Are you looking for a dog ramp for a camper van? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the research so that you don’t have to. In this article, we’ll do our best to help you to choose the right dog ramp for you and your dog.
Travelling with a four-legged friend can be a joyous thing. But when your beloved pet starts to have trouble with their mobility, or just finds camper van steps not really suited to their four paws, then it’s time to look for solutions. That’s where a dog ramp for your camper comes in.
We’ve travelled with both cats and dogs over the years, and know the issues that come with increasing age and arthritic joints. Yes, you can lift them in or out of the camper van, but it is not ideal for either you or them. A dog ramp is much better all round. It gives your pet the chance to be able to get in and out of the camper van on their own.
So, with that in mind, we’ve had a good look around and found what we think are the best two models of dog ramp for a camper van…
WHICH IS THE BEST DOG RAMP FOR YOUR CAMPER
The PetSafe Solvit Telescopic Dog Ramp, seems to be well respected and is one of the most recommended dog ramp products out there. It is lightweight (only 5.89kg) and easily adjustable. It has a durable and sturdy design and can hold over 180kg. Which is more than enough for most of our canine companions. The combination of aluminium and plastic in its construction gives the ramp its strength and durability.
The telescopic ramp provides a comfortable walking surface. Its textured anti-slip surface is ideal to help those dogs who have mobility issues or who are getting on in years. It is lightweight and portable, and there are no clips or fasteners involved in setting the ramp up.
Being able to adjust the length of the ramp is a useful feature. Its adjustable length means that the dog ramp extends from 99.06cm to 182.88cm. (The total dimensions are 99.06 cm to 182.88 cm x 43.18 cm x 10.47 cm.)
Another important fact is that the Solvit telescopic dog ramp doesn’t flex like some folding dog ramps. Which is a big factor, especially for those of you with nervy dogs or those that are a little unsteady on their paws.
This Solvit ramp gets consistently good reviews and research has shown us that the ramp has been used on motorhomes with great success. All in all, the Solvit telescopic dog ramp, seems the perfect dog ramp for a camper van.
This Trixie Pet Ramp has very good reviews too. If you have a smaller dog (and smaller budget), then this ramp is a great choice. The raised edge to the walkway helps to guide your pet, and the ramp is lightweight (5.42 kg) and has an anti-slip coating. (The manufacturers say that the tread is skid-resistant even when wet.)
The ramp is made from plastic and is easy to clean. It measures 155.6cm x 40cm x 10.2 cm. The maximum weight the Trixie Pet Ramp can carry is 90 kilograms. The ramp bi-folds for storage. When the ramp is opened out, the chunky plastic ridges act as a support for the hinge, so there’s minimal flexing as your pet climbs up and down the ramp.
These two ramps are among the highest rated on Amazon. And both should be suitable for use as a dog ramp for a camper van.
I am sure that by weighing up the features and reading the reviews for yourself, you’ll get a very good feel for which ramp is going to be the best one for you and your dog.
Which ramp would I choose?
Either of these ramps will do the job and both are a good choice. But I must admit that if I was pushed, I’d personally lean toward the Solvit. The telescopic design and lack of flexing would be an important factor for me. Our old dog would have leapt straight off, if there was as much as a hint of a wobble!
I hope this article has helped you in your decision about which dog ramp to get for your camper van. Whichever dog ramp you choose, I’m positive your dog will be grateful and appreciate being able to get in and out of their ‘holiday home on wheels’ more easily.
Here’s wishing you and your four-legged friend many good times on the road.
“There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog.”
– Mira Grant
Before you go
You might be interested in our post about dog accessories for your camper van.