Category: Tips & Tricks

It’s exciting to be new to the RV life, full of anticipation of all the adventures ahead of you. But one question that may be on your mind is, “What do I do with my dog on vacation?” If you’re a seasoned tent camper upgrading to the RV lifestyle, you may have experience camping with your pet. Even so, there are a few things to remember when RVing with dogs to ensure a positive experience. Two of the best things you can have going for you are a good leash and a well-trained dog. This combination keeps your pet safe, your neighbors happy, and your trip enjoyable. Let’s look at some other tips and frequently asked questions.

It’s exciting to be new to the RV life, full of anticipation of all the adventures ahead of you. But one question that may be on your mind is, “What do I do with my dog on vacation?” If you’re a seasoned tent camper upgrading to the RV lifestyle, you may have experience camping with your pet. Even so, there are a few things to remember when RVing with dogs to ensure a positive experience. Two of the best things you can have going for you are a good leash and a well-trained dog. This combination keeps your pet safe, your neighbors happy, and your trip enjoyable. Let’s look at some other tips and frequently asked questions.

Is RVing with Dogs Possible and Safe?

Yes, many people spend years traveling in their RVs with dogs. It can be a great alternative to camping alone and also a natural deterrent to theft, or curious nocturnal scavengers. When it comes to your dog’s safety, RVs are no different than cars. Drive cautiously and try not to brake suddenly which can throw your pet off balance.

The most secure way to travel with your dog is to use a crate or vehicle harness. This will keep Fido safe and protected in case of an accident. The most important thing to remember is keeping your dog with you. It is never wise to leave a dog or any other pet in a towed RV when no one else is with them.

Are RV Parks Dog-Friendly?

Not every RV park welcomes dogs. There are RV parks that do not allow pets at all. Not to worry, dogs are allowed at many campgrounds but they don’t necessarily have dog-related amenities. Finally, there are the parks that are truly dog-friendly. These parks may provide public areas that are designed for dogs giving them dedicated space to have fun, roam around and explore freely.

It’s important when traveling with pets to do your research and find the right park for your trip. When you’re RVing with dogs, remember that not everyone is a dog lover. So when you’re choosing a destination, picking a dog-friendly park is the best first step in respecting other people’s camping experience as well as having an enjoyable adventure yourself.

What Type of RV Should I Use for Traveling with a Dog?

Just like your dog can ride with you in whatever vehicle you happen to drive, a dog can travel in any RV! If you are looking for an RV, take the size of your pet into consideration and look for one that provides ample space for you and your dog. The larger your dog, the more impact your RV choice may have on your overall comfort. In the same way that a Great Dane may be more comfortable riding in a minivan than in a Mini Cooper, a larger RV may be a better choice if you are the owner of a larger breed. Obviously, the larger the RV, the more spacious and comfortable no matter the size of your dog. Keep in mind that the more space you have, the more areas you’ll have to clean up after your dog.

Tips for RVing with Dogs

Replace Your Carpet

If your RV has carpets, one modification you can make is to replace them with smooth, hard flooring. Cleanup is much easier on hard floors, especially if you have a puppy or elderly dog that may be prone to accidents. It also means you have one less appliance to store. Say, “Goodbye, vacuum cleaner,” and, “Hello,” to a convenient space to store dog food!

Cover RV Furniture

When you’re RVing with dogs, one of the easiest ways to protect your furniture from stains or scratches is to cover it. Covering your RV furniture helps retain your RV’s value. It also makes cleaning simple and there are many options from a simple sheet to specialty fitted covers that are specially made for pets. Even if your dog is trained to keep off the furniture, even the best dogs may test the boundaries in your RV – especially in a thunderstorm!

Find a Vet at Your Destination

When you are traveling it’s a good idea to know where the local hospital or urgent care center is in case there is an accident. Likewise, it’s good practice to familiarize yourself with local vets. Chances are, you’ll never need either one, but it’s good information to have whenever you travel just in case.

Keep Temperature In Mind

The extreme temperatures in winter and summer can be brutal, especially for your dog. Temperatures can climb quickly and exponentially in an RV the same way they can in a car. And just like your pet can’t open the door and jump out of a car, they can’t walk out of a scorching RV either. So, it’s important to be mindful of temps and take the same precautions as you would with your dog in your car. Keeping your RV cool in hot weather is important to the comfort and safety of your pet.

