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Old 05-17-2016, 01:01 PM   #1
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Trip Planning advice?

so where would one go to get advice on a cross country trip in an RV? I have a 2016 3011DS and this is my first RV on any kind.

basically just looking for advise on what roads to drive on since I have never been west of the Mississippi river. The trip is from Pittsburgh to Santa Barbara stopping at Mt. Rushmore for a few days in the middle.

Is google maps good enough? I have a Garmin but it is not an RV model.


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Old 05-18-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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We've been back and forth across the country a couple of times now with our truck + fifth wheel. My wife does all navigating by Google Maps and has yet to get us into a predicament. Though, I'm sure it's bound to happen.

I've kicked around getting a trucker's atlas but haven't.

We have a RV-specific GPS (Garmin) and it's just so clunky to use vs. her phone that it hasn't been out almost ever.

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Old 05-19-2016, 11:49 AM   #3
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I'll second the use of google maps, though you have to use common sense because sometimes their information is out of date, or just plain inappropriate for an RV (been through some shortcuts meant for smaller vehicles).

We do use a trucker map in conjunction with google maps just to make sure we have cross checked our route.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:45 PM   #4
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thanks for the input - will start google mapping ASAP.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:54 PM   #5
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I use a Rand McNally GPS 7710; this is a wonderful tool since there are other features that you can pull up on the GPS to plan trips with. This list POI, campgrounds, service stations such as travel plazas, fuel stations, banks, hospitals and so forth. You can also plan out your route and up load this to the GPS if you want to. Just another option to look at.

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