and follow them. Keeping a pet at the campground is a privilege, not a right. We recommend introducing yourself to your camping neighbors and letting them know that you’re RVing with pets—ask them to tell you if your pet is ever a nuisance to them so you can correct her behavior.
And of course, clean up after your pet!

Figure out the litter box
Finding a spot for the litter box can be a bit of a challenge because your RV is a tiny space. Here’s a helpful post with a few suggestions for dealing with litter boxes.

Escape-proof your RV
Cats and dogs are great at taking off when you’re not expecting it. Don’t count on your screens to keep cats indoors, either! You may need to barricade doorways and keep windows shut to avoid escapes.
And if your pet is successful at getting out, be prepared!
•           Keep a photo of your pet handy so you can post Lost-Pet signs
•           Microchip your pet
•           Update your dog and cat tags with your cell phone on them, since you won’t be anywhere near your permanent address.

What Type of RVer Are You?

What's your travel style when RVing?

When you go RVing, you begin to identify the varying the RVers around you. It’s hard not to. Everyone has their own RV lifestyle. They find what excites them about RVing and they start living their life around those principles. When you discover what type of RVer you are, you open up a world of possibilities about how and where to travel.

These are some of the primary types of RVers hitting the road. While they may not cover all RVers, they cover the majority of the types find at the RV park or campground. The biggest benefit to identifying the type of RVer you are, is the communities you join and the places it opens you up to visit along the way. There are destinations for every type of RVer out there that cater to what they’re looking to get out of life and RVing.

Young couples are one of the largest RVing demographics.

"The Couple"

Many couples use travel as a way to get to know one another and spend time together. This will help to build the foundation of their relationship, especially when they already love to travel and experience new things. This couple is young, active and invests in smaller travel trailers and pop-up campers. RVing appeals to younger demographics because it’s affordable and is an adaptable weekend activity for couples with busy schedules.

Families are the fastest growing segment of RVers on the road.

The Family

It is said that The family that stays together travels together. Families that invest in time on and off the road have a healthier and happier time not only as a unit, but when facing life solo. Families travel to campgrounds, National Parks and other destinations like Disney World where they can participate in activities together and apart. For children traveling, this gives them the chance to try something new and meet others their age. The family may often invest in mid to large travel trailers, fifth wheel RVs, and motorhomes.

Full-time RVers bring a variety of opportunities.

The Full-Timer

Full-timers are those who’ve left traditional living behind. They’ve sold their homes, packed up their families, turned to telecommuting and invested in a heavy-duty towable set-up or motorhome. They hit the road, going where they want, when they want and don’t have to report to a boss or head home for rest. The recreational vehicle they travel in is their home in the truest sense of the word. The full-time RVer invests in motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels.

The Retirees

Retirees generally hit the golden age and decide to do something about it. They invest in motorhomes and travel trailers, hitting the road to visit family, friends and relive memories. Since they’re retired, they have no boss to report to so it’s easy to hit the road and never look back. These folks are looking to relive the past and make new memories in retirement. They’re looking for destinations all across the country and often migrate south to avoid winter.

The solo adventurer is out to see it all and do it all. They explore

The Solo Adventurer

The solo adventurer is usually a young male in his early 20s, although this demographic is changing to include more women. The solo RVer is looking to hit the backcountry and the least visited campsites and parks across the nation. They’re interested in recreational activities and that’s what drives their need to RV. They’re often part-timers, looking for fun and excitement without waiting for friends or family to make the time to travel. They invest in teardrop trailers and campers.

What Type of RVer Are You?

Depending on where you fall on the RV lifestyle scale, you will find communities, campgrounds, and organizations to join that cater to your style. This will help you make new friends, try new things and visit destinations you never considered. If you’re looking to get involved in the RV community beyond just your travels, exploring communities, groups, and organizations that share your RVing interests is key to getting the most out of the lifestyle. Make sure to take the time to plan your next RV adventure. Whether you’re going solo, with family or friends, visit RV forums, check out destination guides, and embrace the type of RVer you are on the open road.

