Unlike holiday air travelers, recreation vehicle owners are not limited to two pieces of luggage. They can take along just about anything they want on their trips to Grandmother’s house–including their pets.
According to recreation vehicle industry numbers, more than half of RV owners — about 4.8 million – travel with at least one pet companion and, in fact, many take to the highway with two or more pet partners.
Full-time RVers Amy and Rob Burkert are doing just that. For almost four years the Burkerts have crisscrossed North America, covering more than 50,000 miles in their 2010 24-foot Winnebago View Class C motor home. The two 40-somethng CPAs sold their Philadelphia house in 2009 to travel the country with Ty, their 11-year-old Shar-pei, and Buster, a 8-year-old German Shepherd.
Technology has allowed them to explore America’s backroads and continued their consulting business and run the award-winning pet travel website GoPetFriendly.com. The site is an encyclopedia of travel advice and pet-friendly destination guides. “It makes planning a trip with furry loved ones easy,” said Amy Burkert, “and vacationing with your entire ‘pack’ exciting and fun.”
The holiday season is no exception. “This is a fantastic time of the year,” said Burkert, “and with a bit of planning, taking your pets along for the family gatherings makes the experience even more enjoyable.”
In Part 2 of Holiday RV travel with pets, Amy Burkert will share a handful of suggests for a safe and comfortable ride to Grandmother’s house.
— Julianne G. Crane
Photo: The Go Pet Friendly team has been traveling full-time across America for almost four years in their 24-foot 2010 View, Winnebago Class C motorhome. Team members include: Amy Burkert, Rod Burkert, Ty, 11-year-old Shar-pei and Buster, 8-year-old German Shepherd. (Courtesy of GoPetFriendly.com)