We have always crated our dogs or used x-pens under an ez-up awning (we also put the sides up for privacy and weather protection, as needed) when camping or at the dog shows - even when we had a big motorhome. I dont want dog slime on the fabric or slung on the cabinets and I would be so mad if they chewed a cabinet corner because they got bored. SO, Love my dogs but work too hard for the extras such as an RV.
The ex-pens are nice because they allow a large dog a larger area to lay and relax and walk around (typically 4x4) while the crates are more secure and smaller (28 tall" x 44" long x 26" wide). At campgrounds, I sometimes load the crates back in the truck and have them sleep inside if they wont settle down for unknown reasons. We also carry along an ultrasonic barking unit which deters them from sounding off. I just have to show it to them and they turn away like "it wasnt me"
2012 FR Flagstaff T12SDTH
1996 Shadowcruiser Pop Up Truck Camper
1967 Newell Motorcoach
2003 Ford F150 5.4 V8 Triton Super Cab
2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6 V8 4x4 Crew Cab