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    Do many of you use software for trip planning? If you do, what do you use? Or maybe more importantly, which ones really don't work well.
    Just researching them a bit and wondering what the community thinks/recommends.
    2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
    2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
    .........It's weird being the same age as old people.....

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    We use RV trip Wizard for our trip planning. It has some good features and the learning curve is not to steep. I find the trip routing can be wonkey sometimes but it's pretty good when identifying low bridges or tunnels. I don't recall the specific cost but it's not to expensive.
    John & Cindy
    2019 303 RLS
    2018 F250

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    • #3
      Just started using RV Trip Wizard again, tried it a year ago and wasn't impressed. New version has been pretty nice, I especially like the RV safe trip route, we've had problems with the other route planners. Cost is about $75/yr (there may be special deals at this time of year) and there is a 7-day free trial period free trial period.

      To get specifics on campgrounds for planning, my default has been Good Sam search engine because their summary usually answers my concerns about big rig availability and space length and width. GS also provides data on none-GS parks, so that's a plus. We have several club memberships beside GS and I also use those search engines to make sure I'm not missing any discounts.
      John
      2018 Momentum 395M
      2018 Ram 3500 Dually
      Every day is a Saturday, but with no lawn to mow.

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      • #4
        Scott'n'Wendy

        We used RV Trip Wizard for our cross-continent trip last year. It was "ok". It has some nice features - like estimating fuel stops and calculating fuel costs - but I found it to be a bit buggy.

        For example when adding stops in the middle of the trip I found it didn't recalculate fuel stops correctly. Also - for us Canucks - it doesn't do metric very well (at least it didn't work well for me). Can't comment on the effectiveness of the "RV Safe" routing - didn't really use that feature.

        We cancelled our subscription... my view, too expensive for what you get. Now I just use google maps and MS excel.

        But YMMV - others swear by it.
        Ken & Sandra
        2021 303RLS | 2020 F350 Lariat 6.7L 4x4 SB SRW

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        • #5
          I use InRoute, I pay for the ability to add the dimensions of my 5th wheel to avoid low bridges, tunnels etc. so far it has been good. It is a little odd in how it works but after playing with it for a bit it is fine. I have also used the free version of Trucker Path, I figure if a semi can make it through so can I.
          Scott & Mikaela
          2022 375 RES
          2020 F-350 DRW

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          • #6
            I like RV Trip Wiz. I link to my phone with the app so my phone is my GPS. I also use it on my motorcycle trips.
            "No place to go, No hurry to get there"
            2019 GD Momentum 376 TH
            2015 Dodge 3500 Cummins
            2015 HD Ultra Classic Limited

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            • #7
              Most of my work is done in Garmin Basecamp. The program has a steep learning curve and can also be quite wonky when transferring route to a Garmin GPS. What I mean is that each application (or device) has it's own algorithm that decides the "best route". A perfect route in Basecamp can be wildly different when calculated by the Garmin RV770. The only workaround I've found is by using a lot of waypoints and markers to force the program (and GPS) to follow the route I choose.

              The easiest method I've found to creating waypoints or marking specific locations in Basecamp is to find the location on Google Maps. Then copy the location's GPS location to the clipboard, which is then pasted into the "FIND" utility in Basecamp. Voila'--goes to the exact spot which I then mark with a flag and include in the route. Again, Basecamp is far from the easiest program to use (I still don't fully understand the organization!) but I've been using it so long it's the enemy I know.

              There are any number of RV campground applications and websites--I use almost all of them to compare the campgrounds in the targeted area and, of course, read reviews.

              A given state's "511" road condition website is handy, too. I found Indiana's indispensable since I routed around or threaded between all the major cities, skipping the interstates after leaving the National Rally. It came in very useful this year because there's a lot of bridges under reconstruction so major state highways were closed with long detours. Knowing these closures ahead of time allowed me to choose an alternate route.
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              2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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              • #8
                As in other forums, RV Trip Wizard seems the most popular.
                I never thought of using basecamp for RV trips Howard. I have it and use it for hiking in the bush, locating lakes creeks etc, and for making sure I don't get lost in the bush. I'l have to play with it a bit. And I'll take a peek at InRoute
                We used to just 'wing it' all the time and made out fine. We even did Black Hills, Rushmore, Yellowstone in August with no reservations and we had no problems. But...Over the covid period with seemingly everyone buying RV's I'm a little more worried about finding a CG with space
                2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
                2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
                .........It's weird being the same age as old people.....

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                • #9
                  When I drove to Texas from Ohio I used a free app, RVParky. It doesn’t route around low bridges, but shows any bridges less than 14’. I also use the Flying J/Pilot app to plan fuel stops. You can set filters for their locations that have RV Fuel lanes. I input the fuel stops into the RVParky app and that worked well. I had one stop at a Pilot near Texarkana, TX that didn’t have RV fuel lanes, I used google earth to make sure that I had enough room to turn around after fueling. My rig is bumper pull, but is 32’ long.
                  I found it easier to use than RV Trip Wizard.
                  Tim & Beth
                  2022 Transcend Xplor 265BH
                  2021 Ford F-150 XLT, 3.5L Ecoboost w/ Max Tow Pkg

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                  • #10
                    Hmmm. RVParky...sounds cheesy but I'll take a look. Thanks
                    2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
                    2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
                    .........It's weird being the same age as old people.....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Scott'n'Wendy View Post
                      As in other forums, RV Trip Wizard seems the most popular.
                      I never thought of using basecamp for RV trips Howard. I have it and use it for hiking in the bush, locating lakes creeks etc, and for making sure I don't get lost in the bush. I'l have to play with it a bit. And I'll take a peek at InRoute
                      We used to just 'wing it' all the time and made out fine. We even did Black Hills, Rushmore, Yellowstone in August with no reservations and we had no problems. But...Over the covid period with seemingly everyone buying RV's I'm a little more worried about finding a CG with space
                      InRoute does let you drop as many waypoints into a trip as you would like, you can do it by pressing on the map or typing an address.
                      Scott & Mikaela
                      2022 375 RES
                      2020 F-350 DRW

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