Thursday, February 2, 2023


For dog owners: Would you pay 20% more for a fenced campsite where your dog could run free?

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If you’re a dog owner, would you pay up to 20% more for a fenced campsite where your dog could run free? No leashes allowed—just pure sniffing, peeing-on-everything bliss. What do you think?

You know who would pay 20% more for a fenced campsite if they could? Your dog. That’s who.

After voting in the poll below, leave a comment and tell us if you’ve ever come across a fenced campsite (or private area, not a dog park) for Fido or Fifi. We’d like to know. Thanks!


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Carol Allard
25 days ago

I would be happy to pay extra for a fenced yard! I would seek them out! I am a solo traveler with three personal dogs. It would be safer for the dogs. The fence would protect them from loose dogs and children! It would be a big help when I transport for rescue.

Joni Weed
1 month ago

Quite a few years ago, we sold our house in El Paso, TX, which was our last duty station before retirement. We moved into a small local campground which did have fenced sites. Our dogs were quite happy with it, as were we.

Henry Pruitt
1 month ago

We stayed at 4Paws Kingdom in North Carolina this past summer. Rate wasn’t over the top and our dog(Max) loved the extra freedom. Would absolutely stay in a park like that again.

1 month ago

I may just to keep the people from wondering or cutting thru into our site.

1 month ago

likely would even if we didn’t have a dog. boundaries are a good thing…for
people on both sides of the boundary.

Pat Daubenmier
1 month ago

I would pay more maybe if I were to be on the site for more than a couple of days. 20% seems a bit steep though. Seems that costs would be recouped sooner than that.

1 month ago

Dog parks are scary, my Vet said avoid.

Cheryl Bacon
1 month ago

I’m surprised nobody mentioned Four Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat in North Carolina. It is a dog and humans over 18 dedicated campground. They have fenced areas at your campsite. The campground is well kept and the campsite rate is on par with most privately owned campgrounds. I have also been to many campgrounds where they allow the temporary fencing some RV dog owners carry with them. I also need to add there are many campgrounds that have amazing dog playgrounds that are well kept.

1 month ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Love this place and they will watch your dog if you have to leave for the day. Amazing place!

Matt Storms
1 month ago

My dog has developed leg problems, so he can no longer hike & backpack with me. We got a small trailer so he can still be out in the woods with me. He’s well trained & where we camp we’re in backcountry areas & he is off leash almost all the time.

Darla VanAlphen
1 month ago

Dog parks are always a nice thing, but a private yard is a little much. Stay home if your dog requires this.

Bob Palin
1 month ago

Nonsense, my dog doesn’t ‘require’ this but I would enjoy seeing him in a yard outside my RV and he would certainly prefer it to being inside or on a line.

1 month ago

No, when my dog runs free she likes to bark at everything. She is either on a leash or on my lap.

P Larson
1 month ago

Nope. Our dog is such a companion dog (cavalier/shitz-tzu/toy poodle) all he wants to do is to lay in our laps. He wouldn’t use it enough to make it worth it.

Noah Nason III
1 month ago

Just finished a 12,200-mile round trip to Alaska. Encountered many dog parks along Canada’s routes 1 and 17, the Alcan, I5, and I70. Mostly at KOAs. We encountered no bad dogs, bad dog owners, or pile(s) of poop. 5% to 10% would be more like it.

1 month ago

I voted no as I wouldn’t want my dogs in an area where previously dogs pooped. We have xpens that we set up next to the camper for lounging when we’re outside. The xpen area is off limits to nature’s call, we walk them for that and clean up as needed.

Nancy Coughlin
1 month ago

I would definitely pay more for a fenced in area IF people picked up after their pets. I have used dog play areas and I do go around and pick up after everyone else’s pets so my dogs can have a relatively clean area to run in. We have 1 mini poodle pup and 1 toy poodle pup and they love to run.

1 month ago

As a the owner of a Cairn Terrorist, I don’t put him in the pet play areas, even when he is the only dog there. Too many people don’t clean up after their dogs, and having worked for a Vet, I learned about diseases, worms, and other problems that can spread in that type of setting. People don’t realize that putting their dog in a pet play area is like having a child at a playground, Mom or Dad need to be there to make sure that their “child” behaves or is not getting bullied, or even kidnapped. I know of one case that a couple left a dog in a play area, went back to the camper, and when they went back to get their dog, he wasn’t there, but the gate was open. The dog was never found.

James LaGasse
1 month ago

We carry a portable kennel with us, set up and take down takes just a few minutes and fits right up to the camper. Very convenient and we don’t have to worry about the dog every time we open the door. If the campground kennel can’t connect to the trailer or surround the entire campsite I wouldn’t want it.

1 month ago

I’m not a dog owner, but, if I was, I’d pay 10% more but not 20%.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russ
Betty Dagle
1 month ago

I answered yes, but it would have to be for a stay of more than one or two nights. I would love it for a longer stay of 5-7 nights. My dogs would not stay in a portable fence setup. First dog that walked by, they would charge the fence and knock it over. And a good fenced area would let me put them out during the night to do their business and not have to take them.

Deborah Mason
1 month ago

Since we have big dogs, the fence would need to be tall enough. I’ve seen some pretty low fences in RV park pet areas. It’s a pain in the donkey to have to hold a short (4-6′) leash the whole time we’re trying to enjoy sitting outside in the site. We carry 2 X-pens to make a double enclosure, but they want to be with us, without the barrier.

Last edited 1 month ago by Deborah Mason

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