Driving an RV is one of the most convenient ways to travel with dogs. When your home is on wheels, it’s easy to bring your puppy’s favorite toys and familiar bedding. But there are additional requirements for safe travel with RV with dogs. It is important to protect your pet both in your RV and while you are camping. Here are some of the products I bring with me to keep my dogs in our RV. For even more dog-friendly travel recommendations, please visit my Amazon page.
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Dog safety while traveling inside the RV
We all know that it is dangerous to leave dogs in hot cars. Although most RVs have fans and even air conditioners, there is always a risk of failure. The most important element that I recommend for safe travel with RV with dogs is a temperature monitor. For peace of mind, I mounted the Waggle on the wall of our van. The battery-powered device is charged via one of the many USB ports in our RV. If the monitor detects a temperature outside the comfort range I set, I will receive a text warning on my phone. A mobile phone subscription and alert are required, but you don’t need Wi-Fi to receive alerts.
To ensure safe RV travel with dogs and people, it is essential that they do not fall while driving. Many automotive products also protect RVs. In my particular van, I found that Louie & Coco were completely happy to curl up in bed and sleep on the floor. Lawrence likes to look out the side window, so I gave him a booster seat PupSaver. The back seat also has a belt clip for your dog. While you are not driving, you can remove the seat and use it as an extra bed for pets.
Safety of dogs outside the RV
Keeping your dog safe outside of RV is also important! The first step is to make sure that they cannot escape when the doors are open. I placed a folding dog pen directly in front of the sliding door. This allows me to make sure that the dogs are securely attached to a leash before leaving the rest area. It also provides a comfortable place for them to jump out and pee quickly. I chose the Evenflo plastic baby pen because it is light and will not scratch the paint if rubbed on the van.
The pens are great for safely getting out of your RV, but sometimes you want more space to hang with your dogs. That’s why I travel with a room with a pop-up screen. I chose a 10’x10 ′ size from Alvanator. This size is considered convenient for 4-6 people, but Amazon also sells larger or smaller devices. Alvanator’s display rooms do not have a plastic floor, so you can set it up on the lawn for your dog’s late breaks. Never leave your dog in a kennel or unattended room.
I hope these tips for safe RV travel with dogs are helpful to you. Please check out my Amazon page for all our favorite dog products!