I've been using Microsoft Streets and Trips for route planning and it does work pretty nicely. However, i'm wondering if there is anything else that might be considered. Specifically, it would be nice if the route planner could be exported to a calender or if a calender could be created using the trip start date.
1950 Ford F1 street rod
1968 Baha Bug with 2.2 ecotec motor 170 hp, kingcoil
2000 National Sea Breeze 5th wheel trailer
1998.5 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins,4.10 gears,turbo,trans,injectors,oil cooler,lockers,edge EZ, 35" BFG's, air dog lift pump etc.
Co-Pilot is a RV specific program, we have version 10 but their is a later version. It provides such things as vertical clearances for tunnels etc, also develops routs considering freeway access and right versus left turn preference.
We like Street & Trips for rout planning options but us Co-Pilot under way.
30' 1997 Beaver Monterey
(The shortest DP we could find)
2005 Honda CR-V
Remco surge brake
As I mentioned in my OP, I am using Streets and trip but it has some issues such as not providing mileage on each leg, only for the total trip. Also, when we're laying out a 4 month trip covering 4,000 miles or so, it would be nice for the program to populate a calender showing the days,dates, duration, and etc of each stop.
I'm trying to find detailed info on the RV Road Trip Navigator but so far only find rudimentary info on what it does.
We've used Delorme Street Atlas for 16 years of full-time travel. We lay out the route on our desktop - putting in as many vias as we want to travel using primarily the secondary roads - which we love. Then the finished route is transferred to our Garmin which sits on the dash in front of the driver. We use the Garmin just for a quick glance and "heads up" for upcoming turns, etc. We don't try to read details as we drive. The passenger can still follow the full Delorme route on our laptop while traveling for more detailed information shown on the big screen as we're driving. We can also print out the route which will give us duration, times, etc. of each segment but we rarely do this as we know we will never put in long travel days. 200 miles is a good day. We just stop when we want. We're in no hurry. Works for us.
Extremely Happy Full-Timers for 16 years
.... now trying to adjust to 3-season traveling - and it isn't easy!
2004 40' Newmar Dutch Star Diesel Pusher
2004 Jeep Liberty
I saw the Road Trip Planner software advertised last week on the RV Traveler Newsletter at a very attractive price. Compared to the DVD version of trailer Life last year, it doesn't need as much RAM and is therefore compatible with the netbook computer we take on the road. I can live with a slightly lower processor speed.
What I haven't been able to ascertain is whether the notation "needs a DVD drive" applies just to loading it or whether it shuffles data back and forth. The netbook doesn't have a DVD drive. I use the DVD on my desktop as a slave drive and can load things to the netbook, but couldn't use a program on the road that needed access to a DVD on a frequent basis.
Can you advise whether the DVD requirement is just for loading the program or if the program accesses the DVD when it's running.
Frank Damp, DW - Eileen
'02 Georgetown 325, F53, V-10, bought used in 2010 at 13,000 miles.
Dogs - 2 Labs again, both yellow males, both 9 yrs old and both adopted.