Apps for RVers

Apps that locate campgrounds, monitor the weather, find shopping, internet connectivity and more.

Have an app that you love but don’t see here? Let us know in the comments at the bottom!


Allstays Camp & RV

Allstays Camp & RV

Our #1 pick for finding campgrounds and RV parks. The app shows both government owned (state, county and city) parks as well as private RV parks.

Open the app, view the map, click on a park and get the name and distance from you. You can click through to the address, number of sites, available hookups, etc.

The “reviews” link just takes you to a Google search so we will look on other sources like RVParkReviews.com for better insight from other RVers who’ve stayed there..

The app also finds urban boondocking options like Walmarts, Sams Clubs, Cracker Barrels and truck stops.


Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s Prime program is a no-brainer for fulltime RVers. The program started by offering free two-day shipping on many items - which alone is worth the price of Prime.

Over time Amazon has added many other benefits including movies and music. We have an iPhone with a grandfathered unlimited data plan, so we often use this app to watch movies snuggled up in bed.


CardStar

CardStar

Traveling in the US means an ever-shifting landscape of regional grocery store chains. Each chain has their own frequent shopper cards - we’ve started collecting them like baseball cards.

CardStar makes them easier to manage - you just scan each card into the app. At the grocery store you then let the cashier scan the barcode from your phone.


Coverage

Coverage

Another app by the nomadic geek developers Chris and Cherie of Technomadia.com, Coverage loads cell-coverage maps from all the different providers.

We use this mostly when venturing into State and National Parks where the cell coverage may not be sufficient to keep our online businesses running.


Free Wifi Finder

Free Wifi Finder

We mostly rely upon our own internet gear for connectivity, but there are times when we want a secondary source (big OS updates, large file upload or downloads, etc).

In those cases I’ll fire up this app to see what my available local options are.


Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy

This is one of those apps that we don’t use often but when we need it, we need it.

We have learned to look for fuel when we reach a 1/2 tank. There have been times where we got a bit closer to empty than we liked, so used Gas Buddy to find the closest source.

When traveling with the fifth wheel attached we are more concerned about accessibility of the gas station than the price, so don’t use the app to shop for the cheapest gas source.


Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth is handy for getting a better sense of a campground we are heading towards - especially if you are worried about navigation with a big rig.

I also use it once in campgrounds to find sources of noise, or paths to rivers or lakes, etc.


Google Maps

Google Maps

We do recommend a dedicated GPS for navigation, but still use our smartphones at times.

We have iPhones, and trying to use Siri and Apple Maps always leads to frustration. Instead we use Google Maps. You can still perform voice searches - just look for the microphone icon to initiate one.


Geocaching

Geocaching

Goecaching is a great way to explore places you (think you) know and places you don’t. The app is excellent, allowing you do download cache locations and log finds all from within its interface.


History Here

History Here

Published by the History Channel, this app will show places of historical importance that are around you.

We’re not huge history buffs but will somtimes load up this app to see if there’s anything of note close by.

It’s been handy in finding out more about those historical markers we always drive by but can’t often stop for.


Librivox

Librivox

Librivox.org creates free audio versions of books in the public domain, read by volunteers.

MsBoyink and I have been listening to a chapter or two of an audio book at night for 4+ years using Librivox and haven’t run out of stories yet.

Use the app to find and play free audiobooks!


MyRadar

MyRadar

Inclement weather is a big concern for RVers. We like MyRadar because it puts the local radar front and center and defaults to animating it so you can see how a storm front is moving.

Local forecasts are just a click away.

The once-simple app has gotten a bit junked up with unused features - but remains our go-to weather app.


NOAA Radio

NOAA Radio

We use this in conjunction with the MyRadar app.

NOAA Radio is a bit clunky - but you can give it a location to get weather alerts (but you have to set it vs. it reading your location).

If this app sounds the alert, we dial up the radar app to see what the situation is.


Passport America

Passport America

Passport America is a discount camping program. RV parks join and list their “unsold inventory” at various discounts. Members join for a reasonable rate (~$40/year) and then enjoy those discounts at the campgrounds.

This app helps you locate participating Passport RV parks.

MsBoyink describes the app as “a bit clunky” and prefers to use the website instead if possible, but it’s still worth loading the app on a mobile device.


Redbox

Redbox

We have a limited internet connection, so unless the RV park Wifi supports streaming a movie (which does happen..once in a very great while) Redbox is our go-to choice for movies.

Pick the movie up in one spot, drop it off in another - perfect for RVers on the move.

The app isn’t necessary, but does make it easier to find and reserve a movie from the closest kiosk.


Roadside America

Roadside America

We love seeing the quirky and unusual, so we’ll often load up Roadside America to see what fun stuff is around us. 

We have been known to make a day out of just driving to different attractions.


RV Parky

RV Parky

We recently used RVParky after the AllStays app had some issues. We’re not in love with RVParky, but it’s a decent backup option if Allstays doesn’t work for you.


Skyview

Skyview

Once we got out of the ‘burbs to where the stars and planets were easier to see, we took a greater interest in them.

We often pull out this app to identify what we are seeing. It’s one the kids always love - walking around a dark park holding the phone to find treasures in the sky.


State Lines

State Lines

Created by fellow RVers Chris and Cherie of Technomadia.com, State Lines captures all the laws that are different state by state.

Taxes, seatbelts, motorcycle helmets, cellphone bans and more are all listed in a state by state format.

Especially handy for RVers on the move are rest area stay lengths, towing speeds, and right-turn-on-red laws.


Stack the States

Stack the States

Learn about the states as you stack them for fun!  We played this game a lot our first year on the road - it’s great for learning the relative sizes and shapes of the states.


Sworkit

Sworkit

The constant change of schedule and location while traveling makes getting regular workouts hard.

