You’ve been driving for hours; it’s time to wind down your day of RV travel and fun. You can’t wait to pull into the campsite, turn off the keys and relax, or explore the local highlights. But how do you choose the right RV campground for you and your four-legged family members?
Here are some pet-friendly RV travel tips learned during our first RV experience. We travelled for six weeks, 14,000 kilometers in a 31 foot motor home from Fraserway RV, a great way to start our RV experience.
1. Determine your needs
What amenities do you require?
RV campsites that promote a fenced in dog play area and dog walking areas are one of the features we look for.
After a long day of travel, our dog Toby looks forward to an area to play, and socialize with other dogs. We have found that KOA campgrounds are our first source of information. Most sites have pet play areas and have high standards on features, cleanliness, and services for travellers. KOA campgrounds also provide a printed KOA guide which includes information on all of their sites, and maps. These maps became instrumental in planning our routes.
Because we have a dog, shady areas with trees and grass outside the RV is important as it provides a more comfortable stay, a space for Toby to be outside the RV, and, less dirt and mud being tracked inside.
2. Short cut your search
The internet helps you shortcut your search. Sites such as KOA, GoodSams, and GoRVing list RV sites by area. These websites display photos, outline campsite features, and directions and maps to the campsites.
Another great source of information is the local tourist centres and provincial/state tourism departments. These sites also provide links to tourist attractions, and accommodations including campsites that are RV accessible.
Asking for recommendations from other travellers you meet at campsites can shortcut your search. We found travellers became such a valuable resource on our travels.
3. Ask RV dealerships for their recommendations
RV dealerships are a valuable source of information. Many of the staff are avid RV travellers and can provide recommendations along with helpful travel tips to make the experience most enjoyable and affordable. RV dealerships are also very aware of the campgrounds in their community. When you stop by the dealership for supplies, oil changes, propane fill ups or repairs, take the opportunity to obtain ideas and recommendations from their staff.
4. Read reviews
We live in an era where you can find reviews on almost anything…including RV campsites. Reading reviews is a great way to help you narrow down your campsite options. As well, help other travellers by posting your reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor.
Charmaine Hammond is professional speaker and author. She is the creator of the Team Toby’s Million Acts of Kindness tour which travelled 14,000 km across North America. The Kindness RV was sponsored by Fraserway RV, and Canadian Traveller Magazine is proud to be a media sponsor of the kindness tour.
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