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Old 03-31-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Trip Routing

Where is a good source for this. I just got onto the Good Sam website. Their trip routing used to be good but now it's not. Google maps doesn't seem to be much better nor does Mapquest. Seems like it's time to break out the good old paper maps and do it the old fashioned way!
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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Lightbulb Trip map ??

Google maps is my helper, but I follow the paper map (Wally Atlas) or some State maps from BCAA or AAA

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Hi Finhawk,
I let my GPS route the coach. Set it on fastest route and it keeps me on the main roads. Never had a problem. With the toad, it all depends. Set it on shortest route for an exciting day of exploring. Set it on alternate route for a different kind of exciting day. Sometime it is good I have real 4 wheel drive. Or, look at the paper map and make some notes on how my route differs from the GPS. When we get to that point I follow my route. The GPS reroutes very quickly.
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I"ve been using the Trailer Life Directory on CD for several years. It's hard to beat.
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Microsoft Streets and Trips with the GPS antenna is my choice.
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Like Finhawk, I used to use and like Good Sam. For some reason they changed it...not much good now.
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Check the RV Camping section on this site. Go to Crossroads and you will find a lot of info on traveling and possibly info on an area you want to travel or roads you want to use.
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You can also use the Passport America trip planner even if not a PA Member. You can pick your start point, end point and numerous stops in between. If you check a box it will show you all the PA Campgrounds along your route. Click a campground and it tells you regular cost (& PA Cost) and amenities. I use that and Streets & Trips.
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I use MS Streets & Trips on my laptop and compare what it says to the GPS on the dash ...sometimes they differ, and I pick the route I prefer.
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I use MS Streets & Trips on my laptop and compare what it says to the GPS on the dash ...sometimes they differ, and I pick the route I prefer.
X2, I would add, that if the route is across mountains either the East or West version of the Mountain Directory can save white knuckles.

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Microsoft Streets and Trips lets you input your normal driving speed, the number of hours you like to drive in a day, whether you prefer interstates or blue highways. You get a nice, customized trip plan and with the GPS dongle, turn-by-turns. Input your gas mileage and it will remind you when to stop for fuel.
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With updated maps on the Magellan GPS I can select to avoid a certain road like many other maping services. But in each case I always check it against the good ole paper map. The best I've seen is when you have the "Big Truck" or "RV" option that will keep you off low underpasses and overweight bridges.

As you can tell, I like to travel the back roads.

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X2, I would add, that if the route is across mountains either the East or West version of the Mountain Directory can save white knuckles. fred
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I use S & T 2010 and was wondering about the east / west mountain directory thing. Did I miss something important when I filed the instruction book in old #13?
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I use S & T 2010 and was wondering about the east / west mountain directory thing. Did I miss something important when I filed the instruction book in old #13?
The Mountain Directory is one of the most important aids to driving an RV I've ever owned.
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