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.
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 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 points of interest can be selected to appear on the map.
Simply click the “Research” tab on the right side of the screen and select “POI.” 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.
You can also click “Additional Area Attractions” to find more points of interest like ATMs, doctors, hardware stores, and liquor stores.
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 “Trip” tab lists all of the stops on your route. 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.
Under the trip preferences button, you can set up to 3 radii for estimated driving distances.
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.
Under “Trip Preferences”, you can opt to avoid major highways, toll roads, and ferries. You can also rank RV club memberships based on what will save you the most money.
You can also find campgrounds under “Parks” after expanding the “Research” tab. Campgrounds can be filtered by type, rating, price, park features (like if they’re pet-friendly), or RV club discounts offered.
It isn’t a free tool, though it’s very affordable and can save you money especially considering how much it saves in time and tracking expenses. 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.