Hit The Road With Your Pup – Tips For RV Travel With Dogs

Traveling in an RV is an exciting and adventurous way to explore the country, and if you’re a dog owner, there’s no need to leave your furry friend behind! RVing with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it also requires some extra planning and preparation. From finding pet-friendly RV parks and campgrounds to packing the right gear for your canine companion, there are several things to keep in mind when RVing with dogs.

In this post, we’ll share some tips for RV travel with dogs to help you and your furry friend have a safe and enjoyable camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned RVer or a first-time camper, these tips will help you make the most of your time on the road with your canine companion.

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Do Dogs Travel Well In RVs?

If you’ve never taken an RV trip, you might be wondering how well your dog will travel and how they will adjust to the RV lifestyle. Many dogs travel well in RVs, especially if they are already accustomed to car travel.

It is important however, to remember that each dog is unique and may have different needs and preferences when it comes to travel. Some dogs may experience motion sickness or anxiety in an RV, while others may find the experience relaxing and enjoyable.

Dogs sitting overlooking RV campground

Over the years, one of our dogs had a tendency to suffer from motion sickness and anxiety during travels, and we tried different methods to make him feel more at ease in the truck. Despite our best efforts, he was never a great traveler, so it’s important to keep in mind that this could be a possibility for your dog as well.

It’s a good idea to take short trips with your dog before embarking on a longer RV trip to see how they react and make adjustments as necessary. You may also want to talk to your veterinarian about any concerns you have regarding your dog’s ability to travel in an RV especially if you have a senior dog. 

What Is The Best RV For Traveling With Dogs?

When choosing an RV to travel in with your dog, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, you will want to make sure that the RV is large enough to accommodate your dog comfortably. You’ll also want to consider the layout of the RV, ensuring that it has enough space for both you and your dog to move around comfortably.

Next, it’s important to keep in mind that certain breeds and sizes of dogs may be better suited to certain types of RVs. For example, small dogs may be more comfortable in a van or Class C motorhome, while larger dogs may require the extra space and amenities of a Class A motorhome, fifth wheel, or travel trailer.

Toy haulers are an great option for pet owners who are traveling with their furry companions, as the spacious and versatile rear garage area provides ample room for pets to move around freely. The ramp door can be converted into a fenced-in patio, which offers an open-air space for pets to relax and play. Our dogs love hanging out and sunbathing on our patio.

Dog laying on patio of toy hauler RV overlooking a dock and water.

Many RV manufacturers have also begun adding special features to their campers to make them more dog-friendly as well. Features to lookout for when RV shopping include:

  • Built-in Dog Crates – Some RV manufacturers have addressed the challenge of finding a spot for a dog crate in an RV by incorporating built-in pet kennels in clever spaces such as underneath dinette seating or in the area under the bed.
  • Pet Friendly Flooring – Look for vinyl and laminate options instead of carpet for easy-to-clean flooring. The flooring used in toy-haulers is designed to be easy to clean if you have wet or muddy toys which is also perfect for dogs!
  • Claw Friendly Vents – In many RVs, the heat registers are located on the floors where dog paws and claws are at risk of getting caught. Certain models now have vents that are flush with the floor or wall-mounted instead.
  • Built-in Feeding Bowls – Pet-friendly RVs now feature feeding drawers, which have become a popular amongst dog owners. It can be challenging to find a spot for feeding bowls and they can often get in the way, but with these drawers, they pull out during mealtime and tuck back in when not in use, providing a practical space saving solution for feeding your furry friend in your RV.
  • Leash Latch – This is a more secure alternative to using a stake in the ground for tying out your pet at your campsite. With a leash latch, you can tether your pet directly to your RV, providing a stable and safe environment for your pup to enjoy the outdoors.

We highly suggest touring lots of RVs and even renting a few before you decide which type is right for you!

