Discussion in 'Motorhome Maps' started by scotzsue, Aug 27, 2018.
A vote for https://gebweb.net/optimap/
There are many a help vid etc on web...
But basically you “construct” a route with the routing tool - as opposed to entering a start and end...
That said... you can do that.. and then easily modify the route to choose different roads or “stop off”... etc
The best way i found was to use it in anger - as opposed to just faffing wi it..
However.... make sure you are zoomed right in.... cos if it’s a dual carriage or motorway... you can click on the wrong side of the road.... resulting in very “odd” routes...
Thanks, unfortunitly the help videos are no longer available.
@PhilandMena Google it.... then choose “video”...
Just below search bar... shown in blue
E.g first in list... may find better...
Thanks again !
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@PhilandMena ... keep it simple...
Just “type in” what I did in above pic ...
I.e “garmin basecamp”... minus quotes
Edit: in Gooooogle...
Or just type same (or similar) in search bar in YouTube App ...
Thanks I'm on top of it now.
Thanks have a couple of free days, well sort of, will have a play.
just go . do it . dont need any thing more than an atlas.
avoid toll roads ,just turn round . avoid motor ways .
use small roads visit villages and smaller towns . many have tourist offices , free local maps and places to visit.
its a big world out there but getting smaller if you want it to.
the real question is can you live long enough to see it all?
visit all or as many villages as you can .they all have a story to tell.
local museums are use full.
forget all the guides and lonely planet books they only do it in a rush.
And have a or two or ten
Plan a route, no chance
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Firstly, routes and route maps for France and Spain. This first link is an award winning database about France. It has a host of information on best routes to many locations. I have selected the famous N10 route from Calais to Irun which is used by many motorhomes when travelling to Spain. It’s almost Toll free (more on that a little later) and almost all duel carriageway from start to finish with the exception of about 100 K. This route is great for motorhomes small, medium and large. Note: (HGV’s are not allowed on French roads, Sunday’s, so plan your journey over a weekend if possible).
Tolls: Avoid the toll road from Calais to Abbeville and save 12.50 Euros. The non-toll route is quite scenic and fairly straight forward, between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Abbeville.
At Abbeville, join the A28 and cross the river Sein at Rouen. We take the second exit immediately after crossing the bridge (about 50 m past the first exit at the end of the bridge), swing down and under the bridge you have just crossed and continue on this road and join the A13 motorway until the N154 which takes you down to Evreux. (Note: there are a number of different options for getting through Rouen and no doubt other members will have their own preferences. We find this very straight forward on both outward and return legs). Approaching Tours on the D910 join the A10 toll road at Jct. 19 and exit at Jct. 23. This will take you through the city via the toll road, (€1.80). At Jct. 23 take the exit lane for Montbazon which returns you to the D910. (Reverse for the return leg). That’s the last toll to pay until you hit the bottom of the A63 after Bordeaux.
To save toll fares on the A63 south of Bordeaux please read the route recommendations in the above link. Do not come off the A63 near the bottom as all roads will be heavily congested and it’s worth paying the last few tolls. (From Jct 6 €8.90 in total) (Fuel costs approx. €147.84 (Based on 1056 K @10K per Ltr. @€1.40 per ltr. 3.5T motorhome)). This route is also recommended during winter, due to its proximity to the Atlantic ocean, which means little to no problems with ice and or snow, unlike using the A75 to cross the Massif Central. Although the A75 is quickly cleared, it is advisable to have winter tyres fitted and there may be some small delays due to snow ploughs clearing this route.
If heading to the Mediterranean side of Spain, it’s worth taking the N121-A to Pamplona after crossing the Spanish boarder on the A63 at Irun. It’s clearly sign posted (Large white sign) about 300 m after passing through the last toll booth and crossing the river. Also here are Repsol fuel stations and shopping opportunities. You will find more details in this link for the N121-A and how to navigate Spain toll free.
If you decide to pay Tolls in order to save time getting to Spain, your best route options are in this link.
Should you choose to plan your own routes anywhere in Europe and also establish Toll costs, (or toll free costs) use this link. Under route options, select caravan then select toll roads. Toll costs for a class 2 motorhome will be calculated for the whole journey. You can also choose Non toll routes and other options. This is currently one of the best online free route planers.
As for stop overs on routes, you can’t go wrong using the App below which is free but I would recommend getting the paid version for about £6.00 which you can then use off line. You will find numerous places to stop along the above route and I have deliberately not made any recommendations so drivers can make their own choices. This app is also brilliant for finding other places too and highly rated by many users.
There is another popular app/website that is used which you may also find useful if you’re doing a lot of wilding and looking for free overnight stops. It too is used by many motor homers in Europe. Get the paid version to use off line for around £9.00
One of the best off line MAP ‘App’ and used by many. It also includes a sat-nav function which is quite good and can also be used off line. Again many motor homers use this, especially in Morocco.
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