Apps that locate campgrounds, monitor the weather, find shopping, internet connectivity and more.
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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’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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* This app is only for iOS - I added a highly rated alternative called Star Chart as the Android link below
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.