Travel Links & Resources For RVers

From digital navigation to campground data, the amount of information available at our fingertips is nearly limitless with the use of mobile phones. The ROUTE 66 RV Network has stifled through the search results and pulled together a list of helpful travel resources available. Check out our list of online resources for RVers below!

Road Trip Navigation

The days of paper maps are over and it’s important to have the proper resources at the ready when out on the road. Take a look at these different online maps and driving direction websites to assist you during your next road trip.

Health & Wellness

Unexpected health emergencies can happen while out camping or on the road, and sometimes you don’t always know where the nearest hospital or urgent care is located. Check out these directories and locators the next time you need to find medical help near you!

Campgrounds & Parks

An RV trip allows you and your family to explore the great outdoors! From coast-to-coast, in the woods or by the ocean, the scenic views are breathtaking. Check out these resources for information on national parks, state parks, dog-friendly campgrounds, and more.

Travel Guides & Trip Planning

Are you setting off on a spontaneous road trip? Have you been planning for your family vacation all year, but are still looking for some trip ideas? Take a look at these guides to different places to travel to and visit with your whole family on your next road trip!

States Along Route 66

If you are planning to travel along the historic U.S. Route 66, check out the eight amazing states along the way and what they have to offer. You will find that each state has one-of-a-kind roadside attractions that are sure to pique the interest of your adventure crew.

For more RV travel inspiration, tips, and tricks, check out our complete lineup of recent blogs!

RV Loans and Financing

RV Loans & Financing Insights

Deciding to purchase a recreational vehicle is a big investment for new and experienced RVers alike. If this is your first RV purchase, the varying loan options and extra requirements may seem overwhelming and daunting. Fortunately, the ROUTE 66 RV Network offers customers like you their knowledge of the RV loan and financing process and the experience to make it a more simple, understandable process.

Additionally, the ROUTE 66 RV Network has formed valuable partnerships with Bank of America and Bank of the West to provide customers with the best and most competitive interest rates available. You can feel confident making financial decisions surrounding your new investment with their expertise. Medallion Bank also provides non-prime loans that are suitable for those with lower credit scores but are wanting to finance their new recreational vehicle.

Ready to learn more? Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions or get in touch with your local ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer. Our member dealers are ready and willing to provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for on how to maximize the enjoyment of your purchase and maintain financial flexibility. In fact, many first-time RVers come to us to check out their financial options before starting their shopping experience. That’s what we are here for!

Frequently Asked Loan Questions

Q: What are the benefits of financing my RV purchase?

A: When you choose to finance your RV purchase instead of liquidating your assets or paying cash, you are able to maintain personal financial flexibility and potentially qualify for some of the benefits that come with having a second home mortgage. To qualify, your RV must have basic sleeping arrangements, cooking facilities, and a bathroom. To receive more specific details please contact your tax advisor.

Q: What are the advantages of financing through an RV Lending Specialist?

A: Some of the benefits of financing your purchase through an RV Lending Specialist include lower down payments, longer finance terms, and lower monthly payments. By setting a monthly payment within your budget, you leave the dealership knowing that you can confidently pay off your RV over a substantial period of time instead of all at once. RV financing specialists understand that recreational vehicles maintain their value and resale appeal so they tend to offer more pleasing terms and help you afford your dream RV.

Q: What types of RVs can be financed?

A: You are able to finance several types of new and pre-owned RVs including Class A Motorhomes, Class B Motorhomes, Class C Motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers, Pop-Up Campers, Truck Campers and Destination Trailers (Park Models).

Q: How is my interest rate determined?

A: The physical purchase of your new recreational vehicle is dependent on the approval of your credit which is dependent on several factors such as your credit history, ability to make timely payments, and proof of your income. RV loans have extended terms that can be anywhere from 8 to 15 years depending on if you are purchasing a new or pre-owned camper. Interest rates are dependent on your total loan amount, your down payment, your overall credit profile, and the current value of your recreational vehicle. Once your application is processed, your dealership finance representative will provide you with complete information on your loan interest rate.

Q: Will I need a down payment and if so, how much?

