Making RV Trip Planning Easy

by | Jan 6, 2020

When it comes to the topic of RV trip planning, this is the single most requested topic we receive from our website contact page and our I Love RV Life YouTube channel. We understand the unknowns so many face when dealing with long distance RV travel – the miles to travel, services needed on the trip, the unknown of campground availability, suitability of the campground and so much more. RV trip planning can eliminate much of the unknowns especially for those who have a big rig RV, long travel trailer or a fifth wheel. Knowing the time of travel and having a suitable campground to meet your needs is a great benefit especially if you are covering very long distances over an extended period of time.

One of our goals at I Love RV Life is to share our travels and the fun places Joan and I visit. Traveling thousands of miles a year, I want to share the process we use for our RV trip planning.

RV Trip Planning Tools

Most of what we use is free and online with one exception. We use Google Maps for our distance planning and route management. We also use Google calendar to maintain all trip information including travel routes, reservation confirmation, along with detail directions to each camp site. An added benefit with Google Calendar is the ability to share with family. This is a simple one time process within Google Calendar registering an email address for those who will be able to view your calendar. The remaining tool is Allstays for our campground research.

RV Trip Planning With Allstays

There are a number of methods to use Allstays including iPhone apps in addition to free and fee based web access plans. We have used all and prefer the paid web access plan. At the time of the blog, a one year subscription is $32.95 and our preference is the three year plan for $79.85. We have found the minor investment for subscription service yields many more benefits with the ease of locating campgrounds, fuels stops, dump stations, propane, highway information and so much more. While iPhone apps are available, we find the web based access to be far more feature rich when using a laptop, tablet or phone. Below is a list of some of the Allstays Pro features:

Full Screen Maps Campground Ratings Latitude and Longitude Tools Rest Areas Propane Road Hazards Nearby Places
Campground Information Tent Camping Truck Stops Lodge Members RV Dealers GPS Weather City and State Maps
Elevations Wal-Mart Parking RV Dumps RV Washes GPS File Support Traffic Layers

This is a short list of the many features offers in the AllStays Pro subscription. I show some as part of our RV travel planning in the video below. If you would interested in purchasing an Allstays Pro subscription, please consider using this Allstays Pro link and support our website.

Additional information:

RV AccessoriesNot sure about what RV accessories you need as you start RV travel? Check out our RV Accessories page where we have listed a wide range of products from essential items to those “nice to have” RV products to make RV life more enjoyable. Every item listed is being used or has been used by Joan and I as we’ve traveled across the country in our RV.

Receive the latest updates from I Love RV Life! Sign up to receive an email notification as we post new RV travels, RV tips and information about RV life in general. It’s simple. Just enter your name and email address on the right side of the page and click subscribe.

Purchased use of Digital Juice BackTraxx 1 End User License Agreement for Travelin. The Music may be used, altered, or incorporated according to the guidelines described herein into any production (including but not limited to, broadcast, commercial, industrial, educational, and personal).


ilovervlife travel map

RV Accessories

Epoch Batteries

Active Control RV Soft Start

RV Mattress - Brooklyn Bedding

Haloview Backup Camera

Oupes Portable Power Stations

TST and TechnoRV

Antler Roots Outdoors

RV Mobile Connect

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

We are a participant in the affiliate advertising program for the following companies: Active Controls, Brooklyn Bedding, Epoch Batteries, BougeRV, ALLPOWERS, HOVSCO, CyCrown, TROXUS, LiTime, LANPWR, and Escapees RV Club. Each affiliate advertising program is designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to each company's affiliated sites.