Do you usually RV with a pet?

Do you usually RV with a pet?
Some RVers prefer pets with feathers, not fur!

Many RVers travel with a pet. From our previous surveys we know that it’s mostly dogs, some cats and an occasional bird. But we’ve seen RVers with bunnies, even chinchillas.

What about you? Please answer our survey. If you travel with more than one kind of pet, click all that apply.

If your pet is not listed, please leave a comment and tell us about your animal buddy.

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30 thoughts on “Do you usually RV with a pet?

  1. Trey Rogers

    We always travel with our old Lab Bucky and our large Labradoodle Lucy. We also used to take our cat Dilly with us. However, he doesn’t enjoy how overjoyed Lucydoodle becomes whenever Dilly makes an appearance. The 5th wheel is just too small for the both of them for the time being. They are learning to respect each other in our house so who knows Dilly Cat may be a road worrior one day again? It won’t be his choice he likes to be a house bound cat!

  2. james palmer

    we take our 80lb.pit bull everywhere with us.the only thing you have to watch out for is kisses. we just returned from wyoming and she went with us.places that do not want dogs do not want us. we have just as much fun where dogs are accepted.
    jim and julie and navara palmer

  3. Mike

    ” “Fish” and his bride, We travel with our 118 lb trained and certified Therapy Dog Hans. Hans is a fantastic Therapy Dog who loves his job and all the people he has met along the way. Hans is now 6 years old and not only an addition to our family but my best friend from the animal kingdom. Being a rather large Bernese Mountain Dog Hans is all furry love to who ever he meets. He is surely one of Gods Furry Angels…maybe that is what the word Dog when reversed spells out God…perfect in every way. Hans is one big ball of gentle love and sweetness and when he meets the ladies he always offers up a kiss to say see you later my new friend!

  4. Katie P

    I think it is great that people take their pets with them on the road!! However, with 9 years as a full time RVer we have come across too many rigs with dogs locked in the rig barking all day long. It saddens me that these dogs are often neglected day after day.

  5. Carla Coleman

    My mini Australian Shepherd always goes with me whether it is a trip to the feed store or going south in the winter. My Manx cat, on the other hand, isn’t terribly fond of the driving part of traveling but she puts up with it rather than be left behind. I’ve tried leaving her at home with a sitter for short, 3 to 4 day trips but she gets so bloody minded and sulky it’s much easier on everyone to take her whenever I’ll be gone overnight.

  6. TechiePhil

    We’ve been pet-free for the last 20 years of living and working overseas. Neither of us has any desire to acquire the added complication of an animal to care for. We love being able to go at a moment’s notice without concern for a pet. We don’t dislike dogs or cats or birds, we just don’t want or need them. And don’t necessarily want to meet other peoples’ animals.

  7. Eric

    We travel with a cat and a dog. The dog is an emotional support animal. He was the only one that was able to wake his “mom” from the coma after her stroke. The cat won’t eat if we leave him home for more than 2 days.

  8. Bob Messeersmith

    We travel with our Jack Russell who is 7 yrs. old. One of the reasons we bought an RV was to take our gal along. A very lively and lovely companion.

  9. Leona Juranty

    We have a cat that we have had for 9 years. We are in our 70’s and she is our first pet. She is smarter then most people and so clean. I could not think about life without her. We love her so much we just bought a brand new 31′ Jayco so we would be able to bring her wherever we go. So far everyone that sees her wants a picture. She has a small pillow that I put on the dash my side of the motor home and that is where she rides watching the world go by.

  10. Mitzi Agnew-Giles

    We have a LIL Snoozy 19 foot molded fiberglass trailer and we travel with 4 cats, 3 of them rescues as kittens and one left behind by a burglar who broke in. Took nothing, left a kitten. We had hired people to feed and scoop while we were out of town for up to 10 days before, and would come home to too many unopened cans of cat food and piles of poop around a full litterbox. I love taking them with me. They cuddle at night and are very affectionate. We turned the storage area under the queen bed into a cat haven, it’s where we keep the king sized litter box. and the cats hang out there in the daytime. Our cats were already used to travelling as we commute between a city home and retirement home, it’s a 2 hour drive. Most cats are never driven anywhere except to a vet and no cat is fond of that! Cats should be gradually accustomed to short car trips if you have only ever taken them to the vet. They need to know nice things sometimes happen after a car trip.

