Originally Posted by Oakman
I rely heavily on Microsoft Streets & Trips for the early stages in trip planning..
MS S&T is an excellent planning tool - I've been using it for years. When traveling from Tejas to the West Coast by myself I would set-up my laptop (with it's matte screen) on the pax seat of my car and run the program continuously while I drove (at the same time using my car's navigation).
I used S&T because of 1) the laptop's large screen and 2) because of the program's "zoom out/in" feature.
I like to sightsee as I drive - always taking different routes - and by zooming out I could look for interesting things to detour and see (Rivers, Lakes, etc - things that I wouldn't have know were there if I wasn't able to zoom out and see)
One year, in our Roadtrek near Bend, Or, the laptop quit. So used to having it that I told my Wife we'd cut the trip short and go straight home if I couldn't get the laptop fixed (Geek Squad at a Best Buy in Bend did fix the problem - for free, by the way) - so we continued the normal trip.
I built pedestals in front of the center consoles in both my Roadtrek and my pick'emup truck (out of PVC) upon which I could mount the laptop - the table swiveled so that it could be didicated towards the driver, the copilot or in the center for both to see - the pedestals came apart in about a minute for storage but I always left them up - a good place to put stuff.....Bill
here's a pic of the laptop pedestal that was in the pickup (with one of my Pups checkin' it out..)