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Old 08-11-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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My Wife - Loves Maps

So I am a geek, I'm ok with that. I like electronics, the web, the cloud and all the APs out there that help us enjoy and control (okay a little control freak in there) our RV experience. My wonderful wife of 34 years likes maps and books. I need advice on the best paper versions of all the great RV references out there. Thanks
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:08 PM   #2
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Paper maps and knowing how to read them are nice to have when all the fancy toys break and they will at the worst possible times. I have a US Roadmap Atlas and pick up state maps from state welcome centers. I do like my GPS but they lie all too often.
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I guess there are still those big campground books out there. I have not seen one in several years. The ones that I remember were about the size of the Manhattan Yellow Pages. I'm sure that you can still get one, but I'm not sure where. You can still get state highway maps at the welcome stations. We haven't gotten one in a long time.

We have gone totally virtual. Good luck in your quest.

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It sounds like a perfect blend. Technology and old school works well together.

I also like when the copilot likes and can read a map and also look something up on a phone to supplement the paper. I do not like to see the driver trying to read a map or phone.

We also love paper maps. I love the l o n g distance look a paper map gives you without zooming in and out.

We use the basic Rand McNally $7.00 at Walmart every year. We us the Delorme for our state off road. We will use the current Milepost for when we go to Alaska.

We also pick up a specific state map if we need more detail.

I love Google Earth. The time I've wasted and places I've gone (online) while scouting a trip or a place someone talked about.

Sometime you all will post a trip, location or campground and I will look it up to see where you are or the pretty place you posted about.

We Love Maps Too!
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:32 AM   #5
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We still use AAA Maps,TripTiks and Travel Guides.

Also have a Tom-Tom portable and an On-board nav, when they argue we go to the TripTik.

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Old 08-12-2016, 06:34 AM   #6
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Ditto on maps and hard copies being great. Try to get any Road Atlas as a spiral-bound book. Much easier to deal with.

The DeLorme Atlas maps are great. Very detailed and accurate for good local navigation. Here is a recent thread in this sub-forum:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ff-146957.html

https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DEL...?section=10042

If you like maps, these are really great!

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Old 08-12-2016, 08:01 AM   #7
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I like paper maps too! Garmin and Google maps are more up to date, but not as much fun.
I have an old Rand McNally Atlas that I use to record our travels. I use red pencil to mark the highways we have towed on. While we are traveling without the trailer I mark the routes in blue pencil. I circle towns where we spend the night and write notes in the margins. It's fun to go back a look at the spiderweb of markings. Brings back memories.
If I ever sell my trailer I may just hide it somewhere in the trailer's innards, so that some day a future owner doing a renovation might discover it.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:17 AM   #8
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GPS and maps are not competitive. You need both. Maps help you plan your trip for the most enjoyment and tell you when you should ignore what the GPS lady is telling you. GPS tells you where to go to get some gas and gets you around in an unfamiliar town. It does not do a good job on local temporary road closures. It does get you back on track, if you have to deviate into unfamiliar territory. A navigator, that can operate both systems, makes life a lot safer. Driving is a full time occupation.
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Wife navigates very well. Paper maps are great for planning. Have not used our Tom Tom in several years. It did a pretty good job. Found the phone to be much better for several reasons. Tom Tom tells about traffic on your chosen route. Phone shows traffic wherever you wish. Makes navigating around trouble a snap. The google earth view option on phone map is nice to be able to see if you want to tow to a location or not.
We always have our phones with us, so can easily plan, determine distances etc. wherever or whenever we choose.


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As time goes on, we find that we are going more electronic and less paper in our travel planning and navigation.

On our recently completed 56 day Airstream adventure, we used paper maps very little. We did almost all of our route planning on the notebook in the evening using Microsoft Streets and Trips. During actual travel, we used a combination of the Garmin 760 and our Android smart phones and tablet.

We have made this transition at the urging of our youngest son, who is 38 years old. He often tells us that "1989 called and wants their maps back". He also tells us that in the near future, paper maps will only be found in nursing homes.

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. . . "1989 called and wants their maps back". He also tells us that in the near future, paper maps will only be found in nursing homes.

Brian
Your son has a great sense of humor . . .

As long as I have my maps and oxygen, that will be OK.

Here comes "Club Bed" !!!

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Another great book/map is Next Exit, it's older but still very accurate( and we just make notes in it for corrections). easy to find on Amazon. Major highways it will give you rest areas and exits with food/gas/diesel/camping. My wife uses the box/map and can confirm with laptop/phone. We like maps because we decide the route we want not the GPS.

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Old 08-12-2016, 11:40 AM   #13
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Thanks Joe,

Here is the 2016 edition:

https://www.amazon.com/Next-EXIT-201.../dp/0984692142

Looks like a good investment for $14.40!

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We pick up the "Official State Road Maps" from the welcome centers every year so they are as updated as they can be.
We do use GPS navigation from time to time, but it seems to get me lost and frustrated more than it helps, so I have a Rand McNally Road Atlas on board and a compass.
I also print out turn by turn directions before I go and memorize as much of the trip as possible.
I refresh my memory at every rest stop, fuel stop, meal stop.
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