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Old 04-11-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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What is a good trip planning software/program with mileage and/or driving time limits per day? I am planning a trip out west to the Grand canyon at the end of this month.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:17 PM   #2
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I use Roadtrippers.com for ALL of my trips now for the past few years. FREE. EXCELLENT
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:46 PM   #3
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I have never used any kind of trip planning. My experience shows that trip plans never work and you're always disappointed. I drive until I'm tired then look for a place to park for the night, usually a rest area, sometimes Walmart or a truck stop. I never play for few hours sleep.
I rarely get reservations. It has to be something special. Sometimes I go to someplace where there's several campgrounds and if one is full move on to the next. Typical stay is 4 days to 40 days.

Some of the best trips we've taken are when I ask which way at the end of the driveway. Sometimes I'll tell somebody we'll be in such and such in February, the means anytime between Feb1 and Feb 28.

There's a name for this kind of experience. It's called serendipity.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:18 PM   #4
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Google Maps works fine for me.
Then if my Garmin doesn't agree, I create some "via waypoints" as necessary to force it to the planned roads. Works pretty good.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:38 PM   #5
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I use Road Trip America Map Wizard for routing and distance. It does show some potential points of interest. It's set up for auto travelers so it's not trailer specific.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:13 PM   #6
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Are you a Good Sam member? I like their trip planner, although I use a variety of other resources in conjunction with it including a high end Garmin GPS that allows for quite a bit of route modification.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:57 PM   #7
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Trip planers imho are useless. I drive 2 hrs before lunch and 4 hrs or less after lunch. Never had a problem unless your on a time limit. I do as Byron said above. Stop and go at my pleasure.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:06 PM   #8
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Trip planers imho are useless. ....
Man, I really admire you people who can go with no plan, and live happily-ever-after in the parking lot of Walmart. But it seems that the best that life has to offer is often in high demand with limited availability. Case in point: I just returned from a trip to Henderson Beach State Park in Florida - one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And being so (as well as a bargain for campers) one needs to reserve a site there months in advance. You don't just show up and expect to be admitted like you do at Cracker Barrel along the interstate. So I reserved a site almost a year ago and planned to arrive there when my reservation started. Had I not planned my trip I might well have arrived the day my stay ended.

Trip planning is not only about getting to your destination however. I also research points of interest along the way. I admit, you might well stumble across something interesting without planning, but you likely miss more than you know if you don't research your route (also known as planning your route).

Anyway the OP's question was not about the value of trip planning so that is my last comment on the value of doing it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:09 PM   #9
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Big difference in the need to trip plan between those who work and those who are retired. As is said, when you don't know where you're going (or care when you get there) any road will do.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:38 AM   #10
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Follow the road to "Nowhere" and you will get there!
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:50 AM   #11
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If you use a Garmin GPS in the TV you can hook it to your computer and use Basecamp, free from Garmin. I don't know if it is the best trip planning software but it does give you drive times & distances between waypoints.
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I love planning trips! Usually we decide on where we are going, then I google map from point A to point B and see how long the drive will be. Then I get out my good old paper road Atlas, and see what interesting things are labeled on the map. Then I google said things. I look for campgrounds along the way, usually state parks, national parks or interesting locations. Then I google those campgrounds and try to get a feel for what they look like. We usually drive between 6-8 hours a day, depending on how long the trip will be and where we are going. I always make reservations because I like knowing we have a camping spot to pull into at the end of a day. Someone up above mentioned Roadtrippers.com, which I hadn't heard of, so I'll be checking that out as well!

Edited because I forgot to mention: Google maps gives you drive times based on local speed limits. I usually take the mileage and divide it by 60mph, then add an hour to get a more realistic drive time.
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Another vote here for a Garmin GPSr and either their 'Basecamp' or 'MapSource' program (earlier version) for all trip planning. Have used same for past 12 years, through all 48 states, and 9 provinces. Most recently from Ontario to San Francisco. Currently planning a trip through Scandinavia, (but, without the FGRV). "Won't leave home without it !"
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:50 AM   #14
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That trip out west sounds like one I took many decades ago...before the Internet and the GPS.
Back then the planning took one full year. To stay at National Parks you should have reservations and most must be made a year in advance. Back then all reservations were made by phone and U.S. Mail with "TW Services" an agency appointed by the Park Service. If you plan on staying at National Park Campgrounds plan a year ahead.

When we visited the Grand Canyon we camped in Williams, Arizona at a private campground. When at Yellowstone we camped for a week at Fishing Bridge A full hookup campground inside the National Park...it took a full week to cover that Park.

When we were touring both Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon we stayed at nearby private campgrounds.

During our epic trip that lasted 6 weeks with our two children we toured almost all the National Parks in the West plus the 4 corners, Pikes Peak, the Indian cave ruins at Mesa Verde...we tried to cover it all. Because of advanced planning we allowed plenty of time for both exploring and travel. Durning the trip we limited travel to about 6 hours drive time per day. An over the road truck driver told me to figure on a maximum of 50 MPH for my calculations. That allowed for rest stops, lunch and gas stops etc. I suggest you use that target.
The longest travel day we scheduled was from Rapid City (Mt. Rushmore) thru the east end of Montana...that was 12+ long hours of empty country...eastern half of Montana was a very empty place back in the 1980s.

Our basic road plan was supplied by the AAA Auto Club....we used campground directories from Good Sam to locate campgrounds...we pre-reserved every night just to avoid surprises. Today the Internet would make the planning process a lot easier...back in 1983 it was a lot harder...the planning can be half the fun.
Advanced planning will make the trip more enjoyable.

During our epic trip we burned thru 2 trailer tires (dessert heat not good).... We maintained a log of our trip but for some unknown reason never recorded gasoline costs...campground costs...yes...can you believe $6 a night for a private campground !....We took a million still pictures and using a newly invented camcorder created an epic two hour recording of the Adventure.

Plan ahead...enjoy the trip...see all you can...the Grand Canyon is fine but don't miss Bryce and Zion canyons and a lot of other sights along the way!

Happy Camping !!!
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