6 Essential RV Travel Apps

6 Essential RV Travel Apps

#rvtripplanner #rvapps #campingapps We love RV travel. Part of our formula to make RV travel easier is trip planning along with the travel tools to reach our destination. We have 6 essential RV travel apps we use on a regular basis to find campgrounds, map our travel, locate rest areas along the way and to purchase fuel. There are a number of other apps used from time to time, but these 6 essential RV travel apps are always part of our travel both in planning as well as those days we’re on the road.

In this video we show how we use our favorite apps – RV Parky, TripAdvisor, Google Maps, Rest Stops, Allstay Big Truck Stops and last but not least, Gas Buddy. We take you through our process using these apps, explaining how each are beneficial for RV travel. While not an online app, we also show the importance of using a Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas to ensure your travel route is suitable for your big rig RV.

Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas – http://amzn.to/2iUcEAt

RV Parky for Andriod – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rvparky.android2&hl=en
RV Parky for iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rv-parky-parks-campgrounds/id695969271?mt=8

TripAdvisor for Andriod – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&hl=en
TriAdvisor for iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripadvisor-hotels-restaurants/id284876795?mt=8

Googe Maps for Andriod – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&hl=en
Googe Maps for iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-maps-gps-navigation/id585027354?mt=8

Allstays Big Truck Stops for Andriod and iOS – https://www.allstays.com/apps/truckstopsfaq.htm

Gas Buddy for Andriod and iOS – http://www.gasbuddy.com/App

Music by: [No Copyright Music] ON AND ON – Nicolai Heidlas Music – https://youtu.be/Skxx0KnGGHw

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  1. El Galope Finca on February 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    thanks for sharing all this info, I will start my part time rv life in a week and enjoying and taking notes very good videos and very real stuff, Thanks a lot

  2. Michael Myrick on February 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    I subscribe to you channel but I hadn’t watched this one. Found it by chance looking for other RV related stuff. Jerry, this was so helpful to me. Got all the apps now. Thank you.

  3. Gun Engraver on February 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    What is a KOA?

  4. Richard Mehalick on February 29, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I want to plan a trip with overnight stays at state parks. I know I need to be there by 1pm to get a spot. How do I figure this out with google when I can only travel at 55-60 mph and google maps assumes faster speeds?

  5. Eric Sokalski on February 29, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Google maps is a horrible idea in the northeast. I would use copilot truck. Too many parkways that won’t allow large trucks or trailers and especially 5th wheels due to low bridges.

  6. Craig Wilson on February 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Jerry, Soon to be a New part time RVer. Very informative!…much needed, Thanks, Craig

  7. Tammy Markham on February 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    hi, i was wondering, is it hard to find an rv park that has large enough areas to handle a long 5th wheel & semi hauler. thank you.

  8. seekingjoynow on February 29, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Very nice video. I have gas buddy just for my regular driving. Thank you.

  9. kathleen robison on February 29, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Jerry👋👋
    Tom and I are brand new RVers and happened across your wonderful channel. Thank you so much for incredible, informative and pertinent info! You are awesome! Looking forward to watching all of your videos!
    Take care, Kathy

  10. Dennis Massie on February 29, 2020 at 1:24 pm


  11. Dennis Denison on February 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Jerry, thanks for all your information. We live in central Arkansas. My parents loved Maumelle park. They would camp close to the launch ramp and sit and watch people launching their boats. My dad would say that’s the best entertainment he has ever had! Question do you have a second tank on your truck?

  12. Ron Burks on February 29, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for the great information we are planning a trip from California to Branson next year and we pull a 40 foot 5th wheel. I will have to watch this several times

  13. Joni Droski on February 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Very informative video, thanks!

  14. William Kaczmarek on February 29, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    We’re new to this RV life style and we’re looking forward to leaving the frozen tundra in the winter and visiting the warmer climates until thing thaw out a bit so this was very helpful. Thanks a bunch for your help here and in all your videos.

  15. Jim LeVerso on February 29, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Jerry I watched this video AGAIN and this time I took a closer look at the AllStays Big Truck app.  While I completely agree that its great, at least on iOS its now $9.99, which is expensive for a app, but it seemed to be worth it, so I bought and installed it.  Just wanted to update your information.  See you on the road!

  16. Penny Haren on February 29, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    what about using WAZE gps app?

  17. Shirley Davis on February 29, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Looks like you guys are Snowbirds! LOL! We plan to be “Sunbirds” and escape from Florida when the temperatures soar!! 😎😁🐡

  18. Jessaca Kordsmeier Redd in a state of Namaste soaps on February 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Lol from Tyler , Texas so I get ……the backroads. Thanks for the tips we just bought our RV and ready for a trip.

  19. Eddy A on February 29, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Outstanding video! Many thanks

  20. elgriz on February 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Big Truck Stops is now $9.99 in App Store as of 5 Sep 2018.

