By Bill Basore
Turn here! The words have a whole different meaning when you're behind the wheel of an RV. While the RV lifestyle allows for admirable travel flexibility, actually getting from point A to point B can require some frustrating turns. Now, Rand McNally is introducing the first navigation device designed for RVers.
The TripMaker RVND 5510 underwent extensive on-the-road research and beta-testing by members of the RVing community before its unveiling. The results are evident in details such as the "RV Info" screen, where you enter your rig's class, weight, height, and width to allow for the safest and most enjoyable route for the driver.
Rand McNally's award-winning maps form the foundation of the unit's routing directions, upon which are layered details such as height and weight restrictions and right- or left-turn preferences. Interstate exits are marked with specific information useful for RVers and available amenities.
The TripMaker RVND includes more than 14 million points of interest, including national, state, and regional parks, RV campgrounds, RV dealers and service centers, and travel centers (with parking, dump stations, and propane availability indicated).
For those traveling with their dogs, the TripMaker lists pet-friendly parks and beaches, plus animal hospitals.
In addition to routing and tools such as campsite checklists and maintenance logs, the TripMaker features the "Best of the Road," three- to four-day itineraries with unique stops, photos of the locations, and maps to aid in planning memorable road trips.
Fully operational in English, Canadian French, and Spanish, the TripMaker RVND 5510 is available in North America in June 2011.