How To Keep Your Dog Safe During RV Travel

Safety is crucial while on the road, so it’s important to keep your dog secure while driving. Consider investing in a pet seat belt or harness that attaches to the RV’s or tow vehicle’s seat belt, or use a crate that is properly secured. 

When using a dog car seat cover, look for one that’s easy to install and remove, and that’s easy to clean. You’ll also want to make sure the cover is made of a non-slip material to prevent your dog from sliding around while the RV is in motion.

Dog sitting in backseat of truck looking through window of the seat hammock

Remember, never leave your dog unattended in the RV or tow vehicle while on the road, and always make sure they have access to water and food during travel!

Preparing Your Dog For RV Travel

  • Allow your dog to become familiar and explore the RV prior to your first trip. Make sure to bring along some toys, treats, and dog bed to make them comfortable.
  • Practice short trips to get your dog used to traveling in the RV. You’ll want to ensure your dog is familiar with riding in vehicle regardless of whether you have a motorhome or a towable. 
  • Consider using a calming dog chews if your dog experiences anxiety while traveling.
  • Stick to your dog’s regular routine as much as possible, including mealtimes, bathroom breaks, and walks/exercise.
  • Plan for pet-friendly activities and attractions at your destination to make the trip more enjoyable for your dog. If they have a positive experience, they’ll be more excited for future trips.
Man sitting on tube relaxing with corgi dog in a life jacket

Plan For Rest Stops On Travel Days

The number of hours dogs can comfortably travel in a day can vary based on the dog’s breed, age, and overall health. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to limit travel time to no more than 8 hours per day.

It’s also important to plan for frequent bathroom and stretch breaks when RVing with your dog. Before hitting the road, map out rest stops along your route where you can take a break and let your dog stretch their legs. For bathroom breaks, plan to stop every 2-3 hours or as needed based on your dog’s behavior.

Don’t forget to bring a portable water bowl and plenty of water along on the trip to offer to your dog during stops to keep them hydrated!

Where To Stop?

Rest areas are our go-to stop on travel days. They’re conveniently located right off the highway, offering a quick pit stop for both you and your furry companion. Additionally, most rest areas have designated dog walk areas and ample space for stretching your legs.

Rest stop area with picnic tables, dog walk, and trash can

When we need to refuel, we look for Love’s Travel Stops. With over 350 locations throughout the US, Love’s is a popular chain of travel stops. Many locations have fully fenced dog parks, with separate areas for large and small breeds. The parks often have picnic tables and benches for pet owners to relax while their dogs play, and pet waste stations with bags for cleaning up. We prefer Love’s Travel Stops because of their dog parks and the ease of navigating the truck lanes with our large RV.

Black corgi dog running at dog park at a Love's travel stop. Gas station pumps in background.

There are several gas stations and travel stops that welcome dogs, but we personally prefer Love’s due to their outstanding dog areas. Pilot Flying J and TA Travel Centers are also good alternatives commonly found along highways.

How To Find Dog Friendly RV Parks And Campgrounds

When planning an RV trip with your furry friend, one of the most important things to do is to research and find dog-friendly RV parks and campgrounds. Here are some tips to help you find the best places to park your RV with your dog!

Check RV Park Websites

Before booking a campground, it’s crucial to check their dog policies prior to making a reservation. Some campgrounds may allow dogs, but have specific size or breed restrictions, while others may require dogs to be leashed at all times. You should also be aware of any additional fees or deposits that may be required for bringing your dog.

