Looking to take your dog RV camping and not sure which fence to bring?
For those who are looking to take their furry friends on the road, here are our top picks for the best portable dog fence for RVs and camping:
- Our top pick is the Midwest Homes Pet Pen, which features two doors and a heavy-duty metal construction for greater durability and security.
- The PetSafe Stay and Play Compact Wireless Fence is a great option for those looking for an invisible fence, as it provides coverage up to 105 feet in diameter.
- The YaheeTech Heavy Duty Foldable Pen is perfect for larger dogs, providing protection and containment with its durable steel construction.
- For lightweight plastic fencing options featuring a dog door, the North States Pet Yard is our recommendation.
This guide will cover the best portable dog fence for RVs and camping. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each. Plus we’ll help you decide whether an electric wireless fence or a portable metal fence is best for you.
When we first set out to write this article we planned on reviewing at least 11 pet pens and wireless containment systems. Sadly they were virtually almost all the same (i.e. made by the same manufacturer just with different branding).
Just go on Amazon and search for pet pens for RVs and you’ll see what we mean. Lots of different “options” but they all look the same.
We used to work with manufacturers to build our own products so we know how this game works.
Instead, we reviewed the top models for different uses and needs.
We kept the list short and gave you everything you need to make your decision fast for your specific situation.
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Table of Contents
- Best portable dog fence for RVs and camping – Midwest Homes Pet Pen
- Best Invisible Fence for RVs – PetSafe Stay and Play Compact Wireless Fence
- Best Heavy Duty for Large Dogs – YaheeTech’s Heavy Duty Foldable Pen
- Best Lightweight Plastic with Dog Door – North States Pet Yard
- How to Choose The Ideal Portable Pet Fence For Your RV
- How to Get Your Dog to Stay Inside a Play Pen?
Best portable dog fence for RVs and camping – Midwest Homes Pet Pen
The Midwest Homes pet pen wins our top two categories. One for Top Pick and one for Best for the budget.
Now, this pen won’t work for everyone. It’s a little small and needs more sections for larger dogs.
It set’s up easily though. If the soil is right you can stake it down with the included stakes.
Staking it down is a must. Even a 20 lb dog can push it around if it isn’t staked.
This fence compacts nicely. You can easily fold it up and store it anywhere. That makes it great for small RVs (or any RVs!).
Beware the door though. Hyper or curious/smart dogs can play with the door and make it open if you aren’t careful with the latching. For smart, curious dogs you may want to add an extra clip or locking mechanism to the door.
What We Like
- Folds down easily and can be stored anywhere
- Range of wall sizes for different-sized dogs
- Doesn’t blow away in the wind – includes ground anchors
- Easy and fast to set up – no tools required
What We Don’t Like
- A little small
- Nosy dogs can get out – The dog door needs extra clips to secure it
Best Invisible Fence for RVs – PetSafe Stay and Play Compact Wireless Fence
Looking for a super simple setup that doesn’t even require a fence? Then you need the PetSafe Stay and Play Compact wireless fence.
Setup is fast and easy. Plugin the transmitter. Set the range. Put the dog collar on your dog. Done.
But not so fast. This is a wireless setup. The one thing it requires is some training. A new dog won’t fully understand this.
You’ll want to set this up at home and train your dog to use a wireless fence. Then when they fully understand how to stay within the boundaries, take it camping. See the full training video in the FAQ below.
Bring the flags you used for training. Moving to a new area could confuse your dog but seeing the flags will help them remember how the boundaries work.
Training can be completed fast. For some dogs, it only takes a day. Again, do that at home under controlled conditions.
The transmitter is adjustable. You can set it up for a 22′ radius up to 105′. Keep in mind it’s a circular radius. Keep it tight to keep your pet close to your RV. That’s best for campgrounds.
When you take your RV to the woods or open areas you can open it up to the larger 105′ radius. That gives your dog up to 3/4 of an acre of the playroom.
What We Like
- Easy to setup
- Super compact to store in the RV
- Great for bringing your dog to a friend’s yard – You wouldn’t want to do that with your fence!
- No leash, no fence – Happy free dog!
