RV Life Trip Wizard is a planning tool specially designed for RVers. It’s helpful, but is RV Life Trip Wizard worth the money? YES! Here's why…
Whenever I answer questions like these, I usually present the information and let you decide whether or not it’s worth it. I’m going to give you a more direct answer this time and say that in most cases, RV Life Trip Wizard is well worth the money.
The reason I say this with more confidence than ever before is that Trip Wizard is now bundled into a suite of tools called RV LIFE Pro. You now get 4-tools-in-1 for one very reasonable annual payment.
There are a couple of situations where RV Life Pro wouldn’t be worth it for you, which I’m also going to explain in this article. First, let’s discuss the benefits that make it worth the money, and then we’ll close with the exceptions.
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Why We Use RV LIFE Trip Wizard
Jennifer and I have been living our dream of the RV Lifestyle since 2012. We’ve always embraced a serendipitous style of travel and used to hit the road with only paper maps and a vague destination in mind. Planning, in many ways, was more stressful for us and took a lot of the fun out of the process.
However, when we discovered RV LIFE Trip Wizard (formerly known as RV Trip Wizard), we were quickly sold on the planning features that actually helped us travel more serendipitously. That may seem counterintuitive at first, but you’ll understand as you continue to read how the tool actually helps us not need to rigidly plan far ahead.
It is, of course, great for planning ahead, too! It takes the stress out of planning, which has led us to plan more than ever before. But when we do, we always leave plenty of room in our plans for serendipity to work its magic.
That being said, it’s important to note that we (RV Lifestyle) partnered and became affiliates with RV LIFE after we realized how useful it was to us and fellow RVers. We've been affiliates them for years now! We know first-hand how helpful it can be and since we are partners, our RV Lifestyle community can use a special discount code when signing up for membership! All the details are at the bottom of this post.
Why RV LIFE Pro is Worth It
I know you started off asking if RV Trip Wizard is worth it, but the real question now is “Is RV LIFE Pro worth it?” The reason for the change is Trip Wizard is now bundled with 3 other tools under the RV LIFE Pro umbrella.
The four RV Life Pro tools make it easy for you to discover, plan, go, and share your RV trips. The 4-in-1 membership includes:
- RV LIFE Trip Wizard
- RV LIFE Campground Reviews
- RV LIFE App (RV-Safe GPS)
- RV LIFE Maintenance Tracker
Just to be clear, you get all four of these tools in one with an RV LIFE Pro membership for a very reasonable price. I think most users would agree the price is actually cheap considering the value it brings. We’ll talk price at the end but first I want to explain why it’s worth the tiny investment.
Trip Planning Made Easy
These tools are specifically designed for RVers. You can customize your settings accordingly, including inputting your RV’s size and weight.
RV LIFE Trip Wizard plots safe routes based on your settings. For instance, it avoids any low clearances, steep grades, or weight limits based on your RV’s height and weight. It also only populates campgrounds that fit your settings.
It first shows you which campgrounds fit your criteria, and then it takes you to the next logical step: more info on the campground. Trip Wizard shows you more campground info with a click and works seamlessly with RV LIFE Campground Reviews.
My favorite feature of Trip Wizard is the travel rings on the map that show where you will end up at the end of the driving day. This is the part that helps us serendipitously decide what to do on the go based on what happens to be nearby.
RV LIFE Campground Reviews are from real RVers like you and me. Unfortunately, public reviews like Google and Yelp can’t always be trusted. In too many cases, the “reviewer” is actually the one being reviewed!
However, RV LIFE reviews are very trustworthy. Fellow users leave reviews with the pros and cons of their experiences. Plus, they often include images so you can see the recent state of the campground. No more relying on the edited images on campground websites that were taken who-knows-when.
The newest edition to the RV LIFE sweet is a doozie: the RV LIFE app. RV LIFE is an easy-to-use GPS app, like Google Maps or Waze, but it’s specifically designed for RVs.
It will only plot routes and show gas stations, etc. that are acceptable for your particular RV.
You can use the app on its own by searching or entering a destination. Or, best yet, you can link it to your RV LIFE Trip Wizard and pull any planned trips into the app. The app then plots your planned trip on the GPS.
You can easily adjust the trip as needed. You can add or remove destinations, search for and add points of interest, and much more.
Maintenance and Fuel Economy Tracking
To top it all off, RV LIFE Pro helps you keep track of your maintenance and fuel economy with RV LIFE Maintenance Tracker. Simple graphics in the tool’s dashboard and emails let you know what maintenance is coming up, quickly and easily.
You can also track expenses by category and maintenance costs to see how well your RV is performing. You can track it by trip, season, or even over the life of your RV.
Another big plus is its fuel economy tracking. You can see how much gas your rig is consuming based on terrain, towing load, or generator use. This information is really helpful to have when budgeting for your next trip.
How Much Does RV Life Pro Cost?
RV Life Pro only costs $59 per year if you purchase the annual membership (less than $5 per month). The annual membership also comes with a 7-day free trial. The monthly subscription is $19.99 per month and does not include a 7-day free trial. BUT NOTE the discount code below!
In all honesty, just one of these tools is easily worth $5 per month, let alone all four combined. That is why I don’t hesitate to say that RV LIFE Pro is worth the money for most RVers.
And this is important – if you want to enjoy using all the RV Life Pro tools just add this coupon code: RVLIFESTYLE which gives you 25% off the price! If you already use RV Life Pro – your cost is already low and locked in.
–> Note that discount codes must be entered on a computer – if you try to sign up with the mobile app, there is no place to put the coupon code. <–
When is RV LIFE Pro NOT Worth the Money?
Hopefully, by now, you realize why RV LIFE Pro is well worth the money in most cases. But, of course, there are a couple of cases when it’s not worth it.
The first case is if you’re an anti-planner. If you’re a free-flying RVer that enjoys leaving everything up to chance, then these tools aren’t for you. (Although, even you could use the RV Maintenance Tracker and that’s worth $5 a month on its own.)
Keep in mind, though, that I’m not huge on planning yet I still love and use these tools all the time.
The other thing I’d say is not worth it is the monthly subscription. Well, let me rephrase that. The monthly subscription is absolutely worth the money, but you get a much better deal with the annual subscription.
If you know for a fact that you’re only going to plan and travel within two months, then the monthly subscription can save you a bit of money. But if you expect to use the RV Life tools for more than two months, then the annual membership is definitely the way to go.
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