A: Some dealerships require a down payment of at least 10 percent of the recreational vehicle purchase price, but many do prefer up to 20 percent down. A larger down payment will help lower your monthly payments and might even help you qualify for a lower interest rate.

Q: Do I need RV Insurance for an RV Loan?

A: If you are choosing to finance your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or destination trailer, your loan lender will typically require you to have physical damage coverages for that vehicle. Be sure to review your policy to ensure that you have the coverage you need to protect yourself and your recreational vehicle.

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Which Type of RV is Best For You?

Finding the right RV for you and your family can be challenging. There are many options to choose from. So, how do you know which RV is the best choice for your lifestyle? Keep reading to learn more about the different recreational vehicle types and discover which is best for your next adventure.

Motorized vs Towable

There are two different categories of RVs: motorized vehicles and towables.

Motorized vehicles, otherwise known as motorhomes, provide living and driving functions under a single roof and take the hassle out of hitching and towing. Motorhomes are great for first-time RVers who might not be the most comfortable maneuvering with a second vehicle in tow. There are three types of motorhomes: Class A Motorhomes, Class B Motorhomes, and Class C Motorhomes.

Towables, also called trailers, require a vehicle to tow them from place to place. Trailers are usually cheaper than motorhomes, and once you reach your final destination you can easily unhitch your vehicle, allowing you to have a set of wheels to easily explore the area outside your campsite. There are five towable RVs to choose from: travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, pop-up campers, and truck campers.

Now let’s take a closer look.

Class A Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class A Motorhomes are built on heavy-duty frames and are the largest motorhomes on the road. They typically range between 21 and 45 feet in length and are built on a special chassis. You and your family will have plenty of room to stretch out in the roomy living areas and will feel at home with several amenities included in the motorhome, no matter where you are.

class a motorhome

Class B Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class B Motorhomes are also known as “camper vans” as they drive more similarly to a van due to being built on a standard van chassis. Living quarters are smaller since these motorized vehicles are more compact, but this does make them typically easier to drive. If you and your family love going on day trips or are spontaneous travelers, then a Class B Motorhome is a perfect choice.

class b motorhome

Class C Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class C Motorhomes combine the top features of Class A’s and Class B’s into one mid-sized recreational vehicle. These motorhomes usually range from 20 to 33 feet in length and are built on a truck or van chassis. Many Class C owners tow their cars along to make running errands and day excursions easier.

Travel Trailers (Towable)

When it comes to Travel Trailers there are several different options to choose from. These RVs commonly offer a wide variety of amenities and floor plans making it easy to find a model that best fits your lifestyle and needs. Some larger models may have bunks, known as bunkhouse models, which can sleep between four and ten people,  and some smaller trailers may only offer sleeping space for one to two people. Travel trailers can be towed by any vehicle that can handle their weight capacity.

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Fifth Wheels (Towable)

Fifth Wheels are the largest, most expensive, and therefore most luxurious of the towable recreational vehicles. Due to the fact that these trailers are around 20 to 40 feet in length, these trailers must be towed by a large truck or a conversion vehicle. Fifth Wheel Trailers connect to your tow vehicle by a “gooseneck” extension which fits into a space in the bed of your vehicle. These towables typically have large kitchens and bathrooms, plenty of storage space and more sleeping room.

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Toy Haulers (Towable)

Toy Haulers are designed to allow you to bring extra toys along like jet skis, ATVs, motorcycles, or even bikes and kayaks. These trailers are split into two sections: the front living quarters and the rear section featuring a pull-down ramp. If you and your adventure buddies like to bring extra camping gear along on trips, then a toy hauler is a great option.

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Pop-Up Campers (Towable)

These compact trailers feature expandable side sections that are folded down during transportation and allow for easy camping. The hard-bodied central area contains a simple kitchen and a bathroom, and the expandable sides convert into sleeping areas. These trailers can be towed by most mid-sized vehicles by a ball hitch receiver. Pop-up campers, sometimes also referred to as fold-down campers, are a perfect option for those looking to upgrade from tents and sleeping bags while camping.

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Truck Campers (Towable)

Truck campers are economical and easy to drive since they attach to an everyday pickup truck. These campers usually sleep two to four people depending on the model, and offer campers a small cooking, bath, and storage area. If you are a spontaneous traveler or weekend warrior who prefers affordability over luxurious amenities, this towable RV is the one for you!