  21. Crystal Herrin on February 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    As always great information! Thank you so much!

  22. Joy House on February 29, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    As a trucker and soon to be in a skoolie these apps really help so thanks for the info. The rest app will help me while I’m in the semi never even knew there was a app 🤔

  23. Judi Christopher on February 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I busted out laughing when you said about getting
    on backroads roads in EAST TEXAS…
    Yes Sir.. You are right… I used to live in East Texas….
    and those tall trees (love them) don’t help you see
    anyway out sometimes… LOL
    this is a great video and it helped me soon much Thank you for sharing

  24. Stephen Pinion on February 29, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry Jerry, I’m not giving my checking information to anyone to get their App.

  25. Jo S. on February 29, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    It’s time for an update on this; TripAdvisor only offers Hotels/Restaurants, Allstay doesn’t exist on the Apple App Store. Many new apps might make your new list. You’re right about smartphone navigation apps–sometimes they try to route you through really strange places. Just ordered the Motor Carrier atlas–I’m sure my husband will truly appreciate it. Thanks.

  26. Tom Austin on February 29, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Awesome thanks 😊🌎😎🚌🎥🎶

  27. Barry Cook on February 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Waze is an amazing app and saved our bacon many a time. It will update hazards, routes, etc based on user input. We’ve been redirected via detour in real time due to accident on the interstate.

  28. Jody Determann on February 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    great info! thanks!

  29. Lori on February 29, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you for all the helpful apps. FYI i tried to get the Allstays Big Truck Stops app. It is no longer free its $ 9.99 but still available.

  30. victoria callaghan on February 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Jerry love your channel. Is army Corp for everybody or just military?

  31. Jerry D on February 29, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Great info! We, the uninformed RV’ers, really appreciate your material.

  32. Steve Stedman on February 29, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Try next exit. I find it terrific. It comes in a book form and android and iOS

  33. B. M. Biggs on February 29, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Get. To. The. Point.

  34. Darren Frick on February 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Very Helpful thanks for the great info!

  35. Searching Solitude on February 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    My wife and I are going full time next month and have watched a ton of your videos! I appreciate your channel and hope to meet you one day when we get on the road!!

  36. Todd Lacy on February 29, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    As always great vid Jerry! Some of the apps I was already using but I learned short cuts and new info about the app in your video. This will definitely make it easier to plan our next trip to Florida.

  37. Joanie Minton on February 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Wonderful instructional video…..when we get our coach, will be using those apps….regularly use "google maps"….I have used "Gas Buddy" for many years, with my regular car driving…….A wonderful App…….By the way, I have a mother-in-law in Warner Robins….

  38. oshtoolman on February 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I just looked and Big Truck Stop is still not on Android Play Store. I have turned to using iExit as a way to find truck stops, gas, food, etc. Great video, thanks for putting it together!

  39. SRPerk 616 on February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I came back to this video since we are planning a trip. Allstays is now charging for the Big Truck app now. We are a gasser so it isn’t as important but some of the stations are hard to get into and out of. Great suggestions, thanks Jerry.

  40. Austin roberts on February 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Truckerpath is a great one shows all truck stops even mom and pop ones

  41. Robert Jeans on February 29, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    You can use trucker buddy to find truck stops it’s on android and iOS

  42. Zanne on February 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Have your tried Waze for maps. A friend told us about it and we use it all the time. It even tells you when a car is stopped on the side of road. If traffic is backed up. It is really cool.

  43. Kelly & Kathleen Kellas on February 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Fantastic, Thank you.

  44. Michael on February 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    An app you can try in lieu of "Big Truck Stops" (since it is iOS only, if you have an Android system) is "Trucker Path." YouTubers "Changing Lanes" mentioned that is the one they were using on one of the videos of theirs that I watched. (I follow quite a few RV YouTubers; love your channel.)

  45. Will Adams on February 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Jerry, thanks for your videos. My wife and I are getting ready to become full-time RVers. As a web developer myself, I am a kindred spirit and enjoyed seeing your ‘office’ in another video.

    One thing about the Motor Carrier’s Atlas. In the front of the book, there is a list of all low clearance locations by state. These locations are usually not highlighted on the map itself. I always double-check my route for clearances before I leave

  46. Lawrence Santana on February 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Best rv travel video I’ve seen!

  47. Stonewall on February 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Orange lines are truck friendly, but NOT all trucks, there maybe LOW underpasses on them. To be sure YOU will be safe, PLEASE check the front of the atlas under the heading Low Clearances. All states are in alphabetical order. Also in the front are phone numbers for State Patrols.

  48. paul sloan on February 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Great information really helped. Does anyone do a video about how to use the tow haul mode different applications what settings so forth.

  49. Eileen Moore on February 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you very much. Very helpful.

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