20 Best RV Apps Recommended by Real RVers
Posted: December 21, 2021
Categories: Travel & Lifestyle
20 Best RV Apps Recommended by Real RVers
Living the RV life has its challenges, but with apps, most tasks don’t have to be complicated and daunting. The world is at your fingertips when you have a smartphone in hand.
We recently asked the Lippert™ Scouts to recommend the smartphone apps they can’t live without. They named 79 of their favorite apps, with 20 of them making their way to the top of the list based on popularity.
These are the best RV mobile apps recommended by our Scouts, AKA real RVers, ranked from least to most used.
20. CoPilot® GPS Navigation by Trimble Maps LTD
Free, offers in-app purchases
CoPilot is more than just a navigation app. It’s built specifically for travelers who are always on the road. To take the stress out of your trip, CoPilot will calculate an RV-specific route based on your size and class, so you can say goodbye to restricted roads and low-hanging bridges.
Other features include offline navigation to avoid spotty cell signals, an on-screen lane arrow for safe maneuvering, and a search function that allows you to discover the campgrounds, gas stations and restaurants around you.
19. All Trails: Hike, Bike & Run
Free, offers in- app purchases
AllTrails takes the stress out of adventuring into the unknown. With access to more than 200,000 trail maps, this app allows you to find the perfect hiking (or biking) spot. You can search trails by length, rating, and difficulty level to find a path that best fits your needs. You can also filter the trails in the app if you’re looking for picturesque views or paths that will accommodate kids and pets.
18. The Dyrt: Tent & RV Camping
Free for basic, PRO membership for $35.99/year
Looking for a new spot to camp? The Dyrt app allows users with a basic account to access over a million campground reviews from previous campers. It will also connect you with other campers for advice on where to stay and tips to make your experience the best it can be.
With a PRO membership, you’ll gain access to the Trip Planner tool, which allows you to choose your route, camping style and driving preferences to find the best campgrounds for you and your family. You’ll also be able to use the Map Layers feature to explore public land areas that allow dispersed camping, or camping outside of a designated campground. Lastly, with PRO, you will never lose a connection due to the Offline Search function, so you can always stay connected to your saved trips and downloaded maps.
17. National Park Service
With over 400 national parks in The National Park System, the NPS app in your one-stop guide to exploration within the parks. The app was created by National Park Service staff to give you a comprehensive view of the parks so that you can enhance each visit by knowing where to find points of interest, amenities like food, restrooms and shopping, and other things to do while you’re enjoying your stay in the park.
With the app’s self-guided tour function, you’ll be able discover places to go in the park and things to do once you arrive. In addition, you’ll be able to get news and alerts sent straight to your phone for all the parks or you can select the parks you want to receive updates for.
16. RV Parks & Campgrounds by ParkAdvisor
Find top-rated RV parks near you with this handy app that ranks campgrounds around you and compiles them into a list. The app also allows you to find over 40,000 RV parks, campgrounds, rest areas, gas stations and stores. Additionally, it will show you RV-friendly stores and stops so that you can take the stress out of navigating with your rig.
15. Pilot FlyingJ: myRewards Plus by Pilot Travel Centers
Who doesn’t love rewards? With the myRewards Plus app, you can earn redeemable points for filling up at Pilot and Flying J gas stations. Points can be redeemed on parking and food. Plus, you’ll receive exclusive offers on items in the store, and you can track your redeemed offers and total savings for the year. The app also saves time with features that allow you to plan your trip before you hit the road so that you can conveniently find all the Pilot and Flying J locations along your route.
14. Love's Connect by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Another great rewards app, Love’s Connect keeps you in-the-know about all things Love’s. You can check the status of your My Love Rewards account, redeem exclusive deals, view your receipts, see fuel prices at all Love’s stations and map your route in advance to make sure you can hit Love’s and Speedco stations along the way.
13. Harvest Hosts
Free app, $99/year membership
Want to support local businesses? Harvest Hosts has a network of over 2,377 wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms and attractions that invite RVers to stay the night in exchange for support of their business. Being a member provides you with thousands of unique dry camping opportunities. In exchange, Harvest Hosts recommends spending a minimum of $20 to support your Host by purchasing their local goods.
12. OneControl® by Lippert
Scout’s honor – this one did actually make the list. Our very own OneControl app helps you stay connected to your RV accessories and systems with smart technology that can be monitored right from your smartphone or tablet.
Every product in the Lippert One™ family can be connected to OneControl so that you can perform various functions in your home on wheels with the push of a button. From controlling your awnings, lighting, and automatic leveling systems to monitoring your water tanks, OneControl was designed to keep you aware, alert and safe while giving you complete control over your RV’s most important functions.
