Ready to plan your dream RV trip, but not sure where to find places to stay? Wondering if you can safely fit under overpasses on a scenic byway? Navigating a safe RV route is a bit more involved than a typical car road trip, but there are plenty of apps to help you along the way.
Here, we cover the best RV GPS and overnight stay apps to make planning your next RV trip easy.
Best RV Apps Overall:
The Togo RV app now includes RV-specific navigation as a Roadpass Pro feature ($49.99 annually). Simply select where you want to go, enter your vehicle measurements, and choose from nine route preferences, like propane restrictions, tunnels, toll roads, and more. The app will create a route tailored to your RV and preferences, so you can drive worry-free.
If you believe that getting there is half the fun, Roadtrippers is the app for you. Just enter your starting and ending location, and Roadtrippers offers you the chance to add stops to your route, including attractions, accommodations, dining, campgrounds, and more. It even calculates an estimated cost for fuel. The basic version is free to use, but for a $29.99 annual upgrade (also included with a Roadpass Pro membership), you get unlimited stops, live traffic updates, and more.
Best Apps and Resources for Planning Overnight RV Stops:
Overnight RV Parking
Overnight RV Parking is the largest database of free overnight RV parking locations in North America, and access is included as a benefit of a Roadpass Pro membership. You can search by your current location, or by a city, state, or zip code to find overnight parking for your RV. Each location is color coded, so you can easily tell if it allows free parking, paid parking, or is part of a membership. It even shows which locations don’t allow overnight parking, so you never have to worry if the Walmart in town will let you stay.
Campendium lists a wide range of overnight camping spots, from RV parks to free dispersed camping sites. You can search on both the website and app to see photos and reviews from campers who have stayed in each location. It lists what (if any) amenities are available at each site and what cell phone coverage is like, a useful feature for those working on the road.
AllStays is a robust resource for planning an RV trip. It shows you RV-friendly Walmart locations, RV service stations, and low-clearance bridges along your route. It also displays restaurants, accommodations, points of interest, and rest areas. AllStays is fast and reliable—all the information is downloaded to your phone, so you don’t need to rely on cell phone service. AllStays Pro costs $34.95 annually or you can download one of the apps, like Camp & RV, with a one-time purchase (prices range from free to $9.99, depending on the app).
Want to park overnight at a winery, brewery, or farm? Harvest Hosts is a membership site that lets self-contained RVs park overnight at unique locations across the U.S. A basic Harvest Hosts subscription costs $99 per year and allows you to stay overnight for free at more than 1,700 locations. Sites typically offer dry camping and members are encouraged to purchase something from the host to thank them for their hospitality. You can also purchase an upgraded golf membership for $139 a year, which includes parking at golf courses and country clubs.
Ultimate US Public Campgrounds
Want to know about public campgrounds where you’re headed? This is the app for you. It also provides information about the number of RV sites, electric hookups, showers, and more. Since public campgrounds tend to be less expensive than private campgrounds (or sometimes even free), it’s a useful app for those trying to stay on a budget. Of the more than 41,000 public campgrounds in the database, half cost $10 or less. The price to download the app is $3.99.
The Best RV GPS Navigation Apps:
COPILOT GPS features an app specifically designed for RVs. Simply input information about your rig, and CoPilot will find an appropriate route for your weight and height. Maps are available in both 2D and 3D versions and include detailed information about road signs and turn lanes. Audio navigation and speed limit indicators make it easy to safely use CoPilot while driving, without looking at the screen. Offline maps can be stored on your device, meaning you’ll never go without a map, even when driving in remote areas. You can also easily search for and add roadside stops to your route. A 14-day free trial is available, and an annual subscription costs $29.99.
RV Trip Wizard
Like CoPilot, RV TRIP WIZARD allows you to customize your route based on your RV’s restrictions. However unlike CoPilot, this app doesn’t provide full audio navigation. You can download maps to use in Google Maps, which is a handy feature for those who prefer navigating from a familiar app. RV Trip Wizard offers more powerful trip-planning features, including campground searches and trip budgeting. If you are a member of any camping clubs (such as KOA or Good Sam), you can even prioritize those options when searching for an RV park. This app costs $49.99 after your 7-day free trial.
INROUTE certainly shares many features with the previously mentioned apps, but it has one unique feature RVers might especially appreciate. This app allows you to devise a route based on various options, including curviness and elevation. Travelers to mountainous regions will especially appreciate this if they’d like to avoid white-knuckle drives. inRoute also checks the weather, giving you a heads up about severe weather ahead. Expect to pay $29.99 per year. A free 7-day trial allows you to try it out first.
Best Additional RV Apps:
If you own an RVLock keyless entry lock on your rig, then you should also have the RVLock app! Upgrade your locks abilities by purchasing RVLock BT Pro+ making it possible for you to unlock your RV or travel trailer with the convenience of your smartphone. Download the RVLock Keyless app and connect your keyless RVLock with a simple "lock and unlock" screen. Say goodbye to the days when a lost key could ruin your day. The RVLock Keyless app combines our unique keyless handle solution with your everyday smartphone. Now use your FOB, keypad, or smartphone to lock and unlock your RVLock Keyless product!
While GASBUDDY cannot be used to plan your whole route, it shines in helping you navigate to one of the most important things you’ll need while driving: gas! Simply pull up the app to find gas stations within range of your current location, and easily figure out which ones are ahead. As an added bonus, GasBuddy even displays fuel prices, helping you to find the cheapest cost on your route, which is something you’ll appreciate if your RV causes you to use more fuel. GasBuddy can also help you save money by earning “gasback” whenever you use the app to pay for your purchases. This app is free to download.
YouTube (available here for Android and here for iPhone) is a treasure trove of useful information- in fact, did you know it’s the second largest search engine in the world? So do you want to watch exactly how someone winterizes their RV? You’ll find thousands of videos on that- and probably even have a decent shot of finding a video of someone winterizing your specific model. What about how to change a tire on your RV in case you get a flat on the road? Yup, there’s tons of videos for that too!
Facebook is undoubtedly a fantastic resource for users looking to find communities. There’s so many organized communities (called Groups) on Facebook (available here for Android and here for iPhone) that are helpful to new RVers- full-time RVing, boondocking, women RVers, whatever group you’re looking for, there’s probably an existing community or you can create one! There are stories of families meeting on Facebook and then plan a trip together to meet in real life!
Need an obscure charging cable or an extra headlamp? Amazon (available here on Android and here on iPhone) can help you with that, whether you’re at home or on the road. There are thousands of Amazon Lockers and Hubs in over 900 cities across the United States, in convenient places like grocery stores or gas stations. If you’re not close to home, you can search for an Amazon locker near you or your next destination when you select your shipping address at checkout. Once your package has been delivered to the locker you selected, you’ll receive an email from Amazon, including a code. Just show up at the locker location, input your code, and a locker with your package will pop open.
We hope this apps are helpful and can make life a little more convenient during your travels.
See you on the road!