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If you don't enjoy technology to some extent then please dis-regard this post. It isn't intended as "must-have" for the minimalist!

We have the Thunderbolt Smart Phone by HTC but I think any smartphone with Android operating system will work with these suggestions. These were great to peruse when we stopped to eat.

1. Rest Stops Plus does just what it implies and is pretty good.
2. Truckstops and Services Directory Really handy when fuel filters clogged up.
3. Low Clearances
4. WiFi finder useful if you don't have Verizon 3g/4g.
5. FloodMap We have not had occasion to use this one yet.
6. LogMeIn allows you to access your computer from anywhere and it works great. You either have to leave your computer turned on or set the bios so it can be turned on remotely.

These are all relatively inexpensive and you would go to your Android Market button on your cellphone to find them.

I wouldn't trust any of these for ABSOLUTE ACCURACY as this is a big country and updating software has to be a constant process. If the Low Clearances says there is a low bridge on your route you may want to avoid it. If it says your route is clear you might still exercise normal caution. These have all worked great for us but your mileage/experiance may be different.

Do You have any suggestion for smartphone apps to suggest? I'd like to hear about them.


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How about myPilot..... Pilot and flying j locations and current fuel prices

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I have found several applications for the Android to be very well done. Obviously the built-in navigation is excellent. We have the Garmin in the motorhome for end to end travel, but if we want a quick dash to a truck stop or grocery store, Android is used for that.

On my RV Home Page (on the phone):
GasBuddy - to find gas prices in the area
Places - wonderful for finding restaurants, groceries, truck stops, etc.
Raindar - weather radar centered on my location
Maps - for plotting side trips
Wikitude - in a new place, this virtual reality shows you what is around you
Weatherbug - when yuo just gotta know the weather
AlarmClock Plus - the best alarm clock, timer, application I've seen
c:geo - geocaching - a very well done application
Wifi Analyzer - Excellent for finding good wifi signals nearby

Total cost for all of these excellent applications = $0.00

I love the open source nature of Android!


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Although we have iPhones there are similar apps out there.
On my wife likes is TV TOWERS
it displays a map of tower location along with there associated network.
This gives you a direction to point your antenna towards.


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Passport America app, Places app, you can make your own nearby campground locator search,

* This post was edited 03/03/12 09:51am by rolnhome *


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Alfred622 wrote:

I have found several applications for the Android to be very well done. Obviously the built-in navigation is excellent. We have the Garmin in the motorhome for end to end travel, but if we want a quick dash to a truck stop or grocery store, Android is used for that.

On my RV Home Page (on the phone):
GasBuddy - to find gas prices in the area
Places - wonderful for finding restaurants, groceries, truck stops, etc.
Raindar - weather radar centered on my location
Maps - for plotting side trips
Wikitude - in a new place, this virtual reality shows you what is around you
Weatherbug - when yuo just gotta know the weather
AlarmClock Plus - the best alarm clock, timer, application I've seen
c:geo - geocaching - a very well done application
Wifi Analyzer - Excellent for finding good wifi signals nearby

Total cost for all of these excellent applications = $0.00

I love the open source nature of Android!


I'd also add 3G Watchdog. It monitors your data/3G activity so that you can cut back if you approach your limit. Also free as I recall.


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Don't forget AroundMe and Yelp. Not to mention TripAdvisor and my DW fav Starbucks app

I've found some interesting restaurants to eat at using Yelp. Stuff I've loved but would have never know were there without it.


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If you happen to be the owner of a gas unit with an OBD2 computer, get the Torgue Pro for Android. Then using a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter (can be found on E-bay), you can view almost all computer information live as well as diagnostic. You can customize screens to get temp, rpm, live fuel consumption, live MPG, etc.

I use my Samsung Glaxy 2S or my Acer tablet in my Chryler 300 or my wife's Dodge Durango (we have a DP with no OBD2).

It works VERY well and is quite inexpensive.


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I did not see "RV Checklist" yet. Great Android app.


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