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Old 11-20-2020, 10:31 AM   #1
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I confess I am pretty old fashioned in certain areas and one of them is that I prefer actual physical maps. We have an atlas and a large USA map, on which I use a hightlighter to mark attractions, places of interest, etc. where we might someday want to visit. Not planning a specific route, just I hear of a place and don't want to forget.

As much as I love paper maps however, I realize having something similar on my laptop might serve the same purpose and be less cumbersome. Does anyone know of such an app? In my imagination of it, I would be able to pull up a screen size map of a state or a specific area, and circle/highlight a place, maybe type a short note, etc.

I just found RoadTrippers, still looking it over if it'll do what I want. Suggestions for other possible apps would be appreciated.

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Old 11-20-2020, 10:41 AM   #2
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Iíve had good luck with RV Trip Wizard. Tried Good Samís but too many issues.
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What I do is keep a spreadsheet by state of things I might be interested in. When going through that state I load the spreadsheet as a layer into Google Mymaps. I then add another layer as to where our route will take us(from RV Trip Wizard) and then I know what is close to my route. I can also add things to the MyMaps map individually, without the spreadsheet.



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It's a lot easier to find attractions on a good paper atlas than on a computer program.

We used the Benchmark series of individual state atlases which have a large scale so detail is awesome... especially for public parks and meandering the backroads.

Once we decided on the roads we wanted to go to see those attractions, then we would create a GPS map to follow.

If you start off with a map program and tell it to get there from A to B you'll never know what you've missed along the way.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:46 PM   #5
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I started using Good Sam trip planner 4 years ago, but after a very short time, I discovered RV Trip Wizard. Well, worth the subscription and it is integrated with campgroundreviews.com and your subscription now includes access to RVLife.com, RV Life app, and Maintain my RV website. Also, the logon ID and password are all the same across the websites and irv2.com.
The RV Life app, now has RV Safe Routing to keep you away from the nasty ancient RR overpasses that are really low.

I also, keep a copy of the Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas in the MH while we're on the road.
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Iíve had good luck with RV Trip Wizard. Tried Good Samís but too many issues.
Thanks, I'll check it out
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Iíve had good luck with RV Trip Wizard. Tried Good Samís but too many issues.
X2 on RV Trip Wizard. We are planning a 6 week trip from PA to TX to FL back to PA in Dec/Jan/Feb. We used RV Trip Wizard to plan the route and select all the campgrounds. You can even print out a detailed report of your trip. RV Trip Wizard is a very useful tool if you take advantage of all the features.
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We are like Sue above. Keep a spreadsheet, we can sort by state and by region that we add to every time we read something cool. Then we use Googlemaps to Plan our route. Emailing these to ourselves for ease of use. Years ago we used to use Freetrip, but now find you can't go wrong with Googlemaps, zooming right into satellite/earth images = awesome tool.

Generally speaking for every paid app we've found there's a pretty similar free one in many cases. Been reading a few folks having problems with parts of RVTripwizard lately FWIW.
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Give www.furkot.com a try. It's my go to planning tool for trips. Has campgrounds, stations, attractions, etc. Pick your start point, finish point, travel speed and preferred driving times and it will generate a route with each nights suggested stop based on the preferences you set. Search that stop for campgrounds and if you select a shorter distance it will recalculate a the remaining stops thereafter. Lots of features.
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Up until recently (last 2 weeks), I've used RV Parky and Campground Reviews together (both free) to find good campgrounds. As I found them I built a database of good / possible CGs using OneNote. I have a "section" for every state and within that, a "page" for each campground I've chosen to enter. Each CG page has notes about ratings, location, past visits, distances and several links to the CG website, CG Review, Google Earth view, and the CG Map. Then whenever we plan a trip, we pull up the state and look at all the CGs that we've selected. We've already weeded out the bad ones. In the last 2 weeks, I'm trying RV Trip Wizard (for a year). Verdict is still out on the Wizard, but it's not bad.

Whatever I use to plan, it all goes into my RV 770 LMT-S Garmin before we pull out of the driveway.
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I have noticed that RV Trip Wizard doesn't show nearly as many RV campgrounds / parks in an area as I find in RV Parky. Am I using the Wizard tool incorrectly? Yes I checked the park type filter.
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