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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.

Austin Lake Park and Campground*
(888) 249-5685
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball
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Jefferson Lake State Park
(330) 222-1712
Richmond, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Beaver Creek State Park
(330) 385-3091
East Liverpool, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Austin Lake Park
(800) 421-7116, (740) 544-5253
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
200 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 50 Amp Service, 200 Electric and Water, 80 Max RV Length, 50 No Hookups, 4 Pull-Thru Sites, 150 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Fishing, Golf Facilities, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Tropic Shoppe
(330) 385-4100
47366 Y And O Rd
East Liverpool, OH

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Tomlinson Run SP
(304) 564-3651
New Manchester, WV
Campground Availability
Apr-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Raccoon Creek State Park
(724) 899-2200
Frankfort Springs, PA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Orchard Grove Campsites
(724) 495-7828
Beaver, PA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Policies
No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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Real Animal People
(740) 266-7661
4012 Valleyview Ave
Steubenville, OH

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Falling Waters Campsite
(304) 274-2791
Falling Waters, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter

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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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