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Old 08-01-2015, 01:14 PM   #1
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We're new to motor homing and would like to plan our first trip of about a month to the Northwest. Does anyone have any feedback on the use of RV Trip Wizard? If not, I'd appreciate getting a recommendation on how to best plan an extended RV trip. Thanks. Bill

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Old 08-01-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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Get a good road atlas. Study the states you want to drive through for areas to see. Do you want some national parks? State parks? Travel the secondary highways? Just stay on interstates?

When you get your route set, go to RVParkReviews.com and look up some RV parks in the nearest town that you're visiting. If you do national or state parks, find their website for information.

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:01 PM   #3
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As they say, planning is half the fun! Thanks.
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They offer for sale an excellent Atlas to help trip planning.

X2 on RvParkReview.com they are the only unbiased
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particular campground. You must, however, read the
actual review, for example some folks will down grade a
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:25 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by PapaBigGuy1 View Post
As they say, planning is half the fun! Thanks.
We have never pre-planed our travels...we just go, (no reservations, stopping when and where we want and seeing anything that looks interesting along the way).
Are we are only enjoying half of RV travel?
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:24 PM   #6
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Hi PapaBigGuy1,
Welcome to iRV2. At PFJ stations there is the road carriers atlas. Get the one with large print and laminated pages. It has oversize pages, large print and a bunch of other good information. Spiral bound. It will last for years.
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:31 PM   #7
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There is phone app called RV Parky that is great. I shows all of the RV Parks, Campgrounds and Walmart on your intended route. Great app as is the Good Sams app.RV Parky | RV Parks & Campgrounds Directory, Reviews, Photos
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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There is planning and planning. Some folks have every night on the road logged and reserved. Some think about it at their picked time as in early afternoon. The rest of us are somewhere in between.

I usually start with Google Maps and search for three things. I do a search for a route from here to there then modify if I want something different. Then I search for tourist attractions on the map and look at anything that pops up along my route. After that I search for Camping and pick the map. I check the reviews of any place that looks like I might want to stop there. I also check Passport America. I keep lists and choose as I go unless there is a destination I have to be at. That way we can move as we feel like it while avoiding a lot of hassle. We also include Walmarts as possible stops depending on what kind of day we are planning.
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:42 PM   #9
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RV Trip Planning

Well we always know our start & end point. (Home). Past that we know where our farthest point is. (Generally)

We just look at the atlas and pull up "things to do" in whatever area we are in. Lot of times just talking to other campers & travelers we find neat places to stop.

If we have been that way before we will try to take a different route.

Or as you have done here just post a question here. Actually post a question on this camping page with an area or town and you will get responses as to things to do. Can even pull up "search" type in key words and get plenty of info.

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Papa, we use almost all of the products recommended by previous posters. I think there is one thing that you will soon see. Not one of these products does everything you need in trip planning.
RVTRIPWIZARD does one thing exceptionally well, it lets you lay out your entire trip, letting you choose your route and waypoints. As it uses Google maps you can switch to the satellite view to get a better perspective of your travels.
RVPARKY is the next most complete planner, it has the advantage of listing points of interest around your stops, rvparky also solicits user reviews of the parks you stay in, making it easier to look at reviews. When I plan I bounce between a calendar, rvtripwizard, rvparky and rvparkreviews. Needless to say my DW runs when she sees I am trip planinng😁
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:46 PM   #11
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I use Microsoft Street and Trips on my Mac to plan the entire trip. It lets you set how many miles or hours you want to travel each day, then searches for campgrounds around the stopping point. It will also search for restaurants, fuel stops, points of interest etc. it is upgraded yearly.
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Originally Posted by msy4us View Post
I use Microsoft Street and Trips on my Mac to plan the entire trip. It lets you set how many miles or hours you want to travel each day, then searches for campgrounds around the stopping point. It will also search for restaurants, fuel stops, points of interest etc. it is upgraded yearly.
I use MS S&T too but unfortunately, it's no longer supported by Microsoft and will no longer be updated. I use Google Maps and the satellite view to check out potential stops. I don't like to plan the entire trip with Google Maps because one can only add 10 stops to one map.

I also use a publication titled "Next Exit" to help find fuel and other necessary stops. "Next Exit" is invaluable IMO!
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RV Trip Planning

I purchased a Good Sam GPS RVND 7730 to use with GS trip planner. I can spend hours of enjoyment looking and planning stops and interesting sites to see as well as researching private RV parks, public RV Parks and state and national parks along the way. After making all your plans you download your trip from your computer right into the GPS with all your stops, waypoints, fuel stops with an estimate of fuel costs. The other advantage is it will let you know, based on your input of your RV height and weight, of any possible obstacles or low clearances along your route. If there is a tunnel you will be passing through it alerts you to the LP restriction. Even the GPS does not catch everything but it certainly will help alleviate some of the headaches maps don't catch. Then, if your life is like mine after you spend a couple weeks planning and you are on the road for half a day DW says "Let's go over on this road. There's something I want to see!" Your well thought out, completely researched and awesome plans you made are now in the toilet! Lol! Everyone's comments on how they plan trips are all the same ones I use along with the GS Tripmaker. BTW if you are going to the NW part of the U.S. There is a great RV service and repair company called Brazel's RV and performance in Centralia Washington. I had the pleasure of needing and using them last year. Unplanned! Enjoy the whole trip planning as well as the trip.

One that I use that I have found very handy if I'm on a schedule is this http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm . It allows you to pick either time or speed to calculate how far you get. Handy for fuel limits as well.

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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! 😀

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