Planning Your Trip

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RV LIFE Trip Wizard is a planning tool designed for RVers. It simplifies trip planning by helping you find campgrounds and essential points of interest, and fuel stops as well as providing RV-safe routes, expense tracking, and accurate fuel use estimates.

How Do I Plan A New Trip?

Every time you log in to RV LIFE Trip Wizard, you will be shown two options on the center of the screen- Open a Trip and Create Trip. You will also find these options on the top menu, which will remain there throughout the trip planning. 

Note: This document assumes you've already set up your default settings. To learn how to create your very first trip, scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the YouTube video.

Creating A New Trip:

  • Select Create Trip on the center of the screen. Then the Create a New Trip popup will appear. 

  • Enter your trip Name. If you know the day you’re leaving, select Yes and choose the starting date. If you don’t, select No. Selecting No will choose the current date, which you can change later. Then, click on “Create”.
Note: You can’t have two trips with the same name.
  • You will then be asked to select a starting location. 
  1. Use Your Current Location will select your current location. You will be asked to allow Location services permission. This will get the starting point close to your current location, but may not get it exact.
  2. Use search to select a starting location will allow you to manually add a location through the search bar.
  3. Use the map to set your own custom location will take you to a map with campgrounds and other points of interest icons where you can choose your starting location.

Here we choose North Central Carrollton, TX as our starting location. 

  • You will then be shown the Trip Settings screen. You will notice that the trip settings screen is similar to the Default Settings you added when you first logged in. The RV Info and Routing & Driving tabs will be automatically set to values you added in your default settings.

TIP: When starting a trip, the number of miles traveled, nights stayed and trip cost columns are set to zero on the Expenses tab. These will be incremented for each leg of the trip as additional campgrounds, points of interest or custom stops are entered.
NOTE:  The information added in the Trip Settings box will only apply to the trip you are currently planning. For all other trips, the information from the Default Settings will be the default information.
  • Since we have already selected the starting location, it will be shown as a bouncing flag on the map.

  • This marks the beginning of your trip. Read below to learn how to add other stops along the way.

Adding Your Next Stops

Adding Parks or POIs along the way

Say you want your next stop to be a park or a POI somewhere near your starting location but you haven’t decided exactly where. In this case:

  • Toggle the Parks icon or the POI icon ON from the top right corner of your screen. This will show you any Parks or POIs near the area.

  • To add a campground or a POI to your trip, click on the campground/POI icon on the map. This will open a pop up. Click on “Add to Trip”. 

  • Then, add the number of nights you plan on staying there, add any comments you might want, and click on “Add to your trip” in the red box.
  • You can keep adding stops this way till you reach closer to your destination.
TIP: You can also add custom stops that are not shown as POIs by searching the address on the search box.

Adding the starting location and destination

Some members prefer adding the starting location first, followed by their end location. They then proceed to add stops in between those locations.

  • Select a starting location through the search box (in this case, it’s North Central Carrollton, TX).
  • Type in your destination in the search box (in this case, it’s Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, NE) and select Add To Trip on the popup.
  • This will give you a direct route from North Central Carrollton to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. It will also show you fuel warnings.

  • Now, click on the starting location and add parks, POIs or custom stops along the way towards your destination.

Check out this video to learn how to plan your very first trip: