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Raife

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Posted: 07/26/20 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good morning everyone. I am beginning the journey of getting into RV with a travel trailer. We have a trial trip coming up next weekend in prep for our big trip in November (2.5 weeks - central Texas to California and back with sight seeing).

What is the best RV trip planning app, tool, or site? I have been using Google Maps so far, but I imagine there are dedicated tools out there.

For example:
- More realistic time estimates for routes. Google maps calculates using speed limit and no stops. With a travel trailer I won't be cruising like I usually do and with 3 kids and a dog will be stopping frequently. Based on another long road trip we did, I gave us a 25% time penalty due to kids and a 10mph speed hit for the trailer.

- Potential trouble spot for towing (steep hills, sharp turns, city routing, etc.)

- Trailer friendly stopping areas (pull through pumps, large parking lots, etc.)

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you.

* This post was edited 07/26/20 01:44pm by Raife *

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RV Trip Planner RVTW is what I use and is quite popular with a lot of folks. It routes your vehicle according to the height that you put in the software avoiding low bridges and such. It uses shows the actual road miles to a stop, it shows all it shows campgrounds on the map along with many diffifert types of places. The list is too long to show here. The developers are actively adding features, they had two major releases in the last couple of months and they have a forum on a different RV sites that they listen to and respond occasionally to question not answered by other users. It is pay $30/yr IIRC


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Posted: 07/26/20 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use the free app at rvparky.com. Used it for a 6000 mile trip without a problem.


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Posted: 07/26/20 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bob213 wrote:

We use the free app at rvparky.com. Used it for a 6000 mile trip without a problem.

Years with no issues and we 3/4 time.


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I really enjoy the planning, so once I know our rough route, I research heavily in the tourist sites with google, and also have created a spreadsheet over several years broken down by state/province and closest town I've added info to I've gleaned from other RVer's trips. I also then look at Freecampsites.net, Campendium, The Dyrt, Ioverlander, RVParky and Allstays. I will also check Reviews from others before committing to any specific location.

For the actual route planning I solely use google maps. I've tried all the othesr such as Freetrips, Furkot etc but have found google maps and being able to see satellite earth views zooming in to access parking/road conditions etc, this has been best for our use.

Depending on what style of camping/rving you end up enjoying, we also use Sanidumps when the RV needs to go and we're boondocking for a long time.

Lastly because we like being at one with nature a lot, we will use MUV Maps, BLM, AZ Trust Lands, Wildlife Refuges, Crownland in Canada.

We typically just use on the spot visuals when gas filling (36ft MH) as needed, Finding many of the large Travel Centres are easy in and out.

Many like Truckers Map/Truck Atlas, weather station, and also there's a deep discount fuel card for diesel TDSR? Sorry we are not diesel but gas I'm sure someone else will confirm that one for you.

There's quite an arsenal for you to consider, and you will find over time your favourite go to apps.

Happy and Safe Travels.


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Posted: 07/26/20 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google maps is fine with me. I make due or walk a bit extra if en-route facilities are not RV friendly. Never seems to be a big deal really.


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Posted: 07/26/20 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just use google maps.

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Posted: 07/26/20 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is no one site that knows everything. RV Trip Wizard helps quite a bit, showing almost all campsites.The reviews and links from the site are helpful too.
I agree with others, using google and google street view help with the little questions. Is there room?
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Posted: 07/26/20 10:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a look at Roadtrippers.


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Posted: 08/11/20 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV Trip Wizard. Been using it for years.

https://www.rvtripwizard.com/


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