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Old 05-04-2024, 06:12 AM   #1
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Question Trip Planning

We did a +5,000 mile trip last year and the CTP (chief trip planner) worked days on getting all of the details ironed out.


She's asked if we could get trip planning software. Which one software package would you get for a 6,000 mile trip from Florida to Colorado to Kansas and back to Florida with stops along the way to visit national and state parks would you recommend? It would be a bonus if it was both mobile app and had a web equivalent.


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I use RV Trip Wizard and would recommend it.
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Old 05-04-2024, 08:45 AM   #3
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I prefer to “wing it”, most of the time, taking the back roads rather than the major highways.

I use the Pocket Earth app for navigation and the AllStays app or https://freecampsites.net/ for finding same day campgrounds or other overnight stopping places.

Keep water in your tanks and adequate propane, you can then roam at will and with your house on your back can dry camp on a beautiful river or in a shaded forest preserve if the opportunity presents itself.

Just offering an alternative.

Have a great trip.

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Good sam

If you have a Good Sam membership, take advantage of their "Trip Planner". They have 3 categories (GS, Public & private) of recommended campgrounds along your route. Setup a destination point A to B and then add a campground say some 300 miles away from Point A and insert to make a new point B & C. It will give you directions in each block. You can e-mail the entire trip to yourself and use your cell phone along the way.
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RE: Trip Planning

Greetings englewoodfl!

When I returned to traveling after a seven year plus hiatus due to health issues, I was saddened to learn that my long-time planning and travel tool had been discontinued. I had used the Rand McNally North American Travel planner that loaded on my Laptop computer and interfaced with the GPS antenna that connected to the Laptop and rested on the dash of my tow vehicle. That application offered everything that I needed -- it avoided Interstates if at all possible, substandard bridges, low-clearance underpasses, roads that did not permit RVs/travel trailers as well as several options that I could select to avoid for some routes.

I tried numerous i-Phone Apps, and found them equally if not more frustrating to operate and use than the i-Phone (that I owned) and the Macintosh computer that a friend owns. One year of trying to cope with that nonsense, I purchased a Garmin RV 795 GPS, and it solved most of my problems. It isn't particularly friendly as a stand-alone planning tool, but works quite well when combined with a good atlas. It allows me to set all of my necessary "avoidance" items as well as helps with finding campgrounds, restaurants, and fuel stations. I have found it quite useful in pre-planning before I leave using my Rand McNally paper Road Atlas along with the online Good Sam Campground Guide to confirm campground information, and in today's world to make advance reservations as needed.

Good luck with your investigation!

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I'm a long time user of AAA's TripTik planner, and recently opened an account with RVLife and their trip planner is fantastic. Highly recommend both.
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When I was driving a semi cross country, trip planning was probably the most time-consuming task next to actually driving. It was also the most important - the few times I tried to cheat or take short cuts on trip planning were the times I found myself in problem spots or without a good way out of somewhere.

My preferred method is to use a combination - an app such as RV Parky (or whatever they call it nowadays), Harvest Host, KOA, etc. depending on the type of places I plan to stay/stop and a good RV or Semi GPS system like the Garmin dezl or RV models. Then I follow up with a look though my truck drivers atlas to be sure that nothing has been missed, and for any problem areas or concerns I might fly through the route using Google Street View to confirm I won't run into problems.

The Street View bit is where I can visually check out the entrances/exits at fuel stops, shopping areas, tourist places, etc since you can often catch things like very steep driveway entrances, tight turns, etc. Just be careful to check the date on the images since sometimes they are old.
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Old 05-05-2024, 06:14 AM   #8
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The CTP (chief trip planner) is going to try RV Trip Planner today. She'll use her big workstation rather than an iPhone or iPad. With all the tabs using a small device would be awkward. Looks like RVTP they must sponsor a number of Tubers as several have codes for 25% off. Ideas on who's channel discount we should use?
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Old 05-05-2024, 07:35 AM   #9
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The Street View bit is where I can visually check out the entrances/exits at fuel stops, shopping areas, tourist places, etc since you can often catch things like very steep driveway entrances, tight turns, etc. Just be careful to check the date on the images since sometimes they are old.
This is what I do as well.

We use RV Life Trip Wizard primarily for mapping etc.
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So far mostly good

She utilized her Windows 11 workstation to get started yesterday with RV Trip Planner (RVTP). I set it up and there weren't any notes about location so I answered block when it first started although it was on our secure network that uses a VPN end point. This caused problems as the software wants location data. Switched over to the standard network and then had to get into security settings and enable the site to access location.


RVTP is a little tricky as on every stop you need to select the previous location but she finally got the hang of it. Found one unusual thing - you could see the La Junta campground when zoomed out but it disappeared when I started zooming in. All other locations OK. She also changed from circles to the "squiggles" radius but couldn't switch back to circles.


With a 25% YT coupon cost isn't too bad.


Happy CTP, happy life.
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Old 05-06-2024, 08:27 AM   #11
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We use RV Trip Wizard, now called RV Life. It's web-based, and you can use the app as well on iPads, etc. We also use Google maps, so it's easier on a desktop with lots of tabs open. RV Trip Wizard lets you print the entire trip, so you can have a paper copy in case of no Internet.
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Old 05-06-2024, 12:54 PM   #12
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Excel

I also got it to export an Excel spreadsheet that opened in LibreOffice. No control where it went - was in the user Download folder. A good summary with lots of info columns.
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You are right, I forgot about that. You can also share trips with other RVTW users, via email.
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I use RoadTrippers

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Trip planning

I used the good Sam trip planner until I came across RV trip Wizard. I think it’s much better.
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Old 05-08-2024, 03:17 PM   #16
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Another planning tool that works reasonably well is RVParky. Trip Wizard is $65 a year, RVParky is $20/year or $5/month. I used Parky exclusively until I was gifted a Trip Wizard subscription. I used Parky to find parks to stay in and then moved the trip into Garmin's Basecamp to "tune" the route and then loaded the route into my GPS unit.
You can use Parky for free but each "trip" can only have 3 stops. I suppose you could do a longer trip by stringing together a bunch of 3 segment trips. You do have to give them an e-mail address to get into the app, but I have never gotten any junk mail from them...

TripWizard has a free 7 day trial, so you can try both to see which you would like best.
https://www.rvparky.com
https://tripwizard.rvlife.com


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I tend to be more of a manual planner, using excel, along with google maps and an atlas.

One thing I have noticed its that google maps works in real time when you are using it. So if you are planning a trip for summer, but planning in winter it won't utilize roads that are closed (in winter, like in some National Parks). Something to know.
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The CTP (chief trip planner) is going to try RV Trip Planner today. She'll use her big workstation rather than an iPhone or iPad. With all the tabs using a small device would be awkward. Looks like RVTP they must sponsor a number of Tubers as several have codes for 25% off. Ideas on who's channel discount we should use?
OP, Can you say specifically which service you’re trying now? Is it RVLife Trip Wizard? Searching for RV Trip Planner gives me many and varied results, and RVTP gives nothing related to the real question.

Thanks!
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Old 05-15-2024, 06:37 AM   #19
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The CTP is using RV Life Trip Wizard. Got a 25% discount with a coupon code from one of the YouTube channels - she liked the ladies presentation.
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