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Pet Campgrounds Tarboro NC

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.

Smithfield KOA
(800) 421-7116, (919) 934-3181
497 US 701 South
Four Oaks (Smithfield), NC
Number of Sites
100 Total Camp/RV Sites,15 50 Amp Service,100 Electric and Water,60 Full Hookups,1 Rental Trailers,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Nature Trails,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,

Happy Holiday RV Park & Camgpground
(800) 421-7116, (828)497-9204
1553 Wolfetown Road
Cherokee, NC
Number of Sites
388 Total Camp/RV Sites,364 20 Amp Service,214 30 Amp Service,190 50 Amp Service,388 Electric and Water,4 Electric Only,226 Full Hookups,50 Max RV Length,24 No Hookups,165 Pull-Thru Sites,5 Seasonal,364 Sideouts,24 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cable TV,Dump Station,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi HotSpots,Laundry,Meeting Rooms,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Basket Ball,Bird Watching,Fishing,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Theme Weekends,

Sands Of Time Travel Trailer Park+a4849
(252) 995-5596
40523 N End Rd
Avon, NC
 
Hawkins Creek Campground
(910) 353-0144
252 Reid Acres Lane
Hubert, NC
 
Rutledge Lake RV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (828) 654-7873
170 Rutledge Road
Fletcher, NC
Number of Sites
73 Total Camp/RV Sites,73 20 Amp Service,73 30 Amp Service,73 50 Amp Service,73 Electric and Water,73 Full Hookups,3 Group Sites,1 No Hookups,15 Pull-Thru Sites,20 Sideouts,1 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Biking Trails,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Hiking Trails,Kayak Rentals,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming - Lake,

Camp Hatteras
(252) 987-2777
24798 Nc Highway 12
Rodanthe, NC
 
Harold's Camp
(910) 862-3692
195 White Lake Dr
Elizabethtown, NC
 
Deep River Campground
(800) 421-7116, (336) 629-4069
814 McDowell Country Trail
Asheboro, NC
Number of Sites
60 Total Camp/RV Sites,10 20 Amp Service,30 30 Amp Service,20 50 Amp Service,60 Electric and Water,50 Full Hookups,1 Group Sites,45 Max RV Length,50 Pull-Thru Sites,10 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Boat Launch,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Marina,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,

Creekwood Farm Rv Park
(828) 926-7977
4696 Jonathan Creek Rd
Waynesville, NC
 
Mid-atlantic Market & Campground
(252) 987-1520
Highway 12
Salvo, NC
 

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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