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  • We don’t use any apps at all. Everything we need can be found on the internet. We prefer Google maps which I have found to be more accurate than mapquest. We also use a Garmin for traveling.

    • Use most of listed in the article and also recently downloaded SmartRouteRV app. Insert your unit’s parameters (including propane) and it should let you know about low bridges, narrow roads, etc.

      It is not free. We paid for one month as the route we’ll be travelling from East Coast Canada to Arizona in a few weeks is trickier than usual for us (I95).

  • a couple of other thoughts. we use AAA app for more information about what is close by. also use the National Parks app to plan our time and activities at National Parks.
    and then a book – Off the Beaten Path – published by Readers Digest, which gives some of the most amazing and unusual places in each state.
    we wouldn’t be having nearly as much fun without these.
    one more thing we’ve learned is to give ourselves a day off, at least once/week. we can’t enjoy new sights if we’ve not had time to think about what we’ve seen and learned.

    • Marsha, many of them only have website versions – you would use your Safari, or Chrome browser to use them. Google Maps, TripAdvisor, Allstays Camp and RV, and Roadtrippers should be found in your App store though.

  • I still use the old CD version of Rand McNally Tripmaker, although it is no longer available or supported. It has a lot of functionality that the web based version does not have. You not only could plan a route, included stopovers, and find campgrounds, attractions, and other information along your route, you could also set the start time and end time for each days driving, set the speeds you wished to travel, even set how often you wanted to stop for a bathroom break or lunch. It is still useful, but the database is out of date so it doesn’t have new roads or attractions and still has some that have closed. It is really a shame it is no longer supported.

      • I have the latest, and last, CD based versions of DeLorme’s Topo and Street Atlas software. No website or app comes close to their functionality, in my opinion. I’ll sell them both, right here, for $10,000 each. Today only, you can have both for $15,000.

  • It might be helpful if you could better distinguish between an “app” (obtained from an AppStore or Google Play, device specific) and a web site (runs off a browser, usable from any device with an Internet connection). All of the “apps” that I tried from your article were actually links to web sites, not separate stand-alone apps.

    • True – I use the word “App” loosely. They are all tools I use on my phone, tablet, or computer, to help plan my travels. All of the tools I list are websites, some of them also are available in App format:
      Allstays Camp & RV: website and app
      TirpAdvisor: website and app
      Roadtrippers: website and app
      My Maps: primarily website, app available for Android
      Furkot: website
      RVTripWizard: website
      RVNotepad: website or windows App/software
      Rand McNally Tripmaker: website
      Escapees, Mapquest, Good Sam = websites

  • We are still using DeLorrme’s software although it can no longer be updated since it has been sold. We supplement with Google maps on my phone for traffic and road changes. We now have nav in our motorhome but it is cumbersome. We have vowed to use it more however, along with the phone app.

  • Traveling for 2 months from southern FL to the UP of MI this past summer we wanted to avoid Interstate travel and found that the old “Triptik” from AAA only maps travels on Interstates so we loaded up with maps for the states we knew we would be going thru. We primarily wanted to avoid crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati and was able to cross at Maysville and could not believe the lack of traffic and the fact that it was a much newer bridge. We also used an atlas that helped navigating thru larger cities . We loved seeing the many small towns we went thru and estimated it only cost us about 1 day and 1,000 miles to experience small-town America. We will continue to travel this way. We did have to jump on Interstates for short distances around Lexington, KY & Chattanooga, TN & again to cross the Mackinac Bridge…small price to pay.

    We did use the Good Sam, Allstays & several other apps to call ahead once we knew where we wanted to land for the evening and had no problem in getting good spots.

    • Sounds like a great trip! I’ll bet your state maps gave you lots more information than just how to get there! Just fyi – google Maps does have a setting to avoid Interstates. Personally, we like the convenience of the Interstates especially when we need to travel long distances, but even then there are places we like to avoid. Check out this video on how we force google maps to go the way we want: https://youtu.be/JJNtcyB6wxs

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