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Old 04-22-2018, 06:00 PM   #1
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what routing program/app do you use?

So for as long as we have been traveling I have yet to find the perfect software or app to use for daytripping. We tow my MG sportscar in its enclosed travel trailer behing the motorhome sometimes and like to do back roads cruising. I am not talking about just mapping travel from point A to B on your GPS. We do that all the time. And with our garmin or dash GPS it allows us to "Add location to current route". But I would like to find something that is as flexible as google mapping where you can map out a route, adding multiple waypoints and dragging the route off the main road to take some fun side roads or back roads. Presently I do exactly that and then print the map as a PDF but that is only marginally useful... we still have to input the various waypoints one by one into the iphone or ipad or garmin so they will talk you thru the route. And it is painstaking to have to drill down deep enough in google maps to find actual addresses on the side roads you drag over to, otherwise the ipad/iphone will just take the most expedient route, rather than the most interesting. There must be some app you can map out an interesting back roads driving route on that will then talk you through the twists and turns. Used to be you could map it all out on google and then port that exact route over to the garmin, but they don't do that any more and want you to use Garmin Basecamp which ridiculously complicated and annoying to use. I would gladly buy any other GPS out there which would import a google map or similarly permit detailed custom routing. What are others using?
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:06 PM   #2
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I use google maps exclusively, and have never used the typical 'gps' devices, they drive me batty! I want something flexible, on the fly, and easy to use... you can even 'talk' to it, or it can 'talk' to you...
I do like that on my laptop I can move the mapped roads to a different route, but I can get around that on my iPhone by adding another 'point' somewhere on the route/road I'd rather take.

It's not perfect, but it does the job.

The only better option I can think of is if someone could read my mind while driving : )
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:26 PM   #3
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I use google maps exclusively, and have never used the typical 'gps' devices, they drive me batty! I want something flexible, on the fly, and easy to use... you can even 'talk' to it, or it can 'talk' to you...
I do like that on my laptop I can move the mapped roads to a different route, but I can get around that on my iPhone by adding another 'point' somewhere on the route/road I'd rather take.

It's not perfect, but it does the job.

The only better option I can think of is if someone could read my mind while driving : )
Try inputting your route on Google maps and saving it then open it on your phone. Not sure if that would work or not. Also the Mapsme app might do what you want. I haven't tried to do multiple stops in it.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies... hope to hear from others... SURELY a lot of people hit the road one way or the other, trying to take "the scenic route" - one they have researched online. "Maps.me" is solely for android - we have an iphone. You can import google maps into your smartphone's browser but Google Maps doesn't talk you through the twists and turns the way GPS does, unless someone knows something we don't. Google maps is great for mapping a custom route, dragging the roads from main road overs to secondary roads passing by or through certain scenic locations - we're just trying to find something which does it with verbal cues. As I said, you USED to be able to import Google maps into garmin gps direct... but they stopped that in favor of their own basecamp software which is too complicated to use. What do others use to guide them on custom routes?
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:25 AM   #5
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Check out http://roadtrippers.com and http://furkot.com, I think you'll find Roadtrippers to be more what you're looking for but both sites seem to be pretty handy for more than just A -> B planning.
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:58 PM   #6
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Waze works really well for adjusting your route due to traffic, construction etc. Saved me 6 hours in Tennessee when they shut down the freeway due to a crash.
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:12 AM   #7
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SOLUTION

thanks, but let's try this again. I know about roadtrippers and checked furkot. These are useful trip planners, they are not GPS programs. Roadtrippers is great for planning a route and seeing what might be interesting to visit along the route. Furkot is something similar, but these are not GPS apps for the iphone or ipad. I have used roadtrippers in conjunction with google maps to map our an itinerary, but like google maps, it will not update your location as your travel and talk you through the actual directions.... turn left in 1000', continue 2.4 miles to destination on left. All the kind of stuff you are typically get from your GPS. Likewise, WAZE is more or less a commuter app, useful for avoiding traffic but is not route a planner allowing multiple waypoints with realtime location updating and routing.

Once again, what I am trying to find is something which like google maps allows you to create a custom route, dragging and moving the route around to choose specific roads and highways for scenic content, and then finalize the route and have it walk you through the route turn by turn with voice directions in real time. Like GPS, if you make a wrong turn, it needs to recognize your location and direct you back to the chosen route.

Searching around this morning, I believe I may have found the answer. You can create the route on google maps, then using a website called
www.GPSVisualizer.com, paste Google's long mapping URL in there and create a .GPX file which can then be imported into Garmin or into "inRoute Route Planner" for Ipad and Iphone. turning your google map into a GPS route. VOILA. I have to experiment with this, but this looks like exactly what we were looking for!
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:58 AM   #8
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I wonder if Garmin BaseCamp can do what you want?

Maybe someone more knowledgeable than me can tell you how to create a route in Google Maps and transfer that to your Garmin GPS. I think the Google Maps app on your iPhone can give you directions along your route but probably can't talk to you to give you verbal directions and likely can't re-route you if you make a wrong turn or are forced to take a detour.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:24 AM   #9
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Maybe others have deciphered the instructions for G Basecamp. I gave up. anything which needs half a dozen videos on how to use it, is joke.
I had posted to the forum looking for the ultimate trip planning and GPS combination - we put it together today. People mentioned useful mapping sites like roadtrippers which is excellent for researching scenic things to do when traveling from point A to B. But there all you get is a fixed route with no GPS capability.

I was looking for something which allows you map using something like Google maps on a full sized computer screen, dragging the suggested routes to take scenic back roads and byways and avoid major highways much of the time, across 8 or more waypoints, and then be able to input that route into some sort of GPS app which then autocorrects as you travel and talks you through the twists and turns each step of the way. You would think this would be easy to find... it is not.

Today we found it, finally. Here's what we did:
1) Map a route using Google maps with 8 waypoints, dragging the route to include various back roads for pleasure cruising rather than direct route travel
2) Copy the final URL from the browser address bar into GPS Visualizer
GPS Visualizer: Convert GPS files to plain text or GPX
Set output format at the top to GPX Format, then paste the google maps URL into "URL of file on the web" and click "Convert"
4) Save the converted GPX file to your harddrive
5) Now load the app from inRoute Route Planner onto the iPad
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inro...er/id703796787
6) Run inRoute and browse to the saved GPX file.

Voila... now, we head off down the road and the iPad shows the mapped route and talks us through each and every turn and autocorrects if we get off the pre-planned route.

I hope others will benefit from this.
There is also a way to import the GPX file into Garmin but it is not nearly as convenient or well designed as inRoute for the iPad.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:55 AM   #10
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What I found with the uploading of GPX files to Garmin GPS directly was that if you went off Route even a little bit it would recalculate and then ignore the custom GPX file from that point forward. I was never able to get it to restart the custom file from where I was picking it up from. Once I got off Route it was a waste.
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