Visit a ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer near you to purchase the RV you have been looking for. Our network of independently-owned RV dealerships are here to help you!

Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

Whether you are brand-new to the RVing scene or know the ropes like the back of your hand, it is always smart to research what goes into buying an RV before making the purchase. How many people will you be accommodating regularly? How often will you use the vehicle? Are you buying new or pre-owned? Don’t worry, several people are asking the same questions and we are here to help you find the answers!

Where To Start?

As you begin the RV purchasing process, you should be thinking specifically about the amenities and features that will fit your camping style. How will you be utilizing your RV? If you plan to live full-time in your RV or camp seasonally, you might find a Destination Trailer more suitable as they are taller, heavier, and more homelike than other models. Think about where you desire to travel and what types of adventures you want to take. Before visiting the dealership, make a checklist of the necessities you are looking for in an RV. For instance, you might want a unit with a full stove, air conditioning for camping in those warmer months, or perhaps extra storage space for your adventure gear. Having an estimate of how many people you will be traveling with on a regular basis is also key.
You will also need to determine if you are wanting a motorized vehicle or a towable trailer. Motorhomes, Class A, Class B, and Class C variations, are equipped with their own engines allowing for the best drivability and comfortable travel but do come at a higher price point. When purchasing a towable RV, you will need to identify if you have the necessary vehicle to tow your purchase. Travel trailers are able to be towed by most midsize cars, vans, and SUVs. A fifth wheel, which is often amongst the largest towable RVs, requires a pickup truck as they connect to the bed of the truck for maximum stability. Pop-up campers are an affordable, easy-to-tow option that gives campers modern amenities and a unique experience.

New or Pre-Owned?

After identifying the RV type that is right for you, you will also want to consider if you are buying a new or used unit. The condition of the recreational vehicle you purchase could be heavily dependent on your price range as pre-owned inventory typically comes at a lower price tag. However, a new RV will have the most up-to-date features available on the market today and no mileage or previous service history to worry about.
Prices for brand new RVs vary from region to region and change with consumer-chosen amenities and dealer-related fees. Most manufacturers will provide an MSRP sheet. MSRP stands for, “manufacturer’s suggested retail price,” which is often also referred to as the factory window sticker. These sheets include each standard and optional item included in that particular unit allowing you to compare apples to apples. Shopping for used RVs can potentially lower the price tag a considerable amount. Before shopping, check out NADA Guides to verify the current market value of the options you are exploring.

Added and Unforeseen Costs?

RVs require annual maintenance to keep things running smoothly, just like a car. RVs require annual maintenance to keep running smoothly and there may be additional unforeseen service and repair expenses. You also have to consider where you will park it during the off-season, such as a storage facility to keep your investment protected, and how much it costs to park at RV parks and campgrounds while you are traveling. We would also encourage you to purchase RV insurance for your recreational vehicle to protect you in the circumstance that your RV is damaged or is at a total loss. These are just a few of the additional costs that you should consider before purchasing a new or used RV for your adventures.

Is Financing an Option?

Purchasing an RV is a large investment. If you are purchasing your first RV, the number of loan options and additional requirements might seem daunting and overwhelming. Luckily when you purchase with a ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer, experienced and knowledgeable professionals can make the process easier for you. Our network has connections with top RV lenders allowing you as the purchaser to be confident you are getting the most competitive interest rates. Before purchasing an RV, make sure you ask about financing options to maximize your purchase!

Your local ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer can help you find the perfect RV for your camping needs and lifestyle. Visit an independently-owned RV dealership near you today to begin the RV purchasing process.

50 Best Apps When Camping

As camping season arrives, the outdoors call your name. Preparing for camping trips never gets easier, especially when you and your family or friends are traveling to a new location. Trying to find a campground? Try out a campground or RV park locator app. Some people are looking to keep it simple while others want all the luxurious and homelike amenities possible. Others focus their vacations around places with great hiking trails and scenic views. If that is you, then you’ll find some awesome hiking and trail guide apps below.

