Planning an RV trip can seem a bit stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Using the best RV planner app, website, or a combination of the two can make it so simple to find great campgrounds, plan your route, choose the best route without low clearances and even find great gas prices.
No need to keep bulky maps in your glove compartment. Just download these apps, or check out the trip planning websites we list, and have access to some great tools on your road trip.
- This is our family's go-to website when we are planning out our travels.
I love how easy it is to read and find what you need, gives reviews on paid campsites and FREE campsites, AND provides reviews of the cell signal at the campgrounds or boondocking locations. It also works great as an app on your phone too!
- We use Roadtrippers as our trip planner when planning our route after looking up great places to camp on Campendium.
It's a very easy to use and FREE road trip planner platform that is available online.
AllStays – Camp and RV
- The Allstays app works only on iOS, not Google Play. We use this app when we are in route and need to find an RV friendly gas station, rest stop, check for low clearances and more.
- This is another app that will help you find reviews of RV parks, dry camping areas, propane fills and more.
Keep in mind that this app is international and may not have as many reviews for North America locations than some others.
- RV Parky works well if you want to find an RV park and don't need to know about cellular signal. However, if you're looking for 'free' camping, boondocking sites, or want to know about previous cell signals than this app is NOT for you.
This app is available on both iOS and Google PLay. You can also use their online platform to search by filter.
Good Sam Camping
- This website offers reviews of campgrounds. They used to have a Good Sam Trip Planner that is no longer available.
I'm not a huge fan of their online search feature to find reviews of campgrounds, as it doesn't have a map view or list anything about cell signal.
- Search for a winery, distillery, or farm that opens up their property for you to stay at for a night of dry camping.
They do hope that you will make a purchase from them while visiting and to arrive during business hours. With your membership, you can find hundreds of Harvest Hosts and many RVers will use these as a great stopover on their way to a distant destination.
- We've used our Boondocker's Welcome membership several times. I love how easy it is to search online and see the maximum RV length that can fit, length of stay (some will let you stay up to 5 nights), if dogs are welcome, and other people's reviews!
Once you do stay, it's best to leave a review of your host and they will do that same for you as a guest.
- This membership offers up to a 50% discount on campground fees at select campgrounds across the nation. Most of the time the discount is only valid during the off season and limited to 1-3 nights total.
I find the interface hard to work with as you have to go into each campground to read the fine print under 'Additional Campground Notes' regarding what days the discount applies.
- We don't use this app, but I've heard it mentioned and wanted to list it here as another option to check out.
- This simple app will tell you in real time how close your next exit is, if there's food or gas there, and even how close the nearest rest stop is. It works with your GPS so tells you in real time. The iExit app is available on iOS and in the Google Play store.
- Plan your trip around cheap gas station stops with Gas Buddy! I love how this app allows you to see current prices at upcoming gas stations on your travel day, or you can go to their website and type in the start and end point, make/model of your vehicle, and it will list how much money in gas it might cost you if you stop at the gas stations along the way (showing the current prices at each gas station). It's also available in the Google Play store.
- Make it simple and plan a road trip with Google Maps. We have used several other mapping apps, yet we always come back to Google. Pro tip: use the satellite view to see if your RV will fit in the upcoming gas station BEFORE you attempt to get off the highway.
I'm not sure we have an RV travel day without using Google Maps.
- If you want to download maps to look at offline, this app might be for you. We don't use this one, but I do know friends that do. It's available for both iOS and Google Play.
US Public Lands
- Do you want to try to dry camp or boondock on BML land? This app, only available for iOS devices, allows you to determine if you are actually on BLM land or over the boarder onto private property. It also has a list of maps where all public lands are in the US.
- This is another great website to find free camping around the US. There isn't an app for it at this time, so I'd recommend using your computer.
Also, be sure to read the fine print of each campsite as many are for tents only, or may even require a permit ahead of time.
- This is by far our favorite radar app out there. Tony uses it anytime a storm is coming so that we know if we need to plan to stay put an extra hour or if we can keep traveling. It is a paid app and available on iOS and Google Play.
- This weather app is a hyper local weather app that will tell you when the rain will start and stop by the minute, almost like magic. It's also available on iOS and Google Play.
- This free wind app is available on both iOS and Google Play. It will give you a wind forecast or tell you the current wind to help you decide if today is a great day for taking your RV on a road trip.
- Tony and I both have this app on our phones. It alerts us if we are in a tornado warning or watch with a loud noise (if you set it to alter you that is) so that it works as your weather radio in your RV.
Now keep in mind we need cell signal and a charged cell phone for it to work.
To answer this question, you need to take into consideration your travel style.
Do you enjoy planning every detail out and following the best route each time?
Or, do you enjoy some spontaneity and use your favorite road trip app from above on your travel day?
I do recommend that you have some idea of the route you plan to take when traveling in a Motorhome or pulling your RV behind you. It will decrease your chance of any major issues with low clearances and give you a better idea on how long to expect your travel day to take.
As a full-time RV living family, we use several of these apps, but no longer all of them. You see, if you live the RV lifestyle for a while, you’ll learn what works best for you and what you are looking for. However, if you are a beginner to the RV life, then having a good plan will help you make the most of your travels.
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