Preview and Navigate with Avoidances and RV Safe Preferences Applied

This article reviews how to preview a trip with routing options applied, GPS navigation with routing options applied, and what route warnings that pop up on your trip mean. 

  • Avoidances, including the option to avoid highways, boat ferries, toll roads, and dirt roads are available to Roadtrippers Pro and Premium users.
  • RV-safety features, including vehicle height, weight, and propane, are only available to Roadtrippers Premium users.
  • To learn more about our membership tiers, click here.

General avoidance are managed on each individual trip you create and are not automatically applied to all of your trips. RV safety features are automatically applied to your trips based on the primary vehicle on your profile. These can be updated on individual trips by changing the vehicle for the trip or updating RV safety on that trip. 

Jump to a section below, or scroll down to learn more:

Routing Options


The avoidances you select are applied to your entire trip. You can choose to avoid any or all of the following:

  • Highways
  • Boat Ferries
  • Toll Roads
  • Dirt Roads

On the desktop site, check the boxes next to the avoidances you want to apply. In the mobile app, toggle on the avoidances you want to apply.


If you're an RVer with a Roadtrippers Premium membership, you can add your RV height and weight in the RV-friendly section and we'll try to find a safe route for your trip. Our RV safe routing considers low overhead clearances, weight restrictions, and propane restrictions to give you a route customized to your RV!

Keep in mind that you need to manually provide your vehicle's dimensions under Routing Options on each trip. RV-friendly preferences do not automatically populate by the vehicle saved to your Roadtrippers profile, which we use to estimate fuel costs for your trip.

US Routes Only

RV GPS is only available for U.S. routes. RV-friendly selections will not apply to route portions that extend outside U.S. boundaries. We're hoping to expand to other countries soon!

Propane On Board

The Propane On Board setting will attempt to route trips around specific areas in the United States where there are strict restrictions and limitations on propane on vehicles. These restrictions tend to apply to travelers regardless of propane volume onboard or if the propane valve is shut off and closed. Occasionally, these areas cannot be avoided to provide a trip route, in which case a warning will appear letting you know we could not avoid propane-restricted areas for your route.

In all cases, we recommend reviewing road information before starting your trip, as we do not independently verify the accuracy of such routing information. Use your independent judgment, and follow local laws and traffic codes while traveling.

Preview Your Route with Routing Options

You can preview your trip's route with routing options applied while using the Roadtrippers website or iOS or Android app. 

Website iOS App Android App

To preview your route with avoidances and RV-friendly preferences applied while using the Roadtrippers website:

  1. Open your trip on the map.
  2. Click the Routing Options button under the trip banner.
  3. Select avoidances and input any RV information.
  4. Click apply.routing-options-rv-safe.png


Navigate with Routing Options

You can navigate to a waypoint on a trip or directly to a new destination with avoidances and RV-friendly options applied while using the Roadtrippers app for iOS or Android. Roadtrippers does not yet offer full trip or multi-stop continuous navigation, but do let us know if this is something you're interested in by voting on the feature request here!

If you're using the Roadtrippers website, you can preview and print turn-by-turn directions for your trip with applied Routing Options before you hit the road. You can learn more about printing directions: Can I print my trip before I hit the road?

If you're an RVer, read the directions for launching the RV GPS below or watch this short how-to video. (Video Note: Our Plus membership is now called Premium and we include weight, too!)

iOS App Android App

There are two ways to navigate using routing options in the Roadtrippers iOS app. You can start a navigation session to a new location or you can navigate between waypoints on a trip you've planned. Directions for both follow below.

To a new destination

If you know where you are going and want to start navigating without adding that destination to a trip, you can start navigation right from the home screen on the app.

  1. Simply tap the blue Navigate button to get getting! navigate-rt.jpg
  2. Enter the address or name of the spot your headed in the 'To:' search bar, then select the destination from the drop down provided. You can also change your starting location if you need to!
  3. Set Navigation to Roadtrippers.
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  4. You are also offered routing options. Input avoidances and RV information in the tabs below Navigation. Tap Apply in the upper right to activate your preferences.
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  5. You will see a preview of the most efficient route on the map, alternate routes, and can preview step-by-step directions.
  6. To start live navigation tap the tab of the route you prefer.
  7. Tap Go

To a waypoint saved on your Roadtrippers trip

  1. Tap Navigate.
  2. Set Navigation to Roadtrippers.
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  3. Input avoidances and RV information in the tabs below Navigation. Tap Apply in the upper right to activate your preferences.
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  4. Tap Select Route. Choose your route by tapping the highlighted routes on the map or tapping the destination name card at the bottom of the screen, which will bring up those same options in card form. Highlight the route you prefer.
  5. Tap Steps to view step-by-step directions or tap Go to begin active navigation with voice commands. 

Route Warnings

After applying your avoidance settings and/or RV-friendly details, we'll work on updating your route to match your applied Routing Options.

If we are not able to find a route for any part of your trip that uses your avoidance settings or RV-friendly details, then you'll see a warning message and any legs containing a route that violates your Routing Options will be marked. You can learn more about these warning messages here: Routing Options Warnings 

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