Originally Posted by DKRITTER
I use google earth pro, no idea if that makes a difference. It's free to upgrade.
In the lower right hand corner it gives me Lat, Lon and elev.
A GAME CHANGER!!!! I just downloaded Google Earth Pro (Yes - FREE!), something I didn't realize existed in addition to the web version of Google Earth. For anyone else not familiar, Google Earth Pro is a program you download onto your computer. Once I found a location, I could see, just as DKRITER said, that if I move my mouse along the road the altitude changes in a lower right box. I don't believe that information appears on the regular version of Google Earth or the phone app. The "Pro" version gives many more features.
Always looking to dig deeper, I've just taken some time to play around with Google Earth Pro, and have read help articles and watched several You Tube videos. I've discovered how to create a path for a particular stretch of road that I was using as a test location with a beginning and end point, I was able to save it under "My Places", and that gave me the ability to click EDIT (Top ribbon) and find "Elevation Profile" a nifty popup showing me all sorts of information - information I'm not quite sure how to read.
As TWOGYPSIES commented (Thank you, TWOGYPSIES for your ever sage input!) a change in elevation over 300 miles is very different from a change of elevation over a mile of road. I'm looking to minimize the steepness of grade simply to put the least amount of stress on my tow vehicle since I'm at the upper end of my tow capacity. I have gone up steep grades, but would
rather not stress my vehicle if I have alternative routes that are more gradual.
I've attached a screenshot of the information that pops up when you look at the Elevation Profile for a mile stretch of road that I've chosen. It's a road I'm familiar with and chose just to have something to play with. I can see how the elevation changes along that mile, but what I don't know is how that actually translates into steepness of grade.
Perhaps someone more savvy than me can assist me (and I suspect others who are interested in this thread) how to get the most information out of this grid that would be useful to anyone traveling with an RV of any sort?
So thankful for the RV2 community. My knowledge base has increased exponentially as a result of reading all of these threads regularly and I am a safer and more confident RVer as a result.