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Pet Campgrounds Rapid City SD

RV camping with Pets and Kids can be challenging and controversial. This family enjoys full time RVing, and juggles it all. When we first decided to become full-time RVers, we never imagined that we would find ourselves playing defense for a way of life that we love so much. Needless to say, full-time RVing isn’t for everyone. Space is tight. Fuel is expensive. And even though you’re living out in the margins of society – there are still deadlines to meet, bills to pay, things to fix, and lessons to learn.

Rapid City KOA Kampground
(605) 348-2111
3010 E Highway 44
Rapid City, SD
 
Hart Ranch Camping Resort
(800) 421-7116, (605) 399-2582
23756 Arena Drive
Rapid City, SD
Number of Sites
466 Total Camp/RV Sites,466 Electric and Water,400 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,71 Rental Units,71 Total Rental Units,
Amenities
Cable TV,Dump Station,Fenced Pet Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,Ice Cream Shop,Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Religious Services,Restaurant,RV Service/Repair,Snack Bar,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade,Game room,Basket Ball,Beach Volleyball,Bike Rentals,Exercise Facilities,Golf Carts,Horse Shoes,Hot Tub,Mini Golf,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Shuffleboard,Swimming Pool,Tennis,

Lazy J Rv Park & Kampground
(605) 342-2751
4110 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Lake Park Campground
(605) 341-5320
2850 Chapel Ln
Rapid City, SD
 
Black Hills Yogi Bear Park
(605) 341-8554
7001 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Rapid City KOA
(800) 421-7116, (605) 348-2111
3010 E Highway 44
Rapid City, SD
Number of Sites
209 Total Camp/RV Sites,209 Electric and Water,170 Full Hookups,85 Pull-Thru Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Marina,Swimming Pool,

Fort Welikit Family Campground
(605) 787-7898
9119 Foothills Rd
Black Hawk, SD
 
Berry Patch Rv Campground
(605) 341-5588
1860 E North St
Rapid City, SD
 
Hart Ranch Camping Resort Club
(605) 399-2582
23756 Arena Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Lazy J RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (605) 342-2751
4110 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
Number of Sites
120 Total Camp/RV Sites,120 20 Amp Service,68 30 Amp Service,35 50 Amp Service,68 Higher Amp Service,120 Electric and Water,120 Electric Only,68 Full Hookups,68 Group Sites,45 Max RV Length,60 Pull-Thru Sites,2 Rental Trailers,10 Seasonal,4 Sideouts,60 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Swimming Pool,

Life on the Road with Pets and Kids

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Life on the Road with Pets and Kids


By Julee Meltzer

When we first decided to become full-time RVers, we never imagined that we would find ourselves playing defense for a way of life that we love so much. Needless to say, full-time RVing isn’t for everyone. Space is tight. Fuel is expensive. And even though you’re living out in the margins of society – there are still deadlines to meet, bills to pay, things to fix, and lessons to learn.

However, when we first started writing about RVing with pets, we ran into an unexpected form of resistance from other pet owners that disapproved of the treatment of our traveling companions. The criticism, it seems, stems from the assertion that cats and dogs were not meant to spend their lives moving from place to place.

At first glance, I found their comments (usually delivered by e-mail) a little odd - given the fact that cats and dogs have accompanied travelers since time began. Explorers routinely took dogs along (and still do) for both companionship and protection. And without cats, ocean voyages would have been nearly impossible due to uncontrolled rodent populations that would have devoured essential food supplies and spread disease. Today, cats and dogs routinely accompany people on houseboats, yachts, RVs, cars, and everything else that move from place to place.

And yet the criticism still remains. And then, when I gave birth to my first child last year, people were amazed that a couple living in an RV could cope with the challenges of bringing a baby into the world. (Of course, they weren’t the only ones). But it was only a matter of time when a familiar criticism made its way into the conversation. And once again, the criticism stemmed from the assertion that children were not meant to spend their lives moving from place to place.

Once more, we looked for evidence to support the idea that life on the road was a potential detriment to a child’s well-being. After all, we would want to be the first to know if our actions were morally or otherwise irresponsible. But like so many things involving people, things aren’t always as simple as they appear. As it turns out, our decision to become full-time RVers was largely influenced by the needs of my husband who suffers from debilitating chronic pain; we needed to find a way to stay in warm weather all year. So when we are sporadically criticized by other people as a result of our unorthodox lifestyle and the effects on our pets and children - we take solace in the fact that we are, in fact, making the most out of a difficult situation.

That being said, if I were a cat or a dog, I would like nothing more than to spend my days and nights living and traveling on the road. When we lived in a house and maintained a “regular” life, our pets invariably had to endure the consequences of a lifestyle that was comparatively more stressful, more hectic, and less stimulating. The cats and dogs spent much of their lives napping or wa...

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