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Old 02-06-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Non GPS Mapfolder

Just curious, are there any other non-GPS folks out there like me. I still know how to read and fold a real, old fashion, roadmap.

When not RVing I often seek alternative routes and travel one route to my destination and a different route back. Maps make this easy. That way I get to see different junk.

I may not remember the route number but some years ago I could remember where every old desirable and undesirable Mopar was sitting in southwest, central, and up the valley Virginia.

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Checking in; 41 yrs old and I have never even used a GPS. I go somewhere once I know where I have been and how to get back. What I do not like (I do print out google maps), is that it tells me how to get from A to B, and it is a LOT of work to make your own trip itinerary. I have heard on some you can tell it not to take any interstates.

I have to admit there is one of the RV GPS units out there that I eyed a few times. What I like (at least the idea) is that I could tie it to my wife’s smart phone and overlay the weather map, and if I want gas, CG, or some other RV items, it will let me know where I can find it.

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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We use both.
My wife loves following along with the Atlas.
Until last year, she had one printed in like 1982 lol
We called them the acient scrolls.
I happen to get a new Atlas as one of my retirement gifts. She has adopted it as her new scroll :-)

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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I like maps, I like my GPS, both have their limitations. I don't use the GPS in lieu of a map, but one thing I really like about the GPS is that I constantly have an estimated time of arrival to my intended destination, the kids have become adapt to looking at the ETA, and I don't ever hear "are we there yet?"

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
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I use both. I do NOT depend totally on the GPS. I like to have a good idea of where I am going and what roads I will be traveling on. The GPS does help when I get "off route". It doesn't matter if I did it intentionally or unintentionally.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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Same here, I use both.

Most of my trip planning and road travel I use my maps in conjunction with my Rand McNally RVND 7710 GPS. I like this particular GPS becuase it's configured for the RV traveler and contains a lot of useful reference information, not just travel routing.


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Old 02-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #7
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I think the garmen has saved our marriage when it comes to travelling. We liked travelling through the states over the years but my wife got nervous(frustrated) when coming up to busy intersections. They say men are good with sense of direction and women are good at recalling land marks. So i'll leave it at that and go on. Anyhow we purchased a garmen years back and took a trip to Coventry Kentucky. What a stress reliever and when we went into cincinnati for a day i said let's try and get lost. We still joke about today.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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Yep, I just use good old Rand-McNally for my trips, or one of the old service station maps from my collection. Most of them were printed before the interstates, but we like to travel the back roads anyway, which are still the same as on the old maps. No batteries or current needed. Tried a friend's GPS a couple of times, and it really annoyed me when it directed me on a route that I knew was way out of line. And then it kept trying to re-route me back to it's original wrong route, so I just turned it off.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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I agree tinlizzie as ours has thrown us for a loop a couple of times(newly constructed road) but it gave me a general location of where i was and if i kept driving it would reroute me to my destination or i could check with a map to find an alternate route. I keep my new garmen updated (lifetime maps) and still take maps.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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I use both but rely on the atlas as the final word. The GPS WILL get you where you need to go but it's not always the best route. For example if the main road veers even slightly away from your destination, the gps will take you down a cowpath that moves you closer to your destination. The GPS is indispensable when in an unfamiliar area and you need to find a Walgreens, Wal-Mart or whatever.

So the Garmin stays plastered on the windshield for entertainment and the atlas stays on the console for real navigation.

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