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Old 08-29-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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I got the RND 7715, and like it for finding places to park/boondock, campground (with some info on them, etc. BUT always use map also... Learned my lesson during my tour of the Maritimes LOL!
Any GPS are dumb! The settings of "shortest time" or "shortest route" will make you take secondary roads (even if they are called highways, they are not ALWAYS such!) that you may not like at all.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:16 AM   #12
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So, being a bit old timey, what's the advantage of a GPS over just using a map? I have a GPS in my Jeep but never use it. When we are heading to unfamiliar territory, I check the routes out first using Google maps then just proceed with the best route.

I have the Garmin Integrated into my Kenwood 990 and I like it alot but I still check my route BEFORE I leave on my trips. Still have maps just in the form of google instead and an atlas just in case.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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So, being a bit old timey, what's the advantage of a GPS over just using a map? I have a GPS in my Jeep but never use it. When we are heading to unfamiliar territory, I check the routes out first using Google maps then just proceed with the best route.
Even on an interstate route that I am familiar with and have driven hundreds of times, I like being reminded that my exit is coming up in a couple of miles.

On unfamaliar routes, it's hard to keep consulting a map while driving. So I think having the GPS in your sightline and getting verbal prompts is much more effective, at least for me.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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If you have a smart phone with built in GPS feature I strongly recommend the navFree app.

It is free
Maps load to your device - does not use data to load maps like Google maps and other apps
Maps are updated at reasonable intervals
Turn by turn instructions
Did I say it was free

Download
http://www.navfree.com/GPSNavigation
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:06 PM   #15
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If you have a smart phone with built in GPS feature I strongly recommend the navFree app.

It is free
Maps load to your device - does not use data to load maps like Google maps and other apps
Maps are updated at reasonable intervals
Turn by turn instructions
Did I say it was free

Download
http://www.navfree.com/GPSNavigation
One addition you can configure the app with the type of vehicle that affects the route planning (Car vs. RV vs. Transport Truck vs. Delivery Truck vs. Motorcycle)
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #16
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One addition you can configure the app with the type of vehicle that affects the route planning (Car vs. RV vs. Transport Truck vs. Delivery Truck vs. Motorcycle)
I was going to ask that! Very cool.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #17
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One addition you can configure the app with the type of vehicle that affects the route planning (Car vs. RV vs. Transport Truck vs. Delivery Truck vs. Motorcycle)

I was going to ask that! Very cool.
Did I mention that it is free
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:06 PM   #18
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If he knew his height, how did he miss the sign?

Bridges change all the time when they are repaved.
It can take months to get updated.
Absolutely Herk, real time updates are not available as far as I know. There can be much delay in reporting. GPS are not perfect.
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As have. Garmin...with annual updates.

Have not been disappointed

Also if you use IPad ...google maps is good
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So, being a bit old timey, what's the advantage of a GPS over just using a map? I have a GPS in my Jeep but never use it. When we are heading to unfamiliar territory, I check the routes out first using Google maps then just proceed with the best route.
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Even on an interstate route that I am familiar with and have driven hundreds of times, I like being reminded that my exit is coming up in a couple of miles.

On unfamaliar routes, it's hard to keep consulting a map while driving. So I think having the GPS in your sightline and getting verbal prompts is much more effective, at least for me.
Well, Mr. Old Timey used the GPS in my Jeep this past weekend and it worked just fine. Mainly, I used it to find a specific store in a town near where we were camping. The only trouble I had was on a different excursion, I couldn't get it to take the route I wanted to go versus the one it suggested without a bunch of finagling.

Agree, the reminders are handy. Guess you can teach an old dog....
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