RV Hacks

How to Make RVing with Pets Less Messy

Bear At Florence, Oregon

Keeping your RV floor free of dirt and grime is a challenge. The great outdoors always looks so pretty in the photos, but it turns out it has lots of mud. And no matter how hard you try, the mud will end up inside.

Stupid outdoors.

Fighting mud is hard enough, but having a pet in such a small space brings its own challenges. We were constantly knocking over our dog Bear’s food and water bowls. And by “we” I mean “my husband.”

Don’t worry, he agrees. He edits our blog.

Our first year on the road was spent cleaning up mud and pet food. Seriously. That’s what it felt like.

What We Tried, and Why It Sucked

A Mudroom Show Holder With Bear's Food On It
This didn’t end well. Multiple times.

For a while I used a mud room shoe holder. It was cheap. Really cheap. It was also clunky and flimsy.

And did I mention that it was cheap?

I kept Bear’s food bowl and bin on it.

It had a lip on it that was very easy to snag with your foot.

It was right under the fridge.

Yeah, that didn’t end well. Every morning was like a scene from the Three Stooges.

But just when I was on the verge of throwing a frying pan at my husband every time he kicked water all over the room, Mat Trakk came to the rescue.

Yeah, Pet Trakk By Mat Trakk Rocks

The edges that hold in the bowls are perfect for any dog or cat bowls. You can even leave them in their kennel without worrying about messes on your floor.

When I told my husband Josh that Mat Trakk had asked us to review their Pet Trakk product, he said something along the lines of, “Why? What we have works. How much better can theirs be?”

I blacked out for a few minutes and don’t remember what happened, but Josh said that my eyes turned red and I grew fangs. He said my voice sounded like it came from The Exorcist, and that I summoned a thousand flying frying pans from Oblivion, all headed in his direction.

I think he hid in the great outdoors for a while. When he came back he tracked mud in.

Stupid outdoors.

Then we got the Pet Trakk in the mail, and he agreed that yeah…this thing rocks.

The design looks so simple. A spot for the bowl, a spot for the water, and a rim. That’s all there is to it, right?

Well, not exactly. The moat around the edge does a spectacular job of keeping runaway water and food from spreading. If we forget to empty Bear’s water bowl before taking off down the road, we don’t have to worry about it spilling all over the carpet.

To test its awesomeness, we went to Alaska. We didn’t go there just to review the Pet Trakk, but it made for a great test. Bear’s food and water got dragged across over 2,000 miles of frost heaves with nary a spill.

The mat is also extremely easy to clean. When the bumpy roads made a mess I simply grabbed a wash cloth and wiped up the water. Compared to the other shoe mat I was using that had ridges and was flimsy plastic this mat was a dream!

It’s Great For Pets

Another bonus with the mat is that when Bear eats and drinks his food he has to step on the mat to do so. I thought this was a very clever design since Bear sometimes dribbles after drinking a bunch of water. Instead of it getting on the floor it goes right onto the mat.

No training involved! Bear steps right onto the mat to eat his dinner.

It’s Great For Husbands, Too

My husband loses things when he’s working on the RV. I don’t mean he misplaces them, I mean he places them very purposefully then forgets where they are anyway. Sometimes they’re still in his hand. Other times they’re in front of his face. It happens. He’s nodding in agreement as he edits this.

It turns out that the Pet Trakk is great for putting screws, nails, pliers, and other miscellaneous gadgets on while you do your work. My husband always knows where they are, and they never roll away!

Got Kids? It’s Great For Them Too!

Mat Trakk made a video on their YouTube channel about how this mat is great for kids arts and crafts projects.  The mess stays on the mat and not on the floor. If your child is painting, the water they spill won’t run onto your table.

Pretty clever if you ask me!

As a former nanny, I wish I would have had one of these for the toddler I looked after.

The All Purpose mat comes in a variety of sizes as well

I can say all of us are much happier campers with the Pet Trakk Mat. I don’t have to clean up messes every morning, Bear doesn’t have to spill his food, and my husband reports that flying frying pan sightings are down 76%.

You can find Mat Trakk on:

Happy Camping!


FTC Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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