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How We Roll in Our RV: Removing Pet Hair

| Updated Nov 17, 2013

Yesterday it was bad pet breath, today, readers want to know how we remove pet hair from our RV.

Jennifer and I share how we clean up after our Norwegian Elkhound, Tai. It's not rocket science. Having leather seats can help. We throw a cover over them, then shake the hair out each day.

As for the throw runs and the rest of the interior of the Roadtrek we travel in, Jen uses a collapsible broom, an old fashioned whisk brook and sometimes, good old duct tape.

pet-hair-lossOne thing we purchased that we are not happy with is the portable “Dustbuster” vacuum. We've tried a couple models and found they don't hold a charge and really don't do a very good job of removing pet hair.

We've found the best tool is prevention. We brush Tai during walks. Daily brushing outside makes for much less inside shedding.

How about you? Use comments below to share how you clean up after your pet.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-11-17

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

26 Responses to “How We Roll in Our RV: Removing Pet Hair”

March 31, 2015at7:12 am, Fenyang Wynter said:

Owning a dog or a cat can bring a lot of joy into your life… but it can also bring a lot of sneezing, sniffling, and even trouble breathing if you’re sensitive to the dander and hair they leave around the house. You and your family shouldn’t have to go through that on a daily basis, but you also shouldn’t have to give up your four-legged companion.While there’s no way you can completely stop your pet from shedding and producing dander, there are steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home so that you don’t have to suffer for the sake of Spot or Whiskers.

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October 04, 2014at9:04 am, Carol Bradley said:

get a summer cut on the dog, or cat.

October 04, 2014at1:07 am, Michael Wickler said:

I have fur floating freely. I used to be OCD, so God gave me an ultra-shedder to deal with it. I use a Furminator brush and Dyson Animal handheld vac. Cleaning a 22 ft motor home is a breeze, one of the joys of tiny living.

October 03, 2014at8:36 pm, Jeannie Baggett said:

we have a westie ,they don’t shed

October 03, 2014at7:30 pm, Patricia Lyon Kennedy said:

We have two great Danes inside in a 30Dutchman works great all hair is on bed or couch!

October 03, 2014at6:04 pm, Dyan Sohn said:

I have a Siberian Husky in a 24′ Motor home. It is challenging for sure. I probably could make a living making down comforters out of all the hair he sheds each year. lol 🙂

August 25, 2014at1:48 pm, Sandy said:

Hi Mike, We found a great 12volt vacuum cleaner on Amazon that does the job. Hailey sheds quite a bit, plus we have all the sand to deal with’s a Black and Decker Auto Pivot Vac. Great suction and it’s got a long 16ft cord . Comes in it’s own carrying case and also does a great job on the window shades !
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August 25, 2014at11:43 am, Patricia Lyon Kennedy said:

Dang. We have two great Danes inside a28 ft bumper pull Dutchman n manage. We go swimming a lot n use dawn disposal with baby shampoo. R cats like it too. In Indiana!

August 24, 2014at9:40 pm, Gayle Little Leach said:

We have two pugs an just vaccumn often

August 24, 2014at5:42 pm, Katherine Davis said:

I have three dogs, anyone road trekking with multiple dogs? How does it work for you?

August 24, 2014at3:37 pm, Darren Rollman said:

I had a dog once that white hair was every where and after 18 yrs she passed away

August 14, 2014at2:42 am, annemarie norman said:

To remove pet hair, I use fabric softener sheets! They work like magic!

August 13, 2014at8:29 pm, Tony King said:

We don’t have any dog hair in our RV but then again we don’t have a dog !

August 13, 2014at1:47 pm, Ann Cousineau said:

We have a Golden Retriever and I use a damp “Scoth-brite” does a great job, carpets, fiber seats etc.

August 13, 2014at7:31 am, Jonathan Russell said:

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February 17, 2014at7:58 pm, Morning Star said:

I am sorry it is made by Casabella…..Magnet Broom…../*

February 17, 2014at7:54 pm, Morning Star said:

I use a sponge broom, it is about 10″x1″ with a regular broom handle which could be shortened a little. this sponge just scoots off the hair so easily. I have had it for a long time so I couldn’t tell you where you could find it now but Google knows all,LOL. It is called “The Magnet Broom”. /*

February 17, 2014at10:55 am, Sharon said:

A roll of the foamy, rubbery shelf liner that prevents things from sliding around on RV shelves works wonders for wiping dog hair from upholstery.

November 22, 2013at3:44 am, Michael said:

I have a great experience in using Dyson vacuum cleaner, it works great on sucking up the pet hair.

November 21, 2013at4:07 pm, Arl Williams said:

I share the E-trek with a golden retriever named Dyson who tends to sleep on the cockpit carpet. In spite of the name Dyson (he follows past canine pals Hoover and Kirby) I bought a corded Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum from Amazon ($25) and it works quite well. It’s basically a soft rubber end piece that functions much like the side of a flip-flop, but with a fairly powerful vacuum attached to it. Next dog could be named Bissell!

November 18, 2013at2:11 pm, Judi Darin said:

I found out serendipitously that you can use the side of the rubber sole on a flip-flop as a scraper – gets up most of the pet hair.

November 17, 2013at3:47 pm, DJ McGohon said:

We travel with our collie who sheds all the time. We also use the sticky roller on small throw rugs and pillows on the couch. We also have leather. A great sweeper is the Shark electric bagless it is upright and small also great for sand cleanup when at the beach. Love reading your suggestions and blogs. However we do have a motorhome.

November 17, 2013at11:03 am, Lorraine said:

We have also had problems with the Dustbuster. Glad it wasn’t just us. I took it back and got a refund. We also use a damp rag to pick up dog hair. It seems to work quite well!

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