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Old 11-23-2015, 11:35 AM   #11
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We installed apps for Walmart(Allstays) and also join Passport America if the overnight at Walmart is not your thing. We are full-timers and if we are traveling and want to get to our destination quickly we try and find a Walmart on our route. No hassles of setting up, just use the app to call ahead.

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Old 11-23-2015, 11:40 AM   #12
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We have the Garmin 760LMT and love it. There are two ways to find campgrounds. One, as previously mentioned, is to pick a location about 300 miles down the road and do a campground search. The other is to ask for campgrounds along you full route. The latter gives you flexibility in choosing a campground.

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Old 11-23-2015, 12:00 PM   #13
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Finding campgrounds

In response to some comments about problems with finding campgrounds--I've had this, too. My best luck has been with campgrounds that list or will give me latitude and longitude position; with that I've had no problem. Otherwise, my Garmin told me that I was passing a KOA in the Badlands, when in fact there was NOTHING there, and the very nice KOA was several miles further on. On another occasion Ms Garmin told me I'd arrived at the campground when I was still on the Interstate (fortunately, I was near the exit and there were signs once off the main highway)! I always try to download whatever directions may be available from the campground's web site.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #14
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I do what caper does; use Maps to pick a city close to my desired driving range, then look for campgrounds around there. I agree on the six hour driving time completely - didn't buy this nice coach to beat myself to death driving nonstop!
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:28 PM   #15
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I use the 760, CoPilot and Google maps. all will lead you astray at times. Point of interest listings like Campgrounds are not always accurate and not all roads are mapped as RV Friendly.
But after 12000 miles across the country & back...and much of it NOT on interstates this summer, I trust the Garmin to keep me out of trouble and provide me with solid advice on routes & campgrounds & othere POIs 98% of the time. It has made errors of position on some parks...and it has refused to let me go the shortest route at times since some of the roads were "uncertified". I've used google satellite views on these roads in some cases and if I can find some trucks on the road pix...then I rely on CoPilot or Google and ignore the Garmin.
On the other hand...I've ignored it on the fly a couple of times vs. Google & found some low branches or low clearances.
I've never had a better GPS....nor do I think anything exists that is better. So I just try to use my other stuff to provide a cross check on routing & potential stops and agree with Locomo that allstays is very useful in narrowing down the potential stops for the night. is my next stop in narrowing the possibilities down.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:30 PM   #16
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I use the plan a trip app from the Good Sam site. It'll show you a line from your departure address to the destination address. You can then pick a point anywhere along that route and it will show you all of the campgrounds in that area. I usually pick a spot very close to the line so I don't have to go far off course. Then I put the stops in my Garmin and go. Has worked very well for me on all of my trips,
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:31 PM   #17
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I use the good sam's book of campgrounds. Pick out a destination close to the reference cooridanates and go by what i need and price.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:53 PM   #18
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When I’m planning a trip, I use the free Garmin program BaseCamp (that runs on my PC), Google Maps and the Internet to pick my layover locations and search for stuff to see.

A feature of BaseCamp is the ability to tell it how long you want to drive. The program breaks up the trip into manageable bites based on your criteria. I further refine these layover locations by picking where I’ll be camping and adjust BaseCamp to these locations. Once finished, I can transfer my BaseCamp route to the Garmin GPS. The RV-760LMT may pick a different route to these stopover points so I refine that route with waypoints to get the final trip to conform to my plans.

BaseCamp is not as intuitive as I'd like, making it somewhat difficult to use. For long trips, I prefer a different route out than I take for the return trip so planning this out is worth the bother to me but many may find the program too frustrating to be useful.

I particularly like the RV-760LMT’s large screen, lane advice and repeatability. Google Maps is getting better all the time but I still prefer to use the Garmin RV-760LMT with Google Maps as a second opinion.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:01 PM   #19
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Is there a way to figure out what cg are 6 hours away from my house? Would like to know so I could make reservations in advance. Can I figure it using time or millage? I am guessing I will end up in Virginia somewhere.
We tow at 63mph. Our estimated miles per hour (including stops for gas and stretches) is about 50 mph. So we would cover 300 miles in 6 hours. In essence, we're doing miles and time.
If not Maybe there is an app or web site I could use then switch to the GPS?
I pull up Google maps and start at my house. I don't enter the entire trip at once, but "ease on down the road" noting mileage as I enter cities further and further away. When I hit a city (or interstate exit) at my target mileage, I then get the ZIP code of the closest town and use that on a CG search on the Good Sam site. (ZIP codes speed up searches really fast.)
I then enter the route on my GPS.
Using Google maps lets you look at the route. If an intersection or exit looks confusing, go to street view and drive it virtually.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:14 PM   #20
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The Garmin has a lot of campgrounds in its database. I have searched that database until I found something about the right distance. There are other choices as well. KOA has an app and so does Good Sam Both of these have helped me.

I find the Garmin to be a bit conservative. It wants to bypass a road I travel all the time that saves 30 minutes going North from my home to I75.

Otherwise, it is OK.



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