People waded through the sea of RVs, checking out the pull-out barbecues, outdoor decks and flat-screen TVs. But for many there was one vital question on their mind: How would Fido like it?

“I’ve had people buy an RV based on whether they can fit their dogs and cats into it,” Tom Alexander, area manager for Wheat Ridge-based Trailer Source, said Friday at the annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show in Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

The Denver Post reported that Alexander has been selling RVs for nine years and said people don’t want to leave their pets — dogs, cats or even birds — at home.

“We used to make a joke about the RV customer,” Alexander said. “You had to have a dog to get an RV.”

The president of Trailer Source, Jim Blumenthal, couldn’t make the show, which started Thursday (Dec. 5) and runs through Saturday. He was out camping in an RV with his dog Otis.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) says 61% of RV owners are like Blumenthal, and take their pets on trips. Of those, the vast majority take dogs along for the ride and the remainder take their cats, birds, ferrets, snakes or horses.

“They’ll choose floor plans around” their pets, said James Paredes, general sales manager at Lazydays RV, one of the nation’s largest RV sellers. “If there’s not a spot for Muffy — ‘What other floor plans do you have?’”

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