Planning an RV trip has become easier than ever thanks to technology. Instead of traditional maps and Mapquest we now have an extensive selection of websites and apps at our disposal. With just a phone you can find RV park reviews, cheap gas near you, family attractions, and pretty much everything in-between.
The best part? A lot of great resources are free or affordable to use. All you need is a computer, tablet, or mobile device connected to the Internet. These are just a few of our favorite digital tools that make trip planning more simple than ever.
Like Yelping a new restaurant, there isn’t a better way to learn more about RV parks than by reading reviews from the campers before you. RV Park Reviews is the largest & most popular review site dedicated to RV parks, covering over 15,000 campgrounds across North America.
You can create a free account here to post your thoughts on the campgrounds you’ve been to, and to see what other travelers have said about the places where you’re looking to stay next. Learn more about How To Rate Campgrounds On RV Park Reviews
RV Park Reviews Mobile Apps (iOS & Android)
Likewise, the RV Park Reviews app will give you the same handy reviews and campground info, but in an optimized mobile interface. It’s a free download on any iPhone, iPad, or Android and has been recently updated to make filtering and zooming in & out of photos much easier.
RV Trip Wizard does charge a small fee, but it’s worth the value at $39 a year for what you’re getting. The comprehensive tool can map out your route, showing you all of the campgrounds, attractions, and points of interest (like fuels stations and low clearance bridges) along the way. The online planner calculates your total mileage and trip cost, and can send the itinerary to your Facebook, friend, or GPS system. Read our article here on how to use the trip planning wizard.
Google Maps has always been a staple planning tool and it’s constantly being updated and improved. Plus you can map out the perfect route on RV Trip Wizard, download it as a file and import it into Google to get directions accessible from your mobile device. Read the full directions here.
Fuelly is a free tool that helps keep track of the fuel usage for your tow vehicle or motorhome. It’s simple to use: just enter a few numbers every time you fuel up and the app will tell you exactly how much you’ve spent on gas over time. Plus they already have information on thousands of vehicles already entered, so it can also help you determine if you’re getting good fuel economy.
Why pay more for gas when there’s a station down the street 10 cents cheaper? Gas Buddy will keep you up-to-date with the ever-changing fuel prices, searchable by city or zip. You can look up places near you on their website here or download their app and pull it up on your phone when you’re on-the-go. See more Free Apps For Comparing Gas Prices
Hopefully these tools will save you some time and money. What are some of your favorite trip planning resources? Let us know in the comments below.