Sneaking a dog on a campervan 22



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My wife and I and ‘not Max the Dog’ have hired a small campervan for a trip from the Central Coast of New South Wales to Moree and Broken Hill Via Lightening Ridge. It is a voyage of discovery with the added benefits of the thermal pools along the way, which will we hope have some health benefits including arthritis relief for my wife Anita.

One of the conditions of hire of the campervan contained in the 8-page document is that pets are not allowed in the campervan. ‘Not Max the Dog’ is a Cavoodle. He is a cross between a poodle and a cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is small. His hair does not fall out, he does not have fleas and has all the vaccinations and monthly flea and tick pills. If you take ‘not Max the Dog’ on any trip he has no interest in the journey and just sleeps. His interest is the destination and the new smells at the end of the journey.

At the pick-up -the-van depot, we were immediately greeted by “Are you here to pick up or drop off?” This looked good for a quick pick up and getaway. Not likely! Two hours later and, two French and one German operatives later we were eventually able to get our takeaway campervan.

It seems that each of these operatives were working with more than one customer at the same time while their computer system was not responding. Despite our pre-form-filling on the internet this did not make the episode any quicker.

The campervan itself was only barely clean with external mud still on the bottom and internal dust and grime at the harder to get- too areas. Considering it had only 6,600 kilometres on the clock, one would have expected a near perfect condition van. The van had to be returned to the repair section to fix a hinge on a door which I could have done in two minutes, not the fifteen it took.

Each of the three bi-lingual operatives individually went through the process of explaining the insurance because we had opted for the standard insurance not the expensive one. The last operative seemed to expect that we were going to take out the highest level of insurance making the campervan hire very expensive. I expected that they would try this. They wasted their time and mine.

We took the van home for packing. On switching on the fridge in the campervan the overpowering smell of stale prawns erupted. Thanks to vanilla essence this was soon remedied. The van is now ready for the off, on a journey we are looking forward too.

So tomorrow we are on our way with of course ‘not Max the Dog’.

Have you been travelling with your pet before?

Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead attended uni as a mature age student in his 50s, completing multiple postgraduate degrees in health science and psychology. He has a canoe, a pushbike, a bodyboard, a tennis racquet and a fishing rod. He uses them all. Michael is now enjoying retirement after a wide range of careers, most recently as Manager of a Family Support Service.

  1. Why not stick to the terms and conditions? They are there for some very good reasons.

  2. On the one hand you complain about the state of the campervan and the pickup process…and on the other hand you’re happy enough to flout their rules regarding dogs in the vans. What happens if the next person to hire the van has an allergy to dogs and the company assures them that no dogs have been in the van?

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    • So true. Not all pet carers are arrogant rule breakers. No dogs means just that….. including some parkland, national parks and some shops and hire campervans .You are giving us a bad name. Have some respect. I do not find your story amusing.

  3. I would never tie a dog (invisible or not) to anywhere on a vehicle. If you must (in the desert where’s there’s no trees or fences) then tie it to the driver’s door. That greatly lessens the chance of driving off without thinking. All your absolute sorrows won’t bring back the pet or alter the horrendous way it died.

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    • We were camping years ago, the dog (Silky Terrier) was tied to the back of the car and Dad got in the car to drive up the street, lucky he was going slow through the caravan park and we managed to catch up and rescue poor Tammy.

  4. Yep seen first hand while in Queensland how well people treated and left there hired vans and campers give me a break my Dog is 100 times better than they will ever be so stick your hire campers.

  5. One rule for some and broken by others, buy your own then don’t have to put up with other peoples lack of respect for other people using the vans. Very inconsiderate people.

  6. Dogs are not keen on travelling for endless kms as they do get bored and love having their own little holiday away,sure theyll give you puppydog eyes while your packing up to make you feel guilty however it youve found a good dog sitter they just love returning and checking out who has been staying whilst they were gone and aldldo have to check out their favourite walking spots stopping to sniff each little blade of grass.they think they have two families and almost wave goodbye to you when you leave but are always pleased to see you on your return.this ensures you have a great break and you dont even have to worry about your dog

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    • We disagree. Until a couple of years ago, we travelled extensively with our 2 dogs, both German Shepherd size critters, one was part wolf. We live in the west coast of Canada. On various trips, along with a load of art for whatever art exhibition we travelled for, they went to northern BC, to Ottawa, New York, Texas, Southern California, and numerous trips into the US mid west. As soon as they saw indication of packing, they hovered by the door and front gate, stood guard over every box, and were the first in when it was time to leave. They loved the travel, watching out the windows, guarding the RV at stops, taking walks in new places, swimming in the Great Lakes, the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, Big Sur, and numerous lakes and rivers in between.

  7. Never tie dog to car truck people forget they are there and drive off seen it happen not a pretty sight

  8. Would do the same, house trained dogs are used to travel and don’t cause problems.🐾🐾😊

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