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Old 03-28-2017, 12:09 AM   #1
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Long Trip Planning Advice

Later this year my wife and I will be making our first very long trip. We live in Memphis and will be going west to CA and then north to Seattle area then back. Plan on being out for 3-4 weeks. All of our trips to date have been 2-3 night stays not far from home and one long trip (600 miles away) to a very familiar area. We've started making some plans on route and have found simply searching the internet for camp sites with full hookups very difficult. I have the KOA app and one called Park Advisor that seems very promising for giving good info on possible campsites along the way.

Would appreciate any input on apps or even web sites that will help with the logistics for a long trip out west. We want to book our stops in advance so getting good info, ratings, pictures, etc for possible sites is a big help.

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Old 03-28-2017, 05:16 AM   #2
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We use the Good Sam app for trip planning as well as the website. We also use the RV Parky app to find Walmarts that allow overnight stays, but this means packing generators for electric and AC use as well as water if needed. Another app we use is Sanidumps app to identify dump stations along the way.

We have yet to take a long extended trip like yours, but I feel informed with these apps and plan my trips around campgrounds and Walmarts.

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Old 03-28-2017, 07:05 AM   #3
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RV Trip PLanner is what we use. Gives us all the camping options, private, state, fed, etc.. What I really like about it is you can adjust the preferences to what you want and the fact that if you say want to travel 200 miles or 4 hours a day, it adds a red circle around your last campground to show you where that distance or time will put you. Now you can look for a CG in that area. Has a few limits like they all do, but I have tried pretty much all of them and this seems to fit the bill for us. There is a annual cost of $39, but I find it well worth it.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:07 AM   #4
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We have iPads and use an app by Allstays called camp & rv. It has everything we could want. Walmart, Cracker Barrel's, Truck Stops, Camp Grounds. And a whole lot more. It gives you their distances from where ever you are. We really love it and use it all the time. Cost $10.00
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:06 AM   #5
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Another vote for Allstays. It's my go-to source for CG's, fuel stops and the like. Wish it had route/distance planning like "RV Trip". I think $40/yr is a bit steep but I'm sure it's a good tool.

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Old 03-28-2017, 10:31 AM   #6
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I like this site to decide where to stop for the night and then use the Good Sam Trip Planner to schedule gas and other stops along the way.

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Old 03-28-2017, 11:20 AM   #7
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My 2 most used websites are:

Recreation.gov for federal campgrounds

ReserveAmerica for State parks
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:39 PM   #8
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May I suggest that you order the California & Oregon mile by mile magazine for your West Coast adventure. Their just loaded with info needed to make good use of your time on the road. Visit the farmers markets along the way for the best of the best produce and real eggs with that orange yoke from a real free range chicken. Dates for the food, wine & beer plus seafood festivals along the way.
All of the Oregon Coast is public so it's yours for you to enjoy driving up the coast. Very important is to drive around San Francisco on a Sunday only as the traffic is very heavy and if your in the wrong lane it's not easy to move over. The California Coast is another must see and the Redwoods are unforgettable.
Enjoy your trip and ( you need more time) as you'll realize once you get there.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:52 PM   #9
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I travel with iexit app. Free app that has you plug in your highway and direction. Lets you know what is near the upcoming exits rather than a radius around your current position. You can easily see for example, that the next exit has very little, but 2 exits down has all kinds of gas stations, restaurants, etc.

Not great for picking spots any distance from the exits, but great resource as you drive.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:58 PM   #10
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Somewhat duplicating what others have already stated, but there isn't a single tool available to us that does everything, so we use several:

This (and other) forums, once we have an idea of location to ask for recomendations

Allstays app on Android - we use mostly for overnight stop locations

Iexit app on Android (used to be Next Exit) shows what is at each exit by mile marker and rest stops, not 100% accurate, but reasonably accurate.

RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks - I find this to be quite helpful. Make sure you read some of the reviews if the ratings are low. I've found poor rated campgrounds that we liked. They were rated low due to poor wifi, not enough kids activities, dirt roads and other things that we don't see as deal breakers.

And sometimes I resort to searching Campgrounds on Google Maps.

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