Paying your bills? Yup.
Streaming music and movies? Uh-huh.
Taking photos? You bet.
Social networking? Obviously.
Successful RV tripping? You guessed it — turns out there’s an app for that, too. Lots, in fact!
Whether you’re rocking an Android or an iPhone, our smartphones help us stay connected at the touch of a pocket-sized screen. And since they’re so ubiquitous, tech-savvy campers have created lots of RV-friendly apps that can help you make your camping trip easier, better organized, and simply more convenient. Whether you’re looking for help routing ahead of time or trying to find your way out of an on-the-road pickle, there’s more than likely an app out there that’s perfect to help get you on your way.
Here are just a few of our favorite apps for RV travel, camping, rental and more.
Apps for RV Travel
From routing to finding campgrounds, here are some of the best apps for RV travel, both for owners and renters!
Although it isn’t free, this app is one of the best on the market when it comes to all-inclusive resources for RVers. You’ll be able to find nearby campsites from BLM-approved boondocking spots to overnight-friendly Walmart parking lots, and it also adds relevant info like low clearance bridges and RV service stations to the map.
Yes, it’s expensive for an app… but think of it as an alternative to buying a stand-alone navigation, like a Garmin, for your rig. Because this app does everything a fancy $300+ system does, and sometimes even better!
You’ll be able to map your route with RV-specific information at your fingertips, including clearance info, accurate speed, and more. You can also download maps ahead of time to ensure you won’t get lost, even if your route takes you out of data range and offline. This is also one of the best RV GPS apps for iPad users.
3. Google Maps — free
Although you won’t benefit from RV-specific info, Google Maps is just about top of the line when it comes to free mapping and GPS technology. It’ll show you how to get from point A to point B including options to avoid highways or toll roads, and also allows you to search for and add in multiple stops along the way to your final destination. That certainly makes it one of the best free RV GPS navigation apps, in our opinion!
RV Trip Planning Apps
Planning your itinerary doesn’t have to be an intimidating and work-intensive process, complete with a clumsy paper map. Here are a few RV route planner apps — some of which are totally free!
4. Good Sam Club Trip Planner — free (with club membership)
Alright, alright, this one isn’t technically an “app” you download onto your smartphone. But if you’re a Good Sam member, you definitely want to take advantage of this easy-to-use, point-to-point online trip planning service. Best of all? It’s totally free with your existing membership!
5. InRoute — free (with in-app purchases)
If you want to feel super-confident on your next RV journey, be sure to download this free app, which will tell you everything from local weather conditions to elevation along the route you’ve set up for your day’s travel. It’ll help you stay informed with up-to-the-minute updates, which can help you stay safe and avoid storms, accidents, and other delays!
Best Apps for RV Camping
Need help finding a place to stay? Here are our favorite RV park and campground finder apps.
6. Ultimate U.S. Public Campground Project — $3.99
Four bucks is a small price to pay for an app that will reliably find you cheap and free public camping options, no matter where in the country you’re headed. Sites are color-coded and come with all sorts of extra information and filters, including site type and size as well as available amenities and activities.
7. Passport America — free (with membership)
If you’re a member of Passport America, this is one of the best free RV campground apps around. (And if you’re not a member, we’d recommend you consider becoming one — at just $44 per year, your membership will pay for itself in discounted campsites and useful information in no time.)
8. U.S. Public Lands — $2.99
This app overlays a map of your area with a map of public lands owned by the BLM, which can help you figure out whether or not that awesome-looking campsite you’re eyeing is actually OK to boondock on. It can prove invaluable if you’re trying to discover brand new boondocking sites of your own!
Camping and RV Apps
Here are a few more miscellaneous apps to help you with finding cheap gas, new friends, and everything else!
9. GasBuddy — free
We love RVing, but we have to admit: The price of gas can really add up quickly! That’s why we religiously turn to free gas-pricing apps, like GasBuddy, to see which local fill-up will be the least expensive. When you’re talking about hundreds of gallons of fuel, even a few cents per gallon adds up!
10. SaniDumps — free
When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go — and that “goes” for your RV, too! This free RV dump directory will help you find local dump and fill stations, no matter where you and your rig might be.
11. RVillage — free
Want to meet other RVers and travelers like you? This RV-specific social networking app was set up by full-timers to help campers connect, and it’s a great way to make new friends while you’re on the road.
12. RV Checklist — free
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times… but it’s advice worth repeating. Never move your RV without completing a thorough walkaround and double-checking everything! Otherwise, you might end up getting your awning caught or dragging your sewer hose down the street. (Yes, we’ve seen it happen…)
This app will make it that much easier to be thorough in your pre-drive rundown, giving you a digital checklist that fits in the palm of your hand. No excuses!
So there you have it — a collection of apps fit to make a whole new “RVing” folder on your device’s home screen. What are your can’t-live-without-’em RVing apps? Let us know!