We’ve had the best luck with this Sworkit app. You tell it the time you have (as little as 5 minutes) and what type of workout you want (cardio, strength, yoga, etc), and it leads you through different exercises with video examples.

Miranda even did a guest post for the app.


TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio

If you have certain radio stations that you want to listen to even if you aren’t within range, check out the TuneIn App.

I use it mostly to listen to WWOZ out of New Orleans so I can feel like I’m there when we aren’t.


White Noise

White Noise

One way to get better sleep with an ever-changing symphony of RV park, truck stop or Walmart sounds outside your door is to mask them using a white noise app.

We fire this up at night (after finishing our story) so we don’t wake up at every new sound in the campground (or parking lot).

These apps tend to go overboard with variety of sounds, playlists, timers, alarm clocks etc. We just use the simple “static” white noise sound and turn it off & on manually.


Yelp

Yelp

We most often use Yelp when looking for a local place to eat.

Yelp has got us to great burgers in Melbourne, FL, unforgettable pork sandwiches in Brunswick, GA and to-die-for sweet potato casserole in San Antonio, TX.

We’ve also used Yelp to find laundromats, oil change places and other local businesses while traveling.

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18 Comments Apps for RVers

  1. Picture of KelliKelliOctober 31, 2015

    Great information !!

  2. Picture of Eric and Stephanie DarnellEric and Stephanie DarnellNovember 15, 2015

    We appreciate your insight to traveling the states! Thanks :)

  3. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkNovember 15, 2015

    Thanks guys - glad you found it useful!

  4. Picture of TiffanyTiffanyFebruary 21, 2016

    Thank you so much for this list! We are about to become FT in the next 30 days and this list is incredibly helpful!

  5. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkFebruary 21, 2016

    Awesome - glad to hear it.

    FYI we also added your blog to our blogroll, and a link to your blog will also show up on both our Facebook and Pinterest page in a couple days.

  6. Picture of Eric & RuthEric & RuthJuly 01, 2016

    Appreciate your sharing your experience! We are heading towards full-time RVing within the next few months…

  7. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkJuly 01, 2016

    Thanks Eric & Ruth - good luck on the launch!

  8. Picture of Alan CAlan CJanuary 23, 2017

    Another app I have found useful is Rest Stops. It will show you the rest stops on highways and how close you are and even if they are open or closed. Beats guessing where the next one is, especially out west.

  9. Picture of Mac MillsMac MillsJanuary 27, 2017

    We love using RVillage.com while out on the road.  Especially since we travel often and love meeting up with fellow RV’ers. They just got an App as well which we love as we are Tech people as I work for Sprint Business.

  10. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkJanuary 27, 2017

    Thanks Mac. Glad to hear RVillage works for you guys. We were early beta users and were excited about it launching. 

    Unfortunately in the fulltime RV family world it never caught on. People’s locations are always out of date. We are usually the only ones checking into any RV park we were in.

    Then as they kept adding features to the site the interface got busy and hard to use (I’ll admit to being picky being a web guy..).

    I looked at the site again this morning while updating this page and based on our experience with it, just couldn’t recommend it for our audience of traveling families.

  11. Picture of Hiroko PrimmHiroko PrimmJanuary 30, 2017

    Thank you . I found 2 apps like to add.
    I have a app that is very helpful when we are on the road .
    Trucker path.
    I use this along with Google map.
    If you drive 40’ rig, you want to go where 18 wheelers go!

  12. Picture of Liz @ lizwilcox.comLiz @ lizwilcox.comFebruary 01, 2017

    What a great list! I can’t wait to try the History one! That seems so awesome.

  13. Picture of Robyn ChilsonRobyn ChilsonFebruary 07, 2017

    You forgot the KOA App, and I exit Apps.  We love and use both!

  14. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkFebruary 07, 2017

    Hey Robyn -

    Not so much forgot as ‘don’t use’.  In 6.5 years on the road we’ve only ever stayed in one KOA.

    Based on their pricing structures we can’t recommend them for potential fulltime traveling families -they are simply too expensive.

  15. Picture of Julianne AbadJulianne AbadMarch 21, 2017

    Thankyou for your list. Have tried many of them and liked some more than others.  We use RVParkReviews.com to get the most honest, dated reviews by fellow campers. Unfortunately the app has gotten cumbersome , so we end up pulling it up from search engine and obtaining the info by that route.  It is our “go to” website to assist in finding the best fit for our stay in different locations.
    Another app that has become one of our favorites,  is Wunderground for the weather radar. It has allowed us a the ability to avoid, prepare for, and predict our travel weather situations. It is invaluable when serious weather is coming through an area.  It has the ability to “layer” the weather info (storm paths, temperatures, different radars, lightning strikes, etc).  I may have paid for it; but as a full time RV traveler, I have had to use it to deal with (avoid or adapt) some serious weather situations.

  16. Picture of Deb Siegfried Deb SiegfriedJuly 25, 2017

    Lots of great information.  Gathering all of these goodies up to hopefully go full time when my husband retires in a couple of years .  Thanks so much!

  17. Picture of DebbieDebbieAugust 28, 2017

    Our favorite app has become Trucker Path.  You can find all the fueling stations on your route that accommodate larger, high profile vehicles; i.e. RV’s.  Plus, most truck stops have a restaurant of some sort attached or nearby so it solves two problems at once.  You can click on the icon on the map and it tells you what kind of station it is (TA, Pilot, etc), gives directions and how far away it is.  We recently completed a 7000 mile trip across the US and back and this was a total lifesaver!

  18. Picture of SusanSusanOctober 10, 2017

    We use Park Advisor and Good Sam to find great RV sites and read posts from other RVers on their experience!

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