  11. Colin Flagg

    We travel with a cat and dog. On one trip we had 2 lizards an 80 lb tortoise and 2 corn snakes.

  12. PennyPA

    2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds. We feel we’re pretty evened out now. I can’t imagine living without at least one pet…although there was one instance when we wished we were petless (cruise from Washington to Canada). Other than that one time, they haven’t hampered our full-time lifestyle one iota.

  13. Eric swenson

    It’s a conundrum for us. We are dog people who had to put our Beagle down a few years ago. We keep saying…let’s get a dog, after we stop RVing.
    Our Winnebago ERA is enough to handle at this point.

  14. Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY

    We always travel with all our pets. We used to have dogs and cats. But since our dog passed away some 12 years ago we only have cats now. DIZZY is our 8 pound black and white Ragamuffin. STORMY is our 25 pound jet black Maine Coon/Burmese mix. They have been from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK and Maine to California. Won’t leave town without them.

  15. Wolfe

    Until recently, I travelled with a wolf. No, not myself, but an actual hybrid wolf I adopted, yellow eyes, big fangs, teddybear demeanor. To make registration easier, I got her “good citizen” certified, and then all the way to ADA Service Animal registered. Although perfectly gentle, she got some startled reactions when folks wanted to “pet the puppy” before realising her breed.

    While NOT our normal travel companion, we once transported a small alligator for the local zoo (where wife worked) and wouldn’t you know we’d get pulled over? Lots of fun explaining to the officer that he needs to stand back if he REALLY wants us to open that cooler…

    1. RV Staff

      I wish we had a thumbs up or thumbs down on the comments. (Will have to check into that.) This would definitely get a thumbs up! Thanks, Wolfe! —Diane at RVtravel.com

  16. linda

    Would not go anywhere with out our Lola, a 100lb Great Perineise/Newfoundland mix. She is our big baby.

  17. Dave

    We once had pets (dogs), but when we retired and decided to start RVing, we knew that pets are not compatible with the travel lifestyle. And we’ve confirmed it many times over. We avoid RVers with pets. Their rigs usually stink, the animals poop anywhere they want to, they’re noisy, interfere with sight seeing, and just generally don’t belong in an RV.

      1. peggy coffey

        I’m glad you don’t travel with any animal. You don’t sound like you have the demeanor or patience that it takes to travel with an animal. We have not encountered rv pet owners that do not absolutely love their furry friends. They are responsible and if you wouldn’t let your house “stink”, you’re not going to let your rig stink.

    1. Barb

      We have a small mixed dog that is very clean; our trailer does not stink; I pick up her poop wherever I am; she can be trusted to be left alone for a few hours; she is very quiet; unlike the couple we had next to us recently with no pets, but sat outside there rig all day and evening smoking so heavy we had to keep our windows closed and they played their stereo really loud and left their decorative LED lights on all night. I doubt if their Class C was as clean as our Trailer!!

  18. Brenda

    We’ve been full-time for over three years. Our furry companion is an Old English Sheepdog. Since they are not a common breed we get lots of questions about our Maui.
    She is a great conversation starter.

  19. Wolfe

    A big reason we started dragging a trailer instead of tenting was to bring dogs in hard walls and AC. Even if they stay in trailer while we sightsee, they feel “home” and its much more humane than a week or two in a kennel!!!

  20. Tommy Molnar

    After 19 years worth of cats, we now feel liberated with no worries about what to do with our pets while we’re doing stuff that we want to do. We miss them terribly but won’t start up a new ‘family’ that would take us into our 90’s. Not fair to them, and WAY not fair to us.

  21. Terry O'Keefe

    We live full time with two weimaraners two cats and a blue and gold macaw.They are our family,and comic relief at times!

  22. PeteD

    I would give up RVing before I would give up my bichons. The older I get the more I appreciate their company. They do love to travel though.

  23. Curt L Coffee

    Just left a RV park that had sixty spaces and most had one dog if not two and some had four. Even if the owners of the dogs picked up after their pets, with just a little rain the whole place smelled like dog.
    Couldn’t even smell the pine trees, so we left.

  24. Judy Glazier

    My traveling companion is an adopted Lab/Shepherd mix; she loves new places, new people, and new four-legged friends.

  25. Preston Poole

    We travel with our Golden Doodle

  26. Tom Gutzke

    Sometimes wish we had a dog but our desire to sightsee in places we visit would be cruel treatment to a pet. Sometimes we’re out sightseeing most of the day.

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