There’s one thing to be mentioned about waking up in a campground along with your canine snuggled in your sleeping bag with you. However ouch, your aching again!
Possibly it’s time to improve that tent to a pop-up tent trailer.
A pop-up tent trailer is a good introductory step into RV tenting along with your pup.
The typical pop-up trailer weighs about 2000 lbs., and they are often towed by most SUVs and pickup vehicles.
They are typically about 7ft. in size and may slot in campsites that many bigger camper trailers can’t.
Simply as tenting in a tent with a canine requires extra planning wanted, so does tenting in a pop-up tent trailer.
Right here is a few useful recommendation from a seasoned professional to assist make certain your first pop-up tent trailer tenting journey along with your canine goes easily.
Be aware: This can be a visitor publish supplied by my buddy Kerisa, founding father of Exterior Voice Advertising, which helps RV, Tenting, and Journey manufacturers appeal to their dream clients with kick ass copy, and Mother to Butters the Dachshund.
Suggestions for Tenting in a Pop Up Tent Trailer with Your Canine
Make sure the campground is canine pleasant
Most campgrounds are canine pleasant, however there’s nothing worse than arriving at a campground after a protracted drive day solely to be turned away since you’re along with your furry buddy.
An amazing useful resource for campsites is www.campendium.com.
Studying evaluations of the campsite earlier than you go is at all times as a result of they typically share vital notes from previous guests.
Be sure to learn evaluations to see if a campsite is canine pleasant, if there could also be potential wildlife encounters, or anything to concentrate on like free canine.
Plan your tenting journey round your canine
I see this far too typically: bringing the household canine alongside on the tenting journey being handled as an afterthought.
However they should have simply as a lot enjoyable as the remainder of the household!
Test to see if there’s canine pleasant actions close by.
Possibly that is extra of a glamping journey and also you’re on the lookout for a close-by brewery you may take pleasure in collectively, or some close by sights to sight see collectively.
An amazing useful resource for locating canine pleasant eating and leisure is www.Bringfido.com .
Don’t depart your canine unattended in a tent trailer
A pop-up tent trailer is barely safer than a floor tent.
You wouldn’t depart valuables in an unsecured tent in a crowded campground, would you?
Additionally, many campgrounds don’t even enable canine to be left unattended at campsites as a consequence of security and nuisance considerations (extreme barking or escaping).
Leaving your canine alone just isn’t solely unsafe however not allowed in most campgrounds.
In the event you do depart your canine alone and also you get caught, it may be grounds for being evicted from a campground with NO refunds!
Be conscious of wildlife
In the event you like tenting, you most likely take pleasure in retreating into nature to get away from all of it.
However simply since you’re away from the crowds, doesn’t imply it is best to let your guard down.
Whenever you go tenting, you’re transferring into areas the place wild animals reside.
Make sure you and your pet are protected from potential risks by realizing what to do throughout wildlife encounters.
Bears, raccoons, and so on. can break right into a pop up trailer nearly as simply as a floor tent.
Retailer your meals correctly and don’t depart your canine unattended in an space that has had latest predatory wildlife sightings.
Control the climate
A pop up journey trailer continues to be susceptible to the climate (rain, wind, warmth, and so on.).
It may be tough to control the within temperature as a result of wind, warmth, and chilly can move by the canvas tent partitions.
Inside temperatures are typically hotter than exterior temperatures in camper trailers.
The climate can change rapidly, so that you’ll must take that under consideration throughout your planning.
And the climate can change quickly. It could be cool and overcast one minute and scorching the subsequent.
Bear in mind the partitions of a tent trailer are product of supplies much like floor tents and could be broken in excessive winds.
I’ve heard tales that the velcro securing some sidings in sure fashions have come free in robust winds, thus leaving your tent trailer with an exit level in your pet!
Apart from following campground guidelines, these are additional causes to not depart your canine unattended within the trailer.
Know the place the closest veterinarian is
Whereas we hope to by no means have an emergency journey to the vet on our trip, it’s at all times greatest to be ready.
Discover the closest veterinarian, and/or animal emergency room to your campsite, and at all times journey with a duplicate of your pet’s rabies certificates and vital drugs.