We have compiled the 50 best RV camping apps for every adventurer, no matter your camping style or how you like to roll in the great outdoors. These digital camping tools can help you through a variety of situations or needs that you may come across while out on the open road. Make your camping trip easier by utilizing a RV travel app easily accessed by your iPhone or Android cell phone. Camping with your crew just became easier through iOS and android apps alike!

1. Route 66 RV Club

Route66Club_AppAs an RV Club member you have access to the Route 66 RV Club app providing all your membership benefits and information at the palm of your hand. You can easily locate a Route 66 RV Network Dealership for parts, accessories or to inquire about servicing your vehicle. As a non-member, you can still download the app for access to the dealership locator and information regarding the club programs and services. 

2. KOA

You can easily plan your perfect adventure and search through all of KOA’s campgrounds to find the one that meets your needs. Each campground has a detailed description, and you can get driving directions to those campsites. You can also find a list of local attractions and activities that you and the family will love. As a partner of the Route 66 RV Network, RV Club members get discounts at KOA campsites!

3. Roadtrippers

This app is perfect for planning any kind of trip from a traditional roadtrip or a camping excursion through National Parks. One of the best features of this app is the ability to easily download maps to use while offline, which comes in handy when you are navigating through areas that have little to no signal. When traveling through places such as Yellowstone, cell service is limited and you don’t want to miss the scenery because you’re staring down at a map, so an app like this is a great thing to download.

4. Hip Camp

This app is an absolutely fantastic tool for finding a campsite. HipCamp has several unique camping destinations and allows users to sort by specific features you want, such as campfires being allowed. Some of the unique sites they list include a llama farm, ranches and even secluded corners of people’s private property. It’s time to download this app and camp at a memorable campsite today.

5. Free Roam

If you are a detail-oriented person then you will love the camping app, FreeRoam. This app aids you in planning every aspect of your camping trip, like helping map out travel times to know what time is best to hit the road and planning where to stop along the way. Although you can’t book through the app, you can search for campgrounds in the area you are traveling to. This app is great for RVers because it includes mapping tools such as vehicle height.

6. Reserve America

If you are looking to find a campsite in a state park, a private campground or an RV park then the Reserve America app is perfect for you. When using their search feature, you can choose to add various filters such as Federal, County, State and Private camping sites.

7. The Dyrt

The Dyrt helps people like you find a campsite that fits how you like to camp. You can find options like cabins to tent sites to RV sites, all on this app. If you get the Pro version of the app you will also have access to discounts on gear, camping and features like downloadable maps.

8. Recreation.Gov

This is the app you will want to download if you are looking to book a campsite on federal land, like National Forests and National Parks. One tip when it comes to booking these sites is to check the app early. Several of these campsites book three to six months in advance depending on the popularity of the area you wish to stay in.

9. Campspot

This app makes camping so much easier! As a camper, Campspot does not charge any booking fees which is a great feature. They also guarantee the lowest pricing out there. When browsing availability on the app, you can filter by amenities, distance and park features. You might even be able to find some last minute openings for campsites near you.

10. PackPoint

What should you pack for your next camping trip or RV vacation? This app offers extensive categories for packing lists, which lets users customize their planning options based on things such as daily structure to location.

11. Tentrr

If bringing more household amenities to your camping experience is ideal, then Tentrr is the perfect app for you. This service provides pre-made glamping tents on more than 800 different private and public campsites. Users also have access to booking services such as saunas, massages and others that would be typically spotted at a luxury hotel. 

12. Boondocking

This app is specialized for people looking for free campsites without all the extra bells and whistles. It is perfect for fans of dispersed camping and users can search for hundreds of campsites with user-generated information to help guide you. Most of Boondocking’s campsite options don’t have electrical or sewage hookups for tents or RVs so make sure that you want a place that is more off-the-grid.

13. Campendium

This website and app allows you to search for free or paid campsites. Some of these campsites are pull-offs perfect for RVs, some are true campgrounds and some can be dispersed. You can utilize their search filters to narrow down what you are looking for and even read reports and reviews from other campers who have personally camped there. You can use most of the app’s essential features for free, but if you choose to upgrade you can get ad-free searching, map layers and cell service filtering as well.

