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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
13. RV Parky
15. RV Life
19. RV Dump Stations
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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