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Pet Travel Accessories Oskaloosa IA

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.

Lake Keomah SP
(641) 673-6975
Oskaloosa, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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North Overlook (COE - Red Rock Lake)
(641) 828-7522
Pella, IA
Campground Availability
20-Apr thru 25-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Catnip Farm
(319) 685-4270
P.O. Box 72
Victor, IA

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Green Horse Natural Fly Spray
(641) 449-3436
19522 70th Ave.
New Virginia, IA

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PETCO
(319) 337-9973
2515 Corridor Way
Coralville, IA
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

Indian Hills RV Park*
(800) 728-4286
100 Hwy 34 E
Albia, IA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, Golf Nearby

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Miami Park
(641) 946-8112
Albia, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Pet Butler of Des Moines
(800) 738-2885
PO Box 13406
Des Moines, IA

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PETCO
(319) 377-4376
1450 Twixt Town Road
Marion, IA
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

PETCO
(712) 366-2913
3271 Marketplace Drive
Council Bluffs, IA
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

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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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