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Old 04-03-2019, 05:43 AM   #1
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Looking for recommendations for RV trip planning tools. I’m particularly interested in tools that consider roadway and campground height clearances and significant changes in elevation. Oh, and “free” would be awesome, but willing to shell out some dough for the right tool/product. What do you use/recommend and which ones should I avoid? Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:25 AM   #2
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We basically just use our Garmin and our iPhone for backup. I know they have specific gps for Rv use. I’ve never used one so I don’t know if it references height clearances. Maybe someone else will jump in later.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:03 AM   #3
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I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for but Google Mamaps on your phone is awesome, showing about anything you want to know about like attractions, fuel, camping, etc. and now even shows the speed limit and warns of construction and speed traps. On newer vehicles it will work on the vehicle touch screen. There are also various campground/rv park apps like Rvparky. All of them have good and bad points and IMO tend to accentuate the negative somewhat. There are apps for attractions as well.

Other than Google Maps, I just search the internet for whatever I need on any topic and get several sources to avoid bad info.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:06 AM   #4
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it's a great question...and I don't know the answer....

We use google, but be warned it is not RV friendly. It will take you down(or up) roads that are not suited for an RV and will not take into consideration bridge heights.

A great trick we learned is if Google says go one way, and you see a posted sign that says "Truck Route" pointing in another direction, follow the "Truck Route" sign...

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Old 04-06-2019, 09:31 PM   #5
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We use RV Parky, All Stays, Google Maps, and ios Maps.

For clearances, you might want to check out this app. Its for iPhone but are also available for Android

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When traveling to new places I use the Magellan RV model. I can program the length and height of the trailer. It helps avoid roads and bridges that I won't fit on. Otherwise I use the factory nav unit.
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learn Google Maps.

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Old 04-12-2019, 08:41 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the tips. I've seen a couple of YouTubers suggest RV Trip Wizard, but it costs something like $35 a year. Not a huge amount... unless it offers the same thing I can get for free from Google Maps. The thing I haven't been able to find that I'd like to have is a way to know how steep a route is. We're still relatively new to RVing and this summer we're doing a big cross country trip which include a stretch between Durango, CO and Denver. Google Maps suggests three different routes. All three feature state roads, so I wonder which one is going to have the smoothest inclines and declines. I'm probably worrying too much about it, but I grew up in Kansas and live in Virginia; the most significant elevation changes I'm used to can be measured in hundreds of feet, not thousands. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your tips with me. Safe and happy travels to you all!
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I have not used google maps a whole lot but I’m watching this thread as I’m planning a trip from the prairie region of Canada to Yellowstone Park in June. I’ve been using Google Earth for routes and you can see the elevation changes at the bottom right of screen as you follow route with your cursor.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:28 PM   #10
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For a few years we used Good Sam Trip Planner on line, and imported trips to the Good Sam (Rand McNally) GPS. Worked in a limited capacity for a while. Trip Planner on line is still good, however, GS has dropped R/McNally, and support is only on weekdays. (when do you travel?) Still, I build trips on Trip Planner, but on the GPS, on only use destination one day at a time. Multi-stop trips are very hard for the system to understand.
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