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Motorhome & Campervan Apps – Which Ones Do You Need?
Looking for free parking or a campsite on your motorhome trip? Or apps that make life on the road that bit easier? Find the top 29 FREE motorhome apps in this ultimate guide. Just head to the App Store or Google Play and download!
Top Motorhome Overnight Parking Apps
These motorhome and camper van overnight apps provide collated information about paid and free overnight motorhome parking including wild camping spots, motorhome aires and campsites. Much of the information has been provided by the communities who download and share information with the app, meaning you can park overnight with confidence.
A great free app resource listing motorhome parking spots from aires and campsites to fields and lay-bys. We started off as seeing this as the last chance saloon but we now think it’s the best of all the wild camping apps for Europe and the United Kingdom.
The basic app is free, or you can pay €9.99 a year or €2.29 a month for the ability to use the Park4Night app offline and access other advanced features. It is also possible to install Park4Night on your Garmin, TomTom, iGo and Mappy sat navs for around €22 per device as in app purchases, or via their online store.
A similar concept, the Campercontact app is easy to navigate and our second go-to wild camping app – our insurance if you like!
The basic app is free or you can pay £5.99 for the full off-line version annually. Point of interest (POI) downloads are available for between €10-20, depending on map coverage selected.
searchforsites is billed as ‘the easy way to find campsites and motorhome stopovers across Europe’. There is an app but search for sites themselves suggest using the website for a better experience.
We find it a bit messy, but if you’re looking for a site that isn’t ACSI it’s useful. Its free to use and also possible to download their data onto your Garmin or TomTom sat nav although there is a cost to this.
Similar to those above and with no particular USP to help it stand out from the crowd.
The app costs €5.49 a year after a seven day free trial, which allows for offline use. The hard copy book costs €21.20 from the Campserstop website.
A great resource and camping guide for cheap out of season sites with discounted rates, although generally these sites cannot be booked in advance if you want to take advantage of the ACSI rate. You get a book and can add online access (which works offline too) when you sign up from €12.95.
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A UK based scheme with sites far and wide, from the deep south west to the north of Scotland, which utilised pub car parks for motorhome overnight parking. There is no fee and no obligation but most people will have a drink or eat a meal in the pub. Services are usually limited although fresh water is often available. The Britstops book (there is no app) costs £28 plus £3.60 postage…this is feeling a bit out-dated now as many pubs will happy provide parking and can be found on Park4Night and other apps shared here.
Campsites & Caravan Parks UK
With over 6200 sites listed in this app (which includes 2023 non-membership sites, 173 Caravan and Motorhome Club sites, 2208 Caravan and Motorhome Club Certified Locations and 1810 from The Camping and Caravanning Club), the Campsites and Caravan Parks UK app helps you easily find a place to stay on the GPS enabled map or region lists. Not compatible with Android devices.
Fantastic scheme that allows you to stay with French farmers, wine produces, cheese makers and so on, on their land and free of charge. The France Passion guide costs €30 and includes access to their web based site for searching.
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A relative new-comer (2019) to Portugal and a great alternative to wild camping, the Portugal EasyCamp scheme is similar to France Passion but operates in a slightly different way. You go online and buy a product before heading to the farm or vineyard where you can then stay for 24 hours. The scheme is in its infancy with over 40 vineyards signed up and certainly worth a try if you are heading to Portugal. Read our review of Portugal EasyCamp here.
Google Earth is here because it’s our go-to common sense checker when we find what looks like an awesome wild camping spot which we want to check is suitable for a longer motorhome and that any tracks are suitable for a motorhome. Google Earth is also helpful in 3D when looking at gradients and in mountainous areas when wild camping or accessing sites.
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Top Motorhome Travel Apps
This is a varied collection of free apps which will help your motorhome travels go smoothly. From finding motorway services to calculating toll costs, it’s all here.
The only mapping app we know that will let you configure for a campervan or twin axle vehicle. It returns pretty accurate fuel and toll costs for routes when touring Europe. Mappy is only available as an app on Android phones.
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Like Tinder but for travellers and without the er…romance, Camper Tribe connects travellers when they’re on the road. The app finds your location and lets you know of other van lifers nearby, without sharing their exact location. You can connect and message in the app to arrange a meet up.
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If you use a Gaslow, Gasit or Safefill system, myLPG.eu is the best app to help you find LPG (known as GPL on the continent) in Europe. The app lists over 46,000 stations, so you never need to run out of gas again!
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what3words is an ingenious app that allows you to pin point within feet your location and either share or navigate to another location. Use to find other motorhomers you are meeting or to alert emergency services to your whereabouts.
Like more than 3 million people, we use Petrol to find the cheapest gas station around. This app displays the most comprehensive gas station database including prices, location and services in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Morocco.
Trip Advisor is helpful when looking for reviews on restaurants and attractions. Be balanced when looking at a campsite for example, if there is one crappy review but 30 great ones, then on the balance of probabilities, the great ones are probably more accurate. Useful ‘near me’ functionality.
Top Motorhome Sat Nav Apps
Driving a large vehicle in Europe can be challenging! There’s so much to say about this subject that we wrote a whole other post on it! See our top motorhome sat nav apps post for all the information you need to decide which is the best sat nav app for you.
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Top Apps for Life on the Road
Lets you organise and store recipes and search for meal ideas according to your dietary needs and what you have in the cupboard. Yummly is ideal for that night of wild camping when you didn’t know it was a public holiday!
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This great app lets you discover what’s special about wherever you’re visiting by the people who call it their home. Culture Trip lets you share recommendations and save info off-line to review later.
Select your language and the language into which you’re translating in iTranslate, talk to the phone and the phone will verbally translate. We think it’s better than Google Translate and it’s free when you have wifi or 4G. It costs £4.99 a month for the pro version which provides services without an internet connection.
A pin point accurate satellite weather forecaster, Windy was originally developed for kite-surfers. The app provides all the weather stats you need wherever you are in the world with seven days of accurate forecasting. One thing it can’t do is take your awning in for you!
Well, obviously! What’s a road trip without road trip songs – and Spotify is our fave to play them. The best music app IOHO and still compatible with the old-school ipod touch, this one never lets us down.
You don’t need a Kindle to read books on your tablet or phone, just download the Kindle app. Of course, you have to pay for the books but it’s by far the best way to read and while away the time when travelling. Use up your precious payload for wine instead!
The go-to search engine for anything to do with travel, or anything else really! Pinterest lets you search by keyword to find images and information you like, which you can then ‘pin’ and save to your Pinterest account. This means you have a virtual pin board of all the places and attractions which interest you, with loads of information at your fingertips.