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Pet Travel Accessories North Pole AK

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
(907) 456-4400
417 Merhar Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
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

Arctic Dog Training
(907) 456-3316
541 9th ave
Fairbanks, AK
 
Road's End RV Park
(907) 488-0295
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Sep
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 Storage, Laundry
Recreation
Local Tours

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Chena Hot Springs Resort
(907) 451-8104
Chena Hot Springs, AK
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Float Trips, Canoeing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Pioneer Park*
(907) 459-1087
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Trailside Training & Bed N' Biscuit
(907) 978-4628
MI 14.5 Chena Hot Springs Rd.
Fairbanks, AK
 
Santaland RV Park*
(907) 488-9123
125 St. Nicholas Dr
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Riverview RV Park*
(907) 488-6392
1316 Badger Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
mid May-mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Local Tours

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Chena Lake Recreation Area (Fairbanks North Star Borough)
(907) 488-1655
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Marion Creek (BLM)
(907) 271-5477
Coldfoot, AK
Campground Availability
1-Jun thru 1-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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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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