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Smart Phone RV Apps

Our idea of a smart phone has been a little behind the times.  Being a country park it's taken Hidden Valley RV a while to get into the whole "APP" experience.  But once you get an i phone, android or blackberry...you can't help yourself.  Spend just a few minutes in the apps store on your phone and you begin downloading one, then another and another.  If your an RV enthusiast like us, the choices are growing every month.  These are some apps that are essential to trip planning, will keep you entertained, and help you stay in touch with loved ones. Spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time fretting over the nearest bathroom with these great apps.with new options for the RV traveler. 

Great On The Road Apps

1. Camp Finder ($2.99)
Find information on 14,000 campgrounds and RV parks across the U.S. with just the touch of a screen. Camp Finder works with your GPS location to pinpoint campgrounds nearest to you even when you are on the move. Search by state, city, or name. Read reviews, view photos and search by amenities, camping clubs and park types to quickly find the perfect campground or RV Park for you. Named "the best of the paid camp apps" by The New York Times, it's the hassle free way to find the perfect place for you. The ease of use makes this app phenomenal. It is available on both the iPhone and Droid.



2. iExit (Free)

What's coming up on the next exit? Days spent on the highway waiting for a convenient exit might have been a mystery in the past, but this app takes the guesswork out of your trip. iExit gives you a rolling list of available services for any interstate you are on. This is a seriously useful app for the true camper, RVer and road tripper. The app is available on iPhone and Droid.

3. USPS Mobile (Free)

Need to send or receive a package on the road? Check out this great app that lists the nearest post office to your current location to save you hassle and time. It is available on the iPhone and Droid.

4. Gas Buddy (Free)

With gas being a top expense for any road trip, it's great to have a buddy keeping you updated on the cheapest gas prices in your current area. That buddy is Gas Buddy, a wonderful app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices near you. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

5. National Park Field Guides (Free)

Want to know what species of bird you just spotted by your campsite? National Parks is a great field guide to the natural wildlife of 50 National Parks. Explore and identify native trees and wildflowers. Learn about all species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles inhabiting each park. Search endangered and poisonous species. Field Guides is also great for finding camp hours, directions, and major sites within. National Parks Field Guide is available on the iPhone and iPad.

6. Kindle (Free)

Ever wanted to bring your favorite books with you during your camping trip but just don't have enough space? With the Kindle app your favorite books are stored on your mobile phone or iPad, so there is no need to bring the heavy hardcover books, you can leave them at home. Purchase new releases, or reread an old favorite. Best of all, most of your favorite adventure classics, like Huckleberry Finn, are free to download. Kindle is available on the iPhone and Droid. We recommend it on the iPad for those who enjoy a bigger reading screen.

7. Pandora (Free)

Pandora is a music lover's paradise. If you have a 3G connection Pandora delivers an unlimited supply of music to your trip. Simply type in an artist you like and listen to a streaming jukebox of songs and artists that Pandora feels you might also enjoy. It's a great way to discover and rediscover music. Plug your device to portable speakers to liven a campfire. Pandora is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

8. Flight Control ($1 - $5)

Land aircrafts and avoid collisions in this incredibly addictive game. Take turns with your camping buddies to start a fun competition. Flight Control is available on both the iPhone, iPad and Droid

9. Skype (Free)

Skype is a great app when far from home and on the road. IPhones and similar front-facing camera devices allow you to share in real time the great outdoors with friends through videoconference. Skype allows you to call anyone in the world with a Skype account for free. Keep in touch, save money, and share life with loved ones. Skype is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

10. Facebook (Free)

Want to know what your friends are up to? Want to quickly update them about your road trip? Facebook is the cure all for sharing, staying connected, and a great way to catch up with your friends. Keep everyone updated on your trip by uploading photos from your mobile device, check in to stops at locations of interest, and tag camping buddies that have joined the adventure. The Facebook app is available on both the iPhone and Droid.

Download these apps on your smartphone today so you have everything you need for a great RV trip. These are all great apps for full time RVers also.
Info on apps was reprinted from Camping Road Trip.com
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