Smartphone Apps For Caravan And Motorhome Owners

Now that almost everyone has a smartphone (and possibly a tablet too), we have all come to rely on them heavily. For many of us, our phones are practically an extension of our hand and we cannot imagine going anywhere without them, let alone on holiday. Next time you’re hitting the road with your caravan in tow, or packing up the car and heading off to your static, why not combine two of your favourite things by using some of these caravan-themed mobile apps?

UPDATED - 30th June 2016 - added in new apps for all devices.

iPhone / iPad

Campsites and Caravan Parks

- £1.99 – Includes details of over 6000 sites for caravans, camping, static caravans, pods, wigwams, lodges and more

Camping and Caravanning Club Siteseeker

- Free – Information on approximately 1,500 Camping and Caravanning Club sites right at your fingertips. Extra features available to club members

AA Caravan and Camping Guide

- Free – Over 850 AA recommended campsites across England, Wales and Scotland

Pitchup.com Campsite Booking

- Free – Search and book campsites across the UK and 16 European countries

WikiCamps UK

- £0.79 - Is a crowdsourced database of campsites, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, day stops and more

Park4Night

- Free – Find places to park motorhomes and campervans overnight or stop for a picnic. Includes user reviews

OS Mapfinder Free

- Enabling users to view, navigate and download the most up-to-date Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50 000) and OS Explorer (1:25 000) maps of Great Britain in amazing high-resolution

Motorway Services UK

- £0.79 – Find the nearest services with the facilities you need before breaking your journey by exiting the motorway

TomTom UK & Ireland

- £34.99 - Full TomTom sat-nav with turn-by-turn voice navigation and many more fantastic features

iBBQ

- Free – Find the nearest Quality Standard accredited butchers, then use the recipes, tips and video guides to cook your purchases to perfection

Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner

- Free-Based on recipes by Coleman®, the app allows users to find the perfect meal based on food type, category, and ingredients

Trail Chef

- £2.29 - 60 easy to follow recipes, all available offline

Dishpointer Augmented Reality

- £7.99 – A satellite finder app which will take the stress out of installing your dish

Antenna Aligner

- £2.29 – A very handy app for installing and aligning your Freeview aerial

Level My Caravan

- £1.49 – Just place your phone on your caravan floor for voice instructions on how to move it to make it level

Caravan Level With Speech

- £1.99 - Can speak the amount in degrees your caravan is out of level front-to-rear and side-to-side, then confirm when it’s level in all directions

National Trust

- Free - Find the nearest National Trust property when you’re stuck for day trip ideas

AA Days Out Guide

- Free - Contains information on over 1,800 stately homes, theme parks, zoos, castles and more across the UK

Android

Caravan Buddy

- Free – Search for sites and access a range of tips, checklists and more

AA Caravan and Camping Guide

- Free – Over 850 AA recommended campsites across England, Wales and Scotland

Camping and Caravanning Club Siteseeker

- Free - Information on approximately 1,500 Camping and Caravanning Club sites right at your fingertips. Extra features available to club members

Pitchup.com Campsite Booking

- Free – Search and book campsites across the UK and 16 European countries

Park4Night

- Free – Find places to park motorhomes and campervans overnight or stop for a picnic. Includes user reviews

WikiCamps UK

- Free - Is a crowdsourced database of campsites, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, day stops and more

OS Mapfinder Free

- Enabling users to view, navigate and download the most up-to-date Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50 000) and OS Explorer (1:25 000) maps of Great Britain in amazing high-resolution

TomTom UK & Ireland

- £34.99 - Full TomTom sat-nav with turn-by-turn voice navigation and many more fantastic features

Sygic: GPS Navigation & Maps

- Free – Sat-nav app with turn-by-turn voice instructions and offline navigation mode. In app purchases may be necessary

Camp Chef

- Free - Loads of recipes and videos for outdoor cooking

iBBQ

- Free – Find the nearest Quality Standard accredited butchers, then use the recipes, tips and video guides to cook your purchases to perfection

FreePoint UK

- Free - The database of over 6200 club sites is designed to help point a digital TV aerial for best Freeview reception

Caravan Leveller

- Free – Use this app to test and adjust the levels of your caravan

National Trust

- Free – Find the nearest National Trust property when you’re stuck for day trip ideas

AA Days Out Guide

- Free – Contains information on over 1,800 stately homes, theme parks, zoos, castles and more across the UK

ATM Locator - Free - Find the nearest banks and ATM machines

Windows

AA Caravan and Camping Guide

- Free – Over 850 AA recommended campsites across England, Wales and Scotland

WikiCamps UK

- £0.79 - Is a crowdsourced database of campsites, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, day stops and more

Motorway Services UK

- £1.19 – Find the nearest services with the facilities you need before breaking your journey by exiting the motorway

CoPilot GPS

- Free - Sat-nav app including offline maps. In-app purchases may be necessary

Camping and Outdoor Recipes

- £0.79 - 80+ recipes that can be cooked simply in a caravan, motorhome or even on a fire

Aerial Alignment

- £0.99 - Helps you align your TV aerial to a suitable transmitter

Precise Sat Finder

- £3.09 - A powerful app that provides reliable directions for satellite antenna installation

National Trust

- Free - Find the nearest National Trust property when you’re stuck for day trip ideas

ATM Finder - Free - Find the nearest ATM machines

The actual apps which are most useful to you will depend on your personal preferences and what other equipment you have. For example, if you already have a sat-nav unit, there is little point paying £30 for a TomTom app but, if you don’t have a standalone unit, the £30 is far cheaper than investing in one.

Entertainment, games and more

Both app stores also have hundreds of games, news, entertainment and other apps which could prove invaluable for keeping you and your family occupied during long journeys or rainy days. If you’re a keen reader, why not download the Kindle app rather than lugging numerous heavy books around with you? The free app is available for iPhone and Android and can be used to access your existing Amazon Kindle library and to purchase new titles.

If you subscribe to Sky television at home, you will be able to watch TV using the Sky Go app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Caravan magazines with digital subscriptions

Given the popularity of mobile devices now, it comes as no surprise to find that many magazines now offer digital subscriptions. If you want to keep up with the latest news in your favourite magazine while you’re on your travels, make sure to sign up before you go to avoid having to find decent 3G or Wi-Fi signals on-site.

Controlling your caravan’s heating by mobile phone

Some newer caravan heating systems have mobile phone controls enabled, meaning you can use your favourite device to adjust the temperate and timer settings on the system. Of course, the instructions and details will vary from model to model, so check your user manual to find out if you can add yet another useful app to your phone!

Do you have an app that you can recommend? If so we'd love to hear about it so please leave us a comment below.

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