Must Have Smartphone RV Apps to Make Travel Easier

Must Have Smartphone RV AppsIn today’s world we seem to be turning to our phones and tablets for more and more information. We are fortunate as travelers to have this modern technology. I have listed below 10 of the must have Smartphone RV apps for Android and iOS that we use constantly as we travel. There are many more apps available, but I have listed the ones that we use. If you have suggestions that we have missed, please let us know in the comments.

  1. Allstays Camp and RV ($9.99, Android, iOS,)

This is the #1 Selling, #1 Ranked, #1 Reviewed Camping App that you can get for both Android and iOS. I use it on a daily basis as we travel. I can easily find campgrounds, dump stations, truck and rest stops, RV services, supplies, low bridges and much more. Some data is available even when you are offline.

Now into the fifth year, the most popular camping app gets better all year. It is the revolutionary app that lets you find and filter places and services with or without the internet. From resorts to parking lots, extensive filters help you find exactly what you want year after year for a one-time price & no ads.

Campgrounds include both private and public and give the website link so you can get further information. Campground details include; official website, phone number, directions, open season, elevation, rate range, sites, hookups, amps, big rigs access, tents or no tents, clubs, water, showers, toilets, tables, pool, playground, laundry, propane, pet-friendly, RV dump station, age restrictions, storage, firewood, boat launch, seasonal sites and internet access.

  1. Wi-Fi Finder (Free, iOS, Android)

Available for both iPhone and Android this is rated the best app for finding we-fi-spots near you. You can also download a map for when you are offline so that you can find a hotspot even when you cannot make a connection. Simple download all of the locations offline, so you know how to stay connected when you are on the road.

Using the GPS function on your iPhone, the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there. You can also search for your preferred providers seeing which hotspots are served by those providers. And you can filter by location type (restaurant, cafe, hotel, etc..). When you find the location you want to use, you’ll be given a phone number and directions on how to get there.

  1. Road Trip Lite • MPG and Mileage Tracking (Free, IOS)

Road Trip is the fastest and easiest app for tracking of your car’s or RV’s fuel economy, maintenance history, and expenses. “The most comprehensive road travel app of them all, Road Trip allows you to track mileage, fuel prices, graph out trip expenses, and even export the data to CSV.”

Road Trip will…

  • Track your fuel economy and fuel costs.
  • Track your maintenance history.
  • Track and compare your vacations and trip costs.
  • Remind you when regular maintenance is due.
  • Prevent expensive premature maintenance.
  • Show you how much money you spend on your car.
  1. Evernote (Free, iOS, Android)

Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch is the modern workspace that syncs between all of your devices. You can work everywhere and stay productive:

  • Write notes, checklists, and research
  • Organize web articles, docs, and photos

I use Evernote for my to-do lists, shopping lists, and recipes. I’ve got my favorite recipes on it. I have an RV pack up list, a list of places to visit, a list of favorite campgrounds, and a list of campgrounds to avoid in the future. I add notes about people that I have met on the road and where I met them as well as their contact information so that we can stay in touch. I even make notes for new blog articles on it. No more scrap paper lists or small notebooks. Everything I need to remember goes in Evernote.

  1. Keeper Online Password Manager & Digital Vault ($$ Several plans available iOS, Android, desktop)

This app is essential for me. With the ever expanding use of passwords and more security issues, it is nearly impossible to keep track of all of your online user names and passwords. This is especially necessary when my husband and I have separate accounts, and we need to be able to access those accounts for each other at times.

With Keeper, you can securely store, share and manage your passwords, logins, credit card numbers, bank accounts and private information in your encrypted digital vault. Hackers can’t gain access to your personal information. You can also generate secure random passwords, auto-fill passwords with the browser extension, import passwords, securely share records with friends and family and sync with all your devices.

This app allows you to protect your files, photos, videos, confidential documents in your secure digital vault. You can easily and securely share files with other Keeper users and prevent data loss with cloud storage backups.

  1. Good Sam Camping App (Free, iOS, Android)

Find your next RV camping destination on your smartphone today with the new Good Sam Camping app, available now for Android and Apple iOS from Google Play and the Apple App store.

The new Good Sam Camping app offers discounts, directions, and information about the more than 13,000 RV parks and campgrounds listed in the top-selling Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide, printed annually. Included with each park listing is the exclusive Good Sam 10/10*/10 Triple Rating.

The searchable database includes 2,100+ Good Sam parks with 10% discounts for Good Sam members. Users can search by city and state or province and filter campground searches based on hookups, swimming pools, pet restrictions and seasonality.

  1. Free RV Campground and Overnight Parking – Lite (Free, iOS, Android)

Traveling or Living on your RV and would like to save money on RV Park Fee? This App is your solution. We gathered all the locations of free RV Campground or RV Overnight Parking across the United States and show them on the map.

  1. PassPort America (Free, iOS, Android)

Apps are free to download for anyone* (Passport America members and non-members alike) who would like to browse our International Directory of participating parks, campgrounds, and resorts. If you are not a member, check out the Passport America website to see how you can save money on campgrounds.

  1. Gas Buddy (Free, iOS, Android)

This is a must have app to find the nearest fuel stop and find cheap fuel prices. The app lets you search for gas prices near your current location, or by city. You can view gas stations on a map or in list format. In list format, you can go through tabs for regular, midgrade, premium, and diesel prices. You can even see how long it’s been since the station’s price was updated.

The app updates its prices through user reports. To give people an incentive to update gas prices, GasBuddy gives away a $250 gas gift card each week to those who have reported prices. This perk seems to work, as most of the stations near where we have traveled had update times within around 12 hours.

  1. Waze (Free, iOS, Android)

Get the best route, every day, with real–time help from other drivers.

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.

Waze connects you to its network of local drivers who contribute traffic information and road reports on things like accidents, construction areas, police traps, and more. The more people who use Waze, the more information it provides to its network of drivers. Waze has a large, robust community, which makes it super useful.

The app also provides turn-by-turn driving directions on a live map. The app automatically checks for the latest traffic information and will re-route you if current traffic conditions are compromised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to Must Have Smartphone RV Apps to Make Travel Easier

  1. Michael September 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Solid recommendations Melinda…we are already using a few of your top 10. For the rv’er of today, they make traveling much simpler. Very good post…

  2. Melinda Stanfield September 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Thanks, Michael. Let me know if you have any apps you are using that are not listed.

  3. rollercoaster September 21, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    Another useful app for travelers is Spyglass. With its cockpit hud layout it looks really cool, but it also has many helpful features for orienting in an unfamiliar area. The app shows your current position on the map, allows to save and track several waypoints and locations, for example, places of interests or your car location. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

  4. Melinda Stanfield September 21, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Thank you, it looks like a very helpful app. I will certainly check it out on our next trip.

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