LETS TALK APPS!
As full-time RVer’s who travels, we rely on a lot of different apps and websites to give us all the information we want or need. From weather to boondocking. And dump stations to gas stations. There is so much more to just getting in your RV and driving to your next location. New apps are coming out all the time, so I’ll try to update this often!
OUR TOP 4 WEATHER APPS
This is really above all the most important part of your planning. Weather can make traveling in a RV very unsafe if you aren’t careful. We actually use several different apps to check weather. Remember to check them all! They can be different. Predicting the weather is known to be quite the guessing game.
TOP 3 BOONDOCKING APPS
We boondock (aka: Camping without hooking up to a pedestal) almost exclusively. So my apps below are picked with that in mind. If you want to read about our top 5 boondocking picks, please click here
If you want to read about our top 10 tips on boondocking, please click here
Free Campsites – This is actually our first go-to. But our rule of thumb is we always check more than one app when looking for boondocking places. All the apps have very different information. Plus, we read the reviews, and those are also different on each app. We love all the different filters you can use on this app. Very helpful.
Allstays – This is another top choice. Allstays also lists other information. Check your filters on the app. You can find water, dump stations, propane stations, etc. (This is the only app we pay for. I believe it’s still about $10 to purchase. Well worth it)
Campendium – Another very highly recommended app. We use these top 3 more than any other apps. Using more than one source of information means you won’t be stuck somewhere you aren’t comfortable. We find there really is a lot of different information from one app to another.
We also use the following if we find the need to dig a little deeper.
Gas Buddy – This app can help you find the type of gas/fuel you need, and will show you prices. Very useful app for any sort of travel, but especially RV traveling.
Dump Station: Sanidumps RV Dump Locator – I love this app! With the Sanidumps RV Dump Station Locator app, you’ll be quickly directed to the nearest dump station, or you can locate one at your next stopping point. We personally try to find free places to dump our tanks and this is a great resource.
You probably already have this app on all of your phones and tablets, but if not, be sure you have it before your next trip. I personally love it for “pinning” my location and sending the GPS coordinates to someone who might be meeting us later. I also love the live traffic conditions.
This app accesses your location and provides you with a list of nearby attractions you may be interested in. There are sections such as hotels, shopping, restaurants, entertainment etc. Check it out! It’s a great tool!
Here’s a fun one! Who loves Geocaching? If you don’t know what Geocaching is, check out my blog about that —-> here. If you do know what it is, and you love it as much as we do, there is an app for that! If we stop at a rest stop, or travel to a new location, we will check out the local Geocaches that might be in that area. So fun!
iExit – This is a newer one for us! You can see what might be coming up at the next exits. If you’re looking for something in particular, you will know well in advance what is coming up. Restaurants, hotels, rest areas or gas stations just to name a few.
New apps are always being designed to make our travels safer, more fun and easier. These are just my top apps. We don’t have any affiliates with any of these companies. We also know there are many more apps out there that you may use. We’d love to hear your suggestions by leaving them in the comments below. We’re always looking for something useful to help us on the road.
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