Wednesday, September 27, 2023


Clever ways to store pet food bowls in an RV

Crunch! Crunch! That’s the sound of your shoe pulverizing a piece of your dog’s crunchy nuggets (or whatever dog food your “good boy” eats). The squeak, squeak noise? What you hear after you’ve stepped in water that’s dripped from your pet’s water bowl. Got pets? Then you’ve probably grimaced every time you hear these unmistakable sounds. If you travel with fur buddies, you’ve probably dealt with the spilled kibble and the water drips on your RV’s floor more than once. But no more! (The mess, I mean.)

Read on to discover where to store pet food bowls that work in most RVs.

Solutions: Where to store pet food bowls in an RV?

RVers are a smart bunch of problem-solving people! Just read a few of their suggestions to remedy the crunch and squeak!

  • “We put our pet food and water bowls on the shower floor in our RV,” says Judy B. “That way, the mess stays in the shower, and I don’t end up stepping in it. Saves valuable floor space, too.”
  • Mark S. has a different pet mess solution. “We’ve always put our pet bowls inside a plastic boot tray. It catches most of the mess.”
  • This is the food/water system we use for our cat, Mavis,” says another reader. “She’s a rescue and we’re not sure how old she really is. We still put the dishes on a low-sided pan to catch drips or food spills.”
  • Friends of ours have used an old cookie sheet as a food and water “tray.” The dog’s bowls are permanently fastened to the middle of the tray with super glue, so the bowls won’t slide around. They put shelf liner on the bottom of the tray to prevent it from moving all over the floor, as well.
  • Other friends have a great pet mess solution that might work in your RV, too. Just below their refrigerator is a drawer. It’s quite shallow and does not hold much except a few cookie sheets. So, they put “Boomer’s” food and water dishes inside the drawer. Velcro holds the bowls in place. The drawer catches minor food/water spills. It can also be pushed closed when the owners are preparing meals. Genius!
  • This water bowl by Lixit also seems to be a handy pet mess solution. Check it out here.

We’d love to hear how you handle the pet “crunch and squeak” in your RV. Please respond in the comments below.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


  1. Shower’s the place for food n water for the cats and keeps the dogs out. We use a Neater Feeder for the goldens. It has a built in back splash and catch pan.

  2. I’d like to add an important thing about water. I have a Big Berkey water filter. Yes they are $$$$, but I will NEVER drink water unless it goes through the Big Berkey. That goes for any pet too. I live in a 5th wheel. By accident I took a sip of the faucet water. UGH! I threw it down the drain and went over to my Big Berkey. Ahh what a difference. Real clean water.

    • I agree 100%. I invested in a Berky and it has been one of the best things I got for camping
      The dog gets his water from it, we get ours and I even share it with our son when they go camping too.

  3. Shall I assume ‘Boomer’, the dog knows how to pull open the drawer under the refrigerator??
    If so that’s a smart way to feed Boomer.

  4. It’s not a matter of water from the bowl, it’s a matter of the dog’s moustache dripping water all around after taking a drink. Any solution for that? A bib won’t even work.

  5. I never worry about stepping on food as Phoebe never leaves a morsel uneaten. We bought something similar to this at an RV show in Mpls. This way we can always leave water out for her, even when we’re on the road. No sloshing or spilling.

  6. We have two labs and use the shower for their water bowl. Food is gone within a minute of putting their bowls down, so that’s not an issue! We store their food bowls in the cabinets with their food, so they’re only out as long as it takes them to eat.


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