4 Reasons to Become a Full-Time RVer

Full-time RVing allows you to meet new people and travel to new destinations on your own schedule.

Traveling by RV can be quite addictive. You start out on a few weekend trips; this leads to a week long journey and before you know it you’re on the road for weeks at a time. There is one last step in being the ultimate RVer, going full-time. Let’s look at why you should say goodbye to a brick and mortar home, and check out the benefits of full-time RV travel.

What Are the Benefits of Full-Time RVing?

1. Goodbye to Your Mortgage

One of the top benefits you will gain with full-time RV travel is letting go of your traditional home and letting go of all the associated costs as well. No property taxes, mortgages, and upkeep costs, granted it does cost money for campgrounds and resorts but if you live efficiently, these costs can be much lower than traditional living.

Many RVers are easily able to find work if they need a source of income. This might include finding seasonal work at National Parks, maintenance, and activities at an RV resort or other secure income.
With the advent of wireless technology and capabilities, many RVers still choose to work full-time jobs by telecommuting.

2. Freedom On and Off the Road

The top non-financial reason that people choose the full-time RVing lifestyle is the freedom that it affords them. You’re not tied down to a physical address; you don’t need to make stringent itineraries, book flights or make sure there is someone to look after the dog. You can wake up one morning and decide you want to see the whale migration of the Pacific coastline or catch some giant snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing is holding you back.

Within a few minutes, you’ve unplugged your utility hookups, and you’re on your way to a whole new adventure. It allows you the freedom to choose your climate. If Florida is too hot and muggy for you during the summer you can head to the mountains of Colorado, when that starts to get cooler, you can just move to the desert of Arizona. The whole US is open to accommodate you.

3. Sense of Community Among RVers

Many full-time RVers choose an RV resort to call home base. RV resorts offer long-term leasing opportunities for people who have decided to take on RV travel full-time. These resorts are not simple pads and bathrooms, many resorts offer stylish amenities, such as clubhouses, pools, fitness centers, and organized community events.

These events and activities will allow you to meet many other like-minded people who have chosen to hit the road for good. You can easily find a great sense of community and fun, and you may even meet and make some new lifetime friends in these type of resorts. Communities like Escapees, KOA, Good Sam Club and more can bring you together with RVers across North America.

4. Quality of Life Improvements

Another great reason to choose full-time RVing is the quality of life that it affords. People who RV are more likely to be active, more likely to be outdoors and live a healthier lifestyle. All these factors are shown to contribute to happiness and quality of life. Not to mention that many people who RV together report that they develop stronger relationships and bonds due to the RV lifestyle.

Full-time RVing allows you to get away from it all to see the country the way you want and to do it on your timetable. You can come and go as you please. Which can bring you comfort, relaxation, and adventure all at once. Full-time RVing puts you into control over how you live your life and where you go to do it.

There are many other small benefits to going full-time, but these are some of the major ones. Browse some RV forums and talk to other full-timers to get a better idea of what life is like before you set off on your own. Full-time RVing isn't for everyone but when you realize what an RV can do for you, and your family, it's hard to turn your back on the opportunities and freedom it affords.

RVing full-time isn’t for everyone. 

If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, you should consider a month to six-week long RV adventure. Drive longer than you have before, visit places you never thought about trekking, and consider dry camping or boondocking to get a taste of all the different facets of RVing. From there, you can decide whether the full-time RV life is right for you.

10 Unique Hollywood Moments From RV Pop Culture

10 RV Roadtrip Movies and TV Shows to Checkout While Traveling

Hitting the road in an RV is one of Hollywood’s favorite American dreams—but on the big screen, that path can be a bumpy one. If you're thinking about investing in a home on wheels like other families that RV, you can get inspiration from a few of pop culture’s unique RV adventures.


