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Old 04-27-2004, 09:52 AM   #1
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Question Dogs in an RV camp?

It sounds like a lot of you bring your dogs with you while camping. If one is using RV parks -are there a lot who turn you away if you have a dog? Are dogs allowed to sleep outside in their plastic dog houses, ( as mine are used to?). Or do they have to be brought inside at night? Any other hassles? Should you bring the dog's vet records? Do you feel more comfortable at night with your dog with you? (I've been reading the gun thread- at it has me a little freaked. ) Have your dogs prevented a robbery etc? Does your dog stay in the trailer while driving or in the car with you? I was hoping to get away from dog dander. But I want to be comfortable too. silver suz

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Old 04-27-2004, 09:57 AM   #2
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we always bring our dog, he loves to go camping. never had a problem with a park letting us in with him but some parks make him sleep inside the trailer at night. i like him to ride in the trailer but the wifes doesn't so we all know where he rides now don't we. the nice thing about having a 100 lab tied the the bumper of your trailer is when you take a drive to see some sights no body takes any of your stuff.

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Eats Bullets

My 9 lb Yorkie eats guns and spits bullets!

He sleeps wherever he chooses, he is one bad dude.

Bring your big guns and get ya some.

We let the Yorkie negotiate CG spaces and fees for us, we dont get much lip from CG attendants.

Just kidding

You are right, wife and dog are inseperable.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:03 AM   #4
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i like him to ride in the trailer but...
I would NEVER leave a pet in the trailer while travelling!

I know it's illegal, but have you ever been in the trailer while it's moving??? I did in an empty lot just to see what it was like...NO WAY would I subject a pet to that! It creaks, bangs, bounces and is basically miserable and that wasn't even moving at travelling speeds or bumpy roads.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:04 AM   #5
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Old 04-27-2004, 10:10 AM   #6
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Our dogs travel with us, in the car, and sleep in the trailer with us at night. I don't think they would be safe in the trailer while being towed. Sometimes we leave them in the trailer while we go out to eat, or to a museum or someplace they can't come along. I love having them along so we can all go on hikes and play on the beach, and just because I enjoy their company.

Be sure to get good tags for them with your name and info like from, and your cell phone number in case you get separated. Carrying copies of your vet records couldn't hurt, particularly if you end up needing to visit a vet for some reason. At least have your home-vets name and number handy. Take along a few good pictures of them, in case they get lost and you need to make a 'lost dog' poster. It's easier to have that stuff on hand if you need it.

No park has ever turned us away for having dogs, though one nice park we stayed at had a dog-walking area for them to go potty, and it was a bit of a hassle to walk them to it when they needed to go. We always pick up after them.

I haven't felt that we weren't safe at any of the parks we've stayed at, and don't feel we NEED to have a gun OR a dog to be safe.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:13 AM   #7
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Well, Firefighter ....

... don't you LET your dog sleep inside the trailer whether or not anyone forces you to? Poor little 100-lb. lab. If we were parked next to you, Osita would lift her head off my pillow, look out the window and think "poor mutt. don't he git to sleep on the bed?"
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Dogs in an RV camp?

Our 11 year old, black German Shepard gets mad if he doesn't get to go camping. The bad part is he wants everyone up at 7 am no matter how late we stay up the night before! We are packing for our next trip and when I came out of the house last night, he was sitting in front of the Airstream!
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Old 04-27-2004, 11:28 AM   #9
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Some state parks do not allow pets in the campground area. Most places allow responsible pet owners to have their pets. Seems the ALL require lease outside trailer and prohibit leaving the pet alone at the camp site, inside or out. This seems reasonable to me. We have at time left them in the trailer for a short trip to the shower house or dinner someplace close but not as a regular habit. Its one of the reasons to go Airstreaming. Take the family.
If you trained your dog to be aggressive and a noisy watch dog you may find yourself having conversations with the campground PIC (person in charge)
Never travel with a pet in the trailer, it is illegal, dangerous, and cruel. Well, maybe not for cats.
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Old 04-27-2004, 11:55 AM   #10
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Our 65lb German Shep mix (Penny) goes with us everywhere when we camp!

We even fit her in the Bambi when we had it! Now with the Safari, she now has 2 or 3 spots to call hers.
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Generally speaking, if an RV park will let me in they'll let anything in.
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We've stayed in a few state campgrounds, and haven't found any that didn't allow pets in the campground, but a few that ONLY allow pets in the campground - as in, they are not allowed on the trails. National parks, like Olympic NP and Ranier NP in WA, are like this as I understand. That's one of the reasons we haven't gone there yet, even though they're so close. Silver Falls SP in Oregon is like that, no pets on the main waterfall trail, but ok on horse trails and in the campground. I think Emmigrant Lake in Ashland, OR is also pets allowed only in the campground, not in the park.

So rules vary. When you check in you'll let them know you have pets and probably find out the specific rules then. We haven't been turned away because of the dogs yet though, so I hope our luck holds out.

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Old 04-27-2004, 12:46 PM   #13
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I just made a reservation at a park for weekend after next. They required $5 for the dog (their brochure said $2, but what the hey). Most parks require around $2 per animal, but I have found that very few enforce that, no matter that I mentioned the quadraped son when making the res., or when paying the bill. They just shrug and smile.
Our is primarily an outside dog, so he gets a haircut and a bath at the groomers before we go. Since we have a regular cab truck, we strap his airline-type travel kennel in snugly w/ tie downs facing the tailgate in the back, and put in a nice lawn chair type cushion. He actually prefers this to riding 'upfront' with us - mainly because he likes to see out, and he can turn and move around somewhat in the kennel.
At the site, he eats and drinks outside (his kibble is never ever left out for other animals to feast on), we walk him first thing in the morning for relief, and he's good to go for the rest of the day. My favorite investment was a small foldable plastic water container from Outward Hound that folds and fits into a back pocket. We also got him a backpack so he can carry his own darn water on long hikes!

I don't know why, but people seem unusually attracted to him. These shots were from a day at Calico Ghost Town, after a pattern developed of people walking up to the dog and asking to pet him, I started to take pictures of this phenonmenon. It was Civil War day, and folks were all dressed in period costumes, and two groups of Japanese tourists wanted their pictures taken with him. Didn't get a picture of that for myself, guess who was taking their shots for them?
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Old 04-27-2004, 03:49 PM   #14
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One thing I forgot to mention. We always keep a copy of his lordship's rabies certificate in the trailer. Chances are no one will ask for it, but if your dog gets loose and Mr Ranger has to bring him back, or God Forbid, he bites someone or someone else's pet, you'll be glad you have it at hand.

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