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Sasmall
My husband and I are very seriously considering buying a RV and traveling around the US. The only thing we are worried about is our animals. We have 3 dogs, one is 85 pounds (he is 1/2 dalmation and 1/2 lab), one is 30 pounds (she is 1/2 hound and 1/2 lab), and the other is 13 pounds (he is a chihuahua). Can anyone tell me how it is to travel with big, medium, and small animals? Do parks have a animal number restriction or weight restriction?

Thank you for all your comments in advance.
Butch
As of late, some campgrounds/parks in the Northeast are limiting the breed, and or the size, (weight) also the number of dogs per unit. Some are allowing one while others are allowing two. Then there is a small number that do not allow any. So, I guess the answer is, be well informed of their rules, before committing to make any reservation. Good luck and safe travels.
Cheryl Fuller
We have been checking out rv parks for 2 trips we have coming up, one to San Antonio and Corpus Christi and the other to Bryce Canyon and then over to the California coast. The majority of them we have contacted that do allow dogs, have a 2 dog limit, so your choices of places to stay with 3 dogs may be somewhat limited.
Big Ben
Welcome to the forum, I hope we can be of some help. We are full timers and travel with 2 dogs, 1 about 90# and the other about 20#.. I couldn't tell where you are from. I think the further west that you go the less likely they will both you about having 3 dogs. Most National parks don't have limits. I think it will depend on where you want to travel more than any thing, and the classier the park the more likely they are to be more restricted.
easyrider65_01
My wife and I are full-timers and we have a 60 pound dog. Like they said, check the rules! Lately I have been noticing a trend toward a two animal limit at most places. I think that if you just make sure you never have more than two out at the same time than it would not be a problem. They cant control what goes on inside your rig. The bottom line is that most places don't bother you if you don't bother them or your neighbors.

hey cheryl, if you come through San Antonio stay at BLAZING STAR rv resort.....im there for three months right now and it is an excellent park.
pscottn
I have traveled with as many as three labrador retrievers. As long as the dogs are on leashes and are not bothersome to other campers, I don't think you will have any difficulties. Most campgrounds have rules about leaving unattended dogs. If you leave your rv, the dogs must either be with you or in the rv itself. My experience comes from traveling from Florida to Upper Michigan with a travel trailer and a quadcab truck. The vast majority of campgrounds are very pet friendly, but almost all have regulations about pets.
lynngol
There are some campgrounds that require proof of rabies inoculation so you might want to carry this as a matter of course. There also seems to be more campgrounds that charge extra for pets. Recently I noticed one that charged $5.00 per pet per night. As one of the other posters mentioned, ask specific questions about pet rules before placing your reservation.
Texasrvers
I just wanted to add that along with proof of vaccination you should also carry a picture of each pet just in case one manages to get lost.

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OldSoldier
My wife and I are also "Brandie new" at this RV experience and just last night returned from our weekend "Shakedown Cruise" with 2 med/large dogs. One of our biggest concerns was how the dogs would react to the new environment. We have a 65lb Greyhound/Dobie mix that is rather protective of mamma and a deaf Australian Shepard (40 lbs) that can be a bit skittish.

To our amazement they did terrific!!!!!!! biggrin.gif They were well behaved and not a problem. This was very encouraging as they are family and I don't think we could do a great deal of RVing without them.

As to your question. I'd check out the various RV Park Review sites and then go the the individual Park links associated with the review. In most cases an RV Park's policies are posted there and you will get some idea. It takes a bit of time and persistence but I think that you will, in general, be encouraged.

In the past few weeks since we bought our new 5'er I've literally checked out 1000's of RV parks, just to get a good idea.

