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Old 04-25-2006, 09:38 AM   #15
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Just a "thank you" for all your expert suggestions, and a follow-up.

After looking at all the stand-alone GPS units, I kept coming back to how I actually use maps in my life.

I have spent a lot of time using MS Streets and Trips, planning itineraries and what-if's and like to work inside my AS on the large screen of my lap top.

While the Street and Trips is not perfect (I have been using S&T for 5 years) it seemed a no brainier to try the GPS add-on for $89.00.

After 4 week and 3,500 miles I am very pleased with its performance.

The only thing I do not like is using my Lap-top in the TV/truck cab.
Also, the voice volume could be louder (over the 1995 diesel noise)

There is a 90 day return policy with this product so I felt confident with the purchase and I will keep and use it.

Again, thanks gang.

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Old 04-25-2006, 11:35 AM   #16
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Regarding the volume of the speaker. You could pick up a small, inexpensive self-powered (battery or 12V) speaker which would let you get greater volume, or a Blue-Tooth ear bud.
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Old 04-25-2006, 12:42 PM   #17
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I am looking at diferent software to use my lap top as a GPS. Does anyone else do this and have a suggestion? The one I am looking at is the Deluo USB GPS WAAS
and Microsoft® Streets & Trips 2006

Here is the link:http://www.deluoelectronics.com/customer/home.php

This will be used in the motor home.
I got suckered into buying that produce. They have no tech support. Try it, call them, email them, nothing. I've spend half of today trying to get there bluetooth produce to work....

I have a Garmin nRoute with Garmin 18 usb gps. Works pretty good but I'ld rather the Microsoft software which doesn't connect to the Garmin GPS. Get a 2006 with the microsoft gps and you will avoid alot of trouble.
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Old 04-25-2006, 12:53 PM   #18
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don't like the laptop on in a truck when moving

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http://www.delorme.com/earthmatelt20/
I don't like to keep the laptop on in a car (truck) when moving. One quick stop and it's toast.
Here is a way to get a large bright screen without the laptop, use the Avmap G4T (Geosat 4)Navigation system. This unit is also APRS capable so you can see where other APRS enabled folks are.
http://www.geosat.us
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Old 04-25-2006, 02:55 PM   #19
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I don't like to keep the laptop on in a car (truck) when moving. One quick stop and it's toast. The Garmin is bullet proof. Newer models have bigger displays and more memory.

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I have a portable type console mounted on the seat between the driver and the passenger. The laptop is velcroed to the lid of the console so it is easily positionable for my navigator.
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Just a "thank you" for all your expert suggestions, and a follow-up.

After looking at all the stand-alone GPS units, I kept coming back to how I actually use maps in my life.

I have spent a lot of time using MS Streets and Trips, planning itineraries and what-if's and like to work inside my AS on the large screen of my lap top.

While the Street and Trips is not perfect (I have been using S&T for 5 years) it seemed a no brainier to try the GPS add-on for $89.00.

After 4 week and 3,500 miles I am very pleased with its performance.

The only thing I do not like is using my Lap-top in the TV/truck cab.
Also, the voice volume could be louder (over the 1995 diesel noise)

There is a 90 day return policy with this product so I felt confident with the purchase and I will keep and use it.

Again, thanks gang.

Michael
Michael: What is the $89 GPS add-on for MS Steets & Trips you are mentioning. Is it a portable GPS like a Garmin type? Educate me please. Thanks.
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Old 04-25-2006, 06:09 PM   #21
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Michael: What is the $89 GPS add-on for MS Steets & Trips you are mentioning. Is it a portable GPS like a Garmin type? Educate me please. Thanks.
go to Costco. It's a USB GPS combined with Microsoft Streets software.
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Kent, for my two cents worth.... I use Delorme 2006 and the little Garmin GPS / USB windshield gizmo every day. I hate the Delorme so I vote for MS streets... Delorme got me lost again tonight. I'm about ready to go back to the old version. Confidence is very low and it costs me time and money when the software is not taking me to the proper location. This can be a saftey issue too when you travel.
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:25 PM   #23
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:16 PM   #24
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go to Costco. It's a USB GPS combined with Microsoft Streets software.
Here's the MS streets& trips
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...v=&browse=&s=1
$99 at costco...is this the right one? Looks like this one comes with the reciever.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...v=&browse=&s=1
This is the DeLorme version, but I don't think it has a reciever in the package. $89

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Old 05-02-2006, 06:12 PM   #25
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Same setup

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I've been using the Delorme EarthMate and their software for a couple of years now, and have been pretty happy with it overall. I made a mount for the laptop that sits snugly in the drink holders in the center console. It pivots on a ball bearing mount which cost about $15 in materials from Home Depot to build. It can actually turn 360 when mounted and running on battery, and easily back and forth from driver to passenger while plugged into the truck via ac/dc inverter.
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Interesting to note that I have an almost identical setup - and in the same vehicle! Works great for me - after 3 years of use. My mount consists of two oak cutting boards from WalMart, with a center bolt and wingnut underneath to permit swivelling. One of the cutting boards was cut to fit snugly into the available "pocket" under the radio, while the other end simply rests on the console lid. The laptop secures to the upper cutting boards with velcro tabs and requires "brute force" to get it loose! A simple, cheap, and very functional setup. As for "fingering" the laptop going down the road - I simply don't do it. If I have a problem (---very rare with respect to the DeLorme software) I wait until I can pull over to resolve it. I'll take the full-sized screen and the superior voice quality any day over what I've seen and heard from the smaller units. That's probably a concession to my senior citizen status! As for giving vocal directions to the unit, that gets a bit tricky and I seldom try it!
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