ROME – Almost one hundred thousand visitors, two hundred exhibitors from fifteen countries, and six hundred models on display, of all types, sizes and prices. These numbers referring to the recent Parma Camper Show are enough to understand how much the phenomenon of recreational vehicles is growing strongly with positive implications for all the related industries. Estimates indicate the mass of Italian and European tourists who travel by camper every year at about 5.7 million, numbers that are constantly increasing. The population of campers is therefore becoming increasingly large but, especially for new users, it is not easy to orient themselves in the world of outdoor with campers & caravans.
However, there are apps for smartphones that can help in choosing destinations with lots of information and advice from the various communities of motorhomers to offer valuable help to newcomers to life “en plein air”. So here’s a short selection of essential apps to keep handy on your mobile device.
“Yescapa, Level” is a simple free application that offers the double advantage of helping novice users especially in choosing the best positioning (correct leveling) of the parked vehicle, orienting it to enjoy a sunrise or a sunset. In addition, Yescapa, is the European leader in private rental of recreational vehicles, making it easy to rent motorhomes, vans and converted vans with turnkey solutions for an itinerant trip in total freedom. The latter possibility is particularly useful for those who want to try the camper experience without committing to the purchase.
“Campy – Camper happy” allows you to easily find the campsites or rest areas that best suit your needs. It offers a list of over 30,000 quality locations with relative evaluations, the possibility of activating filters by price, size, structure, type and availability. The app also allows you to add reviews and enchanting places discovered to share information with other campers. The developers then ensure that Campy is and will always be a completely free app.
“CaraMaps – Camper rest area” has a particularly rich database with more than 90,000 travel locations available and divided by rest area, parking, camping, farmhouse or just a place to park or stay overnight during the trip by camper. In addition to the planning of the itinerary and the sharing of information, it is possible to find all the various structures (even workshops for campers) or the attractions present in the surroundings of the area in which you are located.
“Park4night – Camper Van”, allows you to choose from more than 140,000 places where to make, or book, your stop at the equipped areas, with the related services made available. Also in this case you can find information on the best places nearby to relax and to practice a sport activity and share photos and reviews on the various locations.
“Campercontact” under the banner of “Discover, stay, share”, it makes available to users over 550,000 reviews of other campers to choose their favorite destination. The information is divided into rest areas, service areas, campsites and picnic areas and extends to over 50 countries and can be filtered on the basis of various parameters. The app is free but some features are only available with the paid Pro version.