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Old 07-25-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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Trip Planning Question

I frequently use our "Next Exit" book when planning a trip through unfamiliar territory, which helps me identify RV friendly restaurants and fuel stations. Unfortunately, Next Exit only lists businesses along interstate highways, so I'm on my own if traveling on a state highway. How do you folks plan trips when it doesn't involve an interstate?

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If needed we will find a large parking lot near where we want to go and park there out of the way. We may or may not unhook the vehicle. Off the interstate you can usually find a large parking lot that is not busy unless it is around a holiday time frame. Actually we don't even use Next Exit at all and just usually park in large parking lots everywhere. Haven't had any complaints so far from any businesses or churches. By the way, the large parking lot does not have to be a Walmart. Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, strip malls, malls, etc all have allowed us to park as long as we are considerate of where and how we park.
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If needed we will find a large parking lot near where we want to go and park there out of the way. We may or may not unhook the vehicle. Off the interstate you can usually find a large parking lot that is not busy unless it is around a holiday time frame. Actually we don't even use Next Exit at all and just usually park in large parking lots everywhere. Haven't had any complaints so far from any businesses or churches. By the way, the large parking lot does not have to be a Walmart. Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, strip malls, malls, etc all have allowed us to park as long as we are considerate of where and how we park.

I could not have said it better myself!
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We use Street & Trips, then enable what we are looking for., also GPS POI mode has lots of places, ie Booze store,Food stores, Vets, all kind of things and both work in Canada.
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We have used Delorme for years and plan trips with it on home PC then send it to LT in the MH. Highways are the last place on the travel list. Far too much to see along the back roads of this country. We use the Highways rarely.
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I try to look at the trip prior the leaving home and use the MS software program of Streets and Maps with Google maps. As I try to stick to a no more than a 250 to 275 mile per day run, 6 to 6 1/2 hrs and/or no later on the road of 2:30 to 3:00 local time each day, I look up each location ahead of time, do map and satellite view to pick out places I want to stop. This allows me to do a "drive by" and abort if it does not meet what I am comfortable. It's a little extra effort, but I've found that it works for me.
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Googles aerial view is great to see where Railway tracks are. I was at one CG with the train so close....you could hit it with a marshmallow!
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