When in doubt, ask the question of the RV Park you are considering when you make your reservations.
Cheryl Fuller
We just returned yesterday from a trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The rv park we stayed at in Corpus Christi had a weight limit of 40 lbs. for dogs. As our dog only weighs 7 lbs., I don't think the weight restirctions will ever apply to us, but wanted to pass the info along.
Butch
Campground fees charged for dogs. I do not see where the fee is warranted as their do not walk, clean up after, and or baby sit the animal. So what is the fee for?? Just an added charge to increase their profits, or am I paying for the clean-up that another "pet lover" choose not to do. Whatever the reason we have now refused to stay at a campground charging the fee. If in fact the charge is to discourage one with dog(s) from using their campground, they are accomplishing that end as far as I'm concerned. Why not just state,"no dogs allowed".
Lucydog
Glad to see so many dog lovers here!! We travel with 3 American Pit Bull Terriers and a Chow Chow, so I guess fancy resort parks are out for us! LOL. It didn't even occur to me that RV parks would have weight limits or extra fees like a hotel. I want the parks to enforce leash and cleanup laws, because I don't want my dogs to be attacked by and off-leash dog, and I don't want to step in poop. We are used to expecting a hassle because of their breeds, so we are extra careful. They have their kennels, and we pick up all the poop even if it's way out in the middle of nowhere.

I check the layout online and pick the site that's most private and isolated. That way, there is less chance of noises that might make them bark, or that they might disturb others. But, they are very quiet. On the first day, we walk them and swim them on-lead for hours and hours so that they sleep like babies. All but one are seniors, so it doesn't take much to wear them out.

We bought the trailer for them, actually. They love it! It's a hybrid, so we made one of the pop-out platforms into a dog condo. We also plan to take them to dog shows in it.
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old yeller
We just came home from a campground in N.C. that is dedicated to dogs.You can check it out at www.4pawskingdom.com or www.gocampingwithyourdog.com .We have a hyper 11 month old puppy that was worn out every night from all the running and swimming everyday.
Crittercove
Yeah, fellow dog lovers! We rescue/adopt special needs dogs, so our pups are various mixed breeds and most are not people friendly. We will be traveling with them in a travel trailer for the first time this weekend, so I am a bit nervous. Two of the four have camped with us before (in a pop up) but two have never been. (We actually have 7 dogs but 3 will remain at home with my father).

I agree they should not charge extra for pets unless they also charge extra for furless children.

I wish our dogs were not so afraid of people. That would sure make traveling easier. But their life experiences were such that they have little reason to like humans.

One of our dogs is a mix of chow chow and sheltie (sounds funky, I know, but she's beautiful!) and she is very friendly, or she is now that her health problems are under control. I knew some places didn't permit pit bulls and certain terriers, but I didn't realize chows were among some of the restricted breeds.

I live in N.C. but unfortunately the "caters to dogs" campground is too far away for us. It sounds great. Would love to hear more about your experience there.

So glad there are people who travel with their furry kids! Wish us luck this weekend!
jmo
Great thread. We travel with 2 dogs over 50 lbs and 1 cat. Have had no problem and as said as long as no negative attention drawn to them, having 3 should not be a problem. Walking them in all kinds of weather then quick clean to get them back into small quarters took some getting used to for us. At home they have the run of half acre fenced. Glad to see Lucydog an upbeat post by member traveling with Chow and Pit Bulls...in past we have had a Doberman (milder than our cat )and also lovely, sweet Shepherd. People should not force a pet into a social situation like a campground if they do not have the disposition for it.

jmo
Crittercove
If we discover our dogs don't/won't take to camping, we absolutely would not force them to go. I would never do anything that was bad for them. They've been through enough without that. If they are miserable, we will sell the trailer and chalk it up to experience.

We plan to find a campground with private sites, go in the off seasons, and keep them inside with us except when they need to potty or to exercise (on a leash, of course).

We also would not force them on fellow campers. If they bark a lot, we will take them home just like I would take a child having a temper tantrum out of a store. There are people who don't care if they are bothering others...people yakking on their cell phone in a restaurant or talking at a movie theatre or just not caring if they are loud. If my dogs make noise, we will just come back home with our tails between our legs. blink.gif Got our fingers crossed that won't happen as the travel trailer was a big expense for us.

