Once you reach your destination, pet travel via air, auto, or RV is pretty much the same – you come, you see, you conquer. But as the saying goes, it’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey. And we find that RV’s are an absolutely fantastic way to travel with pets.  Here’s what you’ll find:
  • You’re not limited to your car’s trunk space. If more gear (yours or your pets’) will make the trip more enjoyable, an RV has room to stow it away.
  • You have the option of cooking your own (healthier) meals. And by extension, you can save a lot of money if you just prepare your own breakfasts and lunches.
  • You can sleep in your own bed. If you get bugs, you only have yourself to blame!
  • If you need to run out, and assuming the campground allows it, your dog may be more comfortable left alone in the familiar RV than in a strange hotel room.
  • RV parks accept more dogs and larger dogs than do most hotels.
  • You are more likely to run into a breed restriction at a campground than at a hotel.

Sound like a slam dunk? If you already own an RV, it is. We can certainly relate anecdotal evidence that most people who vacation in an RV are also bringing their pets. Clearly, there must be a symbiotic relationship!
But what if you don’t own an RV? Then the decision may not be so easy. In the interest of full disclosure, here are some tidbits to consider.
  • RVs are not inexpensive. Unless you travel often and extensively, you are unlikely to get back the cost of the RV from food and hotel savings.
  • Gas prices are rising. We have a comfortable driving range of 300 miles. If you need to travel in your gas-sipping Prius, so to sepak, for economic reasons, an RV is not for you.
  • It helps to be mechanically inclined. With an RV, your car is your house and your house is a car. If something goes wrong with either one (say, a roof leak or an oil leak), you could be sidelined for a few days until the repair is made.

Certainly, our RV journeys with Ty and Buster have been 95% unadulterated fun. We find the whole arrangement to be pretty cozy. We’re nimble and self-contained. There’s a whole country out there to explore, and we’re blessed to be doing it in an RV with our dogs.
 by Rod Burkert

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