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Top 20 RV Apps for 2020

A good RV road trip can change your life. At a minimum, hitting the open road can give you the stimulation needed to find a new business idea, make an important life decision, or provide some distance and clarity on any number of things gripping your mind at home. After RVing through all of the Lower 48 over the past 6 years, my wife and I have come to rely on some excellent RV mobile apps to make the road trip even more amazing. We hope these will help make your next trip a little easier and more fun as well!

1. Roadtrippers (Apple iOS / Android)

Before you jump in the RV, use Roadtrippers to find a great destination, or help find things to see and do along the route you’ve already decided on. Enter a start and end point, then overlay your route with attractions (offbeat, museums, excursions), points of interest (abandoned, historic, monuments, photo opps), outdoors & recreation (national parks, nature reserves, scenic points) and much more. We have stumbled across some very interesting hidden gems using Roadtrippers!

 

2. Trover (Apple iOS / Android)

Trover is an easy way to explore interesting nearby attractions through photos. As you scroll through the photo stream, it shows you exactly how far away each attraction is. Clicking on a photo brings up a description of the location and a map to help you easily locate and enjoy. Trover is a great way to find offbeat attractions, photo opportunities and good eating. Make sure to give back to the community by posting your own photos and recommendations along the way! It’s one of my favorite RV mobile apps.

 

3. iExit (Apple iOS / Android)

While cruising down the highway blasting Born to be Wild, you get a sudden hankering for a veggie burger and fries. Or realize you pushed the gas needle a little too far. iExit finds you on the highway and tells you what food/lodging/gas/shopping options you have at upcoming exits, so you can wait to find just the right spot. It even shows you up to date gas prices at upcoming stations so you can get the best deal.

 

4. AllTrails (Apple iOS / Android)

After a few hours of driving, you need to get out and stretch the legs. No better way than to take a hike into nature. (Which plenty of research shows will also help boost your creativity, reduce stress, and make you happier to boot!). AllTrails locates hiking trails near you and provides difficulty ratings, 5-star feedback from other hikers, and a full description of the trail, length, vertical gain, and the ability to download a map before heading into the woods in case you lose service.

5. 7 Minute Workout (Apple iOS / Android)

Stay fit while on the road! Simply press start and an audio trainer guides you through a high intensity interval training session that packs in jumping jacks, push-ups, triceps dips, step-ups, lunges, squats, and more. Each circuit is 30 seconds, with a 10 second break in between. Cranking through 12 exercises that require only your body, you can do this workout routine anywhere!

 

6. HappyCow (Apple iOS / Android)

After completing your 7 minute workout, you deserve a snack. But unless you are a fan of fried foods and heart disease, it can be difficult to find decent eating options on the road. HappyCow helps you find vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly options nearby. You don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy the recommendations—HappyCow typically finds healthy options that meat eaters can enjoy.

 

7. Recreation.gov (Apple iOS / Android)

The Recreation.gov mobile app is your on-the-go solution for reserving thousands of incredible camping destinations. Return to your favorite spot or discover a new one by searching for the campsite that’s right for you.

 

8. GasBuddy (Apple iOS / Android)

As one of the most expensive parts of the RV lifestyle, finding reasonably priced gas can add up to hundreds (or more!) in cost savings per year. It also feels good to know you are getting a good deal at the pump. Enter GasBuddy, a simple app that does one thing well: Helps you find gas nearby, for the best price. Simply enter the type of gas you need (great for us that have diesel tanks) and see a list of stations nearby with prices updated constantly by other users.

 

9. AroundMe (Apple iOS / Android)

Just as simple as it sounds: Pull up the app to find nearby supermarkets, gas stations, coffee shops and much more. Just select a category and the app displays a list of locations, sorted by distance.

 

10. Harvest Hosts (Apple iOS / Android)

Obviously no RV mobile apps list would be complete without Harvest Hosts!  Members can use the app to find 1,000+ unique places to stay overnight in the US, Canada and even Mexico. Stay at wineries, breweries, distilleries, museums, golf courses and more for free as a member! If you aren’t a member yet, sign up today and save 15% using code HAPPY

Other notable apps for finding places to camp or boondock:

11. Campendium

12. iOverlander

13. RV Parky

14. Allstays Camp & RV

15. RV Life

16. GoodSamClub

17. KOA 

18. The Dyrt: Tent & RV Camping

19. RV Dump Stations

20. Overnight RV Parking

 

Hopefully these apps help make your next RV trip a little bit easier! Please let us know in the comments if we missed any that you enjoy and don’t forget check out our Ultimate Guide to RVer’s Online Resources, which is full of even more helpful information.

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  1. bettie
    25th February, 2020

    My husband and I are avid Geocachers and use that free app to find historical sites, geological sites and geocachers wherever we travel. It is best described as a high tech worldwide scavenger hunt. Geocaching.com

    We also use Roadside America. This brings us to places often off the beaten track that range from quirky to historically significant. You can browse by specific themes too such as Animals, Civil War, Ghost Towns and Mysterious. RoadsideAmerica.com

    Both apps are free and can be expanded with a small fee.

    1. Sam Binger
      6th March, 2020

      Great suggestions for both! Geocaching on the road can be a lot of fun. Thanks Bettie!

  2. John
    13th February, 2020

    Could not find Explore. Doesn’t show up on search.

  3. Julia and Robert - TinyLivingLivingLarge
    13th February, 2020

    Opening this, we were expecting the usual list, hoping to find one or two we had not seen. Surprise. Yes, there were many familiar ones, but in your 11-20 list. We only used 2 in your top 10. Brilliant.
    We are about to start our journey as full timers and are super excited about exploring the Harvest Host locations, but getting there in the safest way with a big rig (HDT plus TinyHouse) is definitely something we are thinking about. We heard a lot of good things about the CoPilot GPS, and having a good routing app should probably be in the top of anyone’s list with a larger rig. Interested to hear what you used or heard are good options.
    Thanks – hope to see you on the road

    1. Sam Binger
      6th March, 2020

      So glad that you found this list helpful! I have heard great things about CoPilot GPS, but I actually use an RV-specific Garmin device. I like having something strictly satellite-based that will work whether I have reception or not and can reroute me if I miss a turn. Best of luck to you on your future travels!