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Old 10-11-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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Trip planning software

I usually use Google Maps. But it will not do something that I need and I was wondering if anyone knows of any program out there that does.

After planning a 3000 mile trip with GM, I would like to mark let's say, 500 mile increments along the route.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't see any way to do this with GM.

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Old 10-11-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
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I still use Microsoft Streets and Trips. It's no longer sold, but you can still buy used copies of it. You can tell it to do so many miles a day, or you can just plug in a stop every 500 miles. We've done that in the past when we felt we only wanted to do about 325 a day.
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:07 PM   #3
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I have used Delorme since the early days. You can program travel time per day as well as fuel useage/tank size and it will give you proposed overnight and fuel stops.

The thing I love best about it is the ability to put in vias to force it to the route you want to take rather than quickest or scenic. They also we or well to account for sites off the main route that you want to see.

You can also program it to avoid freeways, tolls, etc. if that is your preference.

I usually take the laptop with me so I can update the route as we travel because we usually try to be flexible with our itinerary. I use Google maps to actually get the final routing as we near a stop.
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Wife has her own Garmin RV760 mounted on her side window. Helps when we are preparing to stop at say the next WalMart.
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For trip planning I use RV Trip Wizard, find it here. It allows you to set concentric "distance" rings at what ever distance you desire and will then bring up campgrounds from your selected position to your next position along the distant rings. We use it exclusively to plan trips. We do, however, cross check campground ratings with GS and RV Park Reviews. There is an annual subscription charge but you can try it for free.
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This is Good Sam's trip planner --> http://trips.goodsamclub.com/
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For those using DeLorme......does it show campgrounds around/near your destination. On Streets an Trips, you can select a diameter of miles, at your destination, and it will show all campgrounds within the diameter selected. I looked at the DeLorme website, but it doesn't discuss this feature. It would be nice to know if DeLorme can do what Streets and Trips does, since S&T is no longer available.
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For those using DeLorme......does it show campgrounds around/near your destination. On Streets an Trips, you can select a diameter of miles, at your destination, and it will show all campgrounds within the diameter selected. I looked at the DeLorme website, but it doesn't discuss this feature. It would be nice to know if DeLorme can do what Streets and Trips does, since S&T is no longer available.
It will show campgrounds and other businesses if you zoom in. I have never used it to find them because I don't think the list is as complete as Allstays. There may be layers that you can download.

BTW: I found the Delorme Android app to be useless for my needs and got my money refunded.
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Yes, you can find campgrounds, fairgrounds, etc. I plan our trip to Arizona in my easy chair before we leave home. I know where I will stop for fuel, camp the night and usually know where to eat out should we want to do so. I have found that our 1820 mile trip is accurate within 2 miles total for the trip.
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Since Google changed their map format, I've been using Bing maps. It's easier to use, and you're able to type in notes to the printed maps & directions. But I will say that I still use the trusty old Rand McNally to get a good overview of my route.
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We use Delorme. You can do your mapping on your computer without having to have internet access. You can add so many neat refinements, easily putting in vias to tell it how YOU want to go. We traveled off the interstates and explored secondary roads. You can tell it what kinds of roads you want to avoid. It also allows you to enter how many miles or how many hours per day you want to travel and it will put a stopping symbol on the map.

Once the map is refined you can transfer it to your vehicle GPS, such as a Garmin, if you want. We do it in daily segments. We also have Delorme's GPS that we can attach to our computer so the non-driver that day can view all the details while traveling. The Garmin won't show all the details - just the route.

We've used Delorme for over 20 years with success.


Delorme will show campgrounds. However, we've found no ONE tool will give you all campgrounds, not even the much-mentioned Allstays. We've found a lot of omissions with Allstays. We use a variety mainly because public parks and boondocking areas are always our first choice. We really like the Benchmark atlas series for western states for finding public lands and for easy to read gravel roads to do our 4-wheeling.
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Try the Rand McNally www.tripmaker.randmcnally.com
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