The late Robin Williams charmed his way through one road trip disaster after another in this 2006 comedy. He plays a busy executive who drags his family to a business meeting in an RV and calls it a vacation. Along the way, the Munros deal with raccoons, faulty parking brakes, backed up sewage systems and a family of fellow travelers who seem just a bit too eager to make new friends. The trip peaks when Munro gets the RV caught on a boulder—but his indestructible ride comes through in the end, and the family comes out stronger, too.

From Dusk Till Dawn

The Fullers’ innocent vacation goes south—literally—in this 1996 cult film. When two fugitive bank-robbing brothers (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) force a pastor and his kids to smuggle them across the border in their RV, none of them expect to wind up in a strip club full of vampires. By the time the night is over, just one fugitive and Fuller’s daughter, Kate (Juliette Lewis), are left standing. Where’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer when you need her?

The Incredibles

In their quest to stop a bitter villain from taking over the world, Pixar’s beloved family of superheroes takes just about every form of transportation out there—including an RV. The ride gets off to an unusual start, as the family flies the RV into the city with an assist from Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), but as soon as they land on the interstate, Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) are bickering about exits like any other couple. They might be driving straight into battle with a deadly robot, but some things about road trips never change.

Lost in America

The nomadic lifestyle just isn’t for everyone. In this 1985 comedy, Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty play David and Linda Howard, a pair of Los Angeles yuppies who, after David is fired, decide to drop out of society and hit the road in an RV. Their adventure hits a speed bump when Linda loses all of their savings in a Vegas casino, and the pair eventually finds themselves working way below their means in Arizona. Sadder but wiser, they decide to head to New York and rejoin the world.

The Long, Long Trailer

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz kickstarted Hollywood’s love affair with RV trips in this 1954 classic about a couple of newlyweds who decide to spend a year on the road. Unprepared to haul such an extended trailer, the pair winds up tipping it over in the mud, backing it into her relatives’ rose bushes and injuring themselves in an attempt to cook dinner. The weight of the trailer nearly drags down their marriage, especially after a treacherous trip up a mountain, but they find their way back to each other just in time.

We’re the Millers

Here’s one way to ensure that a family road trip gets off to a bad start: Hire a fake family. When marijuana dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is forced to smuggle a stash from Mexico, he recruits a stripper, a runaway, and the neighbor boy to make his RV trip look less suspicious. Their illegal activities set off a domino effect of disasters, including a broken radiator hose, an angry cartel, and one very chummy tarantula. And although David eventually turns over his dealer to the DEA, the “Millers” don’t exactly go straight.

About Schmidt

When a lonely retiree (Jack Nicholson) still reeling from the death of his wife decides to take their new RV to his daughter’s wedding, nothing goes as planned. In this bittersweet 2002 film, Schmidt’s roundabout trip takes him to his old campus and through his hometown, where he finds that his childhood home has been torn down. He’s rejected when he hits on a married woman, and the mother of his daughter’s soon-to-be-husband hits on him. Adding injury to insult, he throws out his back when he spends a night on his future son-in-law’s waterbed. RV beds have never looked better.

Community (“Basic RV Repair and Palmistry”)

Genre-hopping sitcom Community hit the road in its sixth season when the gang piled into an RV and set out to sell a huge plexiglass hand. But RV owner Elroy (Keith David) failed to top up the gas to account for his extra passengers, whose obsession with charging their phones drained the vehicle’s battery and left them stranded. Naturally, every tow truck driver in the area was busy at the same holiday parade. Stuck by the side of the highway on a cold night, the Gang found plenty to fight about, but that large hand brought them all together in the end—even if they never did know why the Dean (Jim Rash) bought it in the first place.


It wouldn’t be a story about Area 51 without an RV. In this 2011 comedy, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play two Brits whose road trip to San Diego Comic-Con takes an unexpected turn when they meet an alien, Paul (Seth Rogen), in need of a ride. Pursued across the desert by the Secret Service, the unlikely trio take a woman hostage, start a bar fight and wind up in an explosive standoff with the government. A few lives are lost along the way, but Paul’s journey home makes for one killer tell-all novel.

