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Old 03-13-2006, 07:39 PM   #29
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Garmin c320 Portable...

We've been using the disk-less Garmin Streetpilot c320 for over a year, and it is great. About the size of a baseball, with suction cup or permanent mounting pad, 12v power from cigrette lighter jack, and voice plus regular or 3D/Overhead maps. It uses little stamp-size Secure Digital memory cards, which are loaded from laptop USB connection and CD. We found searching gets overwhelmed with 512MB card, but 256MB memory card holds a number of states and details (including campgrounds in database) are great. Easy to move from tow vehicle to regular car, and hide in console if you're afraid it's a risk. Also easy to throw in sutcase and use with rental cars on business trips.

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Old 03-13-2006, 09:50 PM   #30
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Another vote for the DeLorme laptop based unit. $100 and you're off and running with ease of use, millions of POI's and a really, really big screen. Happiness is never having to squint at your Navi screen!!!!
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:09 AM   #31
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Do the hokey-pokey

Hello, campers!

I have been using the Garmin 3+ for over six years, now (justified primarily by offroad use, but also used in autos, trucks and boats). The 3+ has added one now-hackneyed joke to my repertoire that I am now able to get lost in the manner only possible with lots of tech help.

The 3+ was the first Garmin unit interfacable with a laptop, and was very useful for its principal intended purpose but is rather dated (like any consumer electronics item from the beginning of the century) *grin*.

Other justifications now make a JottoDesk and laptop combination more useful in the tow vehicle (fixing the laptop and cords mess mentioned above).

I'm looking at DeLorme and also the ALK Copilot Live.

OziExplorer doesn't really add any useful functions to me, since I now need (and want) the "Turn now, please, butthole" functionality. I haven't really looked at the Microsoft version (no particular reason, I am actually a MS fan and previous platinum-level developer's networker).

My needs are now for (1) real help with navigation and (2) nothing else is absolutely necessary.

I am way beyond simple atlases my need for navigation assistance is huge (functionality deficit remaining after a brain injury) but my ability to deal with step-by-step procedures (like use of navigation aids that include "don't miss this turn") is improving.

Hmmm, let's make this simpler.

I am a long-time full-timer. My home base (off-and-on since the mid-seventies) was Hawaii, but I often chose to do contracted consulting work on the mainland (often working from an Airstream or an Argosy motorhome). I suffered a stroke while working on the mainland almost four years ago, and I am about ready to travel again.

My navigation-aid needs are huge, and appear to be largely memory-related. I can go where I want I have the time, and I have the resources. But I need big-time assistance with the "where."

Enter the need for real navigation assistance, and for the request for any input that I can get.

Oh. And I really do need to know is the hokey-pokey really what it's all about?

*grin*
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:30 AM   #32
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I have a HP Ipaq pocket PC. I use it for everything. Navigation in the air and on the ground. On the ground i have Delorme Street atlas Handheld. If you want navigation to the house you will need to download maps to the PDA. 1GB or greater memory stick recomended.
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Old 03-20-2006, 07:46 AM   #33
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Hey Johnny,

My hat's off to ya.
Good to hear you're on the mend and getting ready to hit the road again.

One fulltimer to another.
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I am way beyond simple atlases my need for navigation assistance is huge (functionality deficit remaining after a brain injury) but my ability to deal with step-by-step procedures (like use of navigation aids that include "don't miss this turn") is improving.

Hmmm, let's make this simpler.

I am a long-time full-timer. My home base (off-and-on since the mid-seventies) was Hawaii, but I often chose to do contracted consulting work on the mainland (often working from an Airstream or an Argosy motorhome). I suffered a stroke while working on the mainland almost four years ago, and I am about ready to travel again.


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Old 03-20-2006, 10:34 PM   #34
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Very spiffy website!

Hello, Michael!

Thanks for the well-wishing (and hat-doffing).

Of course *grin* it may also be a real concern that I'm sharing the highways again. I am as safe as I am able to be (pretty safe, as such things go patience and planning are now the key). My real test was the evacuation for hurricane Rita last year.

It's wonderful to again feel that "hitch itch."

If your "South Lake" show is in the Dallas area as Mapquest suggests, then I may well see you there. Otherwise, I will certainly be attending the Bayou City festival in October.

No velvet Elvises here http://www.artzilla.net

Proper construction aside, I have actually felt more comfortable with "Elvi" for the plural form in conversation. If you don't see a regular need for the plural form of Elvis, then it's time to revisit Las Vegas.

Of course, Burning Man also counts.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:52 PM   #35
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Hmmm, curiouser and curiouser. More typing therapy for me, I guess.

Hello, Michael!

