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How To Plan Your Route And Find Campgrounds Using RV Trip Wizard

RV LIFE Trip Wizard is the most comprehensive tool for planning RV-safe routes.  You can use RV LIFE Trip Wizard to map out a trip, research campgrounds and overnight stops along the way, track your expenses, and locate points of interest in the areas you’re visiting. You can then navigate that trip with the RV LIFE GPS & Campgrounds app, included with RV LIFE Trip Wizard.

It’s easy to use; simply visit the website on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, 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:

Their database includes over 20,000 campgrounds across the United States and Canada.

Finding campgrounds is easy. Unlike most trip planning tools, RV LIFE Trip Wizard shows campgrounds and RV parks from all affiliations, such as:

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Over 57,000 points of interest, including RV-specific places such as fuel stations and dump stations, 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 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.

Each campground/RV park can be opened to learn more.

Select “More Park Details” under any campground to learn more about them. You can find contact information including their address, phone number, and website link, ratings from other travelers, photos of the campground, their nightly rate, and what kind of amenities are offered.

Additionally, you can learn how many sites are available, what camping clubs the locations are affiliated with, questions and answers about the campground, tips from other RVers on what to see nearby, and even the connectivity available including cellular and WiFi. 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.

Under this tab, you can also find important information including your trip expenses and how many miles are on each leg of the trip. Click on the top right Wrench icon and a drop-down menu with even more options will appear. This menu will give you the Trip Settings option and the various Export options for your finished itinerary.

In your Trip Settings, you can set up to 3 radii for your preferred daily driving distances.

For example, if you want to drive a max of 200 miles in one day, you can set that as the Outer Radius. But if you would rather find a campground that is within 100 miles, you can set that as the Inner Radius. This will give you a better idea of what is in your area and about how long it’s going to take to reach these places.


Under the Trip Settings, you can also opt to avoid major highways, toll roads, and ferries.  This is additionally where you can enter your specific RV information for more accurate RV-safe routing.

Once completed, your trip can easily be exported from RV LIFE Trip Wizard to be put into action.

Your itinerary can be sent via email, exported to your calendar, exported to Excel, sent to a friend, or conveniently sent to your GPS. You can also log in through the RV LIFE App for quick access to your itinerary and RV-safe turn-by-turn directions. The RVLIFE GPS & Campgrounds app is included in your RV LIFE Trip Wizard subscription.

While membership isn’t free, it’s very affordable and an excellent value, considering the tool can save you money and time. Membership is currently priced at $49 a year with an unconditional 30-day refund if you’re not liking the features. There is even a free 7-day trial.

Start planning your next road trip on RV LIFE Trip Wizard today! Sign up for a 7-day trial and give it a try!

Learn more about the RV LIFE App With GPS included with your RV LIFE Trip Wizard subscription.

RV LIFE Trip Wizard is owned by Social Knowledge, the parent company of Do It Yourself RV.

2 thoughts on “How To Plan Your Route And Find Campgrounds Using RV Trip Wizard”

  1. I’d love to know more about exporting to GPS. With Google maps, a carefully planned route is completely reconfigured based on endpoints and waypoints resulting in a different route potentially routing you via low bridges or length limited roads.

    Is there any way to get your exact planned route into any GPS device?

  2. The cost of the app should be listed at the top of the article. Also, compare it to the Good Sam free app to Good Sam Members.

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