The RVing community is diverse, ranging from retired couples to solo travelers, and oftentimes to large families, but one thing binds them all together: they LOVE traveling with their furry companions. Almost all of our motorhome warranty and travel trailer warranty customers relay stories of traveling with at least one pet, generally dogs or cats, and the unanimous opinion is that their RV adventures simply would not be the same without their four-legged friends. In fact, being able to easily bring pets along is one of the greatest tipping points when deciding to purchase an RV or not. If you’re planning to take your pet on the road, whether just for small trips or full-time, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, including campground etiquette and safety precautions.
Many RVers are in the habit of setting up shop at a campground and then heading out to enjoy their new surroundings, whether that means a nature hike or taking the toad out to tour a new city. However, this means leaving your furry friends cooped up in your rig all day. For safety reason, you’ll of course want to make sure that there is proper airflow in the coach. Leaving windows open or running the generator for cool air during hot summer months can be the difference between life and death for your pet, so it is very important to make sure your set up is safe before you head out for the day. On a lighter note, another safety concern should be for your belongings. Is your pet a chewer, a shredder, a digger? Just remember, while the cat’s away the mice will play! Make sure that your pet has access to its favorite, “owner-approved” toys, or your interior décor could be their object of choice for a boring afternoon. Further, having something to occupy their time will likely prevent them from barking or making noise. Along with preventing too much noise, picking up after your pet and keeping them on a leash at all times are musts in the realm of campground etiquette.
It is also important to keep your pet safe while the RV is in motion, either by crating them or using seat harnesses. Be sure to make several stops during your road trip to ensure both you and your pet have the opportunity to stretch and get some fresh air. If you are the type of RVer who takes a few trips a year or only uses your rig on the weekends, it will be more comfortable for your pet if you maintain the same schedules on the road as you have back home. That is, make sure to take walks at the same time of day, and keep normal feeding schedules. Another great thing to note is that Wholesale Warranties offers RV Extended Warranties which will allow you to utilize mobile repair technicians. How does this relate to your four-legged companions? If you use a mobile mechanic, you and your pets are able to stay in your motorhome, 5th wheel or travel trailer while the vehicle is being fixed!
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