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Tech review: Apps to get your RV summer vacation rolling


The "Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory" is the go-to print publication for many RVers. Credit: App Store

Chances are you've thought about a summer vacation where you'd see America in a recreational vehicle. If you own an RV, you're probably already planning your getaway. If you'd like to rent one for a short vacation, there are several places on Long Island that can get you rolling. If you get behind the wheel, these apps can help you enjoy adventures while avoiding misadventures.

Good Sam Camping

(iOS, Android; free)

The "Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory" is the go-to print publication for many RVers, and its mobile app delivers the same information and more. The app has ratings for more than 14,500 parks and campgrounds in North America. You can search for parks using several filters to find ones with amenities for RVs. On the road and getting tired? The app will locate parks near your location.

Walmart Overnight Parking

(iOS, Android; $2.99)

Walmart is well known for its unofficial policy of allowing RVers to park overnight for free in their lots. While most stores allow it, some don't, and this continually updated app helps you keep track. The app from developer AllStays plots the location of every U.S. and Canada Walmart on a map along with contact information, so you can check with management about the store's RV policy before you get there.

RV Checklist

(iOS, $0.99)

Experienced RVers know what they need for a successful trip, but those setting out on their first voyage may need some help. This app provides various checklists and reminders, including one for short trips and one for extended getaways. Android users can check out a similar but different app from developer Adventure Treks also named RV Checklist (free).


(iOS, Android; free)

Many RVers make it a point to stay only at a campsite that has the KOA sign, an indication it is associated with Kampgrounds of America, the world's largest network of privately held campgrounds. This app lets you find KOA sites with amenities crucial for RVers, including charging service and sanitary hookups. Many have restaurants, but there's a good chance you'll find some friendly fellow road warriors inviting you to a communal barbecue.

Tech bytes

Google searches add tweets

Twitter and Google have teamed to bring tweets to Google's search results on mobile devices. That means if you do a search on, for example, Justin Timberlake, you'll see his recent tweets in your results along with related news and biographical information. When tapping on a tweet in a Google search, users will be taken directly to Twitter. -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

Cortana for Android, iOS

If you're looking for a personal digital assistant, you have a growing field of applicants to choose from. Microsoft will offer its voice-based search app Cortana for Android and iOS phones. Cortana will compete with Apple's Siri and Google's Now voice digital assistants. Cortana on mobile devices will also work in conjunction with Windows 10, Microsoft's forthcoming operating system for PCs. -- PETER KING

Crash course

You are eight times more likely to get in a car crash if you text while driving, according to new data from the National Safety Council. Similarly, if you use a handheld or hands-free phone while driving, your crash risk is four times higher. The council says cell phone-related crashes have risen for three straight years, and 27 percent of all crashes involve a driver's use of a phone.-- PETER KING


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