When we were planning our RV trip, we started doing research on the best RV apps. We knew we needed apps to help find campgrounds, RV dump stations, and gas. So here is a list of 5 apps that have helped us along the way. If you have any other suggestions on apps for us, let us know in the comments section! We are always looking for more efficient ways to travel and explore.
RV Apps to Find Campsites
Ultimate Campgrounds is one of the RV apps we use most. It costs $3.99 in the app store but has saved us a lot of time and over $600 in the first month. Ultimate Campgrounds shows campsites on BLM land, National Forests, National Parks, city and local parks and so much more. It basically pins different campsites on the map and lets you pull up all the info from those spots. Here are the basic features it includes that are so helpful to us while on the road full-time:
- Cost: Is the campsite free or does it have a nightly rate?
- Max Length: Can we fit with our 32’ RV or should we keep driving?
- Hookups: Does it have full hookups, just water or is it dispersed camping?
- Coordinates: This is a great help, especially for dispersed camping in the woods! We can plug the coordinates into Google Maps or our Garmin RV GPS.
- Contact info: Usually it lists a website with a phone number for the campsite. It’s not always accurate, but it’s a good start.
RV Parky is a free app that shows a variety of places to park and camp including National Forests, RV Parks, and Camping Worlds and Wal-Marts. Thankfully, we haven’t had to stay the night in a parking lot yet!
When you open the app, you can enter an address or search near your current location. The app pulls up a map with icons that represent the different locations. When you click on a location, it pulls up information with other users’ reviews.
This app is great if you need to find a place to park for the night or an RV park. We tend to use the Ultimate Campgrounds app more since it shows more BLM land, but this is a great free alternative.
Get the coordinates to our favorite FREE camping spots here.
RV App to Find Dump Stations
When ya gotta go, ya gotta go, and your RV is no different. Thankfully, someone had the idea to compile a large list of dump stations and put it in an app called Sanidumps! The basic version of this app is free and there is also Sanidumps + which is $2.99. Not sure what the difference is, but we would suggest to at least download the free version. It searches based on location, so it’s a great tool for planning travel days.
RV App to Find Cheap Gas
Who likes paying 30 cents more per gallon when there is a cheaper option around the corner? Not us! Especially when you can get GasBuddy, a free app, to tell you where that cheaper gas is! When you are driving a 32’ RV across the country while having a car in tow, dimes, nickels, heck, even pennies add up. We use a LOT of fuel, which why we use GasBuddy to help us find the best deals in town. This app searches gas stations based on your location and you can sort them by price. It is also updated frequently by users, so you always get the most up to date pricing. This one’s a must have for sure!
Now, this app is not RV specific, so if the gas station is a ways off the highway, it’s best to pull it up in Google Maps to make sure it’s easy to get in and out of.
RV App to Explore New Places
Roadtrippers app is a new one to us, but we have discovered some pretty sweet spots because of it. This is a free download, so why wouldn’t you give it a try? It allows you to map out your trip and add stops and detours along the way. The best part is it has plenty of user-submitted suggestions on coffee shops, breweries, food, hiking trails and more! It’s a great way to look ahead to some of your destinations and see what others have found to enjoy.
These 5 RV apps have come in handy for us time and time again, so be sure to download them before your next road trip.
Do you have a favorite RV or travel app? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for suggestions!