14. Avenza Maps

This app allows you to easily access and download maps from official sites and sources. Some maps are free, like the majority of road use maps from the BLM and forest service, while other maps are considered premium and you have to pay to access them. However, the great thing about Avenza Maps is that it works in conjunction with your phone’s GPS tracking system to assist you in navigating your current location and also helps you find available dispersed camping.

15. Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS gives you the most accurate GPS and topographical information. There might be a little more digging involved in finding your perfect spot, but this is the most accurate and user-friendly app when it comes to land-use maps. If you choose to upgrade to the premium membership, you can access all maps offline and have access to layered premium maps. You can even access satellite view to get a better idea of what it looks like from above!

16. Harvest Hosts

This app is pretty cool! When you pay the reasonable yearly membership fee, you get unlimited free overnight stays at tons of sites across the U.S. These sites include everything from farms to golf courses to wineries. Depending on what level of membership you invest in, your vacations end up paying for the app itself in just a few nights.

17. iOverlander

This app is another great tool for searching for campsites. Once you are in the app, you can use the search through the map and add in the necessary filters for the type of site you are looking for. A great ease of use as little displays icons provide descriptions of the site when you click on them. You can also get real advice from people who have visited and utilized these sites, and sometimes you can even find reviews with images which aids you in finding the best spot.

18. AllStays

This app and website is an indispensable tool for RV owners. It allows you to sort through a large database of campground sites and other pieces of crucial information. If you are using the free version you can sort by filters like public lands, hookups, showers and more. If you choose to upgrade to AllStays Pro, you get access to additional features such as full-screen maps on the website, RV washes, additional dump locations and propane locations. 

19. WikiCamps

This is the best completely user-generated tool that is available to campers. This app takes information about campgrounds, dump stations, water taps and more all across the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia and makes it accessible to consumers. There is also the option to download and access maps without an internet connection which is extremely valuable for off-grid adventures. 

20. All Trails

This app is perfect for those who love adventure. This app lets users discover over 200,000 hiking, mountain biking and backpacking trails all around the world. It also has detailed maps and descriptions of each trail which helps even seasoned outdoors people new places to explore.

21. NPS.Gov

The official National Parks Service app gives users easy access to all National Parks that have spaces for camping and holds a wide variety of information that is specific to each park that is under federal purview. This app doesn’t let you book sites directly through the app, but it does link directly to each park’s official website.

22. Sanidumps

Find an RV dump station near you quick and simple. This app shows dump stations located at campgrounds, state parks, national parks, provincial parks and military campgrounds. The dump stations listed are constantly updated so that you don’t have to worry about going to one that is out of service.

23. SAS Survival Guide

Even if it’s just a short weekend camping trip, it can come in handy to know some survival skills. This app gives you multiple different categories to choose from such as environments, food in the wild and first aid. You can find valuable information for almost anything you are wanting to learn about the basics of survival.

24. Spotify

Music is absolutely essential for road trips, hiking and camping. Spotify is one of the best apps for streaming music. You can create your own playlist or browse through playlists that have been curated by other users or by Spotify with music similar to what you usually listen to. Next time you break out the bluetooth speaker at a campfire, you won’t have to worry about boring music with Spotify!

25. State Lines

This app is perfect if you are needing answers to questions that involve specific states. There are over 50 pieces of travel information for each of the 50 states such as specific laws regarding RVs, open container laws and more.

26. Travel Altimeter Lite

Knowing what altitude you are at can be very important for your health and safety. You can easily get a quick and accurate measurement of your elevation with the Travel Altimeter Lite app.

27. Waze

The days of paper maps are nearly gone, so it is important to have a digital navigation app that you can trust and rely on. You can simply tell Waze where you are and where you want to go and you will receive real time navigation information including traffic levels and estimated time of arrival.

28. Weber Grill App

Planning recipes for your camping can be a stressful task at times. The Weber Grill App features over 70 recipes that you and your family or friends will love. Each week you will get new recipes and there are also plenty of grilling tips and ideas to help you get the most out of your grilling experience. The app also has a feature that allows you to create a grocery list and to tag all your family and friends.

