Hello! We are Deas and Jennifer Nealy. We have been RVing with our 3 dogs since 2013.
We first started toying with the idea of RVing when we somehow ended up with 3 dogs, and it became ridiculously expensive to board them when we went out of town. We started taking more and more car vacations where we could bring the dogs with us, and we talked about how nice it would be to just have an RV so we wouldn’t have to worry about finding dog-friendly accommodations (which is especially difficult when you have THREE dogs!)
For over a year we read about RVs and attended a few RV shows. We had four must-have criteria: 1) It had to be 35 feet long or less, 2) It had to be diesel, 3) It had to have a king size bed, and 4) It had to have a washer and dryer.
We looked and looked, and people kept telling us that the right RV would eventually come along. And it did: the perfect RV for us showed up on eBay in early 2013 – a 2010 Tiffin Allegro Red. Since we had been looking for so long, we new immediately it was the right one for us and agreed to buy it sight unseen!
The first few days with the RV were a little crazy as we tried to educate ourselves about it as fast as we could. There were a few moments of “What in the world have we done??”, but overall we were very excited and couldn’t wait to take our first big trip.
In 2013 we rented out our house in Grayton Beach, FL, took a 6-month trip out west and visited 11 states. We returned over the winter to our “home base” and spent the winter there. In March 2014 we set out in the RV again, sold our house in Florida that summer, and have been in the RV ever since! We still spend the winters around Grayton Beach to catch up with friends and family. In 2015 we will be traveling up the east coast and will spend the summer in Maine and Nova Scotia.
Jake is a Australian Shepherd mix that we found running on a busy highway in TN in 2008. He is an extremely smart and active dog, which as anyone with a smart/active dog knows, means he can be a bit of a challenge. He would prefer to be an outside dog, but much to his dismay we have given him a cushy life and force him to sleep inside on a dog bed in the air conditioning. He once broke out of our RV when we weren’t home by pushing a screen out of the window, and had a grand time running all over the RV park before someone snagged him and turned him into the camp hosts. He’s terrified of thunder and rain, and he has terrible breath.
Nikki is a black German Shepherd that we got as a companion for Jake, since Jake was driving us crazy as an only dog. She came from a pound in South Atlanta. When we got her, she was skin and bones, had heartworms, was completely unhousebroken, and her teeth are completely worn down (the vet guesses from being either tied on a chain or contained by a fence.) It took us a good 4 months to nurse her back to health, and we have been rewarded by having the sweetest dog we could ever imagine. In true German Shepherd fashion, Nikki never lets me out of her sight – even if I walk from one side of the RV to the other, she follows me. She loves her “babies” – her stuffed animals – and she’s almost always carrying one around in her mouth.
Shorty is a Corgi/Golden Retriever mix that I found running down a highway in Georgia in 2011. When I first picked him up, I assumed that he was just lost because he is completely adorable, and he was neutered and housebroken. However he was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip. Despite my placing signs all over the place, contacting multiple vets and rescue groups, and checking every lost-dog website I could find, I never found anyone looking for him. So suddenly we had 3 dogs. Shorty is full of attitude, insists on sleeping with his head on a pillow on our bed every night, and he really, really hates cows.