An increasing number of RVers travel with pets. Current surveys place the number at just over 60 percent.
During the past two decades, RV parks and resorts have added numerous pet-friendly features. From simple and relatively inexpensive options such as dog waste stations to specialized dog agility areas and full-service dog wash stations, the pet-friendly menu for outdoor properties has been steadily growing in size and scope.
Camping in general has seen a luxury trend over the past 10 years and that has translated to pet products as well. Years ago, people went tent camping and now we see luxury RVs, beautiful Class A motor coaches and upscale fifth wheel trailers. Additional activities and services have followed.
People often spend more on their pets than on their children. They’ll spend $10 to $20 on a pet product without a thought.
As the pet product industry matured, companies involved began to realize that, not only are RVers in need of products for their pets, they’re often in need of specialized pet products adapted specifically to the RV lifestyle.
The following list details the wide range of services and products for both RVers and the RV parks and resorts that serve them.
Dog-ON-It-Parks has manufactured a full line of dog park equipment since 2007. The company focuses on a safe, low-bar to entry for owners inexperienced in dog agility as well as environmentally friendly processes and materials. The product currently trending the most is branded exercise equipment that gives parks the ability to add their own customized logos.
In addition to the always-popular dog-waste container, the main pet-related product focus at Jamestown Advanced Products is on dog agility components and complete dog-park installations. They offer parks three different packages to choose from and are able to install agility equipment based on budget and available space. A company spokesperson said the adjustable tire jump and dog-waste containers continue to be the most popular products and that campground branding is a hot trend.
My RV Dog Park came about when motorhome travelers Sophia and Fred Langan created their own custom solution to the problem of keeping pets cooped up inside an RV all day long. Their heavy-duty step covers and portable fencing for dogs are available to both RVers and camp stores.
In addition to a full line of outdoor campground and playground equipment, Pet and Playground offers pet products big and small, from their branded Doggie Deposit waste bags to receptacles, dog-park equipment, and dog-wash stations.
Given the seasonal nature of many campground properties, DOGIPOT is finding trending demand for their mobile/removable products such as the DOGIPOT Dog Valet, which features a removable post that can be stored for the season. They also now have DOGIPOT 33-gallon liner trash bags and 55-gallon liner trash bags. And they have created our own line of DOGIPARK agility products and are currently taking pre-orders.
Bow Wow Waste offers a complete line of pet waste products, with special emphasis on a wide variety of bag styles, including leash style bags, tie handle bags, single dispense bags, and roll style bags. More than eight styles of post-mounted pet waste stations are also available, as well as individual waste cans, 10 to 13 gallon liners, and bag dispensers.
Founded in 1999, BYO Recreation initially specializing in playground equipment. Since then, BYO has branched out to offer a wider range of products including dog-waste disposal systems, dog-park amenities, individual agility equipment, and a variety of dog-agility courses.
In addition to their prominent Gerber Tables brand of furniture and a wide range of outdoor leisure and products such as picnic tables, park benches, and fire rings, Great Outdoors Direct offers a pet waste pick-up station and pet waste bags.
More and more every year, parks and campgrounds are accepting pets and creating dog parks so that dogs can have fun and get exercise with their families.
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.