Bo – Fun and Challenging RV Travels with a Dog

 Bo – Fun and Challenging RV Travels with a Dog

The Story of Bo

We're dog people. If you know anything about us, you know that.

Jennifer and I both grew up with dogs and since we married, we’ve always had a dog.

When we started RVing in 2012, we had Tai, who was our third Norwegian Elkhound.

When Tai passed away in 2015, we soon had Bo, our fourth Elkhound.

One of the reasons why we like to RV is we can bring Bo. We’re not alone in that respect, by the way. A few years ago I surveyed our Fellow RV Lifestyle Travelers and about 70 percent said one of the main reasons they travel by RV is so they can travel with their pets, too.

So Bo is a big part of the RV Lifestyle.

But that’s not to say there aren’t challenges in traveling with a dog in an RV.

Too many places don’t allow dogs. Places like National Parks. Hiking trails. Beaches.

It’s a long list, really,

And often, there are things Jennifer and I want to do – like take a hike in a National Park, eat at a fancy restaurant, visit a museum, go to a movie, attend a grandkid’s sporting event, shoot some video in places that are not dog friendly and lots of other things – but we can’t, because dogs are not allowed.

Yes, like at home, we can leave him in the RV when he can’t accompany us. But what if the AC goes out?

The video below explains how we travel with Bo in our RV:

Here are all the resources, products, and services we referenced in the video:

Bo has his own audience over on Instagram!

Come on over to Instagram and see what he's up to. 


And if your RV travels find you and your dog near any fireworks this year – consider reading this post, too.


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Bo - Fun and Challenging RV Travels with a Dog

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • On some of your video’s, I see Bo sitting between the front seats. How do you secure him there? Also. many B+ RV’s we are considering, such as the LTV Wonder, only have 2 seatbelts. How do you secure a dog in one of those? We do not want to lock her in a crate and she is about 70 pounds.

  • I tried to use the coupon today on RV Pet Safety and it did nit work. Is this coupon no longer available?

  • the savings code for RV pet safety device is not working

  • If you are already subscribed to RV Lifestyle, how do you get the guide for traveling with your dog? I tried to sign up and it told me I was already signed up and would not go any further. BTW….I LOVE your website. You are living my dream and when I watch one of your videos I get excited for the future, when my husband and I will join you on the road. Keep up the good work!

  • I am already a subscriber and it wants me to sign up again to get the free dog brochure.

  • Want guide but not bad enough to get another email.

  • Every time I try to sign up for Free Packing List, it says I’m already subscribed. How can I get the list?

  • I love that folks can leave comments and ask questions, such as how I’m still waiting for RV packing list, but ican never get you to answer. Seems others are having the same issues. How can you get us answers to our questions?

  • I’ve already subscribed, but didn’t get your free packing list. I tried to subscribe again to GET one, but the system wouldn’t let me. Can you please send me one? My Wonder RTB is supposed to start down the line in about 10 days…. I’m SO excited!! I’ve really enjoyed your posts, blogs, videos….. and can’t wait to start shopping and packing!! Thanks!

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