Read Reviews From Other Campers

If you’re looking to find a pet-friendly campground, reading reviews from other travelers can be incredibly helpful in determining if it’s the right fit for you and your pup. Luckily, there are a variety of platforms where you can browse through reviews before making a decision. Check out some of our top picks below:

RV campsite with patio and onsite dog pen
Our campsite at the KOA in Sandusky had a personal pet pen for our dogs to use!
  • RV Life Pro Trip Wizard – This is an excellent resource for finding pet-friendly campgrounds. It provides comprehensive reviews and information on campgrounds, RV parks, and campsites. You can search by location, read detailed reviews, and get insights from other RVers who have traveled with their pets.
  • Campendium – This website specializes in reviews for RV parks and campgrounds. You can search by location, read reviews, and view photos from other campers.
  • The Dyrt – This website has a database of over 1 million campgrounds, RV parks, and campsites with reviews and ratings from other campers. You can search by location and filter by amenities, price, and site type.
  • Google ReviewsGoogle Maps allows users to leave reviews and ratings for businesses including campgrounds. You can search by location and read reviews from other campers.
  • TripAdvisor – This website offers reviews and ratings for campgrounds around the world. You can search by location and filter by traveler rating, price, and amenities.

Pet Travel Websites

Websites like BringFido and GoPetFriendly can help you find RV parks that welcome dogs and provide information on amenities like dog parks, pet grooming areas, and more. Aside from RV parks, these websites may also provide information on dog-friendly activities in the surrounding areas, including hiking trails, beaches, restaurants, hotels, and dog-specific services like grooming and veterinarians. Some of these websites may even offer special discounts or deals for travelers with pets.

Our go-to website for finding dog-friendly accommodations, especially when our RV is in the shop for repairs, is BringFido. What sets BringFido apart from others is its team of pet travel experts, who are available by phone or chat to assist you in finding pet-friendly resources or book a pet-friendly hotel. They also do not charge any booking fees and have a “Pet Friendly Guarantee” that ensures you and your pets will be provided with a pet-friendly room when the hotel booking is made through BringFido. Furthermore, the pet fee charged by the hotel will not exceed the amount quoted on your BringFido reservation confirmation.

Ask Other RVers For Recommendations

If you’re on the road and looking for a pet-friendly RV park, don’t be afraid to ask other RVers for recommendations. Many seasoned RVers are happy to share their favorite dog-friendly campgrounds and can provide valuable insight and advice.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable camping experience without any unexpected surprises or issues related to your pets, it’s important to mention that you’ll be traveling with a dog when booking your RV park or campground. If you call to make your reservations, the representative will most likely ask how many people are in your party and whether you’ll be traveling with pets. If you’re booking online, there’s usually a designated field to input this information. By disclosing that you have a furry friend with you, you can rest easy knowing that the campground staff will be prepared to accommodate you and your pup.

Dog Food Storage

When RVing with dogs, it’s important to plan ahead for their food storage. You don’t want to run out of dog food in the middle of your trip (especially if you’re out in the boonies) or have it spoil due to improper storage. One option is to bring pre-measured portions of your dog’s food in airtight containers or resealable bags. This can help you avoid overfeeding or underfeeding your dog and ensure that their food stays fresh. Another option is to bring airtight storage containers for larger quantities of dog food, such as a plastic bin or metal canister. Be sure to keep the food in a cool, dry place to prevent spoilage and attractants for wildlife. Additionally, consider packing collapsible food and water bowls for easy storage and convenience on the road.

Plastic dog food storage bin and pet feeding station
We store our dog food in an airtight container in our kitchen right next to the dog bowls for easy access. This container holds weeks worth of food for our two dogs.

Keep Your Dog Comfortable / Temperature Monitoring

Make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep in the RV, whether it’s a bed, a crate, or a dog mat. Consider bringing along their favorite blanket or bedding to help them feel more at home. Even though our dogs each have their own dog bed, they usually end up cuddling with us in our bed at night!

Bringing along your dog’s favorite toys and treats can also help keep them happy and entertained during the trip. Chew toys, puzzle toys, and interactive toys can provide mental stimulation and prevent boredom.

Ensuring a comfortable temperature inside the RV is of utmost importance when traveling with your furry friend. Proper ventilation and temperature control, such as air conditioning or heating, should be monitored closely to guarantee their safety and comfort. This is particularly critical if you plan to camp without any electric hookups.