29. Localeur

If you are a foodie then this app is definitely for you. This app helps you find the best local restaurants and places to visit that have been recommended by people that live in that specific city. You can easily tailor the trip to match your food taste and it’s a fun way to explore a new city.

30. InRoute

This app differs from Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps as additional route information is provided such as the weather, elevation, curviness and places along the route. It has a ton of additional features and information that don’t usually come with a traditional navigation app.

31. Audible

Sometimes listening to music during the entirety of a long road trip can get monotonous. Audible gives you access to hundreds of online audio books that are perfect for you and your families adventure. They have different genres and authors so you will definitely find something that peaks your interest.

32. Skyview Lite

If you love the night sky and the constellations, then this app is perfect for you. SkyView Lite brings stargazing to everyone wherever you are. Use your camera to accurately spot and identify various celestial objects in the night sky. Easily scan across the sky and discover distant galaxies, satellite fly-bys and find all your favorite constellations. 

33. First Aid American Red Cross

Sometimes unexpected injuries occur when you and your family are out camping. The American Red cross app gives you access to expert advice right in the palm of your hand. You can find information that you need to know about most common first aid emergencies. There are also videos, quizzes and pieces of step-by-step advice. Even if you don’t have an internet connection, you can access all of these features instantly.

34. RV Parky

RV Parky is a directory that was built by a full time RVer to help others on the road. Users can find over 25,000 listings of campgrounds, RV parks, rest stops, Walmarts, truck stops and more all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

35. REI Co-op Shop Outdoor Gear

This app is your go-to on-the-go companion for all things involving outdoor gear shopping. Browse inventory, check in-store availability and buy top-rated products for your adventures. You can also find classes and events to build on your outdoors skills.

36. Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

What kind of bird is this? Identify the birds you discover in nature with this mobile app. Answer five questions, upload a photo or record a sound and easily identify what kind of bird it is. There is also a digital field guide with over 800,000 photos and sounds, and you can choose from different regions from around the world.

37. Pacific Northwest Forests

You can find recreational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest Region’s 17 U.S. Forest Service Forests. Easily find hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds and more. There are also other useful pieces of information including road conditions, local weather updates, fire information and more.

38. CampUSA

With CampUSA you can search over 1,200 highly rated campgrounds throughout the U.S. and explore a wide variety of RV sites, tent sites, and rental options like cabins and cottages.

39. iExit Interstate Exit Guide

This app is a must-have on your next road trip as it easily establishes where you are on the interstate and shows you what you are coming up to. It also helps you find the cheapest gas prices for unleaded, mid grad, premium and diesel. When looking for food nearby, iExit incorporates Yelp reviews which makes the process easier. 

40. Current Altitude

This is your perfect companion for hiking, climbing, camping and more. It is powered by your mobile device’s GPS and displays your location in various GPS formats. Users can also easily share their locations for future reference, as well as share your location and altitude with friends. 

41. Seek by iNaturalist

Have you ever seen a flower, bug or plant and not been sure what it is? Open up this app’s camera and find out! Seek by iNaturalist uses the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you while you and your family are out camping.

42. Natural Geographic

This new Nat Geo mobile app provides you with online and offline access to different stories that give you insights into cultures and discoveries. You can personalize your story lists for easy access to read again later. 

43. PictureThis - Plant Identifier

Did you find a beautiful plant on a hike or a walk around the campsite? Take a picture of the plant and PictureThis will do a plant identification exam to answer all your questions about it. You now can simply identify and discover plants and flowers around you while deepening your appreciation for the nature around you.

44. Komoot: Route Planner GPS

With Komoot you can turn your next bike ride, run or hike into an adventure. You can easily enter a community with shared knowledge and recommendations. Bring your adventures to life with the easy route planner. The time to go on an adventure is now!

45. Cairn: Hiking & Outdoor Trails

This app helps you stay safe when you are out on a hike, run or any other outdoor adventure. You can easily share your plans and routes with friends and family, find spots with cell coverage, download maps offline, and record your hiking trail.

46. Trailforks

This app contains a trail database of over 400,000 trails for mountain biking. You easily have access to offline trail maps and information, along with region updates that come incrementally. You can also view local routes that other users have previously created.