I lost my first reply to your well-wishing (and hat-doffing). Perhaps it's in that place where some emails (and socks) go.

Seeya at the Bayou City festival.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:12 AM   #36
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I have the Garmin 2620 with hard drive. Unit does certain things great such as find a street address.

However, it has some major shortcomings. Many roads in the US are not on the latest map data bases. My street was renamed 4-5 years ago and the garmin will not load my current updated street address. I drive thru Kentucky from Albany to Renfro valley and the road data is not current.

Only choices are shortest or fastest distance unless you load specific points. I was in Tampa-St. Pete area recently for the Sarasota rally and the soft ware did some stupid things. It wanted to go down florida 19 with interstate 75 close by?

I think I will try CoPilot next. I understand it knows you are a truck or big vehicle. Garmin will take you into some really bad traffic situations because it doesn't discriminate based on your vehicle.

Anyone out there that is using co-pilot?????
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:24 AM   #37
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I am 'road testing' the new Alpine Blackbird. I have it for a few days before I have to decide to purchase (my niece is in the business). So far, I have really liked it. It gave me a strange direction once, but quickly rerouted itself. Otherwise it is very light and small. It has an MP3 player in it I haven't tested yet. I believe it is comparable to the Tom Tom or Garmin at a lower price. $699 at CarToys. What else should I test? Pam
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:43 AM   #38
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OziExplorer doesn't really add any useful functions to me, since I now need (and want) the "Turn now, please, butthole" functionality. I haven't really looked at the Microsoft version (no particular reason, I am actually a MS fan and previous platinum-level developer's networker).
I agree--you really should be a map nut (topo maps, etc.) if you use Ozi. You see things on "real" maps (not the cartoons that the street map, "turn now, butthead," variety display) that you never see on street or highway maps, like anasazi ruins and ghost towns. The aviation maps, like ONCs or TPCs, even sectionals, show things that can be seen from the air but don't ever show up on highway maps.

Ozi can also upload and download anything you can think of (waypoints, tracks, NEMA sentences for moving map, etc.) to your GPS. It's also very quick at making "routes" so you can compute distances and time. If you want to know the area of some piece of dirt, you can calculate that, too (I had to determine the area of several chunks of restricted airspace once--piece of cake and accurate enough for my needs--just an off-the-wall example).

Bottom line, Ozi does a lot of things that you might want to do with a map besides navigate, but it does that, too. On the other hand, it's in a laptop, so you need a space for something bigger than a bun-sized GPS that's just designed for naviation. If you want the "turn now" stuff, you can get the $11 MS street do-dah and switch to that when you're in the mood.

If anyone wants a CD with detailed highway maps for Ozi of the western states and a little less detail for the rest of the country, drop me a PM. Topo maps of all the western states are available, too, but it's 2 DVDs for the western states, down to the 1:100K level. For the 1:24,000 Quads, it's 1 DVD for most western states, but California and Montana are BIGGER.
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Another vote for the DeLorme laptop based unit. $100 and you're off and running with ease of use, millions of POI's and a really, really big screen. Happiness is never having to squint at your Navi screen!!!!
I'm amazed that so few people chimed in on DeLorme. I've been using it for over three years now and I can't say enough good about it. I'm running it on an inexpensive (---relatively!) Compaq laptop, secured to a portable desktop with Velcro. The portable desktop was made up using two oak cutting boards I bought at Walmart - and it simply wedges into place on the center console. The GPS receiver, furnished with the DeLorme package, simply sits on the dashboard down near the bottom of the windshield. I very seldom lose the signal. The system has voice recognition, and excellent verbal directions, provided by a selection of different voices. I use an inverter, plugged into my accessory socket, to keep the computer charged. I wouldn't take a trip without it - especially when towing.

Read all about DeLorme on the internet - a great Maine-based company!
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:08 AM   #40
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GPS mapping with OziExplorer

I'm going to put in another plug for OziExplorer. I've using it for about 8 years and love it--scan in your own maps, use USGS topographics maps, or take screen shots of MapQuest or any other kind of screen map and calibrate them for your mobile use.

The nice thing about a setup like this is that you can switch to an address-based program like StreetFinder or others that are like $15 at CostCo, when you want to do city driving. AND you can install Skype and email and use a wifi card to make quick outside contacts as you pass through town...emphasize the quick part. And when you stop, you've got your backup DVD player right there! Oh, did I mention MP3 music library?

Lots of advantages of a laptop over dedicated GPS navigation units!

See my computer installation for a pickup truck and a Ford Explorer at

www.ozimaps.com

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We love our Garmin StreetPilot 2720
We do always check the directions with a "paper map" before we start on any new trip. The search function is a big help... rest stops, gas or a winery!!

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