Edited Dog Blog Images 1

Many RV pet owners will install a temperature monitor inside their RV, allowing them to remotely monitor the temperature inside when they are away. This is especially important during the hot summer months when the temperature inside an RV can quickly rise to dangerous levels, which can be life-threatening to pets. The temperature monitor can alert dog owners if the temperature inside the RV exceeds a certain threshold, giving them the opportunity to take immediate action to ensure their pets’ safety.

Exercise Your Dog

Just like at home your dog will require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy on the road. Many RV parks have designated off-leash dog parks or walking trails, but be sure to follow any park rules and clean up after your dog.

The location of your camping spot may offer various options for exercising your furry friend. Hiking, walking, swimming, or playing fetch are all excellent ways to keep your dog active and happy. Research the area ahead of time to find local dog-friendly trails, beaches, or parks (BringFido is a great tool for this). This will help you plan for the appropriate activities and bring along the necessary equipment, such as water bowls, leashes, and toys. By tailoring your dog’s exercise routine to the location of your campsite, you can provide a fun and stimulating experience for both you and your pup.

Family laying in the sand at a national park with their dogs.
Our dogs love playing in the sand! White Sands National Park was a perfect dog-friendly outing for our family.

AllTrails is another excellent website/app to find dog-friendly hiking. Search for trails in an area and then click the “Suitability” tab to select dog-friendly. Once you’ve selected that option you’ll have a ton of hiking trails your pup can tag along on.

If your dog is not used to exercising, start slow and gradually increase the intensity and duration of activities. Even a short walk around the campground makes a huge impact. If you have a senior dog, bringing along a collapsible wagon, dog backpack, or dog stroller maybe helpful for dogs who have trouble with longer distances.

A well-exercised dog will be happier, more relaxed, and less likely to become restless or destructive in the RV.

Grooming Your Dog On The Go

Long hikes, swimming, and outdoor activities can quickly leave your dog dirty and unkempt so you’ll want to make sure to bring along grooming supplies, such as brushes, shampoo, and towels, to keep your dog fresh and clean.

Regularly wiping your dog’s paws and belly after outdoor activities will also help keep them clean and prevent dirt and debris from being tracked inside the RV. Keep a towel or some dog wipes close to your RV’s front door so you can wipe them off as they’re coming inside.

Outdoor RV Shower

Many RVs have built-in outdoor showers to help keep your RV clean by providing a place to rinse off muddy paws and dirty gear outside. Some campgrounds even go above and beyond by offering dog wash stations to their campground amenities.

Self-Serve Dog Wash Stations

If you don’t want to wash your dog in your RV, many pet stores offer self-serve style dog washes. Here are a few places to look for washing stations.

  • PetcoPetco stores in various locations have self-serve dog wash stations available for use. For $20 you’re provided with everything you need. You’ll be given access to self-wash stations, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, towels, blow-dryers, and aprons!

  • Pet Supplies PlusPet Supplies Plus stores also have self-serve dog wash stations available in many locations. First, you’ll start by paying and securing your dog in your designated station. Wash stations include shampoo, conditioner, towels, and a dryer. No brushes are included at this wash so make sure to bring one along with you!

Corgi dog getting bathed
  • Regional Pet Store Chains – Depending on where you’re traveling, regional and local pet stores may also offer dog wash stations. For example, Pet Supermarket was a chain we found during our travels with stores primarily in Florida. They have nice dog wash stations (pictured above) that come with everything you need including shampoo, conditioner, fresh towels, animal-safe dryers, and a treat to reward your pup with!
  • Tractor Supply Co. – This is one that might not be on your radar, but many Tractor Supply Co locations offer pet wash stations. For only $9.99 you get everything you need to wash your dog, no appointment needed. Your pet wash here includes elevated wash bays, grooming tables, specialty shampoos, waterproof apron, professional dryers, and use of brushes, towels, and combs. We buy our dog food here and often stop in to get our RV’s propane tanks refilled so this is a convenient option if we don’t want to bathe the dogs in the RV!*If you’re part of Tractor Supply’s Neighbor’s Club, when you buy 3 pet washes you get the 4th one free!

