RV Trip Wizard is a handy tool for planning routes. You can use the wizard to map out a trip, find campgrounds along the way (and their ratings), track costs, and locate points of interest in the area you’re visiting.
One of RV Trip Wizard’s most lovable features is its user-friendly interface. You don’t need to install anything on the computer; simply visit the website, log-in with your membership information, and you’ll come to this screen, where you can either create a new trip or open your saved routes:
The map includes over 17,000 campgrounds across the United States and Canada.
Unlike most trip planning tools, RV Trip Wizard shows campgrounds and RV parks from all affiliations:
- Camping clubs, like KOA, Good Sam Club, and Passport America
- BLM campgrounds
- National forests, national parks, national recreation sites
- Thousand Trails campgrounds
- Corps of Engineers campgrounds
- and Canadian national and provincial parks, among many others.
Over 57,000 various points of interest can be selected to appear on the map.
Simply click “POI” at the top and a drop-down menu opens (as pictured above). You can then select any of the local attractions that you’d like to display on the map. These include everything from Costco and Cracker Barrels to rest stops with (and without) dump stations, gas stations, golf courses, and Walmarts that allow overnight parking.
It calculates routes and expenses based on your personal preferences.
Your settings include how many miles you get per gallon, fuel tank capacity, and the height of your RV to help you avoid low clearance bridges. You can also favorite and prioritize camping clubs that you’re a member of, like Good Sam Club and KOA.
Each campground/RV park can be opened to learn more.
You can select “More Park Details” to learn how many sites are available and what camping clubs the locations are affiliated with. Additionally, you can find contact information, ratings from other travelers, and what kind of amenities are offered. This screen also tells you the mileage from your previous stop and allows you to enter notes about each campground.
The left column lists all of your trip’s stops. These can easily be dragged and dropped, or deleted as needed.
The Wrench icon (on the top right of this left column) displays even more options. You can print the route, send it to a friend or your GPS.
Another feature that users love about RV Trip Wizard is the driving radius. Under trip preferences, you can set up to 3 radii of different mile ranges to plan your route.
For example, if you prefer driving a max of 200 miles in one day, you can set that as the Outer Radius. But if there’s somewhere you’d like to see that’s only 100 miles away, you can set that as the Inner Radius. Optionally, you can also add a Middle Radius somewhere in-between to give you a better idea of where you’re at on the trip. Each of the radii appears as a different color, as seen above.
The wizard has an array of useful features. You can choose to display biking and hiking trails on the map, or select “Avoid Tolls” and “Avoid Major Highways” if you’re not looking to take the interstate.
Or if you’re looking for something specific in a campground – like one that’s big rig friendly or allows pets – you can use the “Filter By” tool at the top to display only those locations:
It isn’t a free tool, though it’s very affordable and can save you money in the long run. Membership is currently priced at $39 a year with no automatic renewal and an unconditional 30-day refund if you’re not liking the features. You can learn more about signing up here.