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Old 03-23-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Drive times and mapping software

Learned the hard way I obviously don't drive the seed that was used to calculate google's drive times.

Google directions stated 11 hours door to door. We finally pulled into out site at midnight with two over tired kids after 16 hours.

Need to find a mapping app that allows you to set your drive times and incorporate breaks/fuel stops.

Anyone else experience this situation or have a way to add the RV towing factor.

Lastly, my mpg in my 2004 f150 screw was only 8.2 for the first 725 miles. I have ecoboost/diesel envy right now too.

Disney here we come!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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I don't remember if Microsoft Streets and Trips does, but when I used Delorme Street Atlas, it had a place for driving speed and fuel mileage and it would set refuel stops that could be tweaked.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:49 AM   #3
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Yes, Microsoft Streets and Trips and also Street Atlas allow you to tweak for speed, rest stops, and a number of other options.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:58 AM   #4
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Microsoft Streets & Trips works best for us. We have used on two 9,000 mile trips. Each required a lot planning and the software helped plan where to stop.
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Thx filthy beast and Oakman. I will check those out
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #6
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I find google maps to work great, but it is easy to get more real travel times.

Add one hour for every three hours of travel time. This covers rest and fuel stops.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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No GPS maping APT etc can be 100% accurate, based on how often you have to stop for fuel, rest breaks, or how close to the speed limit you hold your vehicle. I factor in a 15 minute break every 2 hours and have used map quest and come really close to their times with this formula. We also have a Garmin GPS and it is accurate too when factoring in the 15 min break every hr.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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We got burnt by Google maps on a trip to Ontario 4 years ago and went and got Microsoft Streets and trips. It seems to be about as accurate as you can get for timing and the last 2 trips were less than an hour offon daily runs but that is mostly due to taking more than the alloted time on breaks. I highly recommend Streets and Trips. The other nice thing with it is you get updated construction info all the time to help with planning. You will never be 100% accurate though.
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I ignore the travel time any mapping software gives me. I have found that no matter how long the trip is or how fast I drive, I can for the most part only average 50 mph. That's on the interstate. Less than that if we plan a trip taking only US/State Hwys. About 40 mph then is what I use for planning. Good luck and enjoy Disney.
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I figure 50mph for the duration unless I'm not traveling by highway.
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