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RVing with Other Pets

Julee Meltzer



RVing with Other PetsI was walking my dog Lilac around the campground last week about 7:00am when I heard a terrible sound. It sounded like a toddler being tortured, swaaaack, squaaaaking. I honestly wasn’t sure what the sound was, but as I got closer to a particular trailer, I realized that it was coming from inside. Then, I saw that the slide-out had two very large bird cages taking up the entire space.
The next day, I looked out of my front window to see the woman walking by with a huge, beautiful white cockatoo on her shoulder. Riddle solved!

One of my friends travels with a large parrot named Louis, she is so enthralled with Louis that she has parrot paraphernalia all over her RV site.
During travel, they have locking pins that they use to keep Louis’ cage in place. And, they take out all of the loose items, so that he won’t be hurt.
So, I got to thinking about what other pets I have seen people travel with and how they cope.

RVing with Other PetsWhen we were RVing in the desert, I fell in love with Desert tortoises. The county and state park systems in Arizona has an adoption program for them where you have to go to a full day training and create an approved habitat area at your house prior to receiving a tortoise of your own. Obviously, Desert tortoises are way too big and demanding for RV travel. HOWEVER, I was at Petco ® the other day and I saw a Russian Tortoise. I spoke to an employee who owned several of these as pets. These are smart, much smaller tortoises which could easily be kept in an RV. They need an indoor enclosure of 36” by 12” and a larger outdoor enclosure when you are letting them outside. They are quiet, peaceful, smart, and loving pets.

When we lived in a house, Jack and I had gorgeous large freshwater planted fish tanks. They were a major investment in both time and money - with stunning rewards. So, a lot of my friends ask me if I have fish now that we live in an RV. My answer is a resounding “NO!”. And here is why…..there are several reasons. 1) Fish needs to maintained at a specific temperature and that is difficult to do at all times in an RV; 2) Fish can be very easily injured in a collision, even with soft objects; and 3) Fish have something called a lateral line which allows them to know which way is up and to avoid collisions, in extreme travel conditions, the lateral line might have problems and the fish wouldn’t know which way was up. So, even though I would love nothing more than to have fish still…I wouldn’t recommend them for RV travel.

Here is a picture of one our fish tanks before we were full-timers...

RVing with Other PetsI suppose however, that you might be able to keep a live salt water reef in your RV with no fish. It would be beautiful. But, I couldn’t find any information on whether there would be any problems with the reef during travel, other than the fact that you would have to baffle the water somehow so that it wouldn’t splash all over the place?
There are at least two other categories of animals that would make great pets while RVing. I will discuss those next time…

In the meantime, make sure that the front and rear of your animal enclosures are padded for quick stops and possible collisions. Also, make absolutely sure that nothing can be dislodged and hurt your pet during travel. And, as with cats and dogs…watch the doors when you go in and out during travel.

It takes some work and careful planning, but different types of pets can be very worthwhile and rewarding especially for those traveling in warm weather.