Vaccinations, Vet Visits, and Emergency Care

Preventative measures are critical to maintaining your dog’s health and safety during an RV trip. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can be a common problem when spending time in the great outdoors, so it’s essential to protect your furry friend from these pests.

Be sure to use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian, such as collars, spot-on treatments, or oral medications. Heartworms can be transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes putting your pup at risk of potential disease. While heartworm prevention is critical in warm-weather months, year-round heartworm prevention is recommended.

Removing tick from dog with tweezers
After hikes and walks, be sure to check yourself and your pet for any uninvited hitchhikers!

While traveling with your dog, it’s important to have a plan in place for veterinary care. In case of an emergency, it’s essential to research and locate veterinary clinics or animal hospitals in the area you will be visiting. You can check online reviews (again BringFido is a great resource for this) or ask for recommendations from other RVers or locals.

Keep in mind that vaccination requirements may vary by state, so be sure to bring your dog’s vaccination records with you and check with your veterinarian to ensure your dog is up-to-date on all required vaccinations.

To ensure you’re always prepared, consider creating a folder for each of your dogs to keep in your RV. These folders should include their most recent vaccinations and other important information, such as medication. Alternatively, you could keep a digital copy on your phone or computer. Just make sure it’s saved or downloaded somewhere accessible, even without an internet connection.

Corgi puppy on table at the vet

As a full-time RVer, regular vet visits can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not in your home state. Keep in mind that the cost and requirements for vaccinations can vary greatly from state to state and county to county, so it’s important to plan accordingly when scheduling an appointment. If possible, scheduling vet visits when you’re in your home state may be the easiest route.

For RV travelers, veterinary hospital chains could be a great option, offering multiple locations across the country and a range of services including wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, surgery, and emergency services. Two examples of such chains include Banfield Pet Hospital and VCA Animal Hospitals. Additionally, Petco stores often host low-cost, mobile vaccination clinics for both dogs and cats, making it a convenient option for simple procedures such as vaccinations and microchipping. We have personally used this option several times in the past and it has worked well for us!

Is It Safe To Leave A Dog Unattended In An RV?

The safety of leaving your dog unattended in an RV hinges on several factors. While it may be ideal to have your furry friend accompany you on every adventure, situations may arise where you’ll have to leave them behind. To ensure the safety of your dog, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions. It’s also important to be mindful of your dog’s behavior and anxiety levels to determine if leaving them alone in the RV is feasible. Hiring a pet sitter or finding a doggy daycare could also be viable alternatives. Additionally, some campgrounds may prohibit leaving dogs unattended due to barking disturbances. To prepare for such circumstances, check your campground’s dog rules before making reservations. If you decide to leave your dog in the RV, here are some essential things to keep in mind:

Take Your Dog For A Bathroom Break/Walk Before Leaving

This is important to ensure that your dog doesn’t have to hold it for an extended period of time. This is especially important if you’re going to be gone for several hours.

Leave Plenty Of Water Out

Dehydration can be dangerous for dogs, so it’s important to make sure they have access to water while you’re away. You may also consider using an automatic waterer to ensure your dog has access to water at regular intervals.

Dog Water Fountain
The flow of water in a pet fountain can help calm dogs while encouraging them to drink plenty of water.

Install An RV Temperature Monitoring System

Temperature inside an RV can rise quickly, even on a mild day, and can become dangerous for your dog. A temperature monitoring system that you can access on your phone can alert you if the temperature inside your RV rises above a safe level. Additionally, planning outings for early in the morning can ensure you won’t be leaving your pup behind during the hottest part of the day.

Install Cameras To Check On Your Dog

Installing a camera in your RV can allow you to check in on your dog while you’re away. Many cameras even have two-way audio, so you can talk to your dog and reassure them if they become anxious.

