Complete guide to RV camping with your dog & easy tips for having more fun

What’s better than RV camping in the great outdoors? RV camping with your dog!

Dogs are wonderful companions at home and on the road so it’s no surprise that many RVers include their pups in their camping plans. And you can, too! Our complete guide to camping with your dog includes tips for preparing, a packing list of essentials, and RV camping hacks. You’ll learn what to do before you go and how to plan for camping with your dog. Plus, we included fun activity ideas that you and your dog can do together.

A woman carries her dog, a Yorkshire Terrier, in her arms as they stand outside an RV. She is wearing sunglasses and a plaid blue shirt. The dog is light brown and looking directly at the camera.
Plan a road trip with your pup!

Want to go camping with your dog? First, schedule a vet appointment.

Keeping your dog healthy and safe is one of our biggest responsibilities as dog owners. Read our tips before you go camping with your dog to ensure they’re ready for your big adventure.

  • Schedule an appointment with your vet. They can assess your dog’s overall health and determine if there are any health conditions that might make camping uncomfortable for your dog (like arthritis or an unseen injury).
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on his or her vaccinations. This is especially important if you’re leaving for an extended period of time.
  • Refill any medications your dog may need. Don’t forget to pick up monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas, and ticks, too!
  • Check your dog’s microchip. Microchips can migrate over time so ask your vet scan the microchip to ensure it still works and is easy to locate. Then, double-check the contact information registered on the chip is up to date.
  • Make sure your dog’s ID tags have current contact information. Additionally, consider printing two phone numbers on the ID tag in case you are out of service range or unable to answer. Choose a trusted friend or family member to be your pet’s backup contact.
  • Lastly, look over your dog’s collar, leashes, harnesses, and tie outs for wear. Replace any worn gear if necessary.
A happy dog sits on a colorful towel in the grass beside a picnic bench at a campground. The dog is wearing a green harness attached to a red harness.
Willow loves being in the outdoors!

6 essential tips for camping with your dog: Follow these to have more fun adventures!

Set your dog up for success! Make sure he’s comfortable before you go camping with your dog. If you have an adventure pup, like Willow (pictured above), you know your dog will have fun being outside and camping. But not all dogs are comfortable outdoors. Try these tips to make sure your dog has fun on your camping adventures.

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7 Great RV Accessories for Camping with your Dog

Would you love to take your dog camping with you? General RV can help with unique, dog-friendly RVing accessories that will make your adventures more fun. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite accessories for camping with your dog in this blog post. These are must-have items you’ll want to take along to make life easier when camping with your dog. And they’re not just convenient for you, they’ll help your pet enjoy the trip as much as you enjoy having them with you. Best of all, you can find all these products and more at your local General RV Supercenter!

Collapsible Klipscoop

Dog camping accessory #1: The Collapsible Klipscoop looks like a regular bag clip but with a collapsible cup on one side of the clip.

Make mealtimes easy with the Collapsible Klipscoop! The compact design saves space in your RV and is a great camping accessory for any dog parent. This 3-in-1 tool is a measuring cup (2-cup capacity), food scooper, and bag clip all in one! The clip fits easily on your dog’s food bag so no more searching for where you put it last. It also seals the bag to keep your pet’s food fresh and dry. And it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The Collapsible Klipscoop is one one of our favorite accessories for camping with dogs. Take it on the road or use at home!

Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder & Carabiner

Dog camping accessory #2: A green Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder and Carabiner

The Collapsible Travel Cup is another compact accessory for traveling and camping with your dog. It’s important for you and Fido to stay hydrated while enjoying the outdoors. The Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder & Carabiner makes it easy to carry everything you need so you can both have water for your hike. Just attach it to a bottle of water and hit the trails! This clever accessory features a collapsible cup with a bottle holder and carabiner so you can clip it to your belt-loop or backpack, allowing you to keep both hands free. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy clean up.

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Tour in ultimate comfort with the extra luxurious Strada Class B RV

The product experts at General RV are constantly searching for new manufacturers and innovative floorplans to help our customers enjoy the RV lifestyle to the fullest. That’s why we are very proud to announce that we now carry the Strada by Grech RV. This all-new Class B motorhome redefines luxury mobile living and is available in two floorplans: Lounge and Tour. We’ll be providing a detailed look at the Strada Lounge B-van in this overview.

A sliver Grech Strada Class B motorhome on a road. There are tall palm trees and a sculpture of a tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur near the RV. Mountains are visible in the distance.
Powerful and elegant, the Grech Strada will take you anywhere you want to go.

Strada is the flagship motorhome from Grech RV

The Strada is a diesel motor coach that has been designed for travelers who require sophisticated style and modern amenities while heading to their next destination. It features elegant style, trend-setting design, unrivaled quality, and an exclusive level of standard equipment. In addition to a sharp focus on customer experience, Grech emphasizes safety as well as longevity and reliability in every vehicle it produces. They back up their products with the industry’s best warranty and after-sale support.

About the manufacturer Grech RV

If you’ve never heard of Grech RV, you’re not alone. Although they are new to the RV industry, Grech Motors has more than three decades of custom vehicle manufacturing experience. They are the leader in luxury ground transportation.

Now, Grech is bringing its outstanding expertise to the recreational vehicle market. They unveiled the luxurious Strada Class B motorhome at the Florida RV SuperShow in January 2021. With their decades of experience, well-equipped manufacturing facilities, and undeniable attention to detail, Grech is raising the bar high with their first motorhome offering.

A silver Grech Strada Class B RV is parked at a wooded campsite with its awning extended. Below the awning, there are two lounge chairs, a grill, cooler, and folding table with a lantern set up.
Park, press, and relax in your own Strada Class B motorhome.
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How to make your RV camping more green with 25+ eco-friendly tips

If you’re like us, you love the outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine. Lush, mature forests. Crystal clear streams. Awe-inspiring mountains. Beautiful sandy beaches. These are just a few of the things that draw us back to nature again and again.

As RVers and campers, we play an important role in protecting the environment we enjoy so much. Many of the park fees we pay when visiting help maintain those grounds for future generations. For those who want to do more, there are several other ways you can go green in your RV – from shopping secondhand gear to installing RV solar panels, you can be a hero for the planet while exploring and enjoying the natural world around us.

To help you make your own RV camping trips more green we spoke with an expert, Paige, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She’s currently on a six-month long RV tour to gather data about rustic campgrounds across Michigan. Paige holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Michigan State and is passionate about protecting the outdoors. She took a break from her day job to help us compile this list of earth-friendly camping tips.

Here are 25+ ways to be more eco-friendly when you camp in your RV.

Think green before you hit the road to improve gas mileage in your RV

A hand uses a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure in a tire.
Check your tire pressure regularly to maximize your fuel efficiency.

Fuel-consuming vehicles are a major source of pollution so think green before you hit the road in your RV to reduce your carbon footprint.

Plan a fuel-efficient route to maximize your miles per gallon (MPG) and make the most of your adventures on the road. Trip planning apps can help you check all those must-see sites off your list without having to backtrack.

Also, make sure your vehicle/RV is road ready – check tire pressure, get an oil change, replace air filters, etc. Skipping routine maintenance can make your RV less fuel efficient and might also leave you stranded. Check your owner’s manual for recommended service schedules.

Pack what you need and leave the rest at home. Excess weight in your RV will decrease your MPG so leave the leather-bound books and those free weights at home. When possible, empty your RV’s holding tanks before heading to your next destination.

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