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Like us – our dogs enjoyed a relatively secure and predictable existence. Yet at the same time, they also suffered from a detectable degree of boredom. For example, even though they had a large, fenced-in back yard, neither of our dogs wanted to stay out there. In fact, our youngest dog spent most of his time digging under the fence in an endless attempt to escape from his suburban lifestyle.

Whispering Oaks RV Park & Campground
(515) 733-4663
Story City, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Hickory Grove Breezy Bay (Story County Park)
(515) 232-2516
Colo, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Jester Park (Polk County Park)
(515) 323-5300
Granger, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Boating, Pond Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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WinnaVegas
(800) 468-9466
Sloan, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK

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Pleasant Creek (COE - Lock & Dam 11)
(563) 582-0881
Bellevue, IA
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, REC Open to Public

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Ledges SP
(515) 432-1852
Boone, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Twin Anchors Campground
(641) 377-2243
Colo, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Deerwood Park (City Park)
(319) 232-6683
Evansdale, IA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Lake Shore Resort Club, Inc
(319) 283-5234
Oelwein, IA
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Nelson Park (Crawford County Park)
(712) 643-5426
Dow City, IA
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Running with the Pack


Julee Meltzer

Over the years, we’ve observed that when you leave the congenial world of RVing, people tend to view full-timing with a fair amount of skepticism and apprehension. Perhaps there’s something about the nomadic lifestyle that makes some folks feel uneasy. I don’t know. But clearly, one of the most illuminating comments we’ve heard about full-timing has to do with our pets – specifically our dogs. Every so often, after people find out that we live in an RV with our pets, their comment is, “We could never do that to our animals”.

The first time we heard that remark, we were a little surprised. After all, we’ve always considered ourselves to be animal lovers as well as sensible pet owners. So when someone suggests that we’re subjecting our pets to an inappropriate lifestyle – we get a little annoyed. But rather than shoot the messenger, I’ve decided to discuss the issue openly to see if, in fact, there is something morally wrong with imposing our nomadic lifestyle on our pets.

Before we became full-time RVers, we lived in a large house in a residential neighborhood on the coast of Maine. Back then, our two dogs spent most of their time inside the house, sitting by our side. It didn’t matter whether we were in the kitchen or in the living room. Wherever we were, so were they.

There were two activities that our dogs truly enjoyed. The first were walks. The second were rides in the car. As a practical matter, our dogs usually had three walks per day which consisted of a leisurely 15 minute stroll around the block. During these walks, our dogs would analyze shrubs; check out interesting smells; and investigate a wide array of suburban artifacts for recent activity. If they were lucky, they would get a chance to surprise a neighborhood cat. In the winter, the walks were often very brief because of the bitter cold.

On summer weekends, we would frequently take our dogs to a park or the beach. If there was no one around, they would run without leashes. Our dogs love the water and are happiest when they are up to their bellies in water and mud.

Like us – our dogs enjoyed a relatively secure and predictable existence. Yet at the same time, they also suffered from a detectable degree of boredom. For example, even though they had a large, fenced-in back yard, neither of our dogs wanted to stay out there. In fact, our youngest dog spent most of his time digging under the fence in an endless attempt to escape from his suburban lifestyle. Similarly, when they weren’t going on walks – our dogs spent a lot of time sitting around and moping. After a while, they even stopped chasing the cats.

That was four years ago. Today, our dogs spend their time living and traveling in a 34-foot motorhome. In truth, I’m not sure whether they even remember what it’s like to live in a regular house. Yet in some ways, very little has changed for our dogs since becoming full-time RVers. They still spend the maj...

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