Another thing to remember is that if your dog is tied up outside in hot weather, digging down to find a nice, cool layer of dirt to lie in is instinctual and they can move a lot of dirt in a very short amount of time! However, big holes all over your campsite are not a way to make friends with other campers or the park groundskeepers! So, keep a close eye on your furry friend and provide extra water or frequent dips in the lake or local pond to help them regulate their body temperature and stay healthy.

When camping in winter or other cold times of the year, remember that cold-vulnerable dogs like Chihuahuas, Whippets, or Greyhounds will have a hard time keeping warm in a freezing RV. For these breeds it’s especially important to provide a warm dog bed or extra blankets they can nest in when frigid weather arrives. It may be a power-saver when you don’t keep the temperatures in your RV as controlled as you would at home, especially if you are boondocking. Just be alert to your dog’s comfort level and adjust accordingly.

Beware of Wild Animals

Part of the fun of camping is being out in nature. When you’re out in nature, you’re much more likely to encounter wild animals, which is part of the camping experience. It’s important to keep in mind that you and your dog won’t have the same reaction to seeing an animal in the wild, and their reaction may not always the safest one (think skunk!)

The simplest way to keep you and your dog safe is to keep them on a leash at all times. No matter how well-trained your dog is, there is no way to predict how they will react to an animal in the wild – especially one they have never been exposed to before or one that startles them.

It can help your trips go smoother and help avoid accidents or injuries either to or from your dog to work on training at home. A well-trained dog kept on a leash goes a long way to ensure safety and an enjoyable experience when you are RVing with dogs, especially when it comes to an unexpected encounter with the local wildlife.

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Dedicated RV campers don’t let a little snow and freezing wind stop them from enjoying the freedom of a camping trip! If you’re planning your next cold-weather vacation, we have a few recommendations for your next Midwest winter campsite.

Read on to learn about some of our favorites here in the Midwest to help you plan your trip and get the most enjoyment out of your winter camping!

Safety First: Before You Plan Your Winter RV Camping Trip

If you’re new to camping or to the idea of winter RV camping, it does come with some caveats! Even if you’re a veteran of the type of cold Midwest winters can bring, you need to be prepared or you won’t get to fully enjoy your trip!

Before you head out on the road, we recommend you read these important cold weather RVing tips to get started on your first winter RV trip. They’ll guide you through the most common pain points of camping in the winter, along with ways to prepare your RV to make it safer and more comfortable even when the temperatures hit below zero!

Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Michigan

Boasting an area of nearly 50,000 acres, the Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a popular destination all year-round. The centerpiece of this beautiful state park is the Tahquamenon River and several waterfalls within it. Starting from the Upper Falls, which is one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi, you can witness the awe-inspiring 50-foot drop that brings thousands of visitors every year!

Of course, if you’re visiting in the winter, everything becomes that much more breathtaking. The snow-covered trees surrounding the river and throughout the park, along with the gorgeous river, present a winter wonderland straight from your dreams.

If your RV is a toy hauler, don’t forget to bring along a snowmobile or two. In addition to all the fun activities, this state park has trails designated for snowmobile use when there’s at least 4” of snow!

Maumee Bay State Park – Ohio

Right around the corner from our home in Sylvania, Ohio is the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park. It’s a favorite for our local campers, and if you’re in the area, it’s one you shouldn’t miss out on! Whether for an extended stay or just a weekend visit, the park provides spacious RV areas with on-site electricity ready to keep you warm during a chilly winter day.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, Maumee Bay State Park has it all:

  • Beachfront view
  • Comfy Campsites
  • Special events all the time
  • Beautiful natural views
  • Great dry camping or hook-up experiences

There’s plenty to do around the park – especially if you love to wander. Plan to bring gear to enjoy winter activities like:

  • Cross-country skiing on designated trails
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledding

And since you’re staying overnight, you’ll get to enjoy the incredible view of the sun setting over Lake Erie.

French Creek State Park – Pennsylvania

This nearly 8,000-acre park is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, not too far from Philadelphia. It’s the largest area of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City, making it a favorite getaway for nature lovers throughout the east coast and Midwest areas.

The natural landscape of French Creek State Park has something for everyone, from wetlands to open fields to lakes and forests, making it great for hikers and travelers to experience much of what the natural area has to offer. Wildlife thrives throughout the park, even during the winter season, for those of you who love to camp to watch animals in their natural habitats!

