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Old 10-28-2007, 04:59 PM   #1
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At the risk of getting the same answer I got from my Mother in law when I asked why she didn't have a compass on her car, " Don't need one because I know where the hell I am going"

Is anyone using a GPS for trips?
I ask because I am going to fire my wife as navigator, and am looking for something to replace her with. ( in this respect only).
I would need the audio nag built in with "turn right at hwy 52" type instructions.
It would also be nice to use it backroad and maybe even for some hiking.
A sort of all around nice unit so to speak. There's lots of reviews but too much to wade through, so I'll ask here and see if there is any agreement on the perfect unit.

As a guy I would never need directions, but I've noticed that I am watching out so people don't crash into me while they are talking on the phone more and looking for where we need to go less.

This has caused some heated discussions that I would like to eliminate.
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:15 PM   #2
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I would still be lost in St. Louis from two years ago without GPS. And, while my hubby likes to plan the trips, even he has to admit that my GPS helped us find the motel on one of our trips. There is something comforting about the GPS voice telling us to make a turn, although both of us yell at the computer too sometimes. At least, it does not yell back.

My GPS is on my laptop though. I didn't plan it that way; they didn't have anything for my Treo when I was at the computer store two years ago. However, it is easier on my older eyes to see the larger screen. And I take a huge amount of comfort, when I am driving myself, watching the little green GPS arrow following the route I previously mapped out. And seeing exits before I get to them, so I can plan the lane I need to be in.

I would not be without my GPS now.

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Old 10-28-2007, 05:20 PM   #3
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We used the Garmin 660 for the first time on our last 2 1/2 week trip that covered Zion, north rim of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Durango, Electra Lake, Taos, Fish Lake, Arches NP and Bryce Canyon NP. Like any other GPS, it has pluses and minuses, but we are quite happy with it. We have had both Magellan and Garmin handhelds for boating and hiking and prefer Garming. (It's sort of like the Chevy Ford thing. We are Garmin people.) It has bluetooth and audible directions. You can even select a male voice if you would like to get totally lost! (Just kidding...making up for you firing your wife...as navigator!) Lot's of people use the Tom-Tom and really like it. I'm sure others will chime in. Good luck!
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At the risk of getting the same answer I got from my Mother in law when I asked why she didn't have a compass on her car, " Don't need one because I know where the hell I am going"

Is anyone using a GPS for trips?
I ask because I am going to fire my wife as navigator, and am looking for something to replace her with. ( in this respect only).
I would need the audio nag built in with "turn right at hwy 52" type instructions.
It would also be nice to use it backroad and maybe even for some hiking.
A sort of all around nice unit so to speak. There's lots of reviews but too much to wade through, so I'll ask here and see if there is any agreement on the perfect unit.

As a guy I would never need directions, but I've noticed that I am watching out so people don't crash into me while they are talking on the phone more and looking for where we need to go less.

This has caused some heated discussions that I would like to eliminate.

I agree with your Mother in Law, and my wife is better than GPS.
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Old 10-28-2007, 06:40 PM   #5
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We have an old Garmin e-Trex Legend. It's tiny low-resolution monochrome screen means it isn't really practical to glance at while driving, and it has no audio at all, but it is still very useful to answer those "where are we" and "was that the right way to go at that intersection" questions. If I were starting from scratch and was willing to spend on luxuries, I would definitely go for a GPS intended for mounting in a car, with a big screen; I would choose it mostly on the basis of how well the controls are arranged.

I doubt anything convenient for handheld use makes a good dashboard unit. I could be mistaken, of course, but I would plan on separate units for the two purposes. Keeping them the same brand could mean re-use of any purchased detail maps.

It is amusing to look at the stored track and see it wandering around where the built-in map shows no road, while exploring the thinner and twistier lines on the paper map.

There is a difference in performance between GPS receivers. I used my Garmin and someone's Magellan in the back seat of a car for a while, and found that with the restricted view of the sky, the Garmin found the satellite signals and its position much faster, reporting higher position confidence (accuracy). That was two specific models in an unusual condition, so I'm not drawing any conclusion by brand, but it does illustrate that they're not interchangable.

