Perhaps these will provide a useful list of Apps for RVers. The following Apps are what we use on a daily basis. These are specifically focused on some aspect of RVing—no games, banking, or other stuff—RVing only!!!
- WalMart… A free App that is an instant store finder. It gives you phone numbers so you can call to ask about boondocking and I use it for their pharmacy.
- Post Office… A free App that is an instant post office finder from USPS.
- Skype… A free App that allows you to make a free phone call to any other Skype user in the world using your iPad.
- Passport America… A free App from PA that is an instant discount campground finder.
- AllStays Camp & RV… One of the most extensive I’ve seen for campground data and a wide variety of RVing stops, this App includes…
–16,825 campgrounds… National Parks, State Parks, BLM, National Forests, Army Corps of Engineers facilities, and private campgrounds
–2,800 Truck Stops listing amenities, if RVs are welcome, and what else is nearby
–Sam’s Club, WalMart, Cracker Barrel, and Costco ” Overnight Parking such as casinos and other options
- State Line… All the bits and pieces of info you need when entering a state such as speed limits, average sales tax, driving rules, seatbelt laws, “right on red” laws, max lengths, time zones, and alcohol laws, to name a few.
- iExit… ALL the services at ALL the Interstate exits including Rest Areas and Welcome Center locations
- GasBuddy… Prices of gas or diesel at nearly every city/town in the USA.
- WunderMap… I believe this is from Accuweather and is quick and easy to use.
- Hi-Def Radar… The free VERY current weather radar from NOAA. Sometimes the moving images are less than 4 minutes old.
- Weather Radio… This app was $9.99 BUT provides automatic storm warnings from NOAA. You set this up for warnings in five different locations. It will announce the storm warning even if the device (iPhone or iPad) is turned OFF! Put it beside the bed and it will wake you with any warnings.
- Tribal Casinos… A good listing of casinos by state and good search function. We boondock at casinos frequently.
- Blue Beacon… With over a 100 locations, this is the best truck wash anywhere and they do a great job on my coach for $38.50.
I use two GPS Apps for my iPad. There are slight differences so we actually use both. They are…
- MotionX-GPS Drive… We have used this app longer than any other GPS app and for us, there’s good and bad news. Good… It’s great at finding POIs (restaurants, places) especially in towns or on your route. Good routing, too. Bad… You can only put one trip segment in at a time. So, when you get to your first stop, you have to put in the next segment of your trip. Ultimately, we regularly use MotionX to find things in strange towns all the time but rarely do we use it on our trip.
- Premium CoPilot… One thing I REALLY like is that it has a “Vehicle” option (choose your vehicle). I chose the RV setting and then set a clearance height. I set mine for 13-feet of clearance. Also, you can put in a trip with (I think) 50 segments (or stops). You have to download maps and this takes time so find a fast WiFi for this. We use this App for routing.
GPS Notes… I don’t use the car-type GPS in my RV because their screen is too small at the distance it has to set. We use the iPad for the GPS Apps so we have complete flexibility and a screen much larger than a car-type GPS. Cost-wise, the car-type GPS is significantly more expensive when compared to these Apps. Current maps for these Apps are updated frequently and free on an ongoing basis.
The above Apps are all specifically related to RVing. This is not a “my App is better than your App” message but an attempt to learn if other Apps are being used – again, specifically related to RVing – that are helpful. I use all of these frequently. If you use others for RVing, please let me know. For anyone wishing to contact me, please e-mail me at… firstname.lastname@example.org