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Old 06-08-2015, 04:19 PM   #21
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It seems better to use this old thread than to start a new one.

I tried to use the Good Sam planner but I am not a paying member of Good Sam Club so I have no access.

I am trying to use FreeTrip > Trip Routing today for the first time.

From what I have read in this thread I should be able to see a map that I can navigate and add stops along the way. I should also be able to somehow specify driving distance for each leg.

I see no ability to display a map. The output is a list of things along the way. I have to guess what city is 300 miles in front of me.

The way it is working could have been implemented as a DOS application back in the early 80's.

Am I doing something wrong?

Are there any other free trip planners that use an interactive map?

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Old 06-08-2015, 08:51 PM   #22
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There are a few inaccuracies in your description of the Good Sam GPS. First of all, the database for the software is RandMcNally, which is common about as good as anything else. Last Fall, I used it as one of three GPS for a 12,000 mile trip around the entire western half of the US. As far as trip planning, I would rate Good Sam poor for usability. New points are very difficult to add along the route unless added at the end. It does not have the ability to list things 300 miles ahead of you but you can set a band width of all points of interest X miles from your path along the way. Two things I learned are to update the sw before any big trip and at regular intervals such as semi-annually. Also, vehicle travel speeds can be adjusted in the settings. At the beginning the projected trip time was off one to two hours until I discovered this feature. As just a GPS, I find it works well, but not as a trip planner. Here are a few names worth trying: RoadTrippers, Roadside America, Tripit (I've heard some good user feedback on this one), Roadtrip America, and AAA Drive Trips. Here's the bottom line I heard from a highly experienced trucker: Over the road trucking requires two things -- a good GPS and a good paper map. Both need the other to back them up. A great glossy, bound set of maps is available from RandMcNally and can be found at Pilot, Flying J, and many other truck stop. Happy camping!

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