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The Best Digital Tools To Plan Your Next RV Trip

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.

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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.

RV LIFE Campgrounds (formerly RV Park Reviews)

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 LIFE Campgrounds is the largest & most popular review site dedicated to RV parks, covering over 15,000 campgrounds across North America.

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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 RV LIFE Campgrounds here

RV LIFE Trip Wizard

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RV LIFE 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

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Google Maps has always been a staple planning tool and it’s constantly being updated and improved. You can map out the perfect route on RV LIFE 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

No app will help you track your fuel usage and vehicle expenses better than Fuelly. In addition to fuel-ups, you can also log in any maintenance, services, accidents, expenses, and other notes on your vehicle that you won’t want to lose.

Fuelly can be used with your car, truck, motorcycles, or snowmobiles. The app also has helpful time and mileage service reminders like the engine oil and the air filter.

The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, or you can simply log in and track your fuel-ups on their website.

Gas Buddy

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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.

You may also like the new RV LIFE app for iOS and Android

RV LIFE Trip Wizard, RV LIFE Campgrounds, and Fuelly are owned by Social Knowledge, the parent company of Do It Yourself RV



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