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If you own an RV, or want to find RV parks in your area, you could perform a fairly simple Google search to find what you’re looking for. But why do that, when all the information you’d need is at your fingertips. Using these apps, you can find RV campgrounds and parks in your area, some of which may even be free.

Campendium is the largest database for RV parks

Founded by a couple with a 22-foot 1963 Flying Cloud Airstream, Campendium has turned into the largest database for finding RV Parks, campgrounds, and even free camping sites. It’s a great first step for anyone planning an RV vacation, though it isn’t the only step. You can’t book your stay through Campendium, but consider it like an encyclopedia to find the right spot.

Searching for a campsite can be as easy as plugging in a zip code. Or, if you’re looking to crash at a State or National Park, Campendium will find out if that site has available spots. Not only is it beautiful to stay at a National Park, it might also be free. Many of the campsites around these parks are undeveloped, meaning there are no hookups to water or electricity, so be sure you’re prepared.

But Campendium is more than just a database for RV parks and RV campgrounds. There’s also a hyperlink to the RVShare website, where you can rent an RV. If you’re looking for a fun weekend trip, rather than the full costs and ownership of owning an RV, then this might be the right option for you.

Harvest Hosts offers camping at wineries and breweries

If you’re looking to make your RV camping trip an unforgettable experience, then look no further than Harvest Hosts. Rather than staying on a random plot of land, you’re invited to park at breweries, farms, and other locations that provide more than just a place to spend the night. And with over 2,600 registered hosts, you’ll find a new experience anywhere in the country.

Venues include wineries and breweries, farms, museums, attractions, and even golf courses. All of whom will let you stay, provided you meet a few requirements. For starters, your RV must be self-contained, with toilets and kitchens inside. This means you can’t cook outside the vehicle, and that no rooftop tents are allowed. You also need to have a Harvest Hosts membership, which costs $99 a year.

But for that chunk of change, you get thousands of parks and campgrounds at your fingertips at no extra cost. So rather than booking one luxurious night at an RV park, you can sip wine and play golf for an entire year. Seems like a no-brainer to me. But if $99 a year is still over budget, there’s one other app to consider.

Boondockers Welcome is dedicated to off the gird RV parking

RV Boondocking On Lake
RV Boondocking On Lake | Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Boondocking is the activity of going RVing without any amenities, such as water, sewage, and electricity. But boondocking saves a significant amount of money every year, as most RVs are capable of riding solo. Like Harvest Hosts, Boondockers Welcome requires a yearly membership, but it’s less, at only $50 a year. And while the experience will be more rugged, these boondocking campgrounds can be found around the world. So if you ever find yourself looking for land in the UK, Finland, Hong Kong, or even Australia, there are some options.

What’s more is that, if you have the space, you can apply to be a host. Your property then becomes a campsite for other (self-contained) RVs, allowing you to meet other fellow campers. You’re not responsible for feeding them, or cleaning up their blackwater, they just live off of your land. And you save $25 off your own membership, making it cheaper than ever to get away from it all.

Whether you’re looking for a new experience, or just need a spot to crash, if you’re a regular camper, these apps are must-haves. Not only do they open up your RVing world, but they offer convenient spots that’ll make planning your next RV trip a breeze.


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