7 of the Best Smartphone Apps for RV Travel

A brief look at the smartphone apps that’ll make RV travel a breeze

Using a smartphone as a compass
••• Smartphone apps make it easier to travel, whether RVing or not. Mareen Fischinger/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

In this modern technological world, it’s hard to escape apps. Applications, or apps, are loaded onto computers, smartphones, and other devices to be used for everything from checking the weather to finding a great recipe. There’s a use for apps for the RVer too. I’ll review seven of the best RV apps, so you can add some more innovative tools to your RV arsenal. 

7 of the Best Smartphone Apps for Your RV Adventures

Good Sam Camping App

This Good Sam Camping App takes the high library of Good Sam Club certified campgrounds and puts them all on your phone.

Browse more than 13,000 camping and RV sites across the US, Canada, and Mexico. You can filter results by ratings, location, and other options. Campsite information is just as detailed as the Good Sam Directory providing detailed specifications about the site’s amenities and features. 

Allstays Campground Plus

This Allstays Campground Plus is currently the most popular camping app available for both iPhone and Android systems. The massive site database houses more than 28,000 unique camping destinations including National and State Parks as well as truck stops, services areas and more. You can browse by location, amenities, ratings, and you can even browse by Good Sam, Passport America, Escapees, KOA, and many other organizations. You can use many of the features without internet access as well. 

RV Checklist by Adventure Treks

I know I harp on being prepared for RV trips and this neat app can be a great help to organize your travels.

The app comes with default RV checklists such as a departure checklist so you don’t have to create everything from scratch. You can customize lists and create your own, you can also import and export checklists and save the data on them so you don’t have to wonder if you’ve already taken care of something.


Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy is the pinnacle of gas finding services. More than ten million people use this app. GasBuddy finds the cheapest gas prices around your location so you can fill up without breaking the bank. You can also browse by city or zip code to find the cheapest fuel in areas you will be traveling to. 

Sanidumps RV Dump Station

It can be frustrating to be out on the road and realize you need to dump your tanks before you’ve got a big mess on your hands. Sanidumps is an app that uses your location to help find the nearest dump facilities so you can take care of business before things turn south. You can also save up to 20 stations, search by city and zip, and get directions provided by Google. There is a free version of Sanidumps with fewer features available as well. 

Copilot GPS Premium

Most people use their smartphone for GPS navigation but these services won’t work when your cell phone can’t pick up on any satellites which can happen quite when you’re out in the sticks. Copilot GPS is an app that not only helps you with live navigation by satellite but also has thousands of maps stored for offline use.

You can see points of interest, and plan your own routes. There is a free version of Copilot but I recommend you put out the money for the premium version.


Many of you have heard of the popular review and recommendation app Yelp and wonder what it’s doing on an RV list but the answer is simple. Yelp can help you find whatever you’re looking for wherever you are. Imagine you’ve just arrived in Boise, Idaho and are craving great Italian food or need a mechanic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Yelp can search the local area by category and present you with options along with user reviews of the establishment. Yelp is a great tool for traveling in unfamiliar places.

These apps are some of the best for RVing, camping, and travel.

If you aren’t using some of them, you might be running into issues you could avoid with the help of your smartphone.