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Posted: 06/22/19 07:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are planners. We decide where we want to go and plan the trip based on no more than about 400 miles per day. We look at maps and the trucker atlas to look for the roads we want to take. We also use the Mountain Directory to look to see if there are any extreme ascents or descents. We reserve all the RV spots. We used rvparkreviews extensively for places to stay. We have a larger RV (39 foot class A) so we look for long pull throughs for overnight stops so we do not have to unhook.

Our trips are usually 2 weeks to a month long. Yes, we risk not making it to a place where we have a reservation, but for us, the piece of mind is worth occasionally losing a deposit.


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When we retired in 2014, we decided to start leaving for the late winter/early spring, for sunnier/warmer climes. We are gone for 7-8 weeks and use Passport America and RV Park Reviews. We almost always make reservations since more and more Baby Boomers are doing the same thing.
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Posted: 06/23/19 04:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another post made me re-read your original post looking for the answer to this question - What do you consider an extended trip? I should have asked that first before replying. My original reply was written with the idea that an extended trip is at least three months if not 6 - 8 months. In my experience, the shorter the trip, the more likely folks are to make reservations.


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We have some home issues that make being absent for more than 6 weeks a real big issue. We always planned with Streets and Trips and later with Street Atlas. Both were good for both planning and enroute navigation. With those gone, and there being no real replacement. I still use SA for a rough cut and then go to other means for the daily stuff. It is a whole lot harder than it used to be, but without the combined planner and enroute, that is how life is....

I like Furkot, but it is a web app and that is useless for enroute and it does not accept the overlays of the others. I have tried to work with Google Maps on the phone and a tablet, but if you don't get enough downloaded, you can drive off the edge of the world. That or end up with 1 mile resolution when you need 100 yard.
I have worked all the demos from RV Trip planner, but again, it is a web app and has that for a killer.
Copilot was pretty close, but they just changed owners and some things changed that I haven't figured out yet.

Fortunately, for much of my life, I have had a name tag that said "Navigator" and can go back working on paper charts with a parallel and dividers with no difficulty at all.

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Posted: 06/25/19 05:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matt_Colie wrote:

We always planned with Streets and Trips and later with Street Atlas. Both were good for both planning and enroute navigation. With those gone, and there being no real replacement. ll.

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Pretty solid suggestions with Excel. We usually do what others have suggested. Start where your goal is and work backwards. We also prefer to wing it (at least I do, wife not so much). Boondocking is Ok for us for several days, then a campgrouond to fill and empty tanks and do some wash.

There is another Microsoft program for navigating. It is standard on Windows 10 and is called Maps. You can download maps so you can use more features such as a Google Earth=type view. it off line but you have more v


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Continuation of above post. Don't know why it cut me off.

You can save favorites, get GPS coordinates, change travel settings, and others. Been using it for a few months. There is little documentation available but have been figuring it out little by little. It does not (at least I haven't found it yet) have a search function like Streets did.

Give it a try if you use Windows 10.

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Cross,

Thanks for the hint. I have a brand new Win10 to replace the laptop that got damaged earlier in the year. I found maps, but cannot find anyway to make it find an actual location. It missed by about 1/4 mile and on the wrong side of the road.

I wonder if the maps are installed or downloaded as needed.

I still miss the standalones that worked so well.

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I generally start with a general destination in mind and work backwards from there. See if this article helps:
https://learntorv.com/lets-go-trip-planning-apps-and-websites/


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Posted: 06/26/19 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matt,

Biy I hear you. I used MapPoint (business version of Streets) and miss it terribly.

Maps is hard to figure out. Try a simple test. Enter an address (like your home) and search. Expand and see if it is where it should be. Switch to aerial view and check again. Switch back to road view. Click the direction tab on the right side of the information box. Enter another address you know. Click "get directions". You can change settings to avoid toll roads, etc. (see the Gear button).

Here's an output map from a route I just calculated.
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From here, you can add locations and recalculate.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: 06/26/19 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matt,

Another feature. When you add Favorites, they stay as favorites every time you open Maps. I've been adding spots we stop at for the future plus i have added locations I have been at since 2000 when I started saving waypoints. You must use the format xx.xxxxxxx -yy.yyyyyy. You can also share but I don't do that or know how to do it.

Chris

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