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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.

Shakopee Valley RV Park
(952) 445-7313
Shakopee, MN
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Sep
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, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, River Fishing, Play Equipment, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Dakotah Meadows RV Park & Campground
(952) 445-8800
Prior Lake, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Minnesota Valley State Park
(952) 492-6400
Jordan, MN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
River Fishing, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Minneapolis NW KOA Campground*
(763) 420-2255
10410 Brockton Ln N
Maple Grove, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Town & Country Campground
(800) 421-7116, 952-445-1756
12630 Boone Avenue South
Savage, MN
Campground Availability
82 Total Camp/RV Sites, 82 30 Amp Service, 76 50 Amp Service, 82 Electric and Water, 82 Electric Only, 51 Full Hookups, 73 Max RV Length, 19 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Group Area, Internet Access at Site, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Laundry, Pets Welcome, RV Service/Repair, Store, WiFi,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Swimming Pool,

Town & Country Campground & RV Park
(952) 445-1756
Minneapolis, MN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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KOA-Minneapolis Southwest
(952) 492-6440
Minneapolis, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Lowry Grove*
(612) 781-3148
2501 Lowry Ave NE
St. Anthony Village, MN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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Lebanon Hills Campground (Dakota County Park)*
(651) 688-1376
12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN
Campground Availability
Early May-Late Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Hiking Trails

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Pets-R-Loved
(952) 941-7828
11080 Hyland Terrace
Eden Prairie, MN
Products
pet Christmas stockings
Hours
home decor items to name a few. CAtegories of embroidery include breed-specific designs

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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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