While RVing, we tend to use quite a bit of technology. We have equipment for filming and capturing memories, computers and software for our YouTube videos, but most importantly, we have apps on our phones that we find essential while RVing. These apps help us plan our routes, find accessible parking and camping options, save money, and make RV life stress free and enjoyable – the way it should be! We will be sharing three of our essential RVing apps below, along with how we get the most out of them.
- Google Maps
The first app we have on the list, we use every single day while RVing – Google Maps. We’re sure most of you have used Google Maps at some point to get directions from point A to point B, but this app has so many other great features. The first feature we love is the ability to search for a stop along the route to your destination. For example, if we are getting directions from Google Maps to get to our next campground, but need to stop along the way to pick up groceries, we can search “groceries” and it will provide all of the grocery store options that are along your current route. Not only that, but it also provides the estimated amount of time it would take to detour to each grocery store from our current route based on live traffic updates in the area! We also love taking advantage of the ‘satellite view’ mode in the Google Maps App. This allows you to see a top down satellite image of anywhere in the world! We use this mode frequently while RVing to look at the size or layout of a parking lot before we arrive to determine if would like to try parking there, or to find a larger nearby parking lot. We also use satellite view to scope out any potential boondocking spots, and to see what the landscape is like in an area. Usually after we use satellite view, we switch over to “Street View” as it allows us to see a 360-degree view at road level. This helps us get a really good feel for a specific area or upcoming intersection before arriving in our RV. You can even read signs along the road to ensure there are no “No RV Parking” signs!
Our second essential RVing app has to be GasBuddy. The main purpose of this app is to show recent prices of fuel in your current area, or any area that you search. The app receives its frequently updated fuel prices from other app users, who then in return receive points which can be redeemed for a chance to win a daily prize! One thing that we have learned while RVing longer distances is that gas prices can change quite drastically from one town to another. This is why we use GasBuddy almost every time we fill up our motorhome. At times, we have saved $0.15/liter on gas by simply waiting until the next town to fuel up. In our motorhome, that’s a savings of about $15! With gas being by far our biggest expense RVing throughout Canada, saving every little bit possible sure adds up. The GasBuddy app also lists any other amenities that gas stations have, such as propane, as well as a fuel mileage calculator which is very handy.
The final app that we would like to mention is iOverlander. This app is designed to help uses find free or inexpensive camping or boondocking options in the area. We looked at the locations on this map almost every day when we RVed across Canada and found some unique free spots to camp. All of the locations listed in the app are posted by the community, and they allow you to post pictures and reviews of each location as well. You can find some awesome Forest Service Roads and other boondocking locations with amazing views, though we will warn you to be cautious. Since all of the locations are added by other members of the community, there are no regulations on what locations can or cannot be listed. Some of the listing we have come across over our travels are not great quality and/or are not actually legal places to sleep overnight with your RV. Please remember to do your research, read the reviews, and use your common sense before deciding to boondock at any of these locations, but there are some real gems out there!
We use all three apps almost daily when we RV to save us money, time, and our sanity! Hopefully our list of essential RVing apps has been of use to you, whether you have found a new app to try out, or a new way to use an app that you already have!
Happy travels friends!
Luke & Alysha
About Luke and Alysha
Hi there! We're Luke and Alysha, and we travel and camp in our Adventurer 23DS Class C motorhome with our cat named “Cat". We have taken our RV across Canada from BC to Newfoundland and back, and made so many fun memories along the way. We are continuing to explore more of Canada (when there is no snow on the ground at least) and share all of our adventures along the way on our YouTube channel. You can also follow us on Instagram.