RV Trip Wizard Review – Best RV Trip Planner App to Create Google Maps RV Routes


Hi this is Taylor Banks from thelearningbanks.com
and I want to take just a couple of minutes to do an RV Trip Wizard review and show you
some of the things I like best about RV Trip Wizard as well as some of the things I like
least about RV Trip Wizard. In one case, one feature actually comprises both one of the
things I like best and least and I’ll show you exactly why. One of the things I do like best about RV Trip Wizard is its ability to calculate a
reasonably accurate cost of our journey. This is much more accurate than the calculations
provided by, for example, the Good Sam Trip Planner as Good Sam only takes into account
the cost of fuel, whereas RV Trip Wizard allows to calculate not only the cost of fuel and
specify what we consider to be average cost-per-gallon but it also takes into account other costs
like the average cost of a campground for the evening, the average cost of meals for
a travel day, and we can even add in a buffer for additional miscellaneous expenses that
we might not expect to incur like having to replace a fuse or pay $0.50 for air for the
tires. So I’ll show you where to change that in
just a moment but you can see that date reflected here in the cost column in my existing trip
plan. In this particular case, I have only planned out 4 nights so far on this particular
journey. You can already see I’m looking at a total estimated cost of approximately
$378. Now that includes my fuel costs, that includes 4 nights in campgrounds, and again
4 nights of potentially eating out while we’re traveling. We likely won’t incur all of
those expenses and I know that for at least two of those nights we’ll be boondocking
at a national forest or BLM land. So I can reduce those expenses from the total cost
but nonetheless I’d rather aim high because, hey ,if we get to the national forest and
all of the spots where we intended to park are full, we may end up having to stay at
a campground overnight and I’d rather have included that expense in my calculations than
have it surprise me when we need it. Alright so let me show you real quickly where
to change these preferences and then we’ll come back and look at a couple of other things
that I like about the RV Trip Wizard Display. So if you look up here at the top left-hand
of the interface and we click on trip preferences this first step is where we can specify some
of the default values that help us calculate the cost of our journey and also the distance
we’re willing to travel in any given day. You can see I’ve specified my fuel economy
as 6 miles per gallon. It’s not too awesome but we are driving a 34 foot motor home and
pulling a Honda CR-V. We can set our average cost of fuel per gallon based on where we
are or where we expect to fuel up. We can also set our RV’s height in feet and inches
and in this particular case I’ve actually overestimated the height of my RV by about
a foot because I’d rather know about the clearances that are going to be too close
for comfort even if I might pass under them unscathed. Below this, you can see where we
set the average expenses per day. So this is a day of camping, a day of meals on the
road, and here we can specify whatever we might expect on miscellaneous expenses to
total. We can avoid highways or toll roads if we want. We typically don’t avoid them
at least in the planning stage. We want to know the quickest way to get to where we’re
going even if we don’t always choose to take major highways in getting there they’re
an important part of our planning process. And then here we can also set our average
driving speed and this plays into our cost per day in terms of fuel. Bear in mind that
this is the average speed including fuel and rest room stops. So while we try to average
63 to 65 miles per hour on major highways realistically we’re probably going to make
one to two stops for fuel and a driver rest room break while we’re cruising. Not to
mention the fact that if we aren’t on major highways obviously the speed limits are likely
going to be lower. So we typically leave this as 45 which I believe is the default in the
RV Trip Wizard’s current version. Now below this you’ll see we’ve specified the number
of miles we’re willing to travel per day. And this is what defines the bounding radius
circles that you’ll see on the map when we return to the primary interface. One of
the things to bear in mind is that this is as the crow flies. So these are not going
to give you an accurate assessment of what driving 100 miles is going to look like. But
instead where that 100 mile radius from your starting point will be.
Alright from here if we save and go to step 2 you’ll see one of the other nice features
of RV Trip Wizard. And that is the ability to identify and prioritize which types of
campgrounds you want displayed on the map. Now since we’re members of a number of different
campgrounds this is pretty important to us because it allows us to prioritize which are
shown on the map. So for instance, we’re members of AAA as well as Good Sam, Passport
America, and SKPs. However, the perks provided by each of the different camp clubs aren’t
always the same. If we’re just looking for somewhere to overnight for instance, Passport
America offers 50% off of the typical park prices. Whereas Good Sam and AAA normally
only offer discounts up to 10% off of the nightly rate. Furthermore, if we’re staying
in an area where there are BLM campgrounds or national forests available for us to camp
in the beauty of these is that they’re typically either free or very low cost not to mention
the fact that they’re often quite beautiful. So this allows us to prioritize which of these
different types of parks we want displayed on the map. And as we’re zooming into the
map based on the way we’ve numbered and prioritized these parks, if there are 2 parks
in a given area that we are members of both, the higher the higher priority park will be
shown until we zoom in such that the 2 parks won’t overlap with one another. Alright
so let’s save and go back to our trip planner. Now you can see some of this in action. So
now, you see the green circle, the yellow circle, and the red circle just in the outer
edges of the map. These are the bounding radiuses that we defined in that previous preferences
dialogue. So if I select one of the stops on my itinerary in this particular case my
starting point and I zoom out just a little bit, you’ll see that green circle, which
identifies that 100 mile radius from my current location. So that’s 100 miles as the crow
flies from where I sit. Now again realistically to drive the border is probably going to be
about 150 or 160 miles because I’m not driving as the crow flies. We’ve got to take major
highways and we have to get to highways in the first place. The yellow line as I zoom
a little bit farther out is 200 miles as the crow flies. And if I zoom even farther out
you’ll see the red circle here which identifies the 300 mile radius. Which for all intents
and purposes, if probably as far as I’d be willing to drive in a single given travel
day. And even then that’s not very likely or realistic. Now let’s zoom in and you’ll
see the park icons laid on the map based on the priorities we set in that previous dialogue.
You’ll also notice as we zoom in you can see some of these clearance icons here. You
can see where there’s a 12-13 foot bridge here. I think I saw one also down here in
south Tucson. Sure enough, here’s another highway where again we’ve got a 13 foot
low clearance bridge on San Xavier Road in south Tucson. So as I zoom in you can see
the icons laid on the map. Again, as we defined in the previous dialogue we see some Passport
America icons. We see some Good Sam icons. The green tents just represent either privately
owned campgrounds or campgrounds that I didn’t specify a priority value for in that previous
dialogue. We see some national forest icons up here. I don’t see and BLM icons although
I think there is some BLM land over here. It’s probably just obscured by one of our
other icons at the moment. Now as I pointed out, the bounding radii that are drawn on
the map are as the crow flies. And in a sense this is one of my favorite features and one
of my least favorite features in RV Trip Wizard because I wish it was something more. In reality
it does give me a good visual perspective on where 100 miles and 200 miles from my current
location are. Unfortunately again, unless I’m driving in a straight line these aren’t
very accurate estimates of what 200 miles of drive time would actually look like. Still
having these radius overlaid onto the map does give me a bit better perspective than
not having them and so I like to be able to get the visual indicators of where 100 miles,
200 miles and 300 miles are from where I start. Adding stops to our current itinerary is pretty
easy. We can just zoom in on a region. Let’s say I want to stop off somewhere between Tucson
and Phoenix. So I can zoom in on a region, identify the park where I want to stay at.
In this particular case, I see Picacho Peak State Park. So let’s say I want to add Picacho
Peak State Park to my itinerary. I select the park, down below here you’ll see additional
information about the park. I like the way this is displayed by RV Trip Wizard. We’ll
chose the number of nights we plan to stay. In this particular case let’s just say it’s
an overnight. And we’ll chose where we want to add this spot to our itinerary. We could
add it to the trip end but that wouldn’t make sense since both of the next stops on
our existing lists are past Picacho Peak. So instead we’ll add this after stop number
one making it the first overnight stop on our journey. You’ll see this added a single
night to our itinerary for Picacho Peak State Park. It influenced our costs but in terms
of fuel, camping, food and miscellaneous expenses. Now we can see all of that reflected in the
total number of nights and the total cost of our trip as well as the total miles driven
down here at the bottom of our itinerary. Overall, I think RV Trip Wizard is one of
the two best trip planning tools available. And it’s one of the two tools I use pretty
much every time I plan a new leg or journey. Unfortunately as I pointed out in our best
RV trip planning apps blog post, none of the tools that we use are good enough on their
own that I feel comfortable not using a secondary tool in order to double check and make sure
that we haven’t missed anything in our planning process. Even still, if I only had to choose
2 tools RV Trip Wizard is absolutely going to remain one of those two. Thanks a lot for
watching our RV Trip Wizard review. If you enjoyed this video please make sure to like
and comment on it below and stop by the blog and give us some feedback on what else you’d
like to see from the Learning Banks. Safe travels!

