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How We Use the iOverlander App to Find Great Campsites

The longer we travel, the easier it is to discover the tools and resources that help get the job done. The iOverlander app is one of the first apps we check for our travel planning.

Some of our favorite campsites we have found on iOverlander. So if you’re tired of noisy neighbors, worrying about booking windows, and paying expensive camping fees, this article is for you!

ioverlander app on phone and computer

What Is iOverlander?

iOverlander is a mobile app to help overlanders and campers find boondocking and overnight parking spots along their adventures. The iOverlander interface is a mapping project started by overlanders, Sam Christiansen and Jessica Mans. What started as a spreadsheet with a library of information quickly morphed into an iPhone/Android mobile app and website. The entire platform is almost entirely run by volunteers, too.

The app allows campers to find common resources like campsites, propane fill stations, and dump stations used by others in the community.

Users can leave reviews for locations to provide future users with the necessary information. They can also submit new locations they discover while traveling. 

iOverlander is 100% free but does encourage donations. Many volunteers run the app, but many expenses go into creating and maintaining the app and website. Development is an ongoing process, especially as more users use the app and add to the library.

How to Use the iOverlander App

In general, this app is best suited to smaller RVs or tent campers, but sometimes we can find larger spots as well. While we have found places to park our 45′ motorhome just fine, we find it is most helpful when we are traveling in our smaller, more capable truck camper.

It has a website, but it’s a good idea to install the app on your phone to help find resources while on the go. Here’s how to start using the iOverlander app to boost your adventures.

Pro Tip: iOverlander isn’t the only amazing app on the market for RVing! Check out these Best Boondocking Apps and Websites for Amazing Free Camping.

Finding Places to Park Overnight

By opening up the app on our phone, all we have to do is click “map.” We can easily find spots near us to park for the night. It’s important to make sure to read the reviews left by other users, especially when we’re in our larger rig. We don’t want to find ourselves in a sticky situation or damage our RV or someone’s personal property.

map on ioverlander
Getting used to the map function is the most useful way to find great spots.

Use Filters to Find Other Useful Places

Currently, 29 different filters allow us to narrow down the search results depending on the resources we need. The iOverlander app can help us find a place to fill up on propane, fill our freshwater tank, or eat. 

No matter what we’re looking to find, we need to research our route. Just because another user could access the location in their rig doesn’t necessarily mean we can too. Many travelers in larger vehicles will use a GPS that considers their vehicle’s length, height, and weight to avoid any potential dicey situations.

Mortons on the Move truck and fifth wheel parked in isolated camping spot by mountains.
Find the perfect camping spot on the iOverlander app.

Check-In, Add Places, and Write Reviews

The iOverlander database is a crowd-sourced library. That means it relies on users to add places, update information, and provide accurate details. The more users use the app, the more information. Because it’s a crowd-sourced library, all users should update and add information when possible.

Many times, when dumping tanks or navigating an unfamiliar area, we would do it differently the next time. By sharing necessary information with future users, we can help others have a smoother experience. Maybe it’s using a different entrance, avoiding a certain road, or how to navigate a rough forestry road. The more information we have when preparing, the better.

Details on ioverlander
Campsites usually have details provided by users available. Who knows, you might even read some from us!

Browse by Map or List

When we give the iOverlander permission to use our phone’s GPS, it populates the map and creates a list of resources near us. It can help us find camping locations and other resources that we may not have considered an option. This is especially helpful when we’re in a bind and need to quickly find a place to stay.

Off-Line Browsing Option

Sometimes our adventures may take us into some remote portions of the country. When this occurs, there will likely not be service. The iOverlander app contains all the information within the app and doesn’t require cell service to use it. 

While it may take up a bit more storage space on our devices, we appreciate it when we’re in a location that’s out of the range of a cell tower.

International Campsites and Lodging

We were delighted to find out that iOverland also has many international campsites! We could use the same familiar app when we went to Canada and abroad.

The iOverlander library includes campsites and lodging options worldwide. You’ll have access to locations and information on all seven continents. So, no matter where you’re traveling worldwide, iOverlander can help ease the burdens and stresses of traveling to new places.

Mortons on the Move truck and RV parked at sunset campsite.
Find campsites, a place to eat, and even spots to fill up on propane on the iOverlander app.

We Think You’ll Love iOverlander

There’s so much that we love about iOverlander. The simple and easy-to-use interface makes sense. When we’re in a pinch and need to find a specific resource, we don’t want to deal with a clunky app. The filters allow us to narrow down the results to ensure we only get the information we need.

We love that the app brings together knowledge from various traveling styles. No matter the traveling style, knowledge is power. Being able to learn from others is important to traveling safely and in comfort. Users’ reviews and other knowledge are a huge benefit. The information makes it easier to find campsites, a dump station, or a spot to fill up on potable water.

Pro Tip: Are you new to RVing? In addition to getting this app, use these 7 Key Tips For Every New RVer.

What other apps do you rely on when traveling? Tell us your favorites in the comments!

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An Upper Peninsula of Michigan native (aka a Yooper), Caitlin is the organization, big-picture, and content strategy queen of our operation. She keeps everything orderly and on track.

With a background in Business Management, she supports and helps channel Tom’s technical prowess into the helpful content our readers and viewers expect. That’s not to say you won’t find her turning wrenches and talking shop – RV life is a team effort. She keeps the business and the blog moving forward with a variety of topics and resources for our audience.

Believe it or not, she is rather camera shy, though she co-hosts the Mortons’ personal videos and The RVers TV show.

Caitlin’s passion lies in outdoor recreation and with animals. Some of her favorite things to do are hiking, biking, and getting out on the water via kayak, SUP, or boat.

She also loves the RV life due to the fact that you can bring your pets along. Sharing information about safely recreating outdoors with your whole family – pets included! – is very important to her. Because of this, Caitlin spearheaded the launch of HypePets in 2023.

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