I've long heard from RV dealers and industry experts that a major reason many people buy an RV is so they can take their pets with them. I've heard estimates that from 20 to 90% of RVers travel with pets but I've never had a figure to site with any authority.
Now, I can tell you that – thanks to our own unofficial survey on our very active Roadtreking Facebook Group – just over 67% of all RVers travel with pets.
About 58% travel with dogs, 9% with cats and we had four respondents who said they travel with birds like a parrot.
In all 760 people voted in a 36-hour time period.
Here's the results after 24 hours of voting on those who travel with:
- One dog – 257
- Two dogs – 139
- Three or more dogs – 41
- One cat – 38
- Birds – 4
- Two more more cats – 31
- No pets – 250
Anecdotally, it seemed small dog breeds were most popular, with Yorkies, Miniature Schnauzers, Maltese and other toy breeds most common. But there were plenty Golden Retrievers, labs, huskies and big dogs, too. I was amazed at how many people travel with multiple pets. And in the comments, many indeed verified my premise that a key reason so many do indeed choose the RV lifestyle is so they can take their four-footed friends with them. You can read their many comments and see lots of photos here.
By the way, that's our dog Bo, a Norweigian Elkhound puppy, in the photo above.
I did the survey to help me know how much coverage my RV Lifestyle blog should devote to traveling with pets. The results made it clear that at least my audience is indeed interested in pet travel-related reports.
So, to start that out, here's a Vlog (video blog) report on finding pet friendly beaches. The resource I mention is called bringfido.com Another website which I just found is GoPetFriendly.com, run by a couple who are very active RVers.