17 thoughts on “RV Trip Wizard Review – Best RV Trip Planner App to Create Google Maps RV Routes

  1. Very, very cool app. Not perfect, for sure, but we'll be using it going forward. Thanks for the helpful review.

  2. You did not mention the POI panel where you can include Walmarts, Outdoor stores, Casinos etc. I find that very useful as well. Also the fact that you can send the route to a GPS.

  3. I don't see how to add museum stops that take time from the travel day. I think it can do EOD at rest areas and Free ONPs, but I still haven't found it.

  4. Thank you. This is very helpful. We're going to begin a trip through the east coast to Florida, where we'll be until March. This is a first trip with a second, smaller, motor home. This tool will be a welcomed tool.

  5. I am enlightened! Thank you for this tool, as I am new to this type of travel and will use this – absolutely!

  6. Great video, thanks. I've happily used GoodSam Planner for two  years, that does a pretty darn good job of allowing you to set your trip start/finish, and pick the places you want to stay along the way..which will then show you how many hours it takes to get to that next stop…thus establishing how much driving you want each day. HOWEVER, it doesn't have Military NOR Corps of Engineer sites. Thus, we have to use the wonderful AllStays ap. That said, your demo seems to show the RV Trip Wizard can do that. QUESTION-=———->>>>Is this product well maintained by the software company? I think its about $39 bucks, not inexpensive relative to the others. Again, thanks for a great video.

  7. Speaking as an over the road truck driver for 35+ years, I would suggest going to just about any truck stop and purchase a GPS for a truck. The only difference between these and those RV systems is the campsite info. All you have to do one time only is to enter the height, the length, and the weight of your system. Once that is done, set your route to where you want tog, simply put in an address, and your good to go. One more fact, you can pay $500 or more for an RV GPS, or, simply pay around $300 to $400 for a good truck GPS. I wish all RVer's would do this. It would be just as good if not better than any RV GPS.Garmin Nuvi without the logging option.

  8. Really enjoyed your video and great method of actually using it and commenting at the same time. How much is TW and is it a one time fee or annually? How frequent does the company make upgrades?

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