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Old 11-18-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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What websites and apps do you find essential?

In addition to irv2.com, what internet tools do you use most often as an RVer?

I use a dump sites app on my ipad to find free dumpsites, google maps to find where I'm going and how far it is. Since I'm never in a hurry and dislike a "thing" telling me what to do I have avoided getting a GPS. I enjoy the satellite view. Take a look at the painted desert sometime -- then go see it for real.
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A few of the apps we have used are:

Oh, Ranger - an app that provides information of nearby parks
Rest Area - an app that lets you know where the rest areas are - essential for our trip planning!
RVpark Finder - a good overview of parks in the area

We just hit the road, so I am sure there will be more to add to that list as we find things we need information on!
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For traveling I sometimes use these to get a feel for campgrounds.
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I also search http://gasbuddy.com/gb_map_gas_prices.aspx to get a feel for fuel prices.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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Favorites on my Droid:

GasBuddy, easy to see nearby gas prices, use it at home and on the road. Interesting how local gas "wars" are. According to local TV news, the statewide average for regular is $3.68, Saturday the Costco price was $3.49 . . . using GasBuddy, I filled up 2 towns over (and I needed to go that way) for $3.43.

Radar Now, excellent for weather radar.

YouTube, perhaps not thought of as an app, but the amount of D.I.Y. info and videos is amazing.

ShopSavvy, barcode scanner with local and online price comparisons and reviews. I'm a bargain shopper . . . now I can verify a deal when I see it and buy instead of waiting to "shop around".

SeekDroid, haven't had to use it yet, tracks a lost phone using built-in GPS, alarms phone with sound and text, can lock and "wipe" data from a lost phone.

iRV2, self explanatory!

Key Ring, I hate carrying store "loyalty" cards but I want my discounts!

Battery Solo Widget, keeps track of battery charge level, condition and temp.

CamScanner, easy way to scan and record documents THEN email them. Way better than searching for a fax machine!

PLUS . . . 2 new apps that I just got so I'm not completely recommending them yet.

Waze, social network style, web-based GPS software that uses live and historical data from other Waze users to predict traffic and road speeds to select optimum route for the day of the week and time you are traveling. Allows live reporting of traffic, accidents and speed traps. Looks promising but seems to have a 200 mile limit for routing. Maybe not ideal but I'm going to try it for an upcoming trip I have where I'm looking for the best way through/around NYC & DC.

Daily Roads Voyager, turns your smartphone into an auto DVR/"blackbox" records video (and audio if you wish), speed and GPS coordinates. Gives you proof of what happened prior to an accident.
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We use an app called Yellowbook on the ipad. Type in the name or the type of business, and it will list them. It will also give you directions.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:50 PM   #6
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We just got our 1st RV a month ago, but we have always took 2 or 3 car vacation a year. I have found now, that the only computer I will ever need
Is the iPad. Of course, there are other pads out there, and the droid ones are very good also. When we go full time, we will iPad only.
IRV2, of course, Allstays camp and RV, ( not free, $3.99) is a good app also, shows you state parks, national parks, BLM, walmarts, other overnight parking, private camps, public camps, it actually shows you Bridge heights, fuel and propane locations, repair areas, and so many other things.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:24 PM   #7
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Favorites on my Droid:

GasBuddy, easy to see nearby gas prices, use it at home and on the road. Interesting how local gas "wars" are. According to local TV news, the statewide average for regular is $3.68, Saturday the Costco price was $3.49 . . . using GasBuddy, I filled up 2 towns over (and I needed to go that way) for $3.43.

Radar Now, excellent for weather radar.

YouTube, perhaps not thought of as an app, but the amount of D.I.Y. info and videos is amazing.

ShopSavvy, barcode scanner with local and online price comparisons and reviews. I'm a bargain shopper . . . now I can verify a deal when I see it and buy instead of waiting to "shop around".

SeekDroid, haven't had to use it yet, tracks a lost phone using built-in GPS, alarms phone with sound and text, can lock and "wipe" data from a lost phone.

iRV2, self explanatory!

Key Ring, I hate carrying store "loyalty" cards but I want my discounts!

Battery Solo Widget, keeps track of battery charge level, condition and temp.

CamScanner, easy way to scan and record documents THEN email them. Way better than searching for a fax machine!

PLUS . . . 2 new apps that I just got so I'm not completely recommending them yet.

