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Old 03-20-2012, 07:57 AM   #31
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Garmin all the way, best IMHO. I don't trust the smart phones because they still rely on G3 or greater signal, Honestly I always try to find a campsite where my phone has no signal...
CoPilot Live and several of the other smart phone navigation apps do not rely on G3 at all. They work just fine where there is no phone signal. They do, however, use up a big chunk of your phone's memory. All of their maps are stored internally in the phone.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #32
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A GPS should not be solely relied on for directions. They are not infalliable as they are only as good as the company who did the maps. We use a Tom Tom 330XL but I always use MS Streets and trips and plan the routes and print out maps as a backup. When we start on a leg of a trip I try to memorize the routes on the map and then when the GPS trys to lead us astray I know. Old rule of thumb, when it feels wrong it probably is. Also have Streets and Trips running on DW's laptop that she uses for movies etc while we are on the road just in case.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:25 AM   #33
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I too use S&T to plan a route the day before along with Google maps for a satellite view. Once I'm satisfied with my route I plan it on my GPS and if necessary force the GPS using the VIA function to follow that route.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:34 AM   #34
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I use a combination of paper maps, google maps on my iPhone (free) and my latest toy NAVFREE.

NAVFREE is a free smart phone app (both iPhone and android devices). It operates similar to most simple GPS systems. It is gets it's data from OpenStreetMap. And it is free.

Did I say it was free
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #35
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Currrently use a Garmin. On our last trip we were w/in 5 miles of destination and the unit kept saying "U-turn.. U-turn" We have a friend who calls their GPS "the lying B..ch"... now ours has the same nickname... ha!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #36
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Recently started using the Rand McNally RVND-7710. Like it so far!
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:15 PM   #37
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Rand 7710... for RV's I don't think there is anything better. You can customize it to your RV....
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:46 PM   #38
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We have both a tom tom and a garman both work quite well we also started using our iPhone as a GPS ever since we got them they to
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:13 PM   #39
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Don't need no stinkin' GPS..... DW gets lost even the way home, even with her Garmin. Had to put a big pink rock out on the front street. (I hate pink). When she's driving and I suggest she turns right (if needed), she ALWAYS turns left. 'Nuf said!


I simply scan the road maps and rely on the good 'ol photographic memory. The I5 for example, simply runs north/south. How hard is that? RVing is so much fun because you you just get in the truck and keep going until you get somewhere, hehe.
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Rand Mcnally RVND7710 not sure if i like it yet, have to use it real time first and see if i trust it. I'm anal when it comes to route planning, using maps, atlas, internet and the gps. I hope to learn to trust it
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