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Here’s an article I wrote about RV trip Wizard a while back: https://geeksontour.com/2012/11…..v-travels/
Haven’t kept up with it lately. It has great potential – I might go look at it again. Let us know what you think.
You wrote the following in your article back in 2012 “My request is that it integrate completely with Google Maps. I’d like to see this same set of marked points on My Maps in Google. So, let me enter my Google account username and password and find a way to take the marked stops from RV Trip Wizard and save them as a map in My places. That would be AWESOME – since My Maps is also on my Android smartphone and tablet.”
Here is how I use RV Trip Planner with Google Maps:
the detailed trip plan (excel spreadsheet) can be used to populate a custom (Map Engine) Google map and/or Microsoft Streets and Trips. Simply remove the first column and the top 3 rows of the spreadsheet before importing it into your custom maps using latitude and longitude columns. Data points should be named using the “Stop name” column. Next open a second layer and select the “add directions” icon then add each of the data points a, b,c, etc. I would also suggest using Style by Arrival for this layer. the obvious limit is the number of data points supported for directions. I usually get around this by creating multiple custom Google Maps importing the entire detailed trip plan and stating the second layer at the appropriate data points. Here are 4 examples:
Just an FYI we normally add in Roadtripper links near via points along the route.
Way Cool Keith!
I did play a little with the ‘save to spreadsheet’ option in RV Trip wizard, but I hadn’t gotten around to import to Google maps engine. Thanks for the samples!
So, what do you think? Are you using RV Trip Wizard? We’re in pretty poor internet country right now. And, even with good internet, RV Trip Wizard is awfully slow.
We are using RV Trip Wizard primarily for trip planning and it saves a ton of time in laying out complex trips. We let RV Trip Wizard generate a .csv file to be used in our GPS (Rand McNally 7710) for basic navigation and we import the spreadsheet into both Google Maps as well as Streets and Trips. I delayed moving to RV Trip Wizard because I really didn’t care for the idea of paying an annual fee. But now that we are using it I would have to say it is the best RV trip planning tool we have found. For what its worth i posted some comments on a blog I have been playing with at http://keithc373.blogspot.com/…..ing.html
Before we start a travel day I will usually try to plug the start and end points for the day into Google Maps to get a general sense of construction along the route and potential delays. I guess what I am trying to say is we really don’t use RV Trip Wizard every day. If we need to change our itinerary then we will access RV Trip Wizard and make the appropriate changes.
We are not full timers so our situation may be a little different than yours. However, when we are on the road if wifi connectivity isn’t very good our fallback is a Milenicom 20Gig 3G/4G data package (Verizon) and iPhone 5’s running on AT&T. Having said that,I fully expect to have slow or no service in a number of the places we are going for the next couple of months.When we stop, if we have any signal the Wifi Finder App or the OpenSignal app will usually identify where we can at least get some connectivity and the CoverageMap app gives us the most realistic view of local cellular coverage. CoverageMap is actually using the RootMetrics database and the same data can be accessed via PC or Tablet at http://webcoveragemap.rootmetrics.com/us.
Your comments got me thinking a little more about coverage so I plugged campground addresses from RV Trip Wizard into the RootMetrics coverage map looking at “best technology found” for both AT&T and Verizon and that should provide a decent predictor of what to expect at each location I will let you know how it works out.