Beethoven’s 3rd

As if a family road trip weren’t stressful enough, top it off with a couple of criminal hackers and one large St. Bernard. Richard Newton (Judge Reinhold) just wants to give his wife and kids the RV trip of his dreams, but his brother’s dog, Beethoven, has to hitch a ride. Mishaps ensue, and the family blames Beethoven, not realizing that the dog is only out to protect them from a pair of hackers who keep trying to steal a DVD from the RV. But when Beethoven saves the family and catches the hackers, it’s a dog’s life in the end.

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The Solo RVer: RVing for Singles

Many singles take to the road in RVs.

Traveling in an RV can be a great way to see the country, allowing you to linger in favorite spots for a while, then move on to the next destination, taking your home-away-from-home with you when you go. From large fifth wheels with all the comforts of a house, to smaller mini-trailers perfect for one person, all types of RVs are welcome at campgrounds and RV parks around the U.S. You don't necessarily need for expensive reservations or a set itinerary. And RVing isn’t just for couples. Plenty of singles, both men and women, enjoy the RV lifestyle.

Club It
So many singles have taken to the road in RVs that singles clubs abound. With names like Loners on Wheels (, Open Road Singles ( and RV Singles ( these clubs are a good way to get to know your fellow single RVers. While some clubs offer online message boards or even dating services, most focus on arranging group meet-ups and camping trips where you can hang out at a campground with other single RVers. It’s a way to make friends, or to find a significant other who shares your love of RVing.

Roadside Assistance
 if you’re single and hauling your home across the miles, you’ll want to sign up for one of the roadside assistance packages available to RVers. RV groups such as Good Sam (, as well as other groups such as AARP and AAA, offers plans that will send a mechanic to help you if you’re stranded and make repairs or provide a tow. These programs work like roadside assistance programs for personal vehicles, but are especially for RVs. These programs may also include discounts at member campgrounds, RVing stores and even get-togethers with other program members.

Single RVers don’t have to travel alone, and many of them don’t. Many take to the road with a dog or two, and some even have cats, birds and other small pets. Take a few test runs in the vehicle to make sure your pet travels well. Before you set out on a long trip, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and medications. Bring paperwork to prove this with you, along with a leash and collar with ID tag attached. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped, which will make for easier identification. Arrange a comfy sleeping place for him in your trailer, and consider investing in a collapsible pen or tie-outs for outside the camper. Keep your pet on a leash in campgrounds, clean up after him and don’t leave him alone for long periods in your camper. Some campgrounds will fine you or kick you out if your dog barks and disturbs the peace while you’re away.


In addition to auto insurance, you’ll need RV insurance. This protects your RV against collision, and protects your liability if you hit someone with your trailer, but also insures your RV like a home against damage from weather, fire or other mishap. An RV insurance policy can also protect your belongings. You can purchase RV insurance as a rider on your auto policy, or buy a separate RV insurance policy. If RV travel isn’t inherently more dangerous than any other form of travel, as a single person you’ll want to designate a relative or friend to be in charge of your affairs should you become ill or be injured and be unable to see to things yourself. Designate an emergency contact and list this information on a card in your wallet or purse, and post the information in your trailer where emergency personnel can see it -- for instance, on a card posted by the front door. Give your designated contact a durable power of attorney. You should also fill out a medical directive to instruct medical personnel on what lifesaving measures you want taken – and what you’d like to forgo.

Thousands of single or Solo RVers travel North America each year and there are probably thousands more who would like to but don’t know how. Safety and loneliness are at the top of the list as to what may stop someone from getting into their RV and hitting the road by themselves. Although those are valid concerns and should be considered, they should not stop anyone. There are clubs and organizations available for all RVers, whether single or not, but the clubs specifically for solo RVers offer a network of support and information and worth considering.