The pet that most people like to take with them on holiday is their dog, but it is not always that easy with traditional holidays. Flying is pretty much out of the question and most hotels and guesthouses simply won’t take them. A motorhome holiday is an ideal pet friendly alternative. Even if you are travelling abroad, taking your pet with you is no longer a problem as long as you have the required vet’s certificate. A well-behaved dog can travel on ferries as easily as its owner can. The only thing you need to do is to tell us, when you get your hire quote, that you are taking a pet so that we can supply you with a suitable pet friendly motorhome hire vehicle.
In our experience we have found that dog owners seem to think that dogs prefer to travel in a motorhome in preference to a car, because of the extra space they have. Even with the extra space we do recommend using a pet carrier while the vehicle is moving. This allows the dog to be secured safely and stops your pet walking about the motorhome while you are driving. If you are bringing a pet in a pet carrier then you might find that the ideal motorhome is one with the rear storage area with a little window, such as the Chausson Flash 03, Chausson Flash 25, Mooveo C6 or Mooveo C7. This storage area, at the rear of the vehicle, can also be used for sports equipment, bikes or whatever you wish to take with you on holiday.
General advice for your pets is fairly obvious, but worth mentioning:
- Check in advance that any campsites that you are staying on are dog or pet friendly. Most are, but it is still worth checking.
- When travelling do take a break often, just because you don’t need fuel doesn’t mean that you should always carry on driving. Stop regularly, give sufficient water to your dog, let it stretch its legs and relieve itself.
- Don’t leave your pet in the motorhome unattended, it’s quite easy for temperatures in the more southerly parts of Europe to get up to around 40 C which is no good for anybody trapped in a vehicle.
- Make sure your pet has a collar and tag, the last thing you want is for him to wander off in the middle of the night and get lost. Make sure you put your mobile number on the tag and make sure your mobile phone works in the country you are travelling in. If you are particularly worried about losing your pet during motorhome travel you should consider microchipping your pet.
- Bring your pet’s food with you especially if you are travelling abroad. The last thing you want is a dog with an upset stomach on a long hot motorhome trip across Europe!
- Finally, being in a motorhome is not the same as being at home, make sure that you have some cleaning spray and kitchen towel to hand should your pet have an accident.