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Old 08-06-2014, 07:21 AM   #1
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RV trip planner

Ive looked at several RV trip planner apps and havent found one where you can;
A. Input a basic route including current location and destination
B. input the number hours (or miles) per day i would like to drive
C. Then gives me options on where to camp along the way

I may not be using the apps correctly, which is probably the case. Ive downloaded several free apps but wanted to find one that will accomplish the tasks mentioned above before i commit to purchase. I assume there are some apps out there that will perform these functions. Any recommendations on an app that will specifically perform the functions mentioned.
Thanks for your help folks, i appreciate your patience.

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Old 08-06-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Have the same questions. Will be interested in the responses? Jim
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:41 AM   #3
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I have never heard of an app so comprehensive, but maybe someone reading this will develop one.

The Allstays Camp & RV app is pretty thorough, in terms of campgrounds and services. We also use the Passport America and CampWhere apps.

If you find something like what you are looking for, let us know.


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I use Microsoft Street and Trips for that. You can create a profile that uses a lower speed for your rig, then you can impose a boundary around your starting time of the number of minutes you want to drive. Finally, you can display categories of POI's within a defined radius of a location. But, this is a PC program for planning, not an App for use on the road.
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I use Microsoft Street and Trips for that. You can create a profile that uses a lower speed for your rig, then you can impose a boundary around your starting time of the number of minutes you want to drive. Finally, you can display categories of POI's within a defined radius of a location. But, this is a PC program for planning, not an App for use on the road.
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That program has been discontinued by Mircosoft, replaced by Bing Maps, which IS available as an iPhone/iPad app as well as a computer program. I've never tried Bing Maps, being an Android tablet user and all, so I can't tell you if it does the same things the same way. It may be better, it may be worse, so don't get rid of Streets and Trips until you know. But for new users who don't have Streets and Trips, Bing Maps may be the best bet.
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Between Allstays and Google maps, I accomplish everything the OP is looking for.
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DW uses Allstays, its ok, sometimes it helps. It has a lot of information.
I have a couple old woodalls books laying around I look at and check here and I check online before leaving to see what is around on the way.
Not one go to source, yet

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Between Allstays and Google maps, I accomplish everything the OP is looking for.
I haven't yet made any trips where my destination was too far to drive in one day, but my second post-retirement trip in January will be one where I'll be in transit two days one-way.

My plan there is:
1 - Plot my route on Google Maps.
2 - Figure out approximately where I want to stop the first night.
3 - Check Allstays Camp and RV on my Android tablet to find an affordable campground to stop at for the intermediate overnight stop.
4 - While I'm on Allstays, check Allstays Truck and RV to find places to stop for diesel along my route. Truck stops being what they are, they can usually serve as food stops, too, if I'm not too picky about the food.
5 - Go back to Google Maps to plug in my selected intermediate stops as waypoints and see how that affects my route.
6 - Print out the final route from Google Maps to carry in the vehicle for reference, and use the printout to program enough waypoints into my GPS to ensure the GPS is telling me to go where I want to go, and not where it wants me to go.

It sounds more complicated than it really is. I can usually plan the whole route for a one-day drive in half an hour or so, but it can take that long again to program all of the waypoints into the GPS.
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Truck stops being what they are, they can usually serve as food stops, too, if I'm not too picky about the food.
You can't beat stopping, opening the fridge and making your own lunch. Tastes better and can be way healthier.
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You can't beat stopping, opening the fridge and making your own lunch. Tastes better and can be way healthier.
Given that my Interstate only has a dinky 3.1cf fridge, I prefer not to fill it with munchies for the drive; I prefer to use my limited refrigerator space for food I'll use at the campsite.

Plus as a solo traveler, eating alone in the RV after driving alone for several hours seems kind of antisocial. Getting a restaurant meal along the way is a way of maintaining essential human contact. I'm not entirely a hermit, you know!
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Well thats kinda the way i have been looking at it but i was hoping there was some app where it was all inclusive where i wouldnt have to switch back and forth between a campground app and google maps. Something where i could give a start and end location, what major route i would be taking. Then some type of mileage input per day, then presto, campgrounds within a 15 mile radius of the end of the days drive.
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I know i can get it done using multiple web sites and applications but perhaps something less clumsy.
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Well thats kinda the way i have been looking at it but i was hoping there was some app where it was all inclusive where i wouldnt have to switch back and forth between a campground app and google maps. Something where i could give a start and end location, what major route i would be taking. Then some type of mileage input per day, then presto, campgrounds within a 15 mile radius of the end of the days drive.
The campground apps are also maps, you know, although you can't put your route on there,


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