Planning and executing the perfect RV trip can be a challenge, and having the right RV apps makes all the difference.
We have asked Chelsea Gonzales, a fellow full-time RVer, to help us share the top RV apps. Between our 2 families, we bring over 10 years of full-time RV travel experience and app testing to the table!
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Our Top RV App Recommendations
Featured Membership: Harvest Hosts
We love our Harvest Hosts membership! You get unlimited access to farms, breweries, wineries, and attractions across North America. With a membership, you can stay overnight at these businesses, and in return, you are just asked to support the business by doing a tour, buying a bottle of wine, etc. Click here to learn more.
Featured Membership: RV Trip Wizard
RV Trip Wizard is a web tool and an app (when purchasing the membership, you also get the RV Life App!). It is a favorite utility of mine and truly makes the road trip planning process seamless. Click here to learn more.
Check out the post below to see what other apps we recommend:
As full-time RVers, our family has had four and a half years of experience planning trips, and over the course of those years, we’ve run into our fair share of problems. Fortunately, we’ve also found a number of tricks for making planning easier, and this has meant fewer issues and a much more relaxed planning process.
Some of our favorite trip-planning tricks involve the use of RV apps. Whether you need to find overnight parking or the cheapest gas stations around to fill your dually truck without breaking the bank, there’s an app for that.
By downloading the perfect collection of great RV apps, we’ve saved ourselves miles, dollars, and countless frustrations.
The Best Trip Planning Apps
The first step when it comes to executing the perfect RV trip is tackling the planning process. Luckily, there are a number of awesome apps that can help with road trip planning. In this section, we will discuss the best apps for finding rest areas and campgrounds and planning the perfect route for your RV travels.
RV Trip Wizard
RV Trip Wizard is a web tool and an app (when purchasing the membership, you also get the RV Life App!). It is a favorite utility of mine and truly makes the road trip planning process seamless. It is $65 a year but well worth it!
This awesome program allows you to customize your route however you see fit. It gives you the option to add truck stops, restaurants, and attractions along the way and provides detailed information on hundreds of campgrounds. It also allows you to narrow your campground search based on the memberships you have, meaning you can specify that you only want to see Good Sam parks or Thousand Trails parks.
I love that the program uses the information I put in to tally up the total cost of my trip and that my route can be exported to a GPS or Google Maps. You can combine RV Trip Wizard with the RV Life App (included in your membership), like having an RV GPS in your pocket!
You know when you find a campground, but you have never been to it before, so you aren’t sure what the campground will be like or look like or what site to pick?! That is where you want Campground Views. They have over 190 virtual tours, 3,123 videos, 55,005 photos and cover 16,565 parks!
This free app provides information on thousands of campsites all across the United States. From boondocking locations to full-fledged RV resorts, The Dyrt gives users a chance to read reviews written by fellow campers and leave reviews of their own.
Additionally, you can request to reserve a site from the app, making it a cinch to find camping spots.
They have a free or paid version: The Dyrt PRO camping app offers trip planning (which is awesome!), offline app access (such a great feature), downloadable maps, gear discounts, and camping discounts at hundreds of campgrounds.
Not an app but a website that is great for planning a unique stay on your RV trip! Boondockers Welcome is a membership site that connects you with a network of people who offer their property for you to stay at.
You can stay in someone’s driveway, farm, or property by a river or lake. And often, they offer things like ATV rides, boat rides, a chance to work on the farm, and more.
You can read about our experience staying with Boondockers Welcome and get a few tips for your stay here.
Read reviews from various locations and find the perfect campgrounds, dump stations, rest stops, and more. Filter stops by amenities and quickly check for road conditions and emergencies. Best of all, you can search while offline, meaning you can even use this app in remote locations!
Built by a full-time RVer with the help of the RV community, RV Parky claims to be home to the most complete collection of RV campgrounds out there. The app provides user reviews and photos, helping make your trip planning a bit easier.
This RV app doesn’t do as much as the ones mentioned above, but we love the simplicity of it!
Are you a loyal KOA campground user? If so, the KOA app might be the one for you.
Using this app, you can search for KOA commercial RV parks based on location/amenities/attractions, reserve a campsite, and even integrate with your favorite map app to navigate to your campground of choice. The app also provides emergency alerts and notifications about KOA deals and promotions.
Hipcamp is something like Airbnb, except for campers. It allows people with spare land to rent their space to campers, meaning a whole new world of camping opportunities for you.
The Hipcamp app allows users to easily search for and reserve Hipcamp campsites. You can read reviews, narrow your search by certain criteria, and even access certain information offline.
Like Hipcamp, Harvest Hosts is a membership program that gives campers the chance to camp on real farms and vineyards across the United States.
