We are not early birds by any means, so travel days don’t start at sunrise for us. Once we are up and the inside of the camper is ready for travel, my next task is helping Jason get the truck backed up so he can hook up (that is, if we unhooked for that particular stay). Once this task is done, I pick up all the wheel chocks and jack platforms. Then I focus on the dogs.
While Jason is hooking up the sway bars, I take the dogs for a walk so they can do their business. Then I get them all hooked in their seats. (See my section on Seatbelts!)
I always keep an extra jug of water, collapsable bowl, roll of poo bags, and bag of dog cookies in the truck as back up. However, I have a small canvas bag that I always pack with goodies for the day. The bag includes fresh water, bowl, and dog cookies. Along with snacks for Jason and myself.
As a rule, Jason and I don’t usually travel more than 200 miles in a day. Our max has been 250 miles. Typically it’s more like 150-200 miles. Travel days usually also include a stop to re-provision.
A typical travel day includes a stop at a grocery store, an RV dump of gray tank and replenish water, maybe refill the propane tanks, and perhaps an hour and a half stop for laundry (twice a month). But most importantly, when we research places to re-provision, we always look for a local Dog Park.
We try to hit the Dog Park early in the afternoon so the pups can be worn out for the rest of the day. A tired dog is a good dog! We have seen some amazing dog parks so far in our travels!
Not only does the Dog Park give the kids a chance to get out some energy for happier travelers, they also get the chance to meet other dogs and play off leash. Jason and I have also discovered it’s our favorite way to meet local people too.
Once we arrive at our destination, I always help Jason get the camper parked. He works on getting things leveled out with the jacks and slide out, and I help with the wheel chocks and jack pads. The dogs stay in the truck during this time – they are comfortable there and they are out of the way for their own safety.
After we are situated we get the dogs out and walk them around, giving them a chance to explore all the new smells of the area. By the time we get inside, it is usually time to fix their dinner.
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