Export To Garmin BaseCamp

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Your Trip Wizard planned trips are easily available while traveling. Simply download the RV LIFE app to your mobile device and log in.  You will find your Trip Wizard planned trips under "trips" in the navigation menu. You can view turn by turn directions or begin real time navigation. The directions that follow offer another alternative.

This page assumes you have already downloaded the .gpx file to your device. If you have not already done so, please refer to Export to GPS before proceeding.

Garmin BaseCamp

As you have noticed in the course of creating your itinerary, trips in RV LIFE Trip Wizard consist of several stops (or "legs"). When exporting a trip to your computer, the .gpx export filename will be the same as your trip name by default. When you export a trip consisting of multiple legs and import it into Garmin BaseCamp, each individual trip leg will appear as a separate file with the name of the beginning and end points listed as Tracks (not stops).

To begin, make sure the Drag Route button is set to OFF and you have opened the trip you wish to export.

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Next, click the Trip Tools (the wrench icon) and select Export Trip from the drawer menu.


Then, select GPS Export (as shown previously).

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Click Download GPX from the GPS Export menu.

It may take a few moments for the file to download (typically files will download to the "Downloads" folder, however some users may have their computers configured differently and files may appear elsewhere).

Open BaseCamp

Once you have opened BaseCamp, Highlight the folder in the left sidebar where you wish to upload your .gpx file by clicking on it. In the example below, I have created a folder called RVTW Folder inside My Collection (to do this click File in the drop down menu and select New List Folder. The unnamed folder will appear and you will be asked to name it).

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With the folder you wish to use highlighted, click File > Import from the top heading and select the .gpx file you previously downloaded from Trip Wizard.

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A file window will appear. Search for the .gpx file you previously downloaded. It should be named [YourTripName].gpx (in this case "Trip1.gpx"). Most times, these files will be downloaded to a folder called Downloads. However, some computers may be configured differently. Once you have located your file, click Import. Each route will appear in the lower left sidebar. You will also notice flag icons that contain your actual stops for the night. You can discard these if you wish, they are more important for other GPS programs.

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Exporting your Completed .gpx File to a Garmin GPS

The first step is to make sure your Garmin GPS is connected to your computer. If you have Garmin Express open Garmin Basecamp will not recognize your GPS. You will need to first close Garmin Express, then restart Basecamp in order for the GPS to be recognized. Once you have connected your device, highlight the routes you wish to export (you may have to do this individually). Arrows on the map will show direction of travel.

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Click Transfer > Send [TripName] to Device... in the top menu.

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If you have a memory card in your GPS, select where you would like the trip to be saved. Press OK. On your GPS, select "Where To?". Select the Trip Planner icon. Give the GPS a moment to load your newly created route. Once the route is displayed select it.*

*If you see a note explaining how to edit, disregard and press OK.

The route will display with a start and a destination. Ignore this and press GO. A screen will display with two choices to select the next destination. Press OK and a screen will display with the route shown as created in Trip Wizard. Press Start to begin navigation.