What We Don’t Like
- Need to train your dog to use it
- Needs electricity for the transmitter
Best Heavy Duty for Large Dogs – YaheeTech’s Heavy Duty Foldable Pen
This is a great pen for your smaller pets. It’s a heavy-duty metal that doesn’t bend or blow over in the wind.
The stakes are long and you can install them standing up. No bending over!
You can build this into a ton of different shapes. It’s great for different campsites as you never know how much space you’ll get or what shape it’ll be.
Beware the long stakes though. They bend easily due to their length. Test them gently at new campsites first to make sure the ground isn’t too hard.
Only good for small dogs. That’s our biggest issue but know that in advance.
What We Like
- Heavy-duty frames that are better for rambunctious dogs and high winds
- Huge! You can build this into many shapes
- Easy tall stakes – put these in from the top so you don’t have to bend over
What We Don’t Like
- Huge! It’s big. It folds up easily. But due to the heavy gauge metal, it takes up a lot of space.
- Long stakes are easy to bend – be very careful putting this first one in at a new campsite. Test the ground hardness first.
Best Lightweight Plastic with Dog Door – North States Pet Yard
Looking for something you can use at home inside the house and then bring quickly on an RV trip? Then you need the north states pet yard.
Originally designed with soft base pieces to prevent floor scratching, this pen easily holds up outdoors as well.
The included locking dog door is great but be warned. It’s very small and there’s no easy way to get a larger dog in or out. For large dogs, you need to separate the panels.
This lightweight pen is great for small dogs but we do not recommend it for medium or larger dogs.
What We Like
- Great for indoors at home and outdoors while camping
- Includes a lockable pet door to give your pet freedom to come and go
- Lightweight plastic that can survive long sun and weather exposure
- Good for small dogs
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t include stakes
- A dog door is too small for larger dogs
- No easy way to get large dogs in and out
How to Choose The Ideal Portable Pet Fence For Your RV
Choosing the best setup for you requires a few questions:
- How much space do you have in your RV?
- Do you camp in the backcountry or mostly on campgrounds?
- Do you have a wireless fence and is your dog trained to use it?
- What’s the range of your wireless fence?
- Is your dog a jumper?
Not a lot of space in your RV? Then you might want to go with the non-heavy-duty models above. The lighter gauge frames fold up into a smaller more compact space.
Have a bit more space in your RV? Then you might want to go with the heavy-duty gauge options above. They handle high winds better even without staking.
Of course, they come with stakes. As you know, some campsites have hard ground making stakes nearly impossible to use. In those instances, it’s nice to have a heavier-weight fence.
Backcountry or Campgrounds?
Do you mainly go to campgrounds? Then having a wireless fence may be tough. They have a circular boundary at all times. You can adjust the diameter but if you are closer than 22 feet to the next site you won’t be able to use the compact model we recommend above.
For small campground sites, you’re better off with a fence model. With smaller sites, you’ll get better wind protection by being closer to your neighbors so it shouldn’t matter as much whether you get the lightweight model or the heavy-duty metal variety.
Now, do you go to the backcountry often? Then you have the space to fully take advantage of a wireless setup. This might even mean just RVing in State forests. For instances like that it’s nice to give your dog a full 3/4 acre to run around for free without constraints.
Fence vs Wireless Fence for RVs
This question comes down to space. As we mentioned above, if you mainly camp in campgrounds with small lots you should use a fence. You can use a wireless setup but with a fence or pen, you have complete control over the shape you make.
You can customize a pen or fence to fit any campground lot. You can’t do that with wireless.
Camping out in the national forest a lot though? Then we recommend going wireless. Yes, there’s some training involved but once you get through that you give your dog total freedom.
And that brings us to the next topic – what about dogs that jump out of the fence?
Jumping and Escape Artist Dogs
Even with a fence your dog most likely can jump out if they want to. You still need to train them to stay on the fence.
That’s easier with some dogs than others.
See the two training videos in the FAQ below. One covers training for a wireless fence and one covers training for a pen.
How to Get Your Dog to Stay Inside a Play Pen?
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.