CoryAndCindy
Hi all - 

I’m a new Retro 285FK owner - and new to the forum. I’m looking for information on tools (apps, websites, anything...) that can I can use to assist in choosing the most towing-friendly route to drive from one point to another. My wife and I have primarily been weekenders, traveling northern to central California on roads we know well. Now, though, we’re interested in taking some longer trips (into Oregon to start) and would love to find some tools to assist in picking routes. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

Cory & Cindy
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sunvalleyjoe
Are you a AAA member .They have all sorts of maps and are very good at planning road trips. I have been a member since 1969 and their road service is worth the money.If you have an issue with RV or tow vehicle it sure helps. GBA!!SVJ My plan covers a 200 miles tow. I think we pay less than $100 a year.
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KLandry
Garmin makes an RV specific GPS receiver. Tell it the length and weight of your rig and it picks the best route. That unit is next on my list of must have items. 
Keith
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mkevenson
I use " My Scenic Drives" this app is wonderful. Keeps track of all your trips. Includes a distance circle incase you only want to drive X miles per day. Very helpful!!!
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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Shannon
I agree with Sun Valley Joe on the AAA plus RV membership. Over the last couple of years, it has probably saved me $2-3,000 in what would’ve been VERY expensive tows. WELL worth it. As far as routing goes, I think you may be overthinking it. I usually just look at Google maps, consider their alternate routes, and try to make sure I’m staying on paved roads. In the more remote places, there’s usually only one choice anyway. In the more populated places, I think it’s more of a question of whether you want the most scenic route, or the fastest route. In general, I would say the fastest route is also going to be the easiest route with regard to towing.  Unless you are stretching the limits of your rig, I would think that any of the paved road routes would be very doable. There might occasionally be a scenic loop which would not be suitable for a trailer (ran into some of these in the Black Hills in South Dakota, as well as in Moab, Utah), but I think they would be obvious from looking at it.
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sunvalleyjoe
BTW GPS has gotten many of people stuck in the snow around Tahoe area. There is a mountain road that runs along side  of I 80  Gps shows it as a by pass but many autos got stuck in the snow.The road is only passable for 4 months a year very deep snow.
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CoryAndCindy
Thanks to everyone who replied. I am a AAA member and, when I called my local office to inquire about tools to pick a route, they were quick to jump on helping me with this trip. Should have some info by end of today. Still, would love to find an app or website that does this...could be an interesting business opportunity there for someone....
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