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Old 07-02-2022, 07:44 AM   #1
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Camping with Horses

Not sure where to go with this. Our son and d-i-l have two horses and would like to travel in an RV towing a horse trailer. The gross weight of the trailer with the horses and feed and "stuff" is about 8,000 pounds. Does anyone have any experience with this. They are not interested in a horse trailer with living quarters. I'm looking for any information or links on the subject.
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Keep in mind that if they cross state lines, they will likely need health certificates for the horses. In many cases, the health certificates will need to be less than 6 months old.
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No direct experience, but have been to parks with dedicated spots designated for RVs with horses with extra room.
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Old 07-02-2022, 09:12 AM   #4
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Search horse campgrounds or equine campgrounds. There are many across the country. There are also some fairgrounds which allow overnight stays and will also allow horses. I have a neighbor who does what you’re talking about. They travel out west at least twice a year with their horses.
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Old 07-02-2022, 09:18 AM   #5
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Here is a start:

https://go.campendium.com/camping-with-horses/

Our daughter goes camping with friends and horses in ID. They take a foldable corral that sets up for a couple of horses. They move it as needed. It folds up and hangs on the side of her horse trailer. Day rides into the mountains and camp fires with steaks in the evening. As long as your sons trailer can carry hay, feed and water thy should be good. Our daughter and her partner have a mobile Vet Service and vaccinate over 150 horses each spring for certificates to travel across state lines. A lot of people do it.
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To tow a trailer in the 8000+ lb range, they will need a fairly large, diesel powered coach, either a super-C or a class A diesel pusher. Gas-chassis coaches rarely exceed 5000 lbs in tow capacity.
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Old 07-02-2022, 10:09 AM   #7
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Being next to KY there are a lot of campgrounds in ohio an KY with horse camp sites. Camped next to folks with horses lots of times.

Can't remember any time that I saw a motor home pulling a trailer to a campground. Most of the times it's the combo trailer. can't see an issue with a MH pulling a horse trailer.
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What Gary said goes without saying. I assumed they were aware of what was needed to safely pull their trailer because the knew to weigh it. If not, they need to rethink their plan.
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We have a handful of equestrian camping state parks in MI. You can search through the MI DNR website and filter for equestrian. I actually booked one once on accident and had to change my site. The couple sites I have seen did not have any hook ups, just a fire ring and posts to tie up the horses at each site.

Also, the guy that had my gasser MH before me pulled his enclosed car hauler and race car to tracks with the MH. I wouldn't have done it, but he did this for years.

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Keep in mind that if they cross state lines, they will likely need health certificates for the horses. In many cases, the health certificates will need to be less than 6 months old.
100% and some camp grounds won’t allow them either. A good friend of mine did rodeo for a while and usually just stayed at the fairgrounds or show grounds because no camp grounds would take the horses.
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I think the OP was looking for RV suggestions, not campground suggestions. Gary gave the answer.
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As a long time RVer 20+ years i am well aware of the weight requirements. My kids travel locally with their horses behind a large Toyota. I presume they would know about any medical requirements. I will pass that information along. Since my son lives on the internet (has his own network security business) I'm sure he can find places to camp.
What we cannot seem to find is a community of like minded people. I know what a comfort it is to know you folks at IRV2 have my back with weird stuff and tiffinrvnetwork.com also for dedicated to Tiffin. Even Facebook has some decent community but not for this that I can find.
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I know you didn't ask about campgrounds but here's a nice list of campgrounds that allow horses:

https://go.campendium.com/camping-with-horses/
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I'll send that on to him
Thank you.

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