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If you’re like most RVers, you take a lot of pictures. But what to do with them? In this week’s episode of the RV Podcast, we learn about using Google Photos and what it can do for you. 

Our Interview of the Week guests are Chris and Jim Guld, known as the “Geeks on Tour” to thousands because of the seminars they do across the country at RV rallies and shows and their online instruction. Chris just released her updated “Learn Google Photos” book and joins us to talk about how to store, organize, edit and share all those photos you take on your RV adventures.



Plus, we have the latest RV News of the Week for you, RV tips, and another great off-the-beaten-path report from the Burketts.





WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

This week, we put up our Christmas Tree. It's a bit early, we know, but we all need some cheer.



Besides, we've heard from lots of other RVers who have told us that they, too, were doing some early holiday decorating. Thus has been a challenging year, to be sure. But thinking about Christmas is a great way to shake off the negativity that seems to be hanging over the world in 2020.

RV Podcast Programming Note:

We're taking Thanksgiving week off the podcast. It's a busy time for everyone, us included, so we're off next Wednesday (Nov. 25). We'll be back the following week on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020



This part of the RV Podcast is brought to you by Camping World – America’s #1 RV Dealer You can get 10% off all purchases over $99 with the discount code RVLIFESTYLE10.

RV PODCAST NEWS OF THE WEEK

AAA expects Thanksgiving travel to drop significantly this year

AAA is projecting about 50 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving, but the organization says this is the biggest drop in travel seen since the recession of 2008. The decline is blamed on rising COVID-19 cases and an increase in unemployment and financial strain. The majority of those who do travel - 95 percent - will do so in a vehicle. And AAA is urging all travelers to plan ahead, know the route, and be sure to know the COVID-19 rules for any stops.



Five die, including 1-year-old baby and a teenager, after floodwaters ravage North Carolina campground

Five people died, including a 1-year-old child and a teenager, after floodwaters rushed through the Hiddenite Family Campground about 50 miles north of Charlotte last week. The heavy rain and accompanying flooding were the result of tropical storm Eta moving through the country. About 7-10 inches of rain fell in the downpour. Emergency personnel were able to rescue more than 30 people at the campground.



Python hunters break records in snake capture in the Florida Everglades

Florida snake hunters have caught a record number of Burmese pythons this year in the Florida Everglades - great news for everyone who loves that part of the country. (See our recent story on Flamingo Campground in the Everglades National Park 
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RV Podcast #320: How to Plan an RV Trip [THE BEST TOOLS]
https://rvlifestyle.com/plan-an-rv-trip/
Wed, 11 Nov 2020 11:55:39 +0000
https://rvlifestyle.com/?p=59869
There can be a lot of stress when you start to plan an RV trip. But I want to share a series of unique tools that greatly streamline your RV Trip Planning.
Jennifer and I have been using a tool called RV Trip Wizard to help plot out our RV travel routes and stops for years now. But since the product has been bundled into a whole suite of other related resources, its value has greatly increased.

The umbrella program that I’m talking about is RV Life Pro, a $49 a year subscription that contains a slew of tools. They give you a week's free trial to be sure you like it.

That's the Interview of the Week topic in Episode 32o of the RV Podcast.

Also this week in the Podcast, we answer RV questions, offer tips and trip suggestions and deliver the RV News of the week.

You can listen to the entire podcast in the audio player below.


RV Life Pro Tools to help you Plan an RV Trip
The collection of RV tools built into the RV Life Pro platform consist of lots of different elements. Here are the ones Jennifer and I like and use the most when we sit down to plan an RV trip.
RV Trip Wizard
The RV Trip Wizard app helps plan an RV Trip with ease

This is route planning software built specifically for RV travelers. It uses distance rings to show exactly where you’ll be at the end of your driving day to choose the ideal stop. 

When you plan an RV trip with RV Trip Wizard, it sets distance rings showing you where you should stop. If you click on the icnns, they bring up campgrounds and other points of interest you want info about.

On-screen, you actually see the Route you are taking, with campgrounds, G=gas Sstops, points of interest and more.

The software is customized to your RVs height and weight. That means that the routes calculated for you avoid low clearances, steep grades, weight limits, and propane restrictions. See the Route you are taking, with Campgrounds, Gas Stops, points of interest and more.
The RV Life GPS App
When you plan an RV trip with RV trip Wizard, it can be loaded on the RV GPS app

This turns your smartphone or tablet into a GPS.  It accesses the trips you planned with RV Trip Wizard and plots them out.