Ensure that meals is safely secured
I touched on this within the wildlife part above, however meals ought to be safely secured from wild animals.
It must also be safely secured in a spot that your canine can’t get to it.
Canines can could eat one thing that’s toxic to them if left with meals accessible to them.
Canines, particularly Dachshunds, are sometimes smarter than we give them credit score for!
Left to their very own units, your canine might break into their meals and eat their total week’s price in a single sitting (ask me how I do know)!
Or they may get into your meals and eat one thing that can make them sick.
Make your tent trailer a protected place in your canine
In case your canine is vulnerable to again issues (just like the Dachshunds are), make certain they’ll’t soar on and off couches, beds, and different excessive furnishings identical to you’d in a home.
Carry ramps, child gates, cupboard locks, something wanted to cut back the chance of a again damage in your house away from dwelling.
Carry extra water than you assume you’d want for each you and your pets (that is much less of a problem when you select a campground with water).
Emergencies occur, and your journey could also be prolonged.
Having additional water is at all times sensible so each you and your canine don’t run out.
The very last thing you wish to be apprehensive about in instances of emergency is when you and your canine could have sufficient potable water to final till you arrive again dwelling safely.
Make your canine comfortable
Carry some tenting chairs, their coats/jackets, beds, and favourite toys in your tenting journey.
Bringing acquainted objects in your journey will assist your canine really feel comfy and protected of their short-term dwelling on wheels.
In case your canine is extra relaxed, it should assist each of you benefit from the journey extra and it could actually assist your canine be higher behaved at camp.
Hold pets updated with their flea and tick drugs
Earlier than heading to the nice outdoor make certain your pup is updated on their flea and tick remedy.
In the event you’re in a mosquito inclined space, you should utilize pet pleasant bug spray reminiscent of Wondercide to forestall painful bites and blood borne illnesses carried by mosquitoes.
Hold this in your trailer or backpack always identical to you’d your personal insect repellent.
Ticks can simply get on canine, so do common checks throughout your journey.
In the event you’re in an space the place ticks are recognized to be, you should definitely bodily verify your canine typically for ticks.
Be sure to have a tick comb and elimination instrument with you in case you discover one.
Get an “In case of emergency rescue us” sticker
We by no means wish to think about the worst case situation, however we found numerous full-timers place a sticker or decal on their home windows that tells an emergency responder (if there’s an emergency like a hearth, flood, and so on.) what sort of animals are within the camper and what number of.
I do know if I wasn’t there to guard my infants I might need no matter Good Samaritan who got here to their help to be as knowledgeable as attainable!
In the event you do depart your pets at camp, safety and security first
As I mentioned, most campgrounds prohibit you from leaving your pet’s unattended in our car, tent, or trailer.
Nevertheless, I do know that it’s unavoidable generally.
For instance, perhaps you’re touring alone and want to go away your canine within the pop up tent trailer alone for five minutes whilst you run to the toilet.
All the time safe your trailer earlier than leaving your canine.
In the event you do want to go away your canine unattended for a brief interval, make certain the trailer is locked and safe.
Is the door locked? Did you make certain the range and propane weren’t left on? Deal with a house on wheels as you’d another dwelling.
Put money into a ball hitch lock to forestall theft of your trailer when not hitched to your car.
Keep away from extra barking
Simply as you will have, your campground neighbors have gone tenting to take pleasure in just a little peace and quiet.
In case your canine is consistently barking, it’s disruptive to these round you.
In case your canine suffers from separation anxiousness and barks and howls while you’re gone, don’t depart them alone.
If they’re always barking each time a child rides by on a motorcycle, or a squirrel runs up a tree, do all you may to discourage their habits.
Having treats available to distract them in these circumstances is useful.
Plan for extra potty stops
Bear in mind you may’t drive as quick while you’re pulling a trailer, and which means longer drive instances.
Cease accordingly for potty, stretch, and play breaks for simpler journey days.
With just a little preparation and planning forward, tenting in a pop up tent trailer could be an gratifying expertise for each you and your journey canine. So give it a attempt!