Tips for eggcamping with dogs? In the rain? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 03-25-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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Tips for eggcamping with dogs? In the rain?

I ordered a Scamp today! Now to sit tight for 7 months...

What are your best tips on camping with dogs?
How about camping with dogs in the rain?
Or just camping in the rain?

Please share pictures of your unit and setup! I am starving for some visuals. I have seen but never been inside a Scamp. Can't wait to see what you have to share.

I currently have a great little 5x8 teardrop. The rear galley was perfect for me in theory, but not in practice, so I am going to find it a new home to make room for my Scamp 13'.

I have big plans for this little trailer. So excited!


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Old 03-25-2016, 12:51 PM   #2
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I don't have any tips or pictures for you, since we too are waiting on our new egg, just wanted to say I love your dogs. Greyhounds are awesome

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Old 03-25-2016, 01:06 PM   #3
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I think you will find that very few campsites allow dogs to be left alone. In fact I recently saw one park that said that dogs could be unattended for up to 30 minutes and I was very surprised to see that rule. So that can really limit your activities.

But since I travel solo with the dog, I need to make some compromises. After all, dogs are also not allowed in bath houses and I do like to use them once in a while.

It has been my experience that leaving a dog in a camper for a short time is not a problem if he/she is well behaved. If the dog is not becoming a nuisance (barking, etc.) then no one complains and the park officials generally don't worry about minor rules infractions as long as you are a responsible camper. Of course as soon as you count on that, someone will kick you out for a minor infraction.

And it should go without saying that you need to make sure the dog(s) are safe. There are many opinions on leaving dogs in campers alone but IMHO, if I have good power for AC or heat, then it is almost as safe as leaving a dog at home alone, which I do all the time. Hopefully this thread will not turn into a heated discussion about that controversial topic. Of course if it is very hot and the power / AC fails, then a camper will heat up much faster than a home, so you need to use common sense and be prepared for problems like that.

There are positives and negatives to taking a dog camping.. but if her or she is family, there is almost no choice.
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Old 03-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #4
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GregandTeresa, thank you! They make such great companions!

gordon2, thanks for your input! I don't plan on leaving them in the trailer for more than a few minutes at a time. When I take them camping we do a lot of hiking, so if they are at the campsite, they are tired and sleeping. I've thought of getting a remote temperature monitor just in case.
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Old 03-25-2016, 01:43 PM   #5
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We camp with our Australian Shepard year round (FL, GA, AL) and have had no problems in Parks yet. We do not leave her in the camper alone, ever. I have left her briefly (bathroom run) many, many (many) times tied by her leash under the camper’s awning. She does not bark and you would not know she was there when you walk by the campsite if you did not see her eyeing you while wagging her butt (no tail) and hoping you will come over and pet her.

I carry a large but light knock-down metal “crate” in the back of the pickup just in case I do want to leave her outside for a bit and don’t feel the leash is enough. I have only used it once a couple of years ago at the beach. We wanted to spend some time on the beach and of course no dogs were allowed down there. I set the crate under the awning with a bowl of water and a fan blowing on her and she was fine for two-three hours at a time.

When it rains she is in the camper with us or on a plastic rug under the awning outside. It has not been a problem. I honestly don’t see a problem leaving them for short periods if the dog is not; a) barking their fool head off or; b) rolling over dead from heat stroke. Personally I would not; a) have a damn fool barking dog to begin with or; b) leave my dog to die.
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Old 03-25-2016, 01:56 PM   #6
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The most out of the box easy way to make sure the dogs are safe is to buy a wifi enabled AC. These are available in 6000btu, about perfect for these trailers. You can then control and monitor them with your phone. This will alert you if power was lost in your campground.

Since you would have power for the AC I assume you will likely have WiFi too. If not, you can use a cell hotspot and a generator.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:06 PM   #7
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If you'd like to see the possibilities of RV travel with dogs, go visit a large dog show that has conformation showing. There will be a LOT of dog people camped out on the show grounds and they love to talk on their down time...BEFORE they go into the ring, not so much!