It helps you find the perfect places to stop by searching through a database of more than 20,000 state and national campgrounds and private RV parks. You can filter by price, rating, amenities, affiliations (Good Sam, Passport America, KOA, FMCA, & more), kid friendly, pet friendly, or big rig accessible.

The app offers tips and suggestions about what to do, where to eat, and places to visit near each campground. And if you have a question about a particular RV Park or campground, simply ask your question a get answers from other RVers who have camped there.
The Maintain My RV App
The RV Life Pro subscription also shows interesting things to see in the areas you will be visiting

This is a cloud-based service that works on your tablet, computer, and smartphone.]

It tracks upcoming maintenance dates and sends detailed reminder emails, showing what needs your attention, and also the last time you performed that task, its costs, and related documentation.

It also turns data into reports that let you access documents and see key dates instantly.
RV Communities Connections
This is a link to more than 20 different RV communities, most of them built up around specific RV brands and models (like Forest River, Jayco, Thir, Keystone, etc.)

What’s helpful about this is if you have an issue on the road or a question about your RV, you can quickly and easily connect with owners of similar models to get immediate advice.

You can try out the RV Life Pro app for free. CLICK HERE to go to our affiliate link.

In Episode 320 of our RV Podcast, I interviewed RV Life's Patrick Buchanan on how to use RV Life Pro to Plan an RV Trip.
Here's a video version of the RV Podcast interview on How to Plan an RV Trip.


Here's a transcript of the interview:



There can be a lot of stress when you start to plan an RV trip. But I want to share a series of unique tools that greatly streamline your RV Trip Planning. Jennifer and I have been using a tool called RV Trip Wizard to help plot out our RV travel rout...
There can be a lot of stress when you start to plan an RV trip. But I want to share a series of unique tools that greatly streamline your RV Trip Planning.

Jennifer and I have been using a tool called
RV Trip Wizard to help plot out our RV travel routes and stops for years now. But since the product has been bundled into a whole suite of other related resources, its value has greatly increased.



The umbrella program that I’m talking about is RV Life Pro, a $49 a year subscription that contains a slew of tools. They give you a week's free trial to be sure you like it.



That's the Interview of the Week topic in Episode 32o of the RV Podcast.



Also this week in the Podcast, we answer RV questions, offer tips and trip suggestions and deliver the RV News of the week.



You can listen to the entire podcast in the audio player below.





RV Life Pro Tools to help you Plan an RV Trip

The collection of RV tools built into the RV Life Pro platform consist of lots of different elements. Here are the ones Jennifer and I like and use the most when we sit down to plan an RV trip.

RV Trip Wizard

The RV Trip Wizard app helps plan an RV Trip with ease



This is route planning software built specifically for RV travelers. It uses distance rings to show exactly where you’ll be at the end of your driving day to choose the ideal stop. 



When you plan an RV trip with RV Trip Wizard, it sets distance rings showing you where you should stop. If you click on the icnns, they bring up campgrounds and other points of interest you want info about.



On-screen, you actually see the Route you are taking, with campgrounds, G=gas Sstops, points of interest and more.



The software is customized to your RVs height and weight. That means that the routes calculated for you avoid low clearances, steep grades, weight limits, and propane restrictions. See the Route you are taking, with Campgrounds, Gas Stops, points of interest and more.

The RV Life GPS App

When you plan an RV trip with RV trip Wizard, it can be loaded on the RV GPS app



This turns your smartphone or tablet into a GPS.  It accesses the trips you planned with RV Trip Wizard and plots them out.



It helps you find the perfect places to stop by searching through a database of more than 20,000 state and national campgrounds and private RV parks. You can filter by price, rating, amenities, affiliations (Good Sam, Passport America, KOA, FMCA, & more), kid friendly, pet friendly, or big rig accessible.



The app offers tips and suggestions about what to do, where to eat, and places to visit near each campground. And if you have a question about a particular RV Park or campground, simply ask your question a get answers from other RVers who have camped there.

The Maintain My RV App

The RV Life Pro subscription also shows interesting things to see in the areas you will be visiting



This is a cloud-based service that works on your tablet, computer, and smartphone.]



It tracks upcoming maintenance dates and sends detailed reminder emails, showing what needs your attention, and also the last time you performed that task, its costs, and related documentation.



It also turns data into reports that let you access documents and see key dates in...