Apps Every RVer Should Have

Having the right technology is essential for a successful camping trip. Learning how to navigate technology on the road is just as important as learning how to navigate the road. I’m an app junkie. After hundreds of downloads, I’ve found the RV apps every RVer should have. 

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Today’s technology is incredible. If you need to figure out which cell phone carrier provides the best services for travellers, there’s an app for that. If you need to know important laws as you cross state lines, there’s an app for that. There’s even an app for video conference doctor visits with a physician in your home state. 

I’m going to cut to the chase on this post. Here are are the apps every RVer should have: 


            SONG QUIZ            

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Driving can get old pretty quick. You’re not always driving through beautiful scenery. This is what my wife and I do make time go by just a little faster.

We turn this is in to a “name that song” competition. I’m not sure that we’ve ever actually played the game correctly. But we have downloaded quite a few similar apps and this is the best we’ve found so far.

Challenge your music skills with thousands of songs! Listen to song clips and then guess who is playing.
Rock, Pop and Country are some of the many genres you will come across. Join this FREE game and get ready to explore the music universe!


                  WAZE                 

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Unlike most GPS navigation tools, waze routes you based on user uploaded data.That means you don’t have the typical GPS delay because it has to triangulate and bounce off satelites in order to calculate. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all.

Just by driving with Waze open, you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic information to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Plus, you can add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time.


              Coverage?              

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If you work from your RV, then this is  MUST HAVE app. In order to take advantage of everything this app has to offer, you have to play the game correctly. I’ve worked for quite a few cell phone companies so I know the game well. The best deals are PREPAID! Iflanning a big trip around the country, you can determine which cell phone carrier to switch to few stops in advance. It’ll save you money on your phone bill AND having betting service EVERYWHERE will make you more productive. 

Directly overlay and compare cellular carrier coverage maps! Research where you’re covered across the USA! Coverage? focuses on helping mobile bandwidth junkies find cell signal as they roam. Save time looking up coverage on the carrier’s websites. Compare their claims head to head and better plan your travel routing to stay connected.


              State Lines             

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Currently State Lines tracks over 55 pieces of travel relevant information for each of the 50 states; including cell phone & texting bans, seat belt & child safety seats, state sales tax exemptions, gas/diesel taxes, bottle deposits, time zones, towing & RV specific laws, rest area overnight parking limits, state park camping entrance fees, default speed limits, radar detectors, highway emergency #s, alcohol sales laws & taxes, smoking bans, open container laws, pet leash laws, bicycle helmet laws, motorcycle laws (helmet, lights, eye protection & lane sharing), left turns on red, u-turns, keep right and more.

This app hasn’t been updated in a while because the code is outdated. They plan on rewriting the app entirely. It’s still a great app thought and hopefully, new support will fund their efforts to rewrite the app and add to their great idea!


               Dark Sky                 

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Every full-time traveller needs a good weather app. Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you’re free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you’ll stay dry. You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation you’ve ever seen, both forward in time or back.

Using GPS, Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next day and week.

The same technology that powers Dark Sky’s predictions also allows us to make the world’s first perfectly smooth radar animation. Dark Sky’s radar animation lets you see the actual path of the storm: how it moved in the past, and where it’s going in the future.

 



ALLSTAYS

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This is a classic app that almost every full-time RVer has heard about and probably uses. It’s the most robust app that I’ve seen for RV trip planning. According to the description, it’s the most complete and popular camping app of all time. Although it’s the most expensive app on the list, thousands of points unique to this app with free updates & no ads make it worth the money, hands down.

You just need to click on the applicable store to check out all the features on this one. I’m not a huge fan of the platform but it’s a must have app, regardless. 


      Doctor on Demand      

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Have a video visit with a board-certified physician, psychologist or more from the comfort of home! It’s free to sign up – with no subscription fees. Doctor On Demand doctors and psychologists are rigorously screened, board certified, and practice in your state.

This app may be ahead of its time! I certainly hope this side of professional industries grow because it’s vital to the full-time RV community! Doctor visits are only $49 – same as a copay, much less than urgent care or the E.R. Doctors can diagnose and write prescriptions to treat most common medical conditions.

For a full-time RV family, this is a game changer!


What do you think are the apps every RVer should have?

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Cheers, The Cobia Family

  • Jessica Meinhofer

    This is a really interesting list. I’ve never heard of some of these…now I need to check them out myself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Teresa Rosche Ott

    Good stuff, Derek – thanks!

    I saw that the Technomadia apps were available as an $8.99 bundle (although they say the State Lines app needs updating).

    • Wow! I’ll have to look into creating bundles. Love the idea!