Waze, social network style, web-based GPS software that uses live and historical data from other Waze users to predict traffic and road speeds to select optimum route for the day of the week and time you are traveling. Allows live reporting of traffic, accidents and speed traps. Looks promising but seems to have a 200 mile limit for routing. Maybe not ideal but I'm going to try it for an upcoming trip I have where I'm looking for the best way through/around NYC & DC.

Daily Roads Voyager, turns your smartphone into an auto DVR/"blackbox" records video (and audio if you wish), speed and GPS coordinates. Gives you proof of what happened prior to an accident.
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THANK YOU. Those were great selections, especially KEY RING, love it !
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In addition to using many sites and apps, that are already listed, I use ceoexpress.com every day. It has lists of links to MANY news, financial, health, weather, travel, real estate, research, auto, etc. sites. And, it has a lot more than that. It even has links to homework help sites for students.
And, every day the editor tells you about a web site that you might find very interesting and never knew about. It's a great way to start finding most anything.
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There is no app, or website, among other things, that I consider essential.

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In addition to irv2.com, what internet tools do you use most often as an RVer?

I use a dump sites app on my ipad to find free dumpsites, google maps to find where I'm going and how far it is. Since I'm never in a hurry and dislike a "thing" telling me what to do I have avoided getting a GPS. I enjoy the satellite view. Take a look at the painted desert sometime -- then go see it for real.
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Ken-55, thanks for the tip on Key Ring. I have my daily driver in Alaska, a daily driver in Ohio and 2 MHs, Never seem to have the right key ring with with the needed loyalty card with me.

Problem solved, thanks
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Ken-55, thanks for the tip on Key Ring. I have my daily driver in Alaska, a daily driver in Ohio and 2 MHs, Never seem to have the right key ring with with the needed loyalty card with me.

Problem solved, thanks
No problem, just so you know . . . some of the scanners have trouble reading the bar code on the smartphone screen (particularly the ones built into the register counter), the handheld (gun type) scanners work best. If it won't scan, the card's number also shows on your screen and the clerk can enter the number and you're fine. Sometimes it slows me down a few seconds BUT I always get my discount (or gas points at the local grocery store) and I don't have to carry a bunch of cards. Works for me!
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Once setup, I use:

Satellite Finder / Dish Pointing Calculator with Google Maps | DishPointer.com to setup my satellite dish.
Walmart.com: Save money. Live better. to find the closest Wally World.
I'll check pharmacy websites to find local pharmacies when needed.

During trips, I plan the trip ahead of time so I know my route. I may need to check various states DOT sites in case interstates are closed. Over the summer going from Texas to Sioux Falls, SD I used the Iowa, Nebraska DOT sites to track the status of I-29 flooding and see what the alternate routes were given. Tomorrow we will be going thru Arkansas. Will need to check the Arkasas DOT to see if I-30 is open again (flooded from heavy rains yesterday).

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Initial thoughts on Waze . . .

I've been using this social network style, web-based GPS software for less than a week so YMMV.

I like it! Probably won't completely replace my Garmin BUT compliments it nicely. I took a short, 25 mile trip yesterday . . . first "alert" along my route warned of a car on the shoulder ahead, when I got there it was gone BUT there was a button on the alert where I could tap "GONE" so drivers behind me wouldn't get the alert.

A few miles down the road I noticed a short "red" section of the map that I was routed through (no associated alert) . . . when I got there, there was a truck broken down in the right hand lane of a 2 lane road. I guess a few fellow "Wazers" had gone before me and their short delay was noted.

This has potential! Keep in mind, Waze archives users data and creates traffic profiles based on day of the week and time of the day and uses that data to recommend the best route for when you will be traveling. It does not have data for holidays, so keep that in mind . . . probably where the live data will help the most.

Waze has another interesting feature . . . GROUPS!

You can remain anonymous AND even "ghost" your location on others screens if you choose OR . . . you can join a group and SHARE your location on the screens of other Wazers in your group.

With that in mind, I've created a iRV2 Waze group . . . think of it as an electronic "placard" that's on the GPS screen instead of hanging from my ladder.

You can "ping" member with a message that pops up on their screen (you can also block pings). It would be great for sharing important info or just saying "Hi!"

Yesterday on the way to work I called a co-worker who had just installed Waze and had beat me to work . . . he booted it up while sitting in work and was able to see me approaching, pretty cool!

I hope the powers to be here aren't offended that my group is called "iRV2". Feel free to join! If I get some good feedback, I'll start a new thread just for Waze.

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