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Who hasn’t seen those distinctive Cruise America rental RVs on the road on a summer road trip? If you’ve imagined yourself behind the wheel, Duke and Daisy perched on the seat beside you, it might be time to try a road trip of your own in one of these dog-friendly vehicles. Cruise America asks only that you return your RV in its original condition and that you clean up scrupulously after your pet. Cruise America’s Class C motorhomes come in 19, 25 and 30-foot lengths and accommodate two to eight people, plus pets.
El Monte RV, another major operator, offers a different set of options, including towables, fifth-wheels, cab-over motorhomes and luxury bus models. It, too, has a “pets welcome” policy and offers lots of dog-friendly RV travel tips on its website. A tip from both companies: Before you make a reservation at an RV campground, read up on the rules.
If a motorhome is bigger than you need, try slipping into a Volkswagen Westfalia camper. California Campers rents these efficient little beauties out of San Francisco, and while you’ll need written permission to bring your best furry friend along, it’s not likely to be denied.
If you’re headed to Southern California, live the surfer life in a Vintage Surfari Wagon in Costa Mesa. These restored VW camper buses come with newly revamped interiors, fresh mechanical upgrades and are loaded with all da’kine goodies you need on a surfin’ safari. You’ll need authorization for Fido to join you in your retro-mobile, so ask for details when you book your reservation.