Rig Roundup: 6 Pet-Friendly RVs

Dec 20, 2021 | Rigs

Rig Roundup: 6 Pet-Friendly RVs

These pet-friendly rigs ensure the comfort of you and your pets both on the road and at the campground.

By Kerri Cox

Photo courtesy Keystone RV

More than 70 percent of RVers travel with pets, according to a recent survey from Harvest Hosts. For many of us, dogs and cats are important family members, so why not take them along on the next camping adventure? Manufacturers are adding special features to make their rigs more pet-friendly.

Important Features to Look for in Pet-Friendly Rigs

  • Built-in Crates: It may be difficult to find an out-of-the-way location to place a dog crate in many RVs. A built-in kennel offers a cozy location for your pets to rest. 
  • Leash Latch: If you want to tie out your pet at your campsite, a leash latch provides a way to tether your pet to your RV, which is more secure than putting a stake in the ground.
  • Claw-Friendly Vents: It’s easy for pets to get their claws stuck in raised floor vents. Look for vents that are flush with the floor or wall-mounted instead.
  • Kick-Out Feeding Bowls: Feeding your pet can be messy. Pet-friendly RVs come with built-in feeding drawers, which allow you to pull out water and food bowls. When mealtime is over, the tray slides in.
  • Pet-Friendly Flooring: Look for vinyl and laminate options instead of carpet for easy-to-clean flooring.

Pet-Friendly Rigs We Love

Pet-friendly rigs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes, and toy haulers. The following RVs have space for your furry friends, as well as some pet-friendly features.

Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 244UBH

Exterior of travel trailer set up for camping with extended awning.
Photo courtesy of Keystone RV

Traveling with kids and looking for an RV with a dog kennel? The Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 244UBH travel trailer has bunks for children and a built-in crate for pets. Located under a queen-sized bed in the private bedroom, the kennel provides a quiet and cozy space for fur babies. Kick-out feeding dishes are found under the entertainment center.

Specs
UVW 5,654 pounds
GVWR 7,670 pounds
Hitch Weight 670 pounds
Exterior Length 28 feet, 11 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 1 inch
Fresh Water Tank 60 gallons
Black Tank 30 gallons
Gray Tank 60 gallons
MSRP $42,000
Travel trailer floor plan with built-in pet kennel.
Photo courtesy of Keystone RV

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The rear door opens to a storage bay created by flipping up the hinged bottom bunk. In addition to offering a space for bikes, chairs, and other gear, this area is also perfect for larger kennels or pet beds. 

More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Thor A.C.E. 30.3

Interior kitchen and seating area inside an RV.
Photo courtesy of Thor Motor Coach
Pet feeding station inside RV.
Photo courtesy of Thor Motor Coach

Thor’s A.C.E. models are touted as the most pet-friendly motorhomes—for good reason. One unique feature is the Bird’s Eye Window, which provides a pet-height cab window, so your furry friends can keep an eye on the campsite or road. You’ll also find a leash latch and kick-out feeding drawer. If you’re traveling with a cat, the small “mudroom” storage space, accessible from both the interior and exterior, is a handy spot for a litter box.

Specs
UVW 23,000 pounds
GVWR 18,000 pounds
Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford F-53
Fuel Capacity 80 gallons
Hitch Weight Rating 8,000 pounds
Exterior Length 31 feet
Exterior Height 12 feet, 2 inches
Fresh Water Tank 50 gallons
Black Tank 40 gallons
Gray Tank 40 gallons
MSRP $179,850
Floor plan for larger RV with pet-height cab window.
Photo courtesy of Thor Motor Coach

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Optional upgrades include a 100-watt solar charging system and a gas generator.
More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Coachmen Spirit/Northern Spirit 3272BH

Kick-out pet dish inside an RV.
Photo courtesy of Coachmen RV
Extended sofa bed inside a bunk room.
Photo courtesy of Coachmen RV

If you travel with a large dog or multiple pets and need extra room, check out the bunkroom on the Coachmen Spirit 3272BH travel trailer, which has a generous amount of floor space and a separate entrance. Plus, you’ll find kick-out pet dishes under the dinette seat and plenty of room for the whole family—including your furry friends—to gather.

