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Old 12-08-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Streets & trips vs. campground navigator

Has anyone had any experience with Microsoft Streets and Trips versus Trailer Life Campground Navigator for travel planning?

I am not very good when it comes to complicated programs and have been experimenting with S&T but just received an offer for the improved 2011 version of CN and am wondering if it is easier to use.

TIA for your thoughts.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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Hi Hoghead,
I've used the Trailer Life software for years. I have never used Streets & Trips. Software is very personal. What is easy for one person can be a nightmare for the next person. It just depends on how the software and you "bond" with each other.
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Good point Gary. I've got S&Trips, and have gotten very familiar with it. I tried another mapping program that was supposed to be more "user friendly" and just couldn't get the hang of it, so I stuck with the S&Trips.

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I use both...well actually three (MS S&T, DeLorme Rd. Atlas and Campgrd Nav). They all have their purposes, strengths and weaknesses. The one I use consistently for trip planning is Campground Navigator. Has all the strengths plus the built in Trailer Life Campground Directory. The new version even has a simplified "radius" planning tool; I've been doing radius planning for years, but, had to take several steps to do it, now, the new program is supposed to have a radius tool - neat. With the built in RV options settings, it is the only program I use for trip planning.
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I have both S&T and Trailer Life. I like S&T best because I can import POI Files(Points of Interest) and each one can have a different indicator on my map. For example, one indicator would be Good Sam's CG's, another would be PassPortAmerica CG's, still another would be Wal-marts, and then one that shows all RV parks for a state, and one that shows Low Underpass Clearances. I can plot out my route for the day or multiple days and see what CG's, Wal-marts or any other place that I am interested in are near my route. If you are only interested in CG's that are in Trailer Life, then it is okay. I like to use PassPortAmerica when possible and S&T makes it very easy to see where they are on my route.

Point of Interest Files that I have loaded into S&T:
All RV parks for states I am traveling through in near future.
Pass Port America
Good Sam's
Wal-mart & Sam's
Camping World
Places to visit (Has some really cool places to visit that you may not know about)
The Best things I have ever Ate (We have really found some great food with this one)
Low Underpass Clearances
National Parks with RV parks
Half-price Book Stores
Escapee 50% Parks
Casino's in USA
Macaroni Grill

I download my POI Files from http://www.poi-factory.com/
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All good information. Thank you all so much.
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I've used both Microsoft Street Maps and Trailer Life Dircetory. I find that Trailer Life has way more information for us RVer's. Route Planning, Campgrounds, Attractions, Fuel Stations, etc...
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