Questions to ask before RVing with Pets
1. Where will your pets ride when you travel?
Vacations in your RV can be vacations for your pet as well, so make sure you are keeping them just as comfortable as you. Traveling with pets in a car can be tricky, but having an RV can simplify things so much. If driving a Class A, Class B, or Class C RV, the pets are not forced to sit in a back seat like in a car – they can spread out across any couches or beds that are in your RV.
If you don’t have a motorhome and have something along the lines of a fifth wheel or travel trailer, then your pets can still ride in comfort. Since you can store quite a bit in the cabin of the trailer, more space is left in your truck cabin or car for them to spread out. However, you might still consider keeping excitable or young pets in a carrier, so they don’t distract you from driving.
2. Will you have enough space for your pets?
It really depends on the RV that you have. The more pets you have, the larger the RV we recommend having. Open floor plans are suggested as it helps optimize space and open up legroom for both you and your pets.
3. What happens when you do something that is not pet-friendly?
While living in your home, leaving your pets behind is typically fine since there is air conditioning and food available. But that may be a bit of a different story for pets that primarily live in or camp in RVs.
Some important steps are required to make sure your pets are comfortable while you are away. Draw any shades that you have, to not only keep it cooler inside the RV but also to prevent any barking from your dogs at people outside. Also, play some music inside the RV to prevent any unrest from your dogs if they were to hear any outside noise. Always keep plenty of food and water present in the RV when leaving to make sure they are well fed. Another tip we suggest is to have a security cam that you can link to your phone so you can get updates about your pets. All of this should help any unrest you have while away from your pets.
4. How will you manage hot/cold temperatures with your pet?
RVs are more vulnerable to outdoor temperatures than modern homes, and you have to take that into account when deciding on where you want to travel.
There are times that it will get above 90 degrees outside, so we suggest keeping the shades drawn and deploy any awnings your RV might have. Also, you might want to open the windows and set up any fans that you might have. If temps climb too high, then we always recommend that you never leave your pets inside your RV.
5. Where will you purchase and store your pet’s food?
This one might be a little bit self-explanatory as RVs simply have a lot of space to store your pet food. Finding pet food can get a little tricky depending on where you are. Finding a brand that can be commonly found in all the big stores is recommended as it will be easier to find whenever you pass by big-name stores.
Additionally, buying in bulk and having more than you need is also important. This helps in extreme cases when you can’t find more dog food. Furthermore, having extra pet food on hand is good in case of emergencies. And, if you really need to, buying food online and shipping to a local post office is always an option.
6. How will you ensure that your pets receive adequate exercise and playtime?
Whenever you are on the road and driving, finding time to play and exercise your dogs can be difficult. And given that RVs are smaller than typical pet homes, it is important to keep them exercised. Doing so will not only benefit their health but make them more relaxed for any RV journey.
The major difference when having pets in your RV compared to your home is dealing with space and temperature difference that RVs have. If you live in an RV full time, then all these steps and tips are important to keep in mind so you keep your pet happy and healthy. Looking for a size upgrade to fit all your pets? Visit our trade-up program page to learn more!