There are many apps out there that can help make RVing so much easier. Most of the ones we’ve found are free and the ones that cost or require a membership fee are worth it because they pay for themselves within 2 or 3 uses. As part-time RVers we have saved time, money, and stress by using these apps regularly:
- AllStays Camp & RV
AllStays Camp & RV is perfect for planning your next RV trip and/or for when you’re making decisions on the road. It costs 9.99 and the app more than pays for itself. It helps find truck stops, rest areas, free RV dump stations, free camping options and a lot more. Instead of having separate apps for finding a Cracker Barrel or a Flying J, you only need this one.
- Harvest Hosts
For a $40 membership fee this app shows you wineries, farms, gardens, and ranches that allow overnight stays in exchange for any purchase. We’ve stayed at picturesque wineries in Northern California, breweries in Montana, and a ranch in Texas. Two of the three actually has water & electric hookups. We simply bought and item as a thank you for allowing the stay; honey at one place, a wine tasting at another, a bottle of wine at another. A great way to see small business with great products in scenic settings all over the country.
- Google Maps
We use a Garmin Nuvi that a trucker recommended for navigation purposes, but we use our Google Maps app on the fly to determine distances in case we want to stop earlier or later than we planned. We also use this app when we read about a place we want to stop in the future. If you are logged into your google account you are able to save a location on the map. This helps us remember amazing places we’ve been and figure out where we might want to visit next.
You can find almost anything using this app from a good dog groomer to the best happy hour in town. The reviews are helpful when looking for good food in a new place.
It’s not just for coffee discounts either (but we love earning stars for that too!), we’ve saved time/money by using these spots for WiFi and clean bathrooms. When traveling through some states this is the most decent coffee you’ll find, anyway 🙂
- Weather Channel
Of course you need to know the normal forecast when traveling, but this app has added features: severe weather updates plus air quality and UV indices. You can even see a 15 day extended forecast.
Beyond normal forecasts this is a quick way to see the Doppler radar for an entire region so you can plan accordingly. When severe weather is eminent this tool is a lifesaver.
When you’re stuck in traffic in a new city and need to know what’s going on up ahead this app is indispensable. It also shows cops ahead 🙂
It is likely that other travelers and bloggers you follow are on Instagram (IG) and geo tag their location on the app. If you see they’re nearby, it’s as easy as leaving a comment to see if they want to meet up. It’s also a great way to let family and friends see photos of where you are and what adventures you’re having.
GasBuddy is a free app that displays gas prices around the United States so you can compare and choose where you spend your money. There have been times where we saved over $.20 per gallon thanks to this app.
Bonus! For those RVers who love hiking, mountain biking, and overlanding here are two apps you need to check out: