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As full-time RVers, pet owners, and professional writers, we’ve often been asked what it’s like actually like RVing and camping with pets. It may seem ridiculous at time, but it's where we are and here's what we've learned so far. From what we’ve observed, our dogs absolutely love the camping and RVing lifestyle.

PETCO
(207) 772-9119
220 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Dog House
(207) 797-3456
1037 Forest Ave Ste 3
Portland, ME

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Planet Dog
(207) 347-8606
211 Marginal Way
Portland, ME

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Family and Friends Campground
(207) 642-2200
Standish, ME
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Wassamki Springs Campground*
(207) 839-4276
56 Saco St
Scarborough, ME
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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PetSmart
(207) 283-6546
208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Animal Antics
(207) 799-1700
180 Waterman Dr
South Portland, ME

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PetSmart
(207) 283-6546
208 MARINER WAY
BIDDEFORD, ME

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Wild Duck Adult Campground*
(207) 883-4432
39 Dunstan Landing Rd
Scarborough, ME
Campground Availability
Apr 30-Oct 20
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Bayley's Camping Resort*
(207) 883-6043
275 Pine Point Rd
Scarborough, ME
Campground Availability
End of April-Mid Oct
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Vol

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Travel Tips on RVing with Pets

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Travel Tips on RVing with Pets


By Julee Meltzer

As full-time RVers, pet owners, and professional writers, we’ve often been asked what it’s like to actually live and work in an RV with pets. After all, we’re not exactly the average RVing family. For the last three years, we’ve been living in a 34 ft. motorhome with two large German Shepherd dogs and three cats. This would be a lot of animals in a regular house, but in an RV it is sometimes ridiculous. Yet here we are and here’s what we’ve learned so far.

How Pets See RVing.

From what we’ve observed, our dogs absolutely love the camping and RVing lifestyle. Compared to living in a fenced-in yard, they have a life filled with exciting new places, interesting smells, new people, other dogs, and an endless assortment of fascinating wildlife. Our cats seem to really enjoy RVing as well. Instead of nearly freezing to death in the North every winter, they get to enjoy warm sunny days all year long as a result of heading south every autumn.

We’ve concluded that most pets, if given the choice, would rather be close to their family at all times. Fortunately, in an RV, you’re never far away.

Rules Are Good But Flexibility Is Better.

With so many creatures in such a small space, you might think that strict rules would be the key to survival. Ironically, flexibility is a better model. For example, when we first started living in the RV, we had a rule that read: “No dogs on the sofa”. However, after stumbling over the dogs on the floor for six months, we covered the sofa with a sheet and abandoned our rule. Today, our dogs are more comfortable and we have a lot more floor space. When we want to use the sofa, they move on to the floor and we simply remove the sheet. It isn’t elegant, but it works. Of course, our sofa which is 3 years old does now look like it is 20 years old, but we don’t mind because we love our doggies.

We have learned that the secret to living in close quarters with other creatures isn’t about rules. Instead, it’s about tolerance, patience, and endless flexibility.

Make Sure You Design An Exit Strategy.

We enjoy our pets, but there are times when we need to make them disappear. For example, we have some friends that are a little uneasy about dogs. When they come over to visit, we put the dogs in the bedroom and lock the door. Likewise, when we have to take our motorhome to the shop for repairs, we put the dogs in the car. If it’s hot, we drive around with the air conditioner on. During service, we keep the cats locked in the RV’s bedroom.

Make sure you tape a note to the bedroom door to let the technicians know that there are cats inside the bedroom.

Keeping Them Safe and Healthy.

If you have a medical emergency on the road, you can’t simply pick up the phone and call your family vet. So whenever we stay in a new area, we locate a phonebook and write down the telephone number and address of the nearest emergency animal hospi...

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