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I agree with your Mother in Law, and my wife is better than GPS.
Sure, Ches, you know where you're going... but aren't there maybe two roads in and out of Grande Cache? How would you get lost?
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But if you don't get lost on a trip you're eliminating half the fun
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:10 PM   #7
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Greg, I agree with you. We do like " I wonder where that road goes to?" very much and will continue the practice, this is for when we need to be somewhere and are already late situations. (Of course I would never ask.)

Plus some of the gps units have points of interest suggestions that maybe I didn't even know exisited.
No point in missing anything as long as you're near there.
We found the whole Little House on the Prarie area by accident when going through South Dakota and had one of the best days ever.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:12 PM   #8
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I'm a GPS geek, with 5 or six of them in "inventory" at the moment. One for the sailboat with nautical charts, one for hiking/geocaching with topographical maps, two for the car (one being my previous unit that was replaced by the new giant screen unit) and a couple hand held units that are way past current but still functional.

A variety of "Me Too's" follow:

I, too, am a Garmin fan.

Many units from the same manufacturer use basically the same menu logic in each of their units. Sticking to units from one brand often makes using them easier because you don't have to remember a new menu structure.

I also agree that the hand held portable unit is almost always too small for the driver to safely use. Using a GPS is distracted driving at a minimum. I suggest something that can be located close to the normal vision direction is best. Obviously, it shouldn't block any vision outside the car.

Often, you can use a handheld to provide the fix to drive a lap top mapping system. I personally don't recommend a lap top for driver use because it can rarely be put up on the dash area. Good if you have a co-pilot though.

Don't underestimate the value of a color display, especially for the vehicle unit. So much more information is conveyed in a glance with a color unit.

Auto units need to be securely mounted. Some states (California for one) don't allow suction cups on the windshield.
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Sure, Ches, you know where you're going... but aren't there maybe two roads in and out of Grande Cache? How would you get lost?



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But if you don't get lost on a trip you're eliminating half the fun
I know what you're saying. Getting lost is fun when you have the time. Sometimes the free time starts when you leave the driveway, sometimes the trip is just a necessary step in the vacation.

I often head out from a camp site heading wherever the road takes me. But then there comes a point when I'm done for the day and want to be back to the trailer. "No worries, mate!" the GPS knows where I am and how to get back.

Plus, while I love eating lunch at local diners and exploring the area is part of the trip, sometimes it's nice to know where the nearest grocery is, or heaven forbid, where is the nearest emergency or urgent care facility.

It's not a necessity but perhaps a nicety.
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I use Delorme. The laptop on the seat next to me is fine, although I have looked at something to sit it on like the police have in their cars. I just glance at its arrow occasionally while driving, like you would look at the car next to you, and turn down the radio when I need to hear what the GPS is saying. If it needs serious study, I pull off. I will admit - on occasion, I still need to buy a local map for confusing cities and then will use the two together to get me through, making route adjustments as needed before I head into the town or to get out of the town if I am lost.

When we use it on a joint trip, I program the GPS and hold the laptop on my lap or at my feet.


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We bought a Magellan Roadmate 3000T last spring and like it very much. We would not consider traveling without it now. We're still learning new functions and will never know how to use all its potential. It is a car only unit and if we were needing GPS for hiking I'd look for a dedicated, smaller, hand-held unit.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:39 PM   #13
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Hi.
I am an enthousiast user of GPS. No, it's not a necessity. I have driven around Canada and U.S from north to south and east to west without GPS, and I could come back home. But now, I would no longer travel without it, for peace of mind. If you miss a turn, it takes you back on the right way .
Mine is a Garmin Quest. Small screen, but with a great flexibility of programming. I prefer to build my route on the computer and download it.
You need to refill the tank ? It says you where are gas stations around your place, and a lot of other informations.
Last winter I went to Texas for one month. I defined my route down there, and entered all campgrounds up to five miles each side from it.
You don't need to wonder where is the next turn, one mile ? ten miles? it tells you when approching...
I agree that could be funny to get lost when visiting the country,... but not a great fun when jammed in traffic in a big city.... It's the best copilot I have never known....Oh no ! no longer without my GPS !
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:03 PM   #14
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I use a Garmin C330 in my truck, and a Garmin Nuvi 350 in my Murano. I also have handheld units for hiking and Geocaching.

I'm well sold in these units as a navigating tool. They sure make traveling easier
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