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Old 08-05-2022, 07:25 PM   #1
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Executing the 3-3-3 rule

Boy, I hope this question - or one like it - has not been asked / answered countless times. Though I did try searching the forum, I found nothing but please forgive me if I missed it.

Here is the question: I'm a newbie camper (Silverado pulling a 25LRK Pilgrim) and I'm thinking the 3-3-3 rule makes sense for me. I want Trip Wizard to pinpoint stops for me to consider every 300 miles, and then I'll use the software to find a campground nearby. My problem is that I can't figure out how to make TW display end-of-day points every 300 miles, despite setting that limit in the configuration settings.

I understand it is iterative in that the stops will not not magically be 300 miles apart, and therefore stop B will depend on where stop A was.

Can someone help me figure out how to do this?

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Boy, I hope this question - or one like it - has not been asked / answered countless times. Though I did try searching the forum, I found nothing but please forgive me if I missed it.

Here is the question: I'm a newbie camper (Silverado pulling a 25LRK Pilgrim) and I'm thinking the 3-3-3 rule makes sense for me. I want Trip Wizard to pinpoint stops for me to consider every 300 miles, and then I'll use the software to find a campground nearby. My problem is that I can't figure out how to make TW display end-of-day points every 300 miles, despite setting that limit in the configuration settings.

I understand it is iterative in that the stops will not not magically be 300 miles apart, and therefore stop B will depend on where stop A was.

Can someone help me figure out how to do this?

Thanks,
Jeff
1st question is, have you setup Trip Wizard to display the Driving Radius overlay on your map? This is done by clicking on the Wrench Icon, then going to the Trip Settings / Routing & Driving tab and setting up and enabling Driving Distance Radii per criteria you determine. With this tool set up, you can have a reasonable indicator of where 300 miles for a given day will occur on your route from your last stop, and start your search for a CG to overnight at. Be sure to click on your start point and click on the "target" (see attachment) to establish your current night's stop as the center of your next day's driving radius.
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This Driving Radius video should help.
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Here is how I do it. After setting what my preferences are in the TW (ie how many miles or hours max/min) I create a trip with just the starting point and the ending point and let TW plot the route. For instance I might start in Gulf Shores, AL and end in Mesa, AZ. TW then plots an initial route. Then I add any intermediate stops to the trip like for visiting relatives or specific Places I want to visit and let TW recalculate the route to take this into account.
Now I just click on my starting point and TW will draw two radii showing minimum miles and maximum miles, I zoom in on the segment of the route area between the min/max lines and turn on the “show RV parks” option. Then it’s just a matter of looking at each potential stop and using the “read campground reviews” option I pick one of the parks out and add it to the trip.
Then I just repeat the process by clicking on the new stop, TW draws another pair of radii and the process repeats until I have the whole trip done. I also use the TW feature that shows RV park information to get the phone number or website for each my stops and I just go through the list in one sitting and call each one for a reservation using the calculated dates from TW. If one or more of my initial selections for an overnight doesn’t work out then I can use TW to quickly find an alternate and modify the trip plan instantly.
I’ve done many, many 1,000 mile plus trips with this procedure and I can usually do a complete trip including making confirmed reservations in just a couple of hours. Before TW, using Google maps and internet searches it would take at least 1-2 hours PER STOP to plan a trip. Granted, we have a 45 foot coach with a toad so just setting out and hoping to be able find a suitable place to overnight by random chance is not really practical.
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