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Old 12-11-2016, 12:45 PM   #15
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I use it also but it falls short. Is anyone using anything better? What are you all using?
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I long for the return of Microsoft Streets and Trips or the old Trailer Life (changed names in later years). I suspect the later disappeared when they decided to go all-in with the on-line trip routing. I've played with it a couple times, just can't get into it.

Of those planning tools I'm aware of I prefer the RV Wizard, but stand by my earlier review where I stated that it has a long way to catch up with what I was using 10 years ago.
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I have the 2009 version with the GPS puck I never used it due to delays in our plans but I had used it extensively back in 2006 when I was working for WIRB in Washington State as a Asset Recovery Agent and it worked great I was always able to find the address, and it helped me plan my routes by day so I could prevent passing a location needed to research it save me a ton in fuel since I was driving a 2000 GMC 3500 with a 500 CI gas engine is needed power but also stealth a diesel was not a option at 3am . Anyway I'm glad I don't do that anymore it was stressful. You could still find copy of it possibly on amazon or ebay I would sell mine but have plans for it once I get a laptop mount that fits my Yukon
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Well poo. I was hoping to find a trip planner that would do more:

1) show "best" total route

2) input desired driving distances per day, then show places to stay

3) fuel stops

4) warnings

5) other things like Wally worlds, casinos, free parking overnight



Sounds like all of that is out there (internet mostly) but not in one place. I'm not a lazy guy, just new.


Rick RVTRIP Wizard will do that and as it uses GoogleMaps the maps are current. The only issue is kind of a clunky interface. At one point when ever RV park corrections were sent in the response was exceptional in correcting their database. Not so sure of the responsiveness since they were bought out.
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Got rid of it, wasn't very useful to us any more.
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I was told a few yrs back they are working on various upgrades .. like starting and ending date... end of day time ... quick stops time (lunch breaks, dinner, short tourist stops). There is so much potential with this program, but it's not keeping pace. Still no discernable updates. When the upgrades happen I'll return.

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I long for the return of Microsoft Streets and Trips or the old Trailer Life (changed names in later years). I suspect the later disappeared when they decided to go all-in with the on-line trip routing. I've played with it a couple times, just can't get into it.

Of those planning tools I'm aware of I prefer the RV Wizard, but stand by my earlier review where I stated that it has a long way to catch up with what I was using 10 years ago.
I'm still using Microsoft Streets and Trips. It is the last version they sold in 2013. I also wish they would return. But, when they quit I was also wishing they would continue adding improvements and update their maps. Maybe they thought GPS would put them out of business but GPS is not for planning trips (in my opinion).
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I'm trying to remember if RV Trip Wizard is the one that does NOT take into account the HEIGHT of your rig. If I remember correctly, this App tried to route me onto a PARKWAY in NY! NY Parkways can have bridges with clearances LESS THAN 8'.
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I'm trying to remember if RV Trip Wizard is the one that does NOT take into account the HEIGHT of your rig. If I remember correctly, this App tried to route me onto a PARKWAY in NY! NY Parkways can have bridges with clearances LESS THAN 8'.
Under "Trip Preferences" it does ask the height of the rig.
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Just a quick note - Trip wizard is getting a new look and updated interface in the next few months. Some of the new pages are already up and you will see more in the coming days.

A small new feature that may be especially interesting is the ability to send your planned trip to the google maps installation on your mobile device. For those without gps onboard - this provides nice nav featuers including turn by turn instructions as you drive.

(that google lady has a nice voice)
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Last summer my wife and I took a sib trip with my brother in his fiver and my three sisters out to SD. I did all the trip planning using Google Maps and created the route in "My Maps" so I could save it to Google Drive (cloud). This allowed all my sibs to see and input on the route and POI's that I included.

Granted that it doesn't have some of the "bells and whistles" that other routing software has relative to setting rig specifics, etc. but it can be used on mobile devices to track "real time" and I found it really simple to use satellite mode to preview all roads, etc. for any "challenges" and to reroute by dragging route to desired points. Google has a massive POI database too.

Another nice perk is that all POI's show coordinates that can then be transfer to an onboard GPS unit if desired. As most of you that are "map junkies" like me have discovered, Google maps with satellite view is one of the best things on the net for route planning.
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Please keep this thread for discussing RV Trip Wizard.

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Tried RVTW and found it lacking for the reasons shown above. I have used Delorme Street Atlas running on a 15" laptop sitting on the dash for 10 years. Now that Garmin has bought them the SA program has been abandoned so I will have to look at RVTW again. What I don't like is it is web based and other than using data minutes there are those areas there is no cell coverage.

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