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Old 03-16-2018, 03:03 PM   #1
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rv trip software

when we were traveling a lot I had a great trip planner . it was Campground Navigator 2011 trailer life directory. I was looking to up grade this to 2018 but it looks like they are not in business anymore. Do you guys have any trip navigators that you use and would you be so kind to share with me. THKS
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:28 PM   #2
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RV Trip Wizard is pretty good. Has been my go-to for the past few years. $39 a year is well worth it.

There is a learning curve, though.
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I usually start with google maps. I have a garmin gps and use base camp to tweak my route. Base camp takes some getting used to but now that I have used it for a couple of years I can plan a multi-day trip in about 10 minutes. After developing my route, I load the trip into my garmin and I'm ready to roll.

I use web info, like rvparkreviews.com, to help me select campgrounds. I like google maps because I switch to satellite view and see what a campground layout is or what is around any of the stops I want to make.
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I used MSN Streets and Trips till they pulled it off the market. Still looking for something as good and easy to use.
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I do it myself and use rvparkreviews.com for campsites and then campsitephotos.com to see how the park looks. Often the park name in youtube.com search box will yield videos of the park and drone footage of area too.

Basecamp stinks and the how to videos don't explain how to use it.
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Iím old school. I use a map.
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I used MSN Streets and Trips till they pulled it off the market. Still looking for something as good and easy to use.
I STILL use my copy of S&T (2013 version) and will continue to use it until it crashes. There is nothing out there that compares - no: I don't want an online solution.
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Just got the trip wizard today on a 30 day trial. We will see
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I’m old school. I use a map.
What's a "map" ?

We're not able to travel right now because of medical problems but I plan to get the RV Trip Wizard when we get on the road again!
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After creating a trip on Trip Wizard you can have the software display a ring on your route with a user define time or distance. So say 300 miles or 6 hours from where you start a ring will show and you can start looking for campgrounds. Campgrounds also display and there are several filters to have the software display the ones you want.

After inputting your fuel capacity Trip Wizard will show were on your route you will need to refuel. You can download your trip to your GPS or Google Maps. Trip Wizard will also allow you to modify your route, much easier than Garmin's BaseCamp.
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I use a combination of google maps, Garmin Basecamp and a Garmin GPS with poi's loaded for low clearances, campgrounds, rest areas, etc. I create the route in google maps, export to Basecamp then load in the gps.

RV Trip Wizard looks good but what happens when you have no cell or internet service?
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I use a combination of google maps, Garmin Basecamp and a Garmin GPS with poi's loaded for low clearances, campgrounds, rest areas, etc. I create the route in google maps, export to Basecamp then load in the gps.

RV Trip Wizard looks good but what happens when you have no cell or internet service?
Generally the way I use Trip Wizard is for planning, so I will have an internet connection. I then download the trip to Garmin's Base Camp and load it into my GPS and Google Maps.

The thing about Trip Wizard is it's a great planning tool, you don't navigate with it. That's why the developers have included a "Send to GPS" function. And because it's a planning tool it allows you to redraw a route to your liking. I use that function a lot because I like to stay off the interstates. Trip Wizard has a routing function to avoid "major highways" and it works well, but sometimes I like to tweak the route and Trip Wizard makes it easy to do that.

One word of caution when using Google Maps, and navigating with it on a cell phone or tablet. The tablet or cell phone will always redraw the route to the parameters set in the cell phone or tablet, which unless you change it is the fastest route.
So if you create a trip/route in Google Maps on your computer and redraw it, the redraw will not show when you try and navigate with it. And it doesn't matter where you create the route, Base Camp for instance, your cell phone using Google Maps will not follow the route you created in Base Camp unless it just happens to be the fastest route in both Base Camp and Google Maps.

If you search this issue you will find many have complained to Google to fix this, but so far they have not done so.

There is a work around for this and that is by creating enough turn points to follow a route you create, but Google Maps will only navigate to the next turn point and then you must reload the map and navigate to the next one, not something you want to do on the fly.
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X2 on Garmin Base Camp...it does take some getting used to, but being able to set my route the way I want, then upload it to the Garmin 760 makes our travels much easier.
Then I use Google maps to scout for fuel stops with RV islands for easier in and out. Also, google is nice to view potential campgrounds/RV parks and the adjacent area.
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I use RV trip wizard for the last few years. Very good program. Small learning curve. Pick a park. Shows the website and satellite if you want. Shows milage between camps. click and rewiews are shown, and can even show when fuel needed. Once trip planned, downloaded or printed in Excel. no need for internet, altho, we travel with a MiFi, so never out of touch. Worth the fee.
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