Close All Windows & Shades Before Leaving The RV

Closing all windows and shades can help keep your RV cool and prevent your dog from becoming overheated. It can also help prevent your dog from becoming agitated by external stimuli such as passing people and animals.

Blinds in RV Closed

Turn Off The Lights

Turning off the lights in the RV when you leave may help to keep your dog calm as it simulates nighttime for your pet.

Put On Background Noise

Leaving some background noise on, such as music or a TV, can help drown out external noises that might otherwise upset your dog, such as passing traffic or other RVers. We found a playlist of “Relaxing Music For Dogs” and play it in the RV if we’re in a particularly noisy area.

Add A Pet Rescue Sticker To The Door Of Your RV

This is a sticker that informs emergency responders that there is a pet inside your RV. It can help ensure that your pet is rescued in case of an emergency such as a fire or natural disaster.

Dog Boarding / Doggy Day Care

If you’re planning a day trip or a vacation away from your home on wheels, leaving your furry friend behind might be a concern. As a full-time RVer, finding a reliable solution for your dog’s care while you’re out exploring can be especially challenging.


You can board your dog at a local kennel or pet hotel while you’re away on vacation. This is a great option if you have a well-behaved pet that enjoys being around other animals and is comfortable in a kennel environment. Just be sure to check with the boarding facility to see if they have any special requirements or restrictions before booking.

Dog Kennel

Pet Sitter / Dog Walker / Doggy Day Care

Rover is an excellent resource for dog owners in need of a caregiver, whether it’s for a quick walk during your absence, a full day of doggy daycare, or in-home pet sitting. As an online platform connecting pet owners with local pet sitters, dog walkers, and doggy daycare services, Rover makes it easy to search for and book a qualified caregiver in your area of stay. With the option to schedule drop-in visits for your furry friend, you can enjoy non-dog-friendly activities without worry. Utilizing Rover provides peace of mind, knowing that your dog is receiving top-notch care and socializing with other dogs. Always ensure that you carefully review the caregiver’s qualifications and read reviews before booking. It’s also important to provide detailed instructions for your dog’s care to ensure that your furry friend is comfortable and happy while you’re away.

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RV Upgrades & Modifications For Dogs

  • Lippert Screen Defender – The Lippert Screen Defender is a great RV upgrade for dog owners because it helps to protect the RV screen door from scratches, tears, and punctures caused by dogs. This product is easy to install and made with durable, heavy-duty mesh that is designed to withstand the wear and tear of dog claws.

Read our post about How to Pet-Proof an RV Screen Door for more information about the Screen Defender plus some other options.

