There are plenty of apps out there for road trips, but as any RVer knows, not all road trip apps work for RVs. And the worst time to figure that out is when you’re in the RV on a road with a low clearance bridge and no place to turn around. That’s a nightmare!
The new CoPilot RV app ($59.99, one time cost via Google Play – iTunes) was released just days before we went down to retrieve R’Velle from her winter home in Florida. With no route in mind it was a great time to try this new app. (FYI: I did receive a complimentary download of this app. I am under no obligation to review the app, and all opinions on this product are my own.)
Using the CoPilot RV App
As I mentioned we had no route for our 1400+ mile drive. We knew storms were forecast for bits of the South and Midwest, so we let the weather direct us. After letting the rains turn us west the first day, I opened the CoPilot app – and learned my first lesson…
Set up the app when you have wifi!
The first thing you will do, after creating your CoPilot account, is download the map (or maps) you will need for your trip. These maps can be pretty big and you certainly don’t want to use your data for them!
After loading the map it was easy to set a destination, which then gave us route options, as well as driving and arrival times. Easy peasey.
The Features We Liked in This RV App
We found quite a bit to like as we used this app.
I thought it was really nice that you could use the app beyond the RV- you can change your mode of transportation to car, motorcycle, bicycle, or even walking- making this a great app for exploring.
The Points of Interest (POIs) included in the app were quite helpful- especially when looking for a place to fuel up.
My husband really liked that the unit gave plenty of notice before an exit to make lane changes – as well as a notification that appeared at the top to let you know which lane you should be in.
I loved that the downloaded map kept my data from ‘pinging’ – saving both my battery and my precious GB.
The Feature We Wish This App Had
Though the app does list RV service centers, it does not list places where you can dump your tanks or fill your fresh water. That information would be especially handy. (So I submitted that request via the ‘Submit a Map Improvement’ link in MyCoPilot settings.)
Planning a Trip With CoPilot RV App
Since we did our trip on ‘on the fly’ I input the destinations for an upcoming trip into the CoPilot Rv app.
Beginning a trip is easy with the big, blue ‘New Destination’ button. From there I input our starting point as well as destinations.
Waypoints can easily be added, and the best route easily chosen.
I really like that you can zoom in and out on the map to add stops, check weather, or even avoid a specific road. You can even run a route demo or view a turn by turn list or map. And when you’re done the trip can be saved for future use. Handy!
Final Thoughts on the CoPilot RV App
Though I haven’t had a chance to utilize all the features in this new app, I’m impressed with what I have used so far and look forward to utilizing this app for upcoming trips.
Though the $59.99 cost may give some pause, it’s helpful to remember that it is a one-time fee; unlike GPS units, you won’t have to pay to upgrade.