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The tools and resources we use to plan our RV trips

| Updated Jan 11, 2020

Many of you have asked.. how do we find all those great sites, have all those great adventures… as we travel around in our RV. Though we are big believers in serendipity… taking advantage of what suddenly comes our way and not being locked into an inflexible schedule… we also do our share of planning.

We like to think of a plan as a general direction, subject to change if new opportunities present themselves, but a a pointer to where we want to go and how we intend to get there.

So we’re going to show you. We use all sorts of tools to make up that plan…books, maps, guides, online resources. You can’t make a good plan without good information. In the description below, we’ll put links to the tools we’re going to show you.

Here's the video. Below it, I will list all the resources we showed in the video:


National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, the 275 Best Drives in the US –

National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States and Canadian Provincial Parks –

Fodor’s Complete Guide to National Parks of the West –

Amazing Festivals 100s of Hometown Celebrations –


Rand McNally 2020 Large Scale Road Atlas –

Rand McNally Folded Paper Map of U.S. –


Harvest Hosts –

Boondockers Welcome –

Overnight RV Parking –

Free Campsites –


RV Trip Wizard –


Mike Wendland

Published on 2020-01-11

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

5 Responses to “The tools and resources we use to plan our RV trips”

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March 15, 2020at8:34 pm, Hikeoflife said:

Thanks for recommending the RV Trip Wizard. It really helps put the plan together.

January 13, 2020at5:05 pm, Casa Marshall said:

I totally enjoy your site and plan to utilize it a lot more when I retire here shortly. Please keep the emails coming.

January 13, 2020at4:44 pm, Richard L. Gordon said:

I love receiving your e-mails. I save them in my in-box for later use when I have time to review them. Keep them coming. Thanks. Richard

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