Open every day of the year, with the large campground open from March through January. Most of the sites have electrical hook-ups, though depending on visitor volume, you may have to make use of the public charging stations between periods of camping without direct hook-ups.

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When the RV life comes calling, it’s hard to resist. The open road, endless campsites and the amenities of home no matter where you go! But shopping for an RV can feel a bit overwhelming – especially if you haven’t done your research yet! So, where do you start?

Read on to learn the questions to ask yourself to help you when shopping for an RV so you can find the perfect model for your needs!

What Is Your Budget?

The number one question when it comes to shopping for an RV is your budget. This is a great starting point for you to figure out what range of vehicles are right for you. This can help narrow down major choices like whether to get a new RV or a used one.

RV prices have a massive range depending on what you’re shopping for. Modest trailers can be purchased at extremely low costs, where massive luxury RVs can a major investment that reflects their interiors as a spacious home-on-wheels!

Ask yourself what your top end is for purchasing an RV – but try to keep it a bit flexible. Like cars or homes, when you find the RV that’s right for you, it often jumps out and feels like you found “The One.” You’ll be spending a lot of time in your RV, so you want to make sure your investment is in the right model!

What Is Your Tow Vehicle?

Your budget isn’t the only logistical concern when it comes to figuring out the best RV for you! When shopping for an RV, you should also make sure you understand your tow vehicle’s limits on what it can and cannot pull. Every tow vehicle and every RV will come with a list of important numbers to consider, like towing capacity, gross vehicle weight rating and more. Pay close attention to these numbers.

Some compact RVs are surprisingly lightweight and can be towed by even modest SUVs. But many trailers out there are going to require you to own a larger vehicle with hefty tow capacity. Nobody wants to get attached to an RV only to find out they can’t actually pull it!

Additionally, if your tow vehicle is a truck, you’ll have a large pool of “fifth wheels” available to you. These types of RVs use a unique fifth wheel connection to the bed of your truck, which comes with its own benefits!

How Many People Do You Plan to Camp With?

From the outside, RVs may look pretty similar. But when you step inside, you’ll quickly realize that even two identically sized RVs can have extremely different interiors! That means you need to think about what your RV interior really needs ­– and that often hinges on how many people you plan to camp with!

RVs can sleep anywhere from just a few campers to a dozen. Between luxurious master bedrooms, bunkbeds and convertible sofas, there’s an RV for a family or group of friends of every size. While the specific amenities of an RV may be negotiable, you want to make sure you always have enough room for anyone who plans to tag along on your relaxing trips over the years.

Do you plan to just camp with you alone? You and a spouse? Your whole family? Do you expect friends to come along? All of these questions can dictate what type of RV you need to keep everyone comfortable. Bunkhouse RVs can be a great option for big families – but if you don’t need that kind of sleeping capacity, you could opt for a toy hauler instead and to bring your ATVs or other fun bonuses along with you on your trip.

How Important is Off-the-Grid Camping to You?

Shopping for an RV means understanding how you plan to use it. Not every RV is built for the same types of camping trips as others. While they’ll all provide you excellent shelter and some comforts from home, some RVs are better suited for going off the grid than others.

If your RV goal is the dream of parking out in the middle of nowhere and enjoying serenity for a day or a week, you’ll want to make sure your RV is equipped to stay charged away from a hookup station. That means extra battery capacity, deep cycle batteries, and even solar power features to help supplement your daily electronics usage.

Beyond that, you’ll also want to consider things like the size of the fresh water tank, storage for propane, and anything else that may limit how long you can stay away from civilization on your trip. The higher the capacity for storing these critical resources, the longer you’ll be able to extend your stay.

What Type of Amenities Do You Want?

Are you the type of person who wants to explore your destination and only return to your RV when you’re exhausted and ready to hit the hay? Or are you looking for that home-away-from-home that lets you sit down in a heavenly recliner and watch sports even when you’re 1,000 miles away from your house?

Every RV comes with some standard amenities. Things like a place to sleep, store your stuff, and even cook. But what about luxury seating? Big screen TVs? Residential-sized refrigerators or beds? All of these bonuses are things you can find – if you want them!

RVs can provide a complete “home” experience or simply act as a retreat when you need it. When shopping for an RV, think about your dream vacation. How much time do you plan to spend in your RV? Do you think that might change over the years? Answering these questions can help you decide how many luxury amenities you need.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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