When you’re traveling the country in a small motor home with two dogs you have the opportunity to see a lot of pet friendly campgrounds. We’ve stayed in more than 50 on this road trip alone. Of course, it makes sense for us to stay in a campground – we’re RVing! But, what about you? Would you consider camping on your next trip?
If you answered “no” due to (1) not having a camper or (2) not wanting to sleep in a tent, consider that most larger campgrounds now have rental cabins available for guests just like you. The cabins are available for daily rental and furnishings range from rustic to simply fabulous, depending on the campground. Find one that meets your needs and you can benefit from some conveniences that the local hotel can’t offer.
Parking is generally provided directly outside your cabin, making the multiple trips to the car to haul in the luggage that much easier.
Cabins offer more privacy. If your dog barks every time someone passes by your hotel room, a cabin may be better option for you.
Many campgrounds have an off-leash play area for your dog. After riding around in the Winnebago for a day, Buster and Ty need to burn off some steam – being able to turn them loose for a game of fetch is great. Some campgrounds even install agility equipment, so you can teach your dog some new tricks and tire them out mentally and physically at the same time.
Having a safe place to walk your dogs is important, and the low speed limits enforced on campground roads make them a perfect place to stroll with your pet. For a more peaceful option, check into walking or hiking trails where motorized vehicles are prohibited.
If you travel with pets and children, your kids will appreciate the swimming pools, playgrounds and other activities found at most campgrounds.
Cabin rental fees are usually less than spending the night at a budget hotel.
There are a couple of drawbacks to camping cabins that you should know about:
There will be no room service and you are not likely to receive a free continental breakfast with your stay.
Not all pet friendly campgrounds allow pets in the cabins. For those that do, you may be required to provide an additional deposit to offset any damage done to the cabin during your stay.
You may need to supply your own linens and toiletries.
So, what do you think? On your next road trip would you consider trying a cabin at a pet friendly campground?