Black, white, and brown corgi dog sitting looking out an RV screen door
  • Lippert Solid Step – The Lippert Solid Step provides a sturdy and stable platform for dogs to enter and exit the RV safely with the extra wide top step. The design of the step also minimizes the risk of injuries and makes it easier for older dogs or those with mobility issues to navigate.
Man holding corgi dog sitting on RV steps
  • Steps Traction Tread or RV Step CoversTraction tread or RV step carpet covers can be helpful for RV dog owners because they provide better traction for dogs that may have trouble climbing or descending the steps. This can reduce the risk of slips and falls, and provide extra safety for both you and your furry friend. Additionally, the covers can help protect your RV’s steps from scratches and damage caused by your dog’s nails.
  • Indoor Stair Carpet TreadsCarpet treads can be a helpful addition to an RV if you have dogs as they provide extra grip and traction on slippery surfaces. This can help prevent your dog from slipping and getting injured, while also protecting your RV’s floors from scratches and damage.
Stairs inside an RV with carpet treads on them. Corgi dog at bottom of steps looking up.
  • Retractable Pet Gate – A retractable pet gate is a great addition to an RV for dog owners because it provides a safe and secure way to keep your pup contained in a specific area without taking up too much space. It’s also easy to install and can be adjusted to fit various doorways and openings, making it versatile for different RV layouts.
  • Built-In Pet Kennels – If you’re handy with tools and have a bit of DIY experience, you could consider adding a built-in pet kennel to your RV. This could be done by modifying a storage area, under-bed storage compartment, or dinette seating to create a cozy space for your furry friend. Make sure to measure your pet beforehand and consider ventilation and insulation to keep them comfortable. Alternatively, a foldable pet crate could be a good space saving option as well.
  • Dog Ramp / Stairs – A dog ramp or stairs can be helpful in an RV to provide easy access for dogs who may have difficulty jumping up or down from furniture or beds. This is especially useful for senior dogs or dogs with mobility issues. Having a dog ramp or stairs can also prevent injuries from falls or jumps that are too high for your dog. An outside ramp to the front door of the RV may also be helpful for campers who have senior dogs.
Corgi dog jumping from pet stairs up onto bed in an RV.
  • Leash Latch – Many new RVs are coming equipped with a leash latch on the outside of the RV to secure your dog to while you’re outside. If you have an older RV without one of these, adding a leash latch can be a simple yet practical upgrade. It provides a secure and convenient spot to attach your dog’s leash when you’re outside, and eliminates the need to hold onto the leash or place it on the ground. With a leash latch, you can easily keep your hands free while still ensuring your dog is safe and secure. If you don’t want to permanently affix a leash latch to your RV, this heavy duty dog anchor that you park on is another great option that works on a variety of surfaces. 
  • Hooks To Hold Leashes – Adding hooks to hold dog gear like leashes is a great way to utilize wall space in an RV. By doing so, you can keep leashes and other gear off the ground and neatly organized, making it easier to access them when you need them. Plus, it helps keep your RV clutter-free and ensures your dog’s gear is always in a designated spot. We added these dog tail hooks from Ikea right next to our front door for easy access.
Hooks next to RV door holding dog harnesses and leashes.

RV Dog Accessories & Gear

Explore our top picks for gear and accessories that can enhance your experience when traveling with your dog in an RV.

  • Dog Car Seat Cover – A dog car seat cover can not only keep your car seats clean from dog hair, dirt, and scratches, but also ensure your dog’s comfort and safety while traveling. Our top pick is this waterproof backseat extender for dogs, which is not only sturdy but also extends the space for your furry friend while protecting them from falling into the footwell. Moreover, it creates a barrier between your dog and the front seat, preventing distractions while driving, and has a mesh screen so your dog can still see you. Additionally, it features a couple of pockets for storing essentials such as extra waste bags and water. When not in use, simply remove the cover and put it in the included storage bag to use the seat as normal.

Dog backseat cover inside of truck.
  • Elevated Dog Bed – Elevated pet beds offer a comfortable and cool place for dogs to relax on, as they are lifted off the ground, allowing air to circulate underneath. This cot-style bed is especially great for outdoor use, making it an ideal option for spending quality time with your furry friend even on warmer days.
  • Dog Hiking Backpack – If you’re someone who enjoys hiking with your dog, a backpack designed specifically for your furry friend can be a game changer. These backpacks are typically equipped with several pockets and compartments, making it easy to carry all of your dog’s essentials, like water, food, and poop bags. In addition to providing a practical solution for carrying gear, having your dog wear a backpack can also give them a sense of purpose and help to tire them out more quickly.
  • Portable Dog Playpen – A portable playpen can offer a convenient way to contain your dog while giving them some freedom and allowing you to be hands-free. Keep in mind that not all campgrounds permit dog fences, so it’s important to check the rules beforehand. A tie-out stake is a great alternative, especially if space and weight are of concern in your RV.