Specs
UVW 7,198 pounds
GVWR 9,800 pounds
Hitch Weight 928 pounds
Exterior Length 36 feet, 5 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 4 inches
Fresh Water Tank 49 gallons
Black Tank 33 gallons
Gray Tank 66 gallons
MSRP $52,294
Larger travel trailer floor plan featuring a kick-out pet dish under the dinette.
Photo courtesy of Coachmen RV

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Upgrades include theater seating, a second bedroom A/C, and a gas-electric fridge. The exterior shower makes a great dog wash station thanks to the nearby leash latch.

More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Keystone Cougar 357UMR

Kitchen and seating area inside a fifth wheel RV.
Photo courtesy of Keystone RV

Keystone intentionally builds RVs with pets in mind. The Keystone 357UMR fifth wheel offers a utility mudroom, with a walk-in shower bay and plenty of space for kennel storage. This versatile area also features a desk for those working remotely or roadschooling

Specs
UVW 11,115 pounds
GVWR 14,000 pounds
Hitch Weight 2,115 pounds
Exterior Length 39 feet, 4 inches
Exterior Height 13 feet, 3 inches
Fresh Water Tank 81 gallons
Black Tank 76 gallons
Gray Tank 76 gallons
MSRP $82,283
Fifth wheel floor plan with a pet-friendly utility shower.
Photo courtesy of Keystone RV

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

This fifth wheel is fitted out for four-season camping with Climate Guard protection, a radiant foil barrier in the front cap, electric heat pads on storage tanks, insulated floors, and heated pass-through storage.

More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Grand Design Imagine 2600RB

Interior of RV with open living space.
Photo courtesy of Grand Design RV

The Grand Design Imagine 2600RB is a pet-friendly couple’s camper. The open living space has room to tuck away a pet bed or kennel. You’ll also appreciate the claw-free vents (not located on the floor), kick-out feeding bowl, and easy-access shower. Plus, you can hang your leashes right by the entry.

Specs
UVW 5,795 pounds
GVWR 7,850 pounds
Hitch Weight 594 pounds
Exterior Length 29 feet, 8 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 1 inch
Fresh Water Tank 52 gallons
Black Tank 45 gallons
Gray Tank 82 gallons
MSRP $48,773
Floor plan of RV with claw-free vents and kick-out feeding bowl.
Photo courtesy of Grand Design RV

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Swap out the trifold sofa for heated theater seating. The U-shaped dinette can also be replaced with a free-standing table and chairs. 

More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 18RR

Toy hauler image with view of open patio.
Photo courtesy of Forest River Inc.

Toy haulers are a great option for traveling with pets since the rear garage area is often open and versatile. Plus, the flooring is designed to be easy to clean if you have wet or muddy toys—or pets. The Forest River Grey Wolf 18RR’s ramp converts to a fenced-in patio, providing an open-air space for your pets to lounge or play. Beside the fold-down sofa, you’ll find a handy spot for a crate or pet bed.

Specs
UVW 4,463 pounds
GVWR 7,550 pounds
Hitch Weight 550 pounds
Exterior Length 24 feet, 1 inch
Exterior Height 10 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 40 gallons
Black Tank 28 gallons
Gray Tank 38 gallons
MSRP $33,244
Toy hauler floor plan with spacious back recreation space.
Photo courtesy of Forest River Inc.

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Base Camp package adds a propane grill quick connect, black tank flush, and folding exterior entryway handle.

More information on this pet-friendly RV can be found here.


Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which Keystone RV and Thor Motor Coach are subsidiaries.

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Kerri Cox

Kerri is a teacher and freelance writer. The decision to buy a travel trailer (christened Birdy) in 2015 changed her life for the better. You can follow her journeys at Travels with Birdy. She lives in Missouri with her husband and teenage sons.

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