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Old 02-03-2013, 11:41 PM   #29
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For many years I did as my father did: Set the departure time, the route, and the arrival time in stone. I had many unhappy trips as a result.

One time a couple of buddies wanted to do a multi-day motorcycle trip without a hard-and-fast plan, and I was really unconfortable about it. OMG - how can anyone be so dis-organized?

After the first day I became a believer. We could just stop whenever there was a nice view or something interesting, and take as much or as little time as we wanted to. It was a great freedom.

Of course, you can't do this with campgrounds and motels in peak season or if you have a limited time-frame to get to a specific destination.

These days I find myself doing it both ways, and it's all good.
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I use an inexpensive program called RV Road Trip Navigator 2012. I entered my travel preferences (road types, RV info (height, length, etc). start and end times, how often we take a break, etc. I then put in my start and end points. It will map a route based on my road preferences and find CG's along the way. I can then review the route and alter CG choices or route as I see fit. You can check info on any of the CG's by rolling the mouse pointer over it. If the CG has a WEB page, there is a link that you can click on to view it.

For example: I have a pickup and 5er. I have total length of 53' and height of 13'. Depending on the trip I am taking I can set alter the preferences for interstates, Federal highways, state highways, etc for that particular trip. I set my preferences to start each day at 9:30 am, stop every 2 hours for a 20 minute break and stop ar 3:30 pm. I then enter the date I am leaving and let it calculate the route and pick the CG's. I then make changes for CG's I would prefer and save the trip. You can then print a trip tick, kinda like what AAA would give you. If it takes me onto secondary highways, I'll verify with my truckers atlas for height restrictions. On one trip, the program just would not let me use a particular strip of roadway no matter what I did. Turns out, there was an overpass that was < 13' and that was the reason.

I use it for planning purposes only. I won't say that I follow it to the least detail.

My only complaint is that periodically I want to plan a trip to arrive at a certain date. The program doesn't have an option to enter the arrival date and have it work backwards.

Because it is associated with Trailer Life and Good Sam, I know some folks won't use it. But I think it is great for the planning purposes the OP outlined.
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I do not plan stops when travelilng,, There is ALWAYS a Wal-Mart or a Flying J just down the road when you are on a Freeway.. So, Usually I drive from breakfast to supper, when I stop for dinner (Supper in some areas) I find parking either at a CG or a Wally World or J,, S&T has the Woodalls list of Campgrounds in it, my phone has Wally World and J's. Cracker Barrell often has overnight parking as well.. Lowes, Sam's Costco, Home Depot any store with a large, mostly empty at night, lot may well let you stay.

HOWEVER do us a favor, DO NOT SUE the store when some drunk knocks on your door and you are stupid enough to open it (Yes, that happened, it was withdrawn but now many stores are thinking twice about allowing overnighting).
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Just downloaded my dat truck services. Looks like a real fine program.
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We only drive 300 miles a day maximum. Our first nights stop from Indy is at Renfro Valley, KY just off I75 (if the weather is nice, if not we drive I65S). Our second night on I75 is somewhere North of Atlanta GA. This is so we can time our travel through Atlanta after rush traffic has eased somewhat, and before workers get off work and clog the interstate again.
Sorry I can't be specific, but we traveled to Alaska since last winter, and I can't remember names of RV parks for our FL trip without reading past log entries, which are out in the RV, and I don't want to trek out to the RV garage in the snow and cold wind tonight. Sure wish we had gone to FT. Myers Beach again this winter_.
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