Cell Phone Apps Every RVer Needs on the Road

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We’re almost inseparable from our cell phones nowadays. Whether we’re checking the weather to make sure we’re prepared for the day, calling our moms to let them know we’re okay, or Snapchatting our friends when something funny has happened, our cell phones have made life more comfortable and more entertaining.

When road tripping or RVing, taking your cell phone along for the ride is more than a way to stay connected or get directions on the route, it should also make the adventure even better. Here are seven of the best apps you can use on your next excursion away from home.

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 as detailed as the Good Sam Directory providing detailed specifications about the site’s amenities and features.

Available for free on Android and iOS.

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. 

Available for $9.99 on iOS.

RV Checklist by Adventure Treks

We harp on being prepared for RV trips, and this neat app can be an immense help to organize your travels. The RV Checklist by Adventure Treks 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. 

Available for free on Android.

Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy is the pinnacle of gas finding services. More than ten million people use this app. GasBuddy finds the lowest 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. 

Available for free on Android.

Copilot GPS Premium

Most people use their cell phone 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 routes. There is a free version of Copilot, but we recommend you put out the money for the premium version.

Available for $14.99 to $39.99 on Android and iOS.


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 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.

Available for free on Android and iOS.

Cell phones are capable of so much more than we give them credit for in our daily lives. When you’re RVing anywhere, consider what apps will help you find your way, save money along that route, and what else that little device in your hands can do for your travels.