Anyway, lot of inventive people will be there and you'd get some handy hints just walking through RV parking area. Can't think of any shows in your specific area...Tarheel circuit come to mind but that's north. Go to the AKC website and check out upcoming events and you should be able to find something rather close.

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Old 03-25-2016, 02:30 PM   #8
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We see many people camping with portable fence / dog runs that they set up on the door side of their camper. How big an area you can fence depends on your site size and how many fence sections you want to carry.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:51 PM   #9
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Dogs love rain!

16' Scamp with front bench, rear bed (never use the table): My wife and I plus 3 dogs (one 70#, one 30#, one 8#) full time. Mostly boondocking. Two big dogs sleep on front couch, little one sleeps with us in bed. We spend 90% of daylight hours outside and the dogs go with us whether hiking or driving around sightseeing. When in camp we often leash the bigger dogs to keep them out of trouble, one at front of trailer and one at back. We have a Clam 10x10 screen room that we also set up about 1/2 the time, and there is plenty of room in there for the dogs whether with us or as a containment area for when we have to leave them for a while. We keep dog towels in both the car and trailer for inclement weather or when the dogs find irresistible water sources. We also keep a brush hanging just inside the trailer door and brush the dogs off before letting them in for the evening. Dogs are a lot of effort, but they offer a lot of reward too! We seldom go an hour when we aren't laughing at something one of them has done, and the unconditional love and loyalty they offer is hard to duplicate. Wouldn't think of leaving them behind.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:05 PM   #10
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I go everywhere camping with Katrina (picture near my mame). I carry a towel or two to wipe her feet and body if she gets wet in the rain. I put a d ring through the floor of the trailer under dinette table. This is for when I use the showers. I never leave her in the trailer alone unless it's to bathe (just my choice) but would feel comfortable doing so for a little bit. Truth is she walks anywhere with me I go on site. When I go into town the kids and I each take turns with her outside if shopping is desired.

At night she either sleeps with me or I loop her leash through that d ring and she sleeps on floor on a blanket. If it's hot she is on floor as I love the screen door open. I'm afraid if she were loose in trailer with screen door open and heard a critter outside, there'd go my screen door.

If I'm outside so is she. I bought a cute little quik shade doggie tent last year that gets her off the ground and shades her from sun.

Yes at times having doggie is quite restrictive. But I love her and that's the way it is.

I also have a can as folding crate but it takes up lots of room in scamp 13. Was perfect when I owned a pop up camper. You'll figure out what works for ya. Best wishes!Click image for larger version

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Old 03-25-2016, 03:47 PM   #11
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If you want to travel with pets of any be aware that National Parks don't allow pets on trails, with very few exceptions. They also require and enforce leash rules.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:11 PM   #12
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I camp with my dogs all the time and usually encounter no problems. They are all crate trained and I am very diligent about cleaning up after them. Most people would never know I have them with me. I leave them for short periods of time without a problem.
They love to camp and it is worth it to me to make the necessary sacrifices to take them with me.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:25 PM   #13
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We have a dog because it's good for our health in more ways than I can count. Folks that don't get it, don't have to. We left our dog at a kennel, once. Never again. We bought the trailer so we could bring the dog with us. Byron is correct, the NPS is not as dog friendly as other parks. They're not that people friendly either . The National Forest Service and the BLM are better. Also, most state parks allow dogs. Common sense rules. Don't let your dog be an issue for others. In a 13' trailer, two adults and an 80 lb golden take up a lot of space. My wife has done wonders keeping things like bedding dry with covers made from plastic sheets. Same with the back seat in the truck. There are things we miss. Oh well. We'd rather have the dog with us than not. Happy trails, Raz
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:40 PM   #14
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Well said Raz. Well said!

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