In this day and age, one is rarely caught without a smartphone in hand. We use our phones to pay bills, watch our favorite shows, snap photos, and even check in with friends. Why then, wouldn’t we use RV apps on our smartphones to improve our RV adventures?
That’s right! There is an app for that. In fact, there are a number of awesome apps that can improve your camping experiences. Whether you need a motorhome navigation app or an RV trip planner app, there’s something that’ll fit right in with your RVing style and make life a little easier.
Finding the Best RV Apps in 2020
Of course, the first step to adding helpful RV and travel apps to your phone is finding the best ones. There are a few different ways to go about this.
You could, of course, run some searches and sift through reviews of all the available apps. This is time consuming though, and could be frustrating if you don’t have the extra time to spare.
Another option is to check with RVing friends. Other campers might know of apps you wouldn’t find otherwise, and can provide honest feedback on the spot. This is a great way to go about it, but does limit you to whichever apps your friends know about.
If you’re looking to try, say, an RV GPS app (or any other travel app) besides what your camping buddies use, you’re in the right place. In this article we will explore the best RV, camping, and travel apps out there, so you can put your smartphone to good use during your next big adventure.
What is the Best RV GPS App?
Let’s first discuss the best RV GPS app options. After all, an RV navigation app is sure to be used on nearly every trip, and you have to be able to count on your app to help you reach your destination safely. Therefore, finding the best of the best is a must.
Best Free RV Navigation App
That said, Google Maps was not made with big rigs in mind. Therefore, you may want to crosscheck any route it gives with a truck atlas or RV-specific route planner.
Best RV Navigation App for a Fee
If you’re willing to pay for an RV-specific GPS, we recommend CoPilot RV (Android and Apple). This RV map app isn’t perfect, but it is one of the best we’ve found for ensuring you aren’t routed under low bridges, onto restricted roads, or up and down steep grades.
RV Trip Planning Apps
Sometimes planning is just as much fun as the actual traveling. This is especially true when you have the right tools to plan your epic adventures.
Here are some of our favorite planning apps. Download some of these to make planning a breeze.
Looking for an app that’ll serve more than one purpose? We love the following options, and each one has a variety of features that will help you plan the perfect trip:
- Allstays (Apple) — Often touted as the best RV trip planner app, this awesome program allows you to search for nearby campsites and book them quickly and easily. Additionally, you can use this app to check for dump stations, rest areas, and even road grades.
- InRoute (Apple) — InRoute is another great route planning app. It gives you the opportunity to add lots of stops, check the weather and road conditions on your route, and even check for elevation and curves in the road.
Want to create a checklist on your phone in order to ensure you don’t forget anything? RV Checklist is the perfect option. This app allows you to customize checklists of what to pack and do before each trip, and provides suggestions to help you out.
Apps for Finding Camping
Of course, you’ll need to find places to stay as you wander the country. Some of the apps listed above help with this, but there are a few others you should know about:
- Campendium (Apple) — We love Campendium because it offers user reviews of campsites of all kinds. This includes private campgrounds, public campgrounds, and even boondocking locations, and allows you to narrow your options based on information other campers provide.
- Passport America (Android and Apple) — If you’re a Passport America member, the Passport America app is a great tool for finding campgrounds included in your membership.
- Reserve America (Android and Apple) — Those who tend to stay in state parks will want to download the Reserve America app. This app lets you search and reserve campsites in state parks across the country.
- Recreation.gov (Android or Apple) — Unfortunately, Reserve America does not include federally owned campgrounds in its database. This is where the Recreation.gov app comes into play. It allows you to search, research, and reserve government-owned campgrounds.
- The Dyrt (Android or Apple) — In just a few clicks, build a custom trip based on your destination, vehicle type, camping preferences, and how long you want to drive each day. There is a free version, but with the PRO option members save up to 40% at hundreds of campgrounds and up to 30% on camping gear. Plus, PRO members have access to The Dyrt’s offline campground search and downloadable maps.
More Apps for Travel
Want to expand upon the travel apps listed above? We love the following travel apps as well:
- GasBuddy (Android or Apple) — Use this app to find the cheapest gas prices in any given area. Considering how much gas an RV can guzzle, this is a very valuable tool to have in your arsenal.
- RV Dump Stations (Apple) — When you gotta dump, you gotta dump. The RV Dump Stations app will help you learn where you can do that.
- Roadside America (Apple) — Are you a fan of weird roadside attractions? If so, Roadside America is your best friend. This app shows you exactly where to find all the silliest roadside attractions in the US (and Canada).
- AllTrails — The AllTrails app is an excellent resource for finding the best hiking, biking, and running trails. Search your area, read reviews, and start exploring.
Camping and RV Apps for Staying Connected
Connection is important. If you’re looking to connect with other RVers or stay connected to the outside world while on the road, these are the apps you’ll need to do so:
- RVillage (Android or Apple) — The very best social media app for meeting and keeping in touch with fellow RVers, RVillage is a must-have for those social butterflies out there.
- WiFi Map (Android or Apple) — This app helps locate the best free WiFi hotspots in your area. It also provides crowdsourced information on passwords, making staying connected to the internet easier.
- TV Antenna Helper (Android) or TV Towers USA (Apple) — Either of these apps will help you locate the closest TV towers. This helps you aim your TV antenna the correct way for the best TV reception possible.
Tool Apps for RV Camping
We all know how important it is to have tools on hand when camping. Why not expand upon your camping tool collection by using your phone as a tool as well?
- Bubble Level — There are a number of bubble level apps out there. Most work perfectly well and are great for helping get the trailer or motorhome level.
- Compass — As is the case with the bubble level, there are lots of compass apps out there. (Depending on your phone, you may even have one built in.) One is as good as the next, and any of them are great to have while out hiking.
- PeakFinder AR (Android and Apple) — This fun app helps you identify what mountains you might be looking at while out exploring.
- Night Sky (Apple) — Night Sky is a beautiful app that helps you find planets and constellations for stargazing purposes.
- iNaturalist (Android and Apple) — Curious about the plants and critters you find while hiking? iNaturalist will help you identify them quickly and easily.
Now that you have the very best RV apps, you can go RVing with confidence. Why not start shopping for your perfect rental RV today? Once you have a rig picked out, you can start planning your trip by checking out our top national parks, state parks, and RV campgrounds.