While you pay a small annual membership fee to use the service, the app is free and allows you to search for and book the perfect campsite right from your phone.
The free app provides camper-written reviews of thousands of campsites, including many we haven’t found on any other review website. Additionally, Campendium provides cell reception information, which many full-time RVers need.
Quite possibly, the most-used navigation app out there, Google Maps, is our go-to navigation app. We love that it gives multiple route options, and we can choose to avoid tolls. We also appreciate the street view option, which allows us to check out certain roads and parking lots to make sure they will work for our rig.
The final route planning tool that we recommend is the Mountain Directory. This also isn’t truly an app, but rather a set of two ebooks. Mountain Directory West costs $17, while Mountain Directory East costs $15.
The books provide invaluable information on mountain passes and steep grades, helping you plan the safest travel route possible. We find this tool quite useful because Google Maps doesn’t provide this information.
Weather Apps for Planning Travels
Weather apps can help you see what the weather will be like wherever you plan to travel. This allows you to route around a location if the weather looks bad or at least be prepared for any storms or extreme temperatures that may come your way.
These apps are also great because they will alert you of severe weather, giving you a chance to take shelter if necessary.
Accuweather is one of the most accurate weather apps out there, making planning that much easier. It provides information not usually found in weather apps, such as the UV index and the “RealFeel”. We also love that it provides a live weather radar and real-time alerts, which means we are always aware when severe weather is headed our way while in our RV. This is one of the best apps for RV.
The Weather Channel
Another fantastic option is The Weather Channel’s app. This app also provides weather alerts and a live radar, keeping you up-to-date in severe weather. One of the things we love most about this app is the fact that it provides Allergy Insights, meaning we know when to stay indoors to avoid allergy attacks.
Apps for Finding Activities
Of course, you’re going to want to find things to do during your RV travels. Luckily, the United States is chock-full of awesome sights to see and things to experience.
We like using the apps below to fill out our itinerary. Whether you’re hoping to take a break along your route or want to fill your days once you arrive at your destination, the RV apps listed can help you find the perfect options for your family.
Road Trippers is a lot like RV Trip Wizard but with some features missing. We tend to use it to find fun things to do and see along our route. The app allows you to search along your route and has thousands of attractions saved, meaning you won’t miss any of the awesome sights as you travel.
Most RVers do some amount of hiking as they travel. After all, hiking is one of the best ways to see the national park trails and the state parks out there.
If you need a way to find the best hiking trails in the United States, AllTrails is the app for you. This app allows you to search for trails in a certain area and provides descriptions, reviews, and even difficulty ratings for each trail. They also offer offline maps so you can download the map/trail when hiking out of range!
National Parks Trail Guide
Offering complete information on the hiking trails in many of the most popular United States national parks, the National Park Trail Guide is a fantastic app. This app offers a comprehensive table of contents with maps and details to help you choose and navigate trails, and it even works offline, meaning it can be used in those more remote national park locations.
Perfect Apps to Use While Driving
Sanidumps RV Dump Station Locator
I recommend using the Sanidumps RV Dump Station Locator app to find dump stations. This app makes finding nearby dump stations a cinch. Unfortunately, it’s only available on the Google Play Store, meaning Apple users will need to find another option.
RV Dump Stations
For Apple users, I recommend the RV Dump Stations app. Unlike the Sanidumps app, this one costs a bit of money ($1, to be exact). However, we find that it is money well spent, as we can almost always find state parks, campgrounds, or truck stops that will allow us to get rid of our waste water after some time spent boondocking.
Motorhomes tend to be gas guzzlers, and trucks pulling trailers use their fair share of fuel. Save money on those countless fill-ups by using the GasBuddy app to find the closest gas stations and truck stops with the cheapest fuel prices.
One of our favorite forms of entertainment during our RV travels is audiobooks. Get access to thousands of audiobooks and find something for everyone by downloading the Audible app. You will need to pay for the books you listen to, but monthly subscriptions make this easy and painless.
Great Apps for in the Campground
Think you won’t need RV travel apps anymore once you arrive at your campground of choice? Think again! There is one app we find ourselves using in campgrounds and RV parks often, and we think you’ll love it just as much as we do.
RVers always look for the fastest internet connection possible. Even those who have a mobile hotspot may have difficulty getting a good connection, especially in state parks and national park campgrounds, which can be very remote. This is where Speedtest comes into play.
Speedtest is a handy app that tests the speed of your internet connection. You can use this to choose the campsite with the best connection in any given campground.
As you can see, some good RV apps can make a world of difference when it comes to planning and executing the perfect trip. Why not start downloading today?
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