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Old 12-31-2017, 07:49 AM   #1
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What do you use to assist you in your trip planning to help you plan routes around steep grades, low bridges or roads that may not be suitable for a coach?
Does anyone use a guide for road grades so they know what to expect on their route? If so which ones?

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We have the garmin 760 that has our RV sized inputting so it knows what to avoid. Works well for us.
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RV Trip Wizard does a good job of that....they are a sponsor on here. Their link is at the top of the page...
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I use the Allstays app. If I am taking roads that are new to me and not taking the interstates, then I ask on this forum for advice. I do not like surprises while driving.
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We used the Mountain Directory for Truckers & RVers. It's very helpful on what to expect. We loved driving those big ones!

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We use our Magellan..it will route us based on our rig height...I can punch in the closest Walmart, rest areas, Cracker Barrels....gives phone numbers of campgrounds in the area...been using it for five years
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I use a truckers road atlas believing I can go where they go.
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Has free lifetime maps and updates too. Points of interest, Height and length inputs, optional wireless back up camera.
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What do you use to assist you in your trip planning to help you plan routes around steep grades, low bridges or roads that may not be suitable for a coach?

Does anyone use a guide for road grades so they know what to expect on their route? If so which ones?



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I have RV Trip Wizard which I like very much. Also use Trucker's road atlas, Mountain States Directory, Google Maps and I look at RV reviewer's comments on road conditions to the various destinations that I choose. Using all this information together in my research keeps me from getting into trouble on a road with obstacles.
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Simple, Garmin 760 RV and RV Trip Planner. Great app, I wish they would add Car Rental to lookup, especially Enterprise to deliver. No need to use other apps to find rentals in area.
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I use several tools: RV Park Reviews and militarycampgrounds.us for park reviews. Google Earth Pro and Google street views to measure the length of sites and check out the entry. Street views is improving rapidly as some parks are now photographed internally (not many but it's catching on). And finally Garmin Base Camp to plot the exact route and transfer it to our Garmin 760 RV. Sounds like a lot of work, but it keeps me sane in the winter. That said, like war, the plan is the first thing that goes out the window on a good trip. I'm comfortable with that.
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It is not too difficult to figure out the steep sections. Look for wriggly roads. Roads often follow river valleys. Determine which way the river is going. Again not hard. Use Google Earth street view. Plenty of topographical maps are available online. So much information right at the fingertips these days.
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What do you use to assist you in your trip planning to help you plan routes around steep grades, low bridges or roads that may not be suitable for a coach?

Does anyone use a guide for road grades so they know what to expect on their route? If so which ones?



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You have had a lot of great information provided to you.
My advice is that your DS is fine for all grades on major highways, and if you see trucks, don't worry about clearance.
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