Dog playpen set up around fifth wheel RV with 2 dogs sitting inside at sunset.
  • Tick Remover Tool – Ticks can become a major concern, depending on the region you are traveling to. During our visit to Tennessee, our pups were infested with ticks to the extent that I had to check them after every trip outside (even after quick potty breaks). It was a horrible week, both for them and me. While having a pair of tweezers is helpful, a tick remover tool can be even more useful. It can help to remove ticks off your dog swiftly, ensuring you remove the entire tick. Additionally, it can be used on both pets and people, and conveniently attached to a key chain, backpack, or first aid kit.
  • Dog First Aid Kit – Outdoor adventures can sometimes lead to injuries, and pets are not immune to them. To be ready for any emergency, it’s wise to have a dog first aid kit on hand. This kit will ensure that you have all the necessary supplies to take care of your furry friend.
  • Dog Life Jacket – To keep your dog safe during water activities, a life jacket is a necessary accessory! Whether your dog loves to swim or you plan on taking them on a paddling trip, these neoprene life jackets provide great buoyancy in the water and thermal insulation. With bright colors that make it easy to spot your pup in the water, and convenient grab handles that make it simple to retrieve them should they fall in, these life jackets are a great choice for any water-loving dog.
2 dogs wearing life jackets, sitting with a man in a kayak on a lake.
  • Collapsible Dog Bowls – Travel-friendly collapsible dog bowls are a must-have for any pet owner on the go. Bowls with carabiner clips are especially handy for hiking trips as you can clip them onto your backpack with ease. It’s also a smart idea to invest in a spill-proof water bowl for car rides to avoid any unwanted messes and ensure your pup stays hydrated.
  • Dog GPS Tracker – For added peace of mind, consider a GPS tracker to easily locate your dog if they wander off. Another great option is a dog collar with an AirTag holder, which is what we personally use and has worked well for us.
  • K9 Sport Sack – If you want to take your furry friend on all your adventures, the K9 Sport Sack is the perfect solution! This forward-facing backpack dog carrier is great for biking, hiking, or even for seniors dogs who need a little extra support. 
Man riding bike through RV campground while wearing dog backpack with corgi inside.
  • MudBuster – To keep muddy paws from making a mess inside your RV, you can use the MudBuster dog paw cleaner! This paw cleaner is easy to use, just add a little water, put your dog’s paw inside, twist, and repeat. It’s a great solution to keep on hand after trips to the dog park, walks, and hikes.
  • Dual Dog Leash – Walking multiple dogs at once can be a challenge, as their leashes can easily become tangled. Using a dual dog leash can make things much easier by allowing you to walk two dogs at once while still keeping them under control.
  • Waste Bags – Cleaning up after your furry friend is essential to being a responsible dog owner. While some RV parks and campgrounds have dog waste stations, not all do, so it’s always a good idea to have plenty of poop bags with you to ensure you can clean up after your dog’s waste wherever you go.
Holding leash with dog waste bag in hand.
No one likes stepping in dog doo-doo. Be a good camping neighbor and clean up after your dog!
  • Vacuum – Investing in a reliable vacuum is crucial for pet owners, especially for those whose furry friends shed heavily. Our Dyson vacuum has been our go-to for the past four years and has never failed to efficiently pick up all the dog hair. We appreciate that it’s mountable and can be charged on the wall, ensuring it’s tucked away and has a dedicated place in our home on wheels. 
Dyson stick vacuum hanging on wall of RV
  • Pet Hair Detailer – Although a good vacuum can make a huge difference, there are some places where a vacuum is not very effective or the pet hair is trapped stubbornly. In such cases, a pet hair detailer can be useful for cleaning your vehicle’s carpets, dog seat covers, and even RV couches and carpets that your vacuum can’t reach.
Hand holding a pet hair detailer up in front of backseat of truck.

RVing With Dogs

Traveling with your dog in an RV can be a fun and fulfilling experience as you explore new places together. By implementing these tips and recommendations, you can ensure that you and your furry companion make the most out of your RV adventure!

Couple sitting outside of their fifth wheel RV with their 2 dogs.

Now, get out there and make some memories with your dog!

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