47. Strava

Tracking your fitness activity has never been easier now that there is Strava. Easily record your run, map a cycling route and analyze your training with statistics. You can join monthly challenges and compete with other users which adds a fun competitive level to a fitness tracking app. 

48. Geocaching

Join the world’s largest treasure hunt with Geocaching! Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity allowing mobile device users all over the world to follow clues and hunt for a geocache hidden by another player. Download this app today to hide and seek containers with use of your GPS.

49. UVLens

Knowing how intense the UV rays are while being outdoors is essential. The app, UVLens, uses the UV index to identify what times it is safe to enjoy the sun and when to avoid it and to use countermeasures such as cover ups. It also includes a personalized skin type customization tool allowing for personal success. 

50. WU Storm

This mobile app keeps watch on possible bad weather. It is used specifically for storm tracking and receiving severe weather alerts so that you can stay aware of when to head away from danger and where a safe location to be is. 

Finding the perfect campsite, hiking trail or fireside activity are things that can make a good trip a great one! Hopefully these apps for RVers and campers help you enjoy your next trip and bring you closer to nature, family and friends!

A Guide to RVing With Your Dog

Want to know the secret to making your next RV vacation even better? Bringing your dog along with you! When you have an RV with all the comforts of home, traveling without your furry four-legged friend just doesn’t seem right. Before you load up the family dog and hit the road, there are some precautions and travel tips that you should follow to ensure that you and Fido have the best camping experience possible. Here are our top tips for RVing with your dog!

Pack for Your Pup

Just like packing for yourself, you will want to make sure that you bring all the necessary items to ensure that your pet has a comfortable vacation with you. What you need to pack for your dog can vary depending on your dog’s favorite things and their unique care needs, but here is a look at some important things to pack:
– Leash and Collar
– Favorite Toys
– Bed
– Food
– No-spill food bowl
– Any necessary medications
– Proof of vaccination

Designate Your Dogs Travel Spot

When bringing your RV from one adventure spot to the next, it is essential that you choose a spot for your dog to ride. If you are towing a fifth wheel or trailer, you will need to have your dog ride in the truck with you because it is not safe for anyone to ride in the trailer when it’s being towed. If your RV is a motorhome, then your dog may have some initial anxiety when riding since the feeling of being inside a motorhome is much different from a car. Try considering putting their bed close to you or try to have them rest on the couch. It’s important to travel safely in your RV with your pet!

Be a Good Neighbor

It is essential to be a good neighbor when bringing your dog with you so that you can ensure that you will always have the privilege of having them accompany you. To do this make sure you keep your dogs barking to a minimum and that you clean up after them.

Start Slow

It is a huge adjustment for your dog to go from being home the majority of the time to being on the road in your RV. Having their first excursion be an extended RV stay might not be the best idea. It’s smart to start out with small trips so that your pup can gain comfortability while traveling in an RV. During these short trips, you can also establish a permanent spot for their food and water as well as where they will be sleeping to establish a routine.

Stay at a Dog-Friendly Campground

Pet policies exist at nearly every campground across the U.S. and they are something you must follow. Some National Parks don’t allow any pets and some just require that they be on a leash while outdoors. Check out some dog-friendly national parks! To make things simple and easy, call the campgrounds ahead of time to make sure that they allow dogs. At KOA Campgrounds you will find Kamp K9 where your dogs are given a fenced area to be free from their leash and left to run around. They also include clean-up stations which make things even simpler for you.

Locate a Local Vet

Even if your furry friend is up to date on all their shots and seems to be in perfect health, unexpected things can happen while out on the road. Although you can search for a vet easily from your phone, it’s smart to do some research before you embark on your adventure so that you can find the best vet for you. You will also want to be mindful of your RV route so that it isn’t too far away from towns if you need to quickly get to a vet in instances of an emergency.

Exercise Daily

Dogs are active animals and need daily exercise. Having them sit in the car for hours without the chance to run around and exert energy can be unhealthy. If your furry friend can’t comfortably run around the RV, head outside and play fetch with them! You can also find dog-friendly parks along your route so that your dog can get out and stretch their four legs. You might even meet other
pet parents and their pups!