11. Google Maps
Where would we be without a trusty GPS by our side? With the Google Maps app, you can stay up to date on traffic conditions and road closures while you’re traveling in your rig. If you need to make a pit stop, you can also see information about businesses near you, like hours of operation and reviews. Additionally, Google maps has created Street View and indoor imagery so that you can easily navigate with in-app photos of the places near you.
10. Compendium - RV & Tent Camping
Free app, $20/year membership
Campendium is a helpful app if you’re going out into the wilderness. It’s loaded up with cell coverage maps so that you can see where other campers have reported good service with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Within this app, you can also find overlays of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Arizona State Trust Land so that you can discover new places to camp and hike.
Need help troubleshooting your Lippert products? The LippertNOW app features comprehensive product information, features, benefits, photos and videos, as well as customer support materials to help you learn about, install, operate and troubleshoot Lippert products.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, the app will allow you to contact the Lippert Care Center through a phone call or chat message. You can also browse the Lippert store directly from the app so that you can find the exact product you’re looking for with no fuss.
8. Camp & RV - Tent & RV Camping by Allstays
Purchase for $9.99
Camp & RV is a filter-focused camping app that allows you to sort your searches with ease. You can filter your search by map type and by over 30 amenities. Extra benefits of this app enable you to find rest stops, dump stations, camping supply stores, service centers, RV dealers and more.
Camp & RV is a great resource if you want to find campground details as well. The app provides tons of information about specific campsites, like phone numbers, driving directions, hours of operation, rate ranges, rig access and more.
7. GasBuddy: Find & Pay for Gas
Nobody likes paying a fortune at the pump. That’s why GasBuddy was created to swiftly and effectively find the cheapest gas near you, based on your current location. It’s also loaded up with tips and tricks that tell you how to use less gas while you travel. You can earn rewards by shopping in the app to earn free gas. Plus, you can get the GasBuddy fuel card through the app to save money each time you fill up your tank.
6. RA Camping by RA Outdoors
With the RA Camping app, you can find a place to stay anywhere, anytime. You can search for available RV or tent campsites, cabins and more in parks and campgrounds all over the U.S. You can filter and sort by a variety of criteria, including current location, campground name, amenities or availability for the dates you plan on staying. You can also filter by campground features, view site details and access photos and reviews. This app comes in handy for every campground stay, no matter where you are.
5. RV Parky - Parks & Campgrounds by Mission Management Information Systems
Need to know where you can park your RV? The RV Parky app has you covered. With over 25,000 listings, RV Parky is a great RV park directory, whether you’re looking for a place to camp or need to find rest areas, camp stores, truck stops and more. You can get information about the destination you’re interested in, access pictures and get directions.
4. Recreation.gov by Booz Allen Hamilton
Want to book an amazing, high-demand outdoor experience? The Recreation.gov app is perfect for finding tickets and booking reservations for incredible outdoor tours and experiences while you’re on the road. You can check ticket availability and pin down your reservations for a variety of activities based on your family’s interests and ability levels. In addition, you can book your ideal campsite, anywhere in the U.S. with a search function that lets you see campsite details, rates and reviews.
3. RV Life - RV GPS & Campgrounds by Social Knowledge
Free, offers in-app purchases
Find a route that’s safe to navigate with your RV using the RV Life app. You can get directions to your destination that are customized to your rig’s height and weight. Never be caught off-guard by low clearances or restricted roads again!
The app is also loaded with a ton of campground data that RVers have compiled to make sure you’re getting the most out of your stay. You can sort and filter your campsite search by price, accessibility, amenities and more.
RV Life also has a built-in question and answer platform where you can ask questions about certain campgrounds and immediately get responses from RVers who have already stayed there.
2. KOA | RV, Cabin & Tent Camping by Kampgrounds of America
If you’re a fan of KOA campgrounds, this app is for you. You can find and book any KOA campground throughout the U.S. based on search criteria like your location or nearby attractions. The KOA app conveniently integrates with the GPS app of your choice so you can easily get directions to the campsite you’re looking for.
You can also keep an eye on your KOA Rewards information so that it’s handy whenever you need it for booking. This app will also send you notifications about events at your favorite campgrounds and alerts to warn you about weather emergencies and road closures from campgrounds where you have reservations.
1. Good Sam Camping by Waterfield Technologies
Detailed results, directions and discounts – need we say more? Coming in at number one on our list of best RV apps with recommendations by nearly 20 different Scouts is Good Sam Camping. This is an all-inclusive app that provides directions to over 12,500 campgrounds across the U.S. and delivers a detailed results page with photos and website links when you search for campgrounds by a variety of criteria.
As a member, you’ll also have access to over 2,100 Good Sam Parks, which means you get a 10% discount during your stay. If you like or dislike something specific about a campsite where you stayed, you can use the My Park Notes feature to jot down your thoughts and refer back to them for future stays.
Apps are great for making life on the road a whole lot easier. Is your favorite app on this list? Let us know what other apps you use while you’re traveling.