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Old 01-04-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Road Atlas " which one"

for traveling the US and Canada. There is so many Road Atlas

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Old 01-04-2016, 05:05 PM   #2
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The best and by that I mean the most detailed atlases for all of the US and Canada were produced by American map using MapQuest maps. These included terrain, many secondary roads, points of interest, and state and federal campgrounds. Unfortunately they are out of business. After buying a current Rand McNally and a Michelin atlas and comparing to my old American map atlas i concluded neither is as good. I ended up going to Alibris, an online book store, and found a 2010 American map which is what I use now. With most folks using GPS, atlases are not big sellers. Be aware that the large scale (print) atlases have more pages per state but achieve this by dumping Canada (sorry Canadians). If you want lots of detail Delorme has an atlas for each state. No Canada here either I haven't looked recently so if you find something good I'd love to hear of it. Raz
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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My favorite is the Rand McNally. The 2016 one has a photo of Zion NP on it. I like it the most because it shows a lot of road detail and also marks out random places to camp. We also have state by state Topographic maps by DeLorme. These are REALLY detailed and we'll take along whichever ones match the states we are travelling through. As much as I like to GoogleMap things, I'm a paper map girl at heart!
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Google the tourism department of any state or province and then request maps and brochures. You will have plenty of paper when you are done and it keeps the postal workers employed.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #5
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I got started using the Benchmark maps and have continued with them. They are very similar to the DeLorme and about the same price. Benchmark only has the Western States. If I had started with DeLorme, I would probably continue with them. When you are buying either DeLorme or Benchmark, check the print date. Once I found a really good deal on a Benchmark but reading the fine print, it was a 5 year old edition.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:13 AM   #6
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Check out the Rand McNally 2016 Deluxe Motor Carriers Road Atlas for US, Canada & Mexico with Spiral Binding & Laminated Pages 2016., found on Amazon. I really like the laminated pages.

I sometimes use the DeLorme Gazeteer series of maps, for select states.

Of course, I also use the IPhone with a number of navigation apps: Allstays, Mapquest, Google maps, etc.

Also the Garmin RV760 and the Garmin 64st, both of which I find very frustrating and difficult to use. I have these because we like to go where there is no cell pone service.
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BaseCamp Garmin.

Is there anyone who uses Bascamp Garmin?

A program to download in our computer.

Your Garmin, when connected via USB to your computer, it shows you everything you have in your Garmin.
You can create routes from your computer and transfer them to your Garmin ...
I'm only my debut with this software, which gives me a little headaches but sounds very interesting to use when I have tamed, one day.

If I can have the appreciation of this program by some other users, it would be appreciated before my head explodes.



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Gilles: I use Basecamp, Mapsource and GSAK with any of my several Garmin (GPS) devices. but, my use is highly oriented to my Geocaching hobby. Yes, these mapping programs are tricky to learn; but the detailed (within a metre or so) up-to-date mapping is always appreciated, especially for 'off-road' geocaches (usually: in the bush, under a rock, or up a tree). Of course, roads, trails and highways, are included.
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Did you look at this?
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...las-62440.html
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While I usually carry individual state maps from my local AAA, I also keep a copy of the Rand McNally atlas available at Walmart in the tow vehicle, the trailer, and on a bookshelf at home. I prefer the AAA maps for their better detail, however my GPS is far more detailed (it even includes the BLM roads here at Quartzsite).

As to Garmin's Basecamp, I hate it. If I use it to layout a trip on secondary roads, it usually reroutes them when uploaded to the GPS. I've tried matching settings is both, had long conversations with Garmin support, and have pretty much given up on the application.
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We use the LARGE print Rand-McNally to get general directions across the country and figure out the shortest or most interesting route then switch to the Delorme state gazateers for the finer details, campgrounds, trails, etc. Both come in handy and each have their purpose.
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Road Atlas " which one"

Along with a Good Sam atlas that shows RV friendly routes and campgrounds, we have an
older Rand McNally atlas that was purchased at WalMart. In the back of that atlas is a listing
of all of the WalMart stores in various towns.
If you were needing a quick (and free) overnight stay, knowing where the closest WalMart
is could maybe be handy? Just a thought .....


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Old 01-05-2016, 03:14 PM   #13
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I would suggest you join AAA and get their RV membership.
As an AAA member you can have all the free maps you will ever need.
They publish maps of individual states and also maps of regions (northeast with Canada included, southeast, middle Atlantic states...etc...etc.).
With the AAA RV membership you also get all the free campground guides you will ever need (updated every year) and towing in the event your RV or trailer breaks down. All a must for the traveling camper...good to know that help is just a phone call away!

All that plus a good GPS and you will be a Happy Camper !
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In B.C. and Alberta I use the Backroad Map Books. They have good topography and show lots of the side roads in detail. After using one for several months last summer we only found one error. Very detailed with listings for all the free campsites that are called B.C. Recreation Sites in B.C. as well as the usual Provincial campgrounds. The Mussio brothers who publish these books are slowly working on books for all the Provinces.
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If you find an atlas that has shrugged, buy it!
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If you find an atlas that has shrugged, buy it!
Who is John Galt anyway, and what kind of trailer does he pull?
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Gilles: I use Basecamp, Mapsource and GSAK with any of my several Garmin (GPS) devices. but, my use is highly oriented to my Geocaching hobby. Yes, these mapping programs are tricky to learn; but the detailed (within a metre or so) up-to-date mapping is always appreciated, especially for 'off-road' geocaches (usually: in the bush, under a rock, or up a tree). Of course, roads, trails and highways, are included.
Tank You Dave.
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I have several Atlas's as well as maps from AAA.

At an RV show last fall I picked up the National Geographic Road Atlas - Adventure Edition published 2013 for general trip planning.

Its large and the layout is easy to follow - making it easy to use/read. Spiral binding and heavy plastic cover & the pages that seem a bit heavier than other atlas's I have owned making it a bit more durable. I hope.

The front portion of the Atlas gives lots of info on 24 of the more popular National parks across NA as well as historical sites and 100 top recreation areas as picked by the editors of NG Adventure.

It will replace another large format atlas I keep in the trailer (pretty sure its a McNally) that has gotten a bit beat up from use and out of date.

Will still carry my GPS and more detailed maps from AAA if I know in advance where I might be heading.
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Old 01-07-2016, 03:46 PM   #19
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thanks everyone
I when to Walmart and got the Rand McNally 2016 one has a photo of Zion NP on it.
$6.97.
It is a start.
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