It’s 5:00 P.M., it’s getting dark fast, and you don’t have the foggiest idea of where you are going to spend the night.
It’s time to heave the five-pound, telephone book size campground directory onto your lap and search for that elusive magnifying glass to read page after page of the tiniest print imaginable. As nightfall descends, you switch on the interior light to help discern all of the abbreviations, codes, stars and icons so you can decipher their meaning.
If you are a US citizen over 62, you qualify for a Senior Access card that grants you half price fees in Federally run camping areas. In that case, you might reach for the National Parks Service Camping Guide or the latest edition of Camping with the Corps of Engineers, where you may find one of their pristine sites, always located near lakes or rivers.
If you are on a tight budget, or if you are just passing through a town on your way to somewhere else, perhaps you would prefer to stay the night in the parking lot of a local Walmart, Costco or Cracker Barrel. As long as you have internet access on the road, you can Google these RV friendly businesses to see if there is one near your present location—assuming you know where you are.
Wouldn’t you rather spend your time and money on something else? Wouldn’t it be great if there were an app that has all of this information and more? An app that is a database program and uses your phone’s GPS functionality —and that doesn’t depend on WiFi access? The good news is, one exists! It is called Allstays Camp & RV.
Allstays Camp & RV not only contains thousands of possible places to stay, but it has a host of other information helpful to the RV traveler. It shows locations of camping supply and sporting good stores, places where you can find LP gas, dump sites and RV repair stations.
It has Welcome Centers, Rest Stops and turnouts. Allstays Camp & RV even displays low clearance alerts and where they are located! That feature alone will save tall rig RVers thousands of headaches.
Once you find your desired campground, another screen gives you more detailed information. It includes the distance from your location, the facilities that are available, opening and closing dates, size of rigs accepted, as well as reviews by other campers. Allstays Camp & RV also connects you to the campground’s web site, if they have one.
Because the GPS functions even when WiFi doesn’t, your current location is always indicated by a pulsating blue dot.
So why wait?
For $ 9.99, you can have more information at your fingertips than
$ 65.00 worth of guides and directories can supply. With the Allstays Camp & RV app you will be able to reclaim some of the precious storage space those 8.5 pounds of books use up.
So point your browser to http://www.allstays.com/apps/camprv.htm and start worrying less about where you’ll be staying tonight. Instead, start enjoying the time you saved roasting marshmallows in front of your campfire!