Be Prepared to Run Into Wildlife

It is a given that you will run into wildlife when traveling. No matter the size of the animal you encounter, make sure that you know how to keep control over your pet. This includes being careful about what they are sniffing out because you don’t want to have a run-in with a mountain lion or bear! You will also want to make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and that you have the medications necessary to keep from flea and tick problems.

Decide Where to Leave Your Pet

When you are engaging in activities that aren’t pet friendly, such as dining at a local restaurant, it is important to plan where you are going to leave Fido. RV’s tend to have plenty of space for your dog to wander, and the majority of dogs will be okay if you leave for a little while. To help your dog stay calm and comfortable, consider closing the blinds and playing some soothing music to drown out any extra noises or light. This will also help encourage them to spend more time sleeping than barking.

For more tips and tricks for traveling with your pet, the ROUTE 66 RV Network was proud to contribute to RVing With Pets: What You Need to Know-Tips from the Experts.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy an RV

  1. Flexibility

    When you travel in an RV you never have to worry about booking a hotel room or sticking to a strict itinerary. You can truly make your vacation whatever you want it to be. Feeling spontaneous? All you need is an overnight bag, your family and friends and some gas in the tank, and you can be exploring new places in a matter of hours. It’s time to take control of your vacations and knix the check-in and check-out times.
  2. Bring Your Pets

    Finding a pet sitter when you are going on vacation can be difficult and boarding at a pet hotel can be expensive. One perk of taking a vacation in your RV is being able to bring your pet! If you decide to bring your furry friend with you when traveling, make sure you take the necessary precautions such as deciding where they will sleep, how you will provide their needed exercise and where to leave them when you are engaging in activities that are not pet-friendly.
  3. The Wow Factor

    When you take an airplane for your vacation, you don’t get to see all of the amazing scenery between your starting point and the end destination. Traveling in an RV allows you to take scenic back roads and to sit back to really take them in. You can also choose to camp in a more remote, secluded area. Hoping in your RV means seeing even more remarkable landscapes only made available to you while on the road.
  4. All the Comforts of Home

    If you are wanting to connect with nature without leaving behind the comfort of home, your travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome could be the perfect solution. With an RV you can enjoy the luxury of a soft bed, running water, electric lights and heat and cooling when needed. Having access to these small things can help you feel more at home when adventuring.
  5. Save Money

    Not only can you save money by not having to book a hotel each night, but you save money with food. Buying your own groceries and cooking on your own can be very budget-friendly. These food options can also be healthier than constant fast food or restaurants.
  6. Tax Write-off

    The purchase of an RV is definitely a large investment for most individuals and family. When you claim your RV as your second home, you can get a significant tax break, which in turn makes your RV even more affordable. There are some basic requirements that your vehicle must meet in order to be claimed as a second home such as on-board permanently mounted sleeping, and eating and bathroom facilities.
  7. Plenty of Choices

    When it comes to RVs, there are so many options available when it comes to floorplans, special features and available upgrades. You can choose a model with three slide outs for maximum space or with a lofted bed to maximize your area. You can also choose an RV that has extra storage space so you can bring along all your favorite adventure toys, gear and accessories. There are also multiple prices for RVs so you are guaranteed to find one that fits your personal budget and price range!
  8. Be Part of a Community

    Owning an RV means that you are joining a larger community. At RV campgrounds, you are bound to run into people with similar interests or hobbies as you and your family. Owning a motorhome not only creates life-long memories, but it also helps you make new friends from all over the nation for years to come.
  9. Bring Other Toys on Vacation

    You will always get the most out of your vacation with your RV. You can haul your boat or car, or stash your four-wheeler inside a Toy Hauler. RVs turn your camping adventure into a new experience that you will never forget even years down the road. Plus it is a great convenience to be able to tow your car which allows you to navigate into and out of nearby cities easily if you need to restock your food supply or grab a few extra necessities.
  10. De-Stress Your Trip

    Traveling can be stressful. Packing up the car with luggage, catching flights, keeping little ones entertained – the list goes on and on. Having an RV makes vacationing simple. You can easily fit all luggage, kids and friends in one vehicle and avoid any hassle of going through airport security. Not to mention that you have access to all your favorite snacks too.