We spent today driving around looking for a suitable campground. The first couple were okay but not a good situation for the dogs, so we kept looking and found something we hope is going to work. We are renting a site that has dense woods on one side, lots of space on the other side so even if someone else camps there, the dogs shouldn't see them. We'll put a small fence around the camper which will serve two purposes - keeping the dogs in should one of them push past us and out the door and making people aware there are dogs there so they don't take a shortcut through that site (which people shouldn't do anyway).

I guess we will find out tomorrow how the dogs do! My husband is there now setting up the camper and me and the dogs join him tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
COWolfPack
QUOTE(Crittercove @ Oct 20 2006, 03:06 PM) *

If we discover our dogs don't/won't take to camping, we absolutely would not force them to go. I would never do anything that was bad for them. They've been through enough without that. If they are miserable, we will sell the trailer and chalk it up to experience.




Hope your dogs do well on the camping trip, Crittercove. That could be an expensive lesson if they don't. We had camped with our dogs in a pop-up before we bought our travel trailer so we new the did well before hand. Our blue healer/australian shepherd mix took at little longer to get used to camping than our other 3 dogs. The first couple of times she was a little wary but she does a lot better now and likes going camping. If your dogs don't do as well as you hope the first trip I wouldn't throw in the towel right away. Take them a few times and they may improve as they get used to camping. smile.gif

I also wanted to add a bit of advice to other people looking to buy a RV. It may be helpful to rent a RV before buying. If you have pets that have not been camping this is a good way to try them out and you only risk the cost of the rental. Also this is a good way to try out several styles of RV's to see which style fits you best.
mastercraft
We have traveled with our golden puppy for over a year now and she loves it. We still leave her in her crate when she is not with us ( Don't trust her yet ). We have a sign in one of the windows stating that there is a pet inside in case of an emergency. My wife got them from some website. After seeing a camper catch fire, we thought it might be important to stick the PET INSIDE decal in the window. I suggest everyone else that travels with a pet do the same.
rodman
We would never consider going anywhere without our 2 girls, yellow labs. We even sold our smaller 25' TT to buy a larger 35' because there wasn't enough room for all of us in the smaller one. www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/guides/camp/campstateCA.shtml This is a web site we use other than this one to find places to go. I have only come accross 1 park that had a size limit, most though do mention breed or agressive type limits. They have been pretty much from coast to mountain and love everything and have been traveling with us since they were 8 weeks old. I believe the only rule is to be respectfull of other campers. We won't go to places that people mention in the reviews as having dogs running loose.
OKPat
We have 4 dogs, and been all over the Western US, with no problems. The last trip to Colorado all the campgrounds had A 2 dog limit. So we checked a lttle more, and found a great camp, and all they wanted was a leash. I would say u can always find a place for dogs.
jmo
Hope it all works out Crittercove. We also liked the RV idea so could take our pets and they were older when we started (2003) so unsure but they have been swell. Guy next to us this summer in Myrtle Beach had very energetic, beautiful Shepherd "big" puppy. She was friendly, would playfully lunge but a handful and we love shepherds. He said he was training her so needed to work with her daily, his wife was beside herself that he insisted on bringing dog. Sometimes a man and his dog rolleyes.gif well, his wife and kids and him too (were he to admit it) would have had more freedom and less stress minus the pooch in this particular situation. It's definitely more responsibility.

I felt sorry for her with one baby in arms and another toddler and this guy wrestling with dog when she probably would have preferred time spent with family smile.gif Guess just because we love dogs you can't say all situations are thought-through. We spent many years and dollars on house/pet sitter and they loved her so you have to do what you have to do smile.gif

jmo
Crittercove
I am very pleased to announce the camping trip with the four pooches went well. I was, frankly, a nervous wreck. I could just picture driving up to the gate and all four barking at the park ranger and him telling us to turn around and go home, but as luck would have it, no one was at the gate, so we were able to drive straight to our camper (which my husband had gone the day before with my dad and set up). The dogs did great. smile.gif

The only real problem we had was one dog refused to potty in a strange place and we spent a good deal of our trip walking her. We were gone 48 hours and she would't pee until the 24th hour and then wouldn't go again until we got home. Bless her heart. Hopefully after we've done this a few more times, she will realize it's okay and will go when she needs to. But other than that, they did great. Shew! The only time they barked was when really large, loud trucks/campers went past and that was only a couple times and they settled right back down.

