So this is a 9 year old thread I'm responding to, in the hopes somebody else is still trying to figure this out. I've tried repeatedly to work with Garmin BaseCamp and with a BS in Computer Science and 20 years of long distance travel experience I still can't get BaseCamp to give me what I need: a clean simple, flexible, detailed route I can load into my GPS V or VI, and then follow or modify as the trip progresses.
I'll go re-read all the above and try each. But anything new, or better?
After reading your post, I scrolled back to see who started this goofy thread and found that it was me.
The bad news is that in the 9 years since I started this thread, I have looked at several (6 or more) trip planners and none have scratched my itch. So, I still use Basecamp as it is the closest I have found to what I want. I can plan detailed trips and load them accurately into my Nav V. I then use my iPad and Google to look at modifications to the route as the trip progresses. And I use the trip planner function in the Navigator itself to make minor modifications or, many times, just ignore a given day’s route and use the normal “go to” function if I am making major changes to a given day’s route.
My biggest issue with Basecamp, other than its learning curve and relatively hard to use interface, is that it can’t be used while on the road. If Garmin had a version of Basecamp that would run on an iPad, that would be the cat’s meow.
So, I look at probably one new product a year, but so far I always come back to Basecamp. A few of the planners I have tried are:
Harley trip planner as mentioned earlier in this thread.
Rand McNally (since I still use their Road Atlas for high level trip planning)
And a few ipad apps whose names escape me.
None have really hit the mark for me. In many cases due to not loading well to the GPS. Part of it depends on what you are looking for. What is clean, simple, detailed and flexible to you, may not be to me or to someone else. Basecamp comes closest in capability to what I want so I put up with the learning curve and less than friendly interface. If Garmin provided a mobile version of Basecamp, I would be pretty well set for my needs and wants.