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Old 08-03-2015, 05:42 AM   #15
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Thanks for the great tips Alan.
Even during my short tenure as a RVer, I've already had the DW experience! 😀

You have to keep telling yourself how much fun it is to plan!! Lol! I've gotten to where I will research multiple routs so I know what to expect but some of those Texas roads were almost as narrow as the lines on the map! 😂


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PappaBigGuy1 - Strongly recommend the Rand McNally 7720 for your in coach GPS. I swear by Good Sams online trip planning - it shares a data base with the 7720 and can synch trips directly but don't if you have a very complicated trip.

Good Sams Trip Planning is fairly comprehensive and usually helps with plotting a course that you can travel in an RV. No one from GS ever comes and drives your RV so do all your home work. Gotta look for narrow, winding roads; steep grades; etc.

Then I use RV Park Reviews to double check the quality of the RV park we are looking at. When I find a significant difference, I defer to RV Park - reviews are made by other RVers. Of course make sure there is more than 2 reviewers.

Finally, pull out Gasbuddy.com to plot your fueling spots. This last step can save you hundreds of $s.

Lots of folks are probably not as annal as I am about stops and POI. We just made an 8500 mile trip without much of snag. I like to leave a couple of days here and there that I can fill in as we move along.

Also, we like to use Reserve America for info on State and National Parks. Gets a little goofy with facilities but if you use it much you cna figure it out. Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica

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Old 08-09-2015, 06:50 AM   #18
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PappaBigGuy1 - Strongly recommend the Rand McNally 7720 for your in coach GPS. I swear by Good Sams online trip planning - it shares a data base with the 7720 and can synch trips directly but don't if you have a very complicated trip.

Good Sams Trip Planning is fairly comprehensive and usually helps with plotting a course that you can travel in an RV. No one from GS ever comes and drives your RV so do all your home work. Gotta look for narrow, winding roads; steep grades; etc.

Then I use RV Park Reviews to double check the quality of the RV park we are looking at. When I find a significant difference, I defer to RV Park - reviews are made by other RVers. Of course make sure there is more than 2 reviewers.

Finally, pull out Gasbuddy.com to plot your fueling spots. This last step can save you hundreds of $s.

Lots of folks are probably not as annal as I am about stops and POI. We just made an 8500 mile trip without much of snag. I like to leave a couple of days here and there that I can fill in as we move along.

Also, we like to use Reserve America for info on State and National Parks. Gets a little goofy with facilities but if you use it much you cna figure it out. Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica

Enjoy and be safe.

Big enough, you and I do almost exactly the same thing. It's just how I use my GPS and trip planner. Have you noticed how accurate the fuel cost estimate is in the trip planner? I was really surprised on mine. Gas buddy is fine as long as it gives me a place that I can actually pull into and leave. Reserve America is great as well! Safe travels


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Alan - I actually have trip planning spreadsheet for planning trip costs. It considers miles, days, meals in/out of motorhome and price of stays (I am retired military and often stay in military FamCamps). I look at fuel range, don't like to drop far below 1/2 tank of fuel (about 250-300 miles). Last thing I do in the morning before we hit the road is calculate fuel stops. This one simple thing can save hundreds of $s. In the last 10 months we have traveled 17,000 miles. If I have save $.20 per gallon - I have saved $550+-.

After a 1 or 2 problems, in and out of the military, I always confirm with maps - generally electronic.

So PappaBigGuy there you go.
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Alan - I actually have trip planning spreadsheet for planning trip costs. It considers miles, days, meals in/out of motorhome and price of stays (I am retired military and often stay in military FamCamps). I look at fuel range, don't like to drop far below 1/2 tank of fuel (about 250-300 miles). Last thing I do in the morning before we hit the road is calculate fuel stops. This one simple thing can save hundreds of $s. In the last 10 months we have traveled 17,000 miles. If I have save $.20 per gallon - I have saved $550+-.

After a 1 or 2 problems, in and out of the military, I always confirm with maps - generally electronic.

So PappaBigGuy there you go.

I set up a spreadsheet so I could track estimated costs vs actual costs. after three days I chucked it! Lol! Too much time not having fun. Otherwise I'm right there with you. I love the planning phase.


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