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The Top 12 Apps for Truck Camping

Truck Camper Magazine readers report their favorite smartphone apps for truck camping. And the most popular truck camping apps for 2016 are…

Top 12 camping apps

Based on reader responses, the top 12 apps for truck camping in 2016 are AllStays Camp & RV, GasBuddy, GasGuru, Google Earth, Google Maps, iExit, MyRadar, RV Parks, RV Parky, Sanidumps, Waze, and Weather Underground.

But don’t stop there.  Readers reveal some extremely interesting and useful apps.  I for one will be checking out the History Here, Untappd, and Ultimate Public Campground Project apps.  More history, beer, and free camping?  Yes please!

“I use the Garmin Base Camp and Google Earth. Garmin Base Camp gives me a route, and Google Earth me the terrain.

I’m also a big user of state and province campground, park, and tourism sources from Explore Minnesota and Parks Canada. These resources served me well going from our previous home in North Dakota to the desert parks in southwest United States, and from western Minnesota to Alaska, twice. Next year they will be called on to handle shorter trips east of us.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

“I use the Sanidumps app.” – Eric Christie, Ford F250, 1983 Okanagan

“I use RV Parks and RV Parky from Google Play on our three Android devices.

My personal favorite is RV Parks because it shows lots of options, including Walmarts and large fuel stops. The more you zoom in the more places RV Parks shows. It has good descriptions, phone numbers and websites, if they have one. You can navigate via Google Maps directly from the app. It doesn’t display prices as such, just dollar signs.

RV Parky doesn’t seem to have the number of places available, but gives prices and you can add missing places.” – Cheryl Nelson, 2004 Chevy 3500, 1989 Shadow Cruiser 9.5

“I use Mobile Hotspots to find internet service near me and Compass to find my way back to the camper when I’m lost – Ha!

I also use MapQuest, GasBuddy, Google Earth, RV Dump Stations Locator, The Weather Channel, Maps, Overnight Parking, Allstays Big Trucks, Allstays Camp & RV, Zomato (a restaurant finder), and Travel Alaska to plan an Alaska trip.

WhatsApp is an international email system. Pandora is for music. My Base Guide or GuideOn for military base camping spots. Murphy USA for discount gas using a Walmart card. And Shazam to determine who is singing on the radio.

The only app that I actually pay for is AllStays Camp & RV for $9.99. All the others were free.” – Donald Fox, 2015 Ford F450, 2016 Lance 1172

“For finding campgrounds, RV Parky is my favorite app. Integrated with the phone’s GPS, it will map out all rest areas, campgrounds, military campgrounds, state and national parks, as well as Walmart, Cracker Barrels, Cabelas, and more. It’s awesome!

For mapping, I like Waze. Waze is a Google app that, along with the Google map engine, allows users to report accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, etc. It works great.

For weather, hands down the best app is PYKL3 Radar. This is a weather radar app that also plots your current location on the map. You can see a storms intensity and movement. It allows me to make a decision to proceed or to pull over and wait a storm out. I am a weather buff and to me this app is indispensable.

Another great weather app is Storm Shield Weather Radio App. It automatically alerts you when there is severe weather at your location. It uses the built in GPS on your phone and automatically sends an alert and the NWS alert message.  It works well.

The third app for routine weather conditions and forecast is Weather Underground.

I use an Android phone, Samsung S6 Active.” – Thomas Rybarski, 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2006 Lance 1181

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