We did several things to put their good behavior in our favor. We parked near the entrance vs. near the lake thinking most people would want to be near the water. We also put up a fence around the camper and we only took them out one or two at a time. One of the two days it poured down rain so they were bored, but even with that, they were good. I was very proud of them...and relieved.

Two of our dogs get carsick...one vomited 5 minutes before we got to the campground and 5 minutes before we got home. So if our trip had been 5 minutes shorter, we wouldn't have had that mess! ph34r.gif But our other dog vomits from the minute we leave the house until we arrive. We have tried benadryl, dramamine, spearmint, and prescription phenergan and often a combination of several and nothing keeps her from throwing up. Does anyone else have a problem with carsick dogs and, if so, what do you use? We put her in a carrier and cover it so she has no visual reference to the movement, but of course, she can feel the swaying of the car. We keep the car cool (even if we freeze) since I know medically you are less likely to throw up if you're cool than if you're warm. Nothing seems to help her and I just feel so sorry for her. She is fine once we arrive at our destination...has no lingering side effects, but she's one sick pup the entire drive.

We hope to go back to the campground in a few weeks and do this again. We found a wonderful state park about 40 minutes from our house. We will only go during the off season because, in spite of the dogs' good behavior, they are still skittish and afraid of people so we aren't going to push it for their sake and for other campers' sake.

Just thought you might want to know how the trip went. While some of our dogs have been camping with us before (when we had a pop up), a couple of the dogs are new to our family and hadn't been, plus anyone with dogs knows the dynamics change any time the family unit changes. One dog may behave a certain way, but with another dog in the mix, may behave differently. So we didn't know how the two that had been before would behave with the two that hadn't. We knew at home they seem to feed off of each other...if one barks, they all bark.

Gotta go for now but will check back soon with more camping questions. I will say that a travel trailer is MUCH different than a tent or pop up camper, so I have much still to learn.
COWolfPack
Crittercove,

I found a couple website that may be useful to you regarding your dog's carsickness.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1422
http://www.lucythewonderdog.com/carsick.htm

One important thing to realize is that the carsickness may not be related to the motion but instead related to stress. If it is stress related I do not think that the medication would help. Both of these sites give steps for training a dog not to be stressed during a car ride. From what you described it sounds like it is more of a stress related issue with your one dog. Another thing to consider is that if the carsickness is motion related it would be better to have the dog situated so it could see out the front window of the car instead of being able to see out of one of the other windows or not being able to see out at all.

As for the potty issue, one of our dogs is the same way. We are still working on her with this issue but it is getting better every time.

Glad you trip went so well. Hopefully with a little training you can enjoy more camping trips without having to worry about cleaning up the mess.

Good Luck. biggrin.gif
busyteach
Glad your test run with your dogs was good. We've traveled with our dog for several years, and sometimes add our daughter's when we're "babysitting". Our Aussie is a little yappy, so we're always carefulw where we park and when and where we walk her. We wouldn't think of leaving her behind and she sometimes goes and stands at the camper door when I'm working in the yard. She's always ready for a journey.
jmo
Great Crittercove cool.gif so glad it went well.

You all sound very kind and special. Those pups very lucky to have you!

jmo
Raleigh NC
Meterman46
Crittercove



Glad your trip went well just had to share this about our dog.....She is a 6 year old Schnauzer/Shepard mix.... Sounds weird but she's cute and very spoiled...LOL anytime I get close to the Travel trailer and sometimes if she thinks we are going camping she gets excited and If she is out and the truck door is over she thinks she's going too.smile.gif If you think it hard to tell a child they can't go the candy store.....you should see the look I get when I tell "ruby" we're not going camping. Our first trip was stressful for us as she was 4 years old and didn't know what to expect but after coming home she figures anytime I get in the truck that means were going camping.... biggrin.gif Problem is I drive the truck daily.....lol So it's hard to get her to understand when we're not going. Even had a hard time convincing her when I took it to storage for the winter She just knew we were going...LOL..Have fun camping...Happy Trails
Crittercove
LOL - yes, there's been a few times we had to drive one of our dogs around the block because she sat by the car and refused to move!

