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Old 07-06-2015, 05:08 PM   #11
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Road atlas for me. I used to have a GPS but had an argument with the voice giving directions.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:03 PM   #12
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Like Scoutr2 I have a Verizon phone with Google maps and a 7 or 8 year old Garmin, which is mostly ok. Am planning a cross country trip next year and will probably get a new fairly cheap Garmin, just to have something to look at which I keep on the very lower left hand side of the windshield. We also have a 2016 Large Scale Atlas.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:27 PM   #13
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In chatting with some Aussies in a campground, they also have in the navigator's seat a spiral-bound laminated-pages road atlas. They then use white-board pens to mark routes and attractions - yet wipe it clean when necessary. Their GPS was great in providing step-by-step directions but concurrently they wanted to see the larger view only a physical map provides. I wish I had taken a closer look, and am now trying to find something like they use. Would appreciate links if anyone knows what I'm seeking. Update: $39.99 + CA tax + $6.95 shipping = $50.94 at 2016 Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas - Rand McNally Road Atlases - Atlases

You will find these on the shelf at most truck stops, paper, plastic coated, and LARGE PRINT for us with short arms.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:07 PM   #14
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After just finishing our 2nd 5400+ mile trip in two years, I'd recommend the Magellan Road Mate 9200LM. Lifetime map updates, 7 inch screen and a suction cup mount that sticks like glue to the roughest dashboard surface. Got it at Best Buy last year on clearance. Not sure if still available.

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Old 07-07-2015, 06:52 AM   #15
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I have a Garmin and it has 3 settings in it. Fastest, Shortest and scenic. But I find the best way is to look at a map and add a town 50-100 miles down the road then follow the gps there then add the next town... that is if you are not staying on the interstate..
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:00 AM   #16
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We had a Big atlas with us as well as My ipad with maps and wifi. GPS seems to be good when you have a final address destingation in mind but is useless when your wanting to stay off the interstate and see the country.
Most Garmin GPS units have a setting for things to avoid. You can set it to avoid toll roads and highways and it will take you down the back roads. Sometimes you can also use the "shortest" route setting instead of the "fastest" and it will also use the back roads.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:11 AM   #17
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I tried the "shortest" option once on my Garmin and it took me down some hairy dirt roads. You can get in a predicament really fast using that option with a big rig. Don't ask!
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:18 AM   #18
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I use a DOT Truck Driver's Atlas........it has all the roads classified in it that are DOT rated for a tractor-trailer rig. Even the back country roads. That's some good info...especially if you're pulling your 5th wheeler or driving one of those full size Class A's......there's some roads you don't want to discover the hard way that there were size restrictions.

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Old 07-07-2015, 09:39 AM   #19
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I've been use a Garmin NUVI 2555 and a road atlas. My new truck has a built in navigation system which I haven't had the opportunity to use yet but the Garmin has worked very well. I bought my Atlas at Walmart and it included a free digital version so I put on the DW's Ipad. No pages to wear out, no need for long arms because you can zoom in & out. I use Waze and Google maps as needed also.
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Road atlas for me. I used to have a GPS but had an argument with the voice giving directions.
Me too! My Garmin has taken me down some subdivision roads with low hanging trees and dead end streets but for some reason I kept using it. This past Spring, it "did me wrong" again. I stopped the truck, pulled it out of it's cradle, dropped it to the ground and stomped on it. I'm not a violent guy but I can only take so much. Now, I'm not tempted to use it anymore
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