Best RV travel apps

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The best RV travel apps provide a wealth of information, helping you locate free campsites, cheap gas, pet sitters, nearby trails, and more. Whether making a quick escape into nature for the mental health benefits or living full-time in your RV, the best RV apps and websites can keep you from veering off course.

RV camping apps and lodging websites

Campendium

Campendium is a favorite app for finding free campsites. They also list paid campsites and amenities. For remote workers who need stable internet, Campendium includes useful information on cell reception for different cell carriers. This app has many user reviews and quality photos of a large portion of the campsites listed on the app.

iOverlander

iOverlander is a great source for camping options. This app guides you to free camping (or “Wild Camping,” as they have it listed) and paid campsites with photos, GPS coordinates, and a small list of amenities. It also includes key information about vehicle access, laundry locations, propane or fuel, pet services, sanitation dumps, freshwater, and more.

Free campsites.net

Freecampsites.net is best for big travel days where you need a free place to pull over and park to sleep a few hours. This website will give you a lot of different options — parking lots, pull-offs, public parks, casinos that allow RV overnighting, etc.

Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts is an RV app that costs a fee to join, but members have access to over 600 hosts that allow you to camp for free on their property. Properties range from wineries, breweries, alpaca farms, goat farms, aircraft museums, car museums, lavender farms, and more, so it’s an enjoyable and different way to overnight somewhere.

All Stays

Allstays has a series of complementary apps, but the main app offers much, including tons of paid camping options and maps showing public lands for boondocking. You’ll pay a one-time fee to access the app, but what it offers is worth it. They have combined everything a full-time traveler needs in one space. Check out their website for a preview of state maps and camping options that you can find on the app.

RV travel apps for gas and sanitation stations

Gasbuddy

GasBuddy is a great travel app to have on the road. It gives you a map showing your exact location, and then you can easily slide across your travel path to see the nearest gas stations and their prices. The best feature is being able to click on a gas station for directions straight from the app.

Pilot and Flying J

Pilot and Flying J are travel plazas and truck stops that allow overnight RV parking. When you sign up on their app, you get cheaper gas and a discount for dumping your tanks (most have dump stations but not all). They usually have decent snacks and clean bathrooms too. This app will help you find such truck stops across North America.

Sanidumps.com

Sanidumps.com has been an excellent resource for finding cheap or low-cost sanitation RV dumps. A small fee is necessary for most RV travelers to account for in their monthly spending, so cutting that cost down helps a ton. You’ll usually be able to find fresh drinking water at sanitation dump stations as well.

RV apps for hiking and pets

All trails

AllTrails is a helpful app for finding dog-friendly hikes and trails. The app has detailed descriptions of each hike along with distance, incline, level of hike, and tons of pictures from other hikers. If you’re a full-time RV traveler planning to bring your dogs, this app can point you and your pup in the right direction. Learn the pet essentials you need when RVing with your pets.

Rover

Rover is a perfect solution if your RV travels take you to a national park or somewhere that’s not dog friendly. Rover will be the best resource if you need your dog taken care of for the day or even over a weekend. You can find options for dog walking, daytime dog sitting, and overnight dog sitting with dog sitters in many different areas.

Dogvacay

DogVacay is another dog walking/sitting app where you can easily find low-cost dog walkers or sitters in areas that you are traveling to. Learn how to find a pet sitter and what questions to ask your pet sitter.

Each of these RV travel apps can be helpful as you plan your travel adventures and while you are out on the road for the weekend or full-time. If you’re a full-timer or considering it, check out the best RVs for full-time living.

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