Thank you for the information on carsickness. We actually did let her see out the front window only on the ride home...not on purpose. We forgot to cover up the front of the carrier and couldn't stop. It didn't make any difference with the vomiting, though.

My poor super-puker vomits within a minute of leaving home. I didn't think about it being stress because she never vomits at home, even when she's upset or nervous (for example, if it's thundering). However, it is very possible it is a combination of the movement and stress. I never considered that.

She has thrown up from the very first day I brought her home from the pound as a tiny puppy and it hasn't changed. She hasn't outgrown it.

We have 7 dogs altogether, but three are outdoor dogs and did not go camping with us. We never thought we would have outdoor dogs, but several of our rescues were old hunting dogs that had been dumped out and they were miserable indoors. So my husband built an outdoor mansion for them...very large fenced area, sleeping quarters complete with heat in the winter, shade porches. It's very nice.

Thank you, jmo. We adopt special needs dogs, whether they are elderly, sick, have medical issues, were abused...whatever. I only wish we could do more. 5000 cats & dogs are euthanized in our county every year. It's horrific.

In addition to adopting a few dogs, we run a full-time wildlife hospital, caring for sick, injuried, and orphaned wildlife. So we are definitely animal people.

Jmo, we are in Alamance County so we are not far from you. Have you camped at Jordan Lake? That is where we went and it was lovely.

I am so glad there are lots of dog lovers on this site.
dmsscs
We just returned from a three day weekend with our pit bull/bull dog mix. She had a great time, loves to travel on the dash board so she can watch everything go by. I haven't had anyone charge for a pet, yet. We traveled with friends that have two large dogs and a small one, they travel well, i think they actually look forward to it. Most parks have rules pertaining to dogs, like pick up after them, keep them on a leash, don't allow them to become an annoyance to your fellow campers, and fill in any holes they might dig on the site were a few I recall reading. I suggest always carrying their records of shots. Some towns have rules about that, a friend had to pay a $200. fine for not having proof with them when their dog was involved in a dog fight. The tag on the collar is not enough. A few parks do not allow dogs to be left unattended, we saw why in one park where the people left the dog tied to the picnic table, left for the day, the dog got tangled, the lead was too short for the dog to get out of the sun and had spilled his water. Beside the annoyance of its continuous barking, his health was in danger. The staff unhooked the dog and put it in a pen behnd the store until the owners returned. The owners of the dog had the nerve to get angry at them for taking the dog.
Have fun with your dogs! Be sure to get the rules in advance and be prepared to follow them!
Cheryl Fuller
dmsscs, we have 2 maltese dogs that travel with us. Bucky, the oldest, who is 1, loves to ride up on the dash and watch everything. Sadie is 7 months old, and her favorite spot is under my chair. She doesn't much care where we are going, as long as she gets to go along!!! We do take an exercise pen with us and when we are sitting outside, they are put in their pen. It always irritates me to come outside or return back to the motorhome and find "gifts" left by other people's dogs. I can't even imagine letting one of mine on someone else's site, let alone leave their poop for other's to pick up.

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jmo
smile.gif Sadie and Bucky are darling!

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Jmo, we are in Alamance County so we are not far from you. Have you camped at Jordan Lake? That is where we went and it was lovely


No, we have never stayed at Jordan Lake but know of it. We still have a teen at home and all the boys have always enjoyed the coast. We are up not far from Falls Lake. We will be "free" one day to take our pets and go wherever and whenever smile.gif

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A few parks do not allow dogs to be left unattended, we saw why in one park where the people left the dog tied to the picnic table, left for the day, the dog got tangled, the lead was too short for the dog to get out of the sun and had spilled his water. Beside the annoyance of its continuous barking, his health was in danger. The staff unhooked the dog and put it in a pen behnd the store until the owners returned. The owners of the dog had the nerve to get angry at them for taking the dog.


