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Old 07-07-2018, 02:33 PM   #21
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We use “the Next Exit” to plan fuel stops that are rv friendly. Try for 350 Miles max as well. Two to three night stay is good. Gas buddy also is used if we unhook for a day or so. DW born and raised in Louisiana, she will tell,you about two kinds of weather, either HOT or HOT and HUMID in summer, live in Tennessee now, they actually have four seasons!
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Old 07-07-2018, 02:42 PM   #22
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We saw a ton of Louisiana campers in the Colorado Rockies last year and we asked them why they all came to the mountains. They said, "Have you ever been in Louisiana this time of year?" They made their point about the heat and humidity of Louisiana.
I went inside my 5'ver last night around midnight and the temp in the bedroom was still 115 degrees.

At least here in Yuma it is mostly a dry heat!
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Old 07-07-2018, 02:51 PM   #23
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Did you know Good Sam has Garmin Trucker embeded

I use both Google Maps and Good Sam Trip planner for the perfect route planning. What the Goodsam Trip planner brings to the table is its integration with partner Garmin's routing software and that products knowledge of truck/RV road restrictions. My method goes like this:

RVParkReviews and Google Maps Begin - First I start with Google Maps and put in my start and furthest destination. Then from the start I look for RV parks about 250 to 350 miles down the path. I toggle to rvparkreviews.com with the same route so I can drill down to the area and see reviews. This is how I pick my most likely stops for the trip (i.e. miles between, review rating etc.). When I get the right park, I paste the address into Google Maps and I just keeping repeating the process as I build out the trip. The Google Map strength is the ability to zoom down on satellite view and street view and see exactly where I'm going.

Goodsam Trip Planner Step -Next, I start a new trip in the GS Planner and paste in each of the park stops I planned in step one. Because GS partners with Garmin, the GS Planner will expose any low underpasses, tunnel restrictions, etc. A good example is our current planned trip that includes a route from Mystic Connecticut to Liberty Harbor RV in New Jersey. GS Planner showed me that Google had me on a bridge that doesn't allow RV's, a tunnel where RV's are prohibited, and a section of freeway for car's only. GS Planner allows you to drag points to force a routing around those trouble spots.

Google Maps Revisioning - Next I go back over to the Google Maps tab and make the same re-routes that GS Trip Planner/Garmin indicated. Now with Google I can use the zoom and street view to check out the new routes and even do a simulated drive at street level to see exits etc. in the example of my trip to Jersey/NYC, I used street view to drive the freeway to see what my exits and city street turns look like.

Google Maps Sharing - Once your google map is set, choose the option to send to your mobile phone then you'll see an option to also email the map to yourself. I do both phone and email. While traveling if I click the phone message, it brings up Google Maps mobile (map and directions). If we are hotspotting the cell phone, we can go into email and click the map link for a bigger screen view.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:32 PM   #24
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We are in the process of planning a trip to SD in august for bike week! My husband planned how long he wanted to take to get there, how many miles a day and looked for FLying Jís and pilot stations along the way. We are planning on staying in them along the way and we have reservations at a KOA in MT Rushmore. We are coming from NH and taking 80 then 90
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:37 PM   #25
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All we do is make sure the TV is serviced properly, the trailer is clean, prepped and serviced, DW has all of her prescriptions, gas and load the truck with puddy tats, call the bank and let them know what we are doing in a general way, stop the mail, make RV park reservations then hit the road. We try to do 300-500 miles per day mainly so we don't have to set up after dark and can unwind a bit before bed, get gas for the morning, and not be so tired upon arrival at our destination. Of course, time off of work is already arranged at least a month in advance as are the rough trip plans with stopping points for overnight stays and their availability.



I enjoy driving, and the journey to and from our destinations are important parts of the trip. The best part is seeing new country and meeting new people along the way.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:38 PM   #26
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We are in the process of planning a trip to SD in august for bike week! My husband planned how long he wanted to take to get there, how many miles a day and looked for FLying J’s and pilot stations along the way. We are planning on staying in them along the way and we have reservations at a KOA in MT Rushmore. We are coming from NH and taking 80 then 90
Have fun going through Chicago!

And once you get past Illinois or Wisconsin it is a good idea to just get gas whenever you are at a 1/2 tank or slightly less.

Forget trying to plan your gas stops...that just doesn't work!

Don't ask me how I know (see photo below of me on the way home from South Dakota the day before the Sturgis Rally started a few years ago)

Ironically, I just pulled that same road two weeks ago...but didn't pass the town of Chadron that day (learned my lesson):
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:42 PM   #27
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We go out 4 times a year, every 3 months in about in about a 1200 mile radius from home.Heading 5 stops north in Aug, booked all the stops yesterday going 5 stops south toward the Keys in Nov booked those 2 weeks ago as not to get shutout by the snowbirds.What I do is figure out what towns and cities we would like to sight see and I go to RV Campground reviews and look for places that appeal to us then I go to GS trip planner, put the locations we wish to stay at and print it out. I usually don't have to make any changes, it's all in the seasons and timing.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:43 PM   #28
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I use 2 different apps for camping, both are free, cuz I'm cheap. The first one is CRV Military which shows mil campgrounds with reviews, phone numbers, directions etc. As I am military retired. The other app (and it will also run on a windows 10 machine) is called RV Parky. It is also free and it shows many (but probably not all) campgrounds near what ever you type in, i.e. you type in Flagstaff and it will show on a map a bunch of icons and as you tap each one you get the particulars, reviews, ratings etc. Using it on the computer rather than the phone is a new feature I just discovered and I like it, bigger picture and such. Dunno if CRV Military is available for the computer.

So basically what we do is decide where we want to go and a general routing like "let's go visit your sister in CA via I-40. We then decide approximately where we want to stop based on driving times pulling the rig. We have found that anything more than about 6 hours driving is pretty tiring and we get snippy with each other so we tend to limit things in that way. Then I look up campgrounds nearby our stop points and make some calls and such for reservations.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #29
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Some more suggestions...

We do most of the above, but also a few things that haven't been mentioned:
1. Use the Good Sam "Exit Now" and the newer "Next Exit" books to identify rest areas along your route, as well as potential gas stops.
2. Use Google Maps to get a good over view of your planned route, then scope out complicated turns/interchanges. It's good to know in advance if you need to be in a particular lane to exit safely in heavy traffic.
3. Use the USPS "hold mail" service to hold your mail while you're gone.
4. Leave an itinerary including contact phone numbers for camp grounds with a neighbor or relative, so they can find you in an emergency.
5. Turn off the water to your home, so a leak, faulty appliance or burst pipe won't flood your house.
6. Get a direct dial phone number for your local police, if you should need to call them to about some emergency back home. If you're in Florida, you can't reach your hometown police in North Carolina by dialing 911. Also have the number for a next-door neighbor in case you think you forgot to close your back door.
7. Write down the password for your email. If you're like me, you rarely have to use it on your home computer, and may not remember it if you need it to logon in some distant locale with a different IP address.

These are just a few ideas that come to mind. Maybe I'm paranoid, but a little preparation helps me relax and enjoy the trip.
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Old 07-07-2018, 04:13 PM   #30
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All the info above is really good to follow. We just came home from a 3 month trip to the western states, 12 in fact. We use Good Sam and Google plus the Military Campgrounds Directory for FamCamps. Check out state parks and federal parks too. We'll stay at one place as a base camp and travel from there to many interesting places. Enjoy your trip and travel safe!
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