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Old 06-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #43
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So those folks in Northern California and Western Oregon years past that somehow got themselves on snow closed roads and stuck for days....were they using GPS or paper maps?

Most paper maps show winter road closures.

If you're talking about the Kim family in Oregon, they weren't using a GPS.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:17 PM   #44
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I love paper maps. My Atlas is about 6 or 7 years old.

I bought an Atlas cover at Camping World some years ago. The cover has pockets in the front and back. I have about 2 maps in each pocket. I've got all 50 States and Canadian Provinces plus a 1/2 dozen regional maps and of course several United States Maps.

My Eastern Maps are probably 10 years old so if and when I decide to get out past Ohio, Kentucky and into the South I'll go to AAA and get current maps. The old ones I'll use to plot my basis route. I by-pass Big Cities, freeways and certainly Toll roads so my old maps are likely still good at least for general planning.

I've found a couple of times that newer maps no longer have some of campgrounds indicated with the red tent, so the old maps are still good keep.

When traveling I fold my maps into 8 1/2 by 11 so the route I'm taking is visible on both sides and then place it into a plastic sleeve. When my route continues off the page I stop and re-fold it or prior to starting out the next day. I usually have at least 3 States folded in their sleeves on the passenger seat.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #45
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When entering just about any state in the union by interstate highway, there is a welcome center with state maps for free and more. That is where we get our updated individual maps.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #46
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Cool GPS vs maps

I like to use the GPS with a grain of salt. Too many times I have been misdirected by GPS and so I like to have a paper map for confirming or checking the GPS directions.

I can drive to any major city in the US on my own but when I arrive in the city, a GPS is invaluable to find an address.

At all times GPS is useful in finding a specific store, Wal Mart, In n Out, etc.

Hollywood killed our Magellan so we have a Garmin now.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #47
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All my GPSs have been Garmin so I can't compare between brands.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:24 PM   #48
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Mine is a TomTom. It's been pretty darn good. No voice repeating over & over its recalculating!!! That some of the other brands have should you dare to turn someplace it wasn't expecting you to. It just remaps quietly.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #49
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TOPO, is how I go, Printed. Especially pulling a trailer. I want to know how steep the Mountain is. Or take the low road scenic route. "DeLorme" Atlas is my choice.
TOPO Quads when hiking or biking.
GPS when Not pulling and going to visit out of town or as a Realtor, It helps me find the house, I get lost in the city. HA!
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Have a GPS, use Google Maps, DeLorme Steet Atlas, but want a paper map to be able to check things on my own.

In March on the way to Newport Beach, CA, we didn't have a paper map. Just following the GPS.

The Voice told us to turn, we turned & had to pay a few toll fees. If we had a California map with us. We would have know not to turn & keep going.

Need to know just where the Voice is telling one to go. Actually, we had the voice on low & were just reading the print out.

Some of the roads they have want me to take, no one would want to be on.

Give me a paper map (I like the "Freeway" Maps from AAA). But never use Atlases (magazine like things).
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:15 PM   #51
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A month or so back I bought, for $5, the Rand McNally road atlas app for the iPad. It is the identical maps as the large paper atlas. Love it.
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Have a GPS, use Google Maps, DeLorme Steet Atlas, but want a paper map to be able to check things on my own.

In March on the way to Newport Beach, CA, we didn't have a paper map. Just following the GPS.

The Voice told us to turn, we turned & had to pay a few toll fees. If we had a California map with us. We would have know not to turn & keep going.
my TomTom will tell me when you first plug in the destination address if there are tolls on the route it has planned & ask if you would like it to find an alternative route with no tolls.
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my TomTom will tell me when you first plug in the destination address if there are tolls on the route it has planned & ask if you would like it to find an alternative route with no tolls.
Motion x GPS has an option to avoid tolls. I don't know why it bothers people, if it costs me a few more bucks to get there quicker and start enjoying vacation, so be it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:31 AM   #54
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Ginny uses maps. Our only GPS is in our phones. We do use the phone GPS to find specific places, it works extremely well. Our phones are taking over practically every electonic function.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:36 AM   #55
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I could never live without paper maps! I even keep one for our city in my car and in the house plotting out trips. I am a "visual" person and one of my biggest challenges is locations and getting there. I can also tell you that when we lived in our last city that people coming in using GPS found that it was unreliable in locating our house. I always thought that was a good thing because "big brother" would also have that problem!
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:15 AM   #56
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I love paper maps! I like to be able to highlight my route with my marker and feel more secure checking it against the computer stuff. Just got a Garmin and an getting used to it - maybe I will eventually trust it....
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