My husband just said "if we could only do that to THEM" mad.gif

jmo
Leezerman
smile.gif My wife and I have always travelled with our dogs and we have 3 now (mini schnauzers) that are part of our family. We always pickup after them, and keep them as quiet as possible. I just had a run in with a fellow camper that let his dog roam because his dog is a good dog and would not hurt a flea however when I threatened to have his "good dog" hauled off because it was pooping all over others camp sites and driving our dogs and others crazy. He finally got the hint and leashed him up. Moral of the story Be respectful of fellow campers in all that you do and please pay attention to what is going on around you...Have a great day biggrin.gif
P.S. I dont mind paying a dollar a day per dog because not everyone does pickup after them and someone has to.
Butch
But why o'why should any dog owner have to pay a fee for those who choose not to clean up after their dogs. Personally we will not stay at any campground that does charge the per day dog fee. We clean up after our dog, and again feel that it is not our monetary duty to pay for the clean up of the mess of others. Campground owners, managers, or whoever, should put the blame squarely where it belongs. Years ago we camped at a cg that did not allow dogs, the cg was quiet, and of course clean of any do-do. At this time, years ago, we boarded our four legged "kid". I have to believe that it's just another fee to enrich the pockets for the campground. Sorry, but this is how we feel on the subject.
stonybirch
QUOTE(Cheryl Fuller @ Oct 30 2006, 09:45 PM) *

dmsscs, we have 2 maltese dogs that travel with us. Bucky, the oldest, who is 1, loves to ride up on the dash and watch everything. Sadie is 7 months old, and her favorite spot is under my chair. She doesn't much care where we are going, as long as she gets to go along!!! We do take an exercise pen with us and when we are sitting outside, they are put in their pen. It always irritates me to come outside or return back to the motorhome and find "gifts" left by other people's dogs. I can't even imagine letting one of mine on someone else's site, let alone leave their poop for other's to pick up.

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They are soooo Cute! We have two maltese also. Mandy is almost 2 and Maggie is 4 mos. They both love to go in the RV. We keep them on a leash and always, always pick up after them. My husband has a 'thing' mad.gif for dogs, cats that are not under the owners control at all times. It is not fair to the animal. When we traveled to Alaska (over 9000 miles) we were amazed how many people allowed their animals to roam free--one camper had 7 large dogs and all were running free!!! I also have a problem with people coming up and petting 'our girls' without asking! I know they are cute and very friendly--but stangers don't! rolleyes.gif
ne-ormond
sad.gif I like dogs and do not own any now. Since I started traveling and staying at campgrounds almost a weekend or more a month for the past three years I am getting more and more of not liking them. If you people want to take your pets (mostly referring to dogs) to campgrounds it is true you can do what you want in your rig. However, once they step outside I recommend you follow the rules and myself and others should report violations. Biggest violation is letting them off leash. One campground in Vicksburg, MS, I didn't notice the neighbor had their approx. 20 lb. dog off leash. As I drove off on my motorcycle at the 10 mph speed limit the dog charged my bike. I was ready to run it flat over or kick it in the head but it backed off. I have had people walking their dogs and let them urinate on my site at many campgrounds. Let them urinate on your campsite or take them to the dog walk areas to do it. One campground a camper in a huge coach had two great danes they could barely control while walking and urinating on other campers sites. I think campgrounds should crack down and give people one warning for dogs off leash and then you are out of there! I almost forgot to mention habitual barkers where people leave their RV and go out all day and their dog barks constantly. This is another item that if you want to have your dog bark all day and you don't have to listen to it while you are out and about, find a campground with people who like the "music". In one campground, a dog was loose and a woman almost yelled at me saying nastily, "is that YOUR dog". I said no, but I sure would like to take it for a ride somewhere....
jmo
sad.gif have to agree with your decision not to get a dog. Urinating on campsite...you mean that grass that runs along roadway unsure.gif

I could understand if they urinated on your bike mad.gif

jmo
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