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Old 04-27-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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Rodney,

When using Oziexplorer on the go, I have built a couple of small benches that sit over the transmission hump. The laptops have a little velcro on the bottom and the bench has a corresponding piece. Works great.

In the Explorer the legs of the bench are fairly short, front to back, and are canted in as they go up to the tabletop. The top is a little higher in the Explorer than in the truck so that the person's thigh in the right seat can fit under the top. The Explorer cabin isn't very wide.

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In the Pickup the legs of the bench are straight down:

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In both of them, there is a cross piece, about 4" wide, between the legs that is vertical and attaches also to the undeside of the top. This makes the bench very strong.

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Thanks Roger,

I was trying to figure out how you work that. To bad I have a stick shift. Looks like I will be sticking to paper atlases for a while.
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Thanks Roger,

I was trying to figure out how you work that. To bad I have a stick shift. Looks like I will be sticking to paper atlases for a while.
Or part with some hard earned bucks for a Jotto Desk We have a couple of these at work the guys that use them seem happy with them.

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OK, I'm on a budget, but hey, it works! Now if I can figure out how to post this bloody picture
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Zep, That's a nice set up. Really I like it...nicely done, however, What roads do you travel?
This is quite possibly the most dangerous thing I have ever seen in a vehicle.
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For years I've run an old laptop with gps and Street Atlas for a moving map. Ya' gotta learn to not get distracted, but it has kept me from getting lost several times.
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The ease of moving through complex traffic areas - with the moving map on the laptop - probably makes it more of a safety feature than a distraction. I've been using the same setup in my pickup for over three years now and I'd hate to travel without it. It's not like watching TV. You know way ahead of time when your next intersection or exit is coming up - and if you're not paying attention the electronically generated voice will alert you in an almost uncanny fashion. When you enter a complicated interchange the screen automatically changes scale - down to the point where your progress and route to be followed is clearly displayed. Generally, my entire route is set up ahead of time and, once the unit is on line, no further attention to the computer - as to the keyboard - is needed. If you make a mistake and get off course, the DeLorme system will immediately - and automatically - start providing alternate routes to get you back on course. That's a real blessing when you suddenly find yourself in heavy traffic, with 30' of trailer behind you, and not a clue as to which side roads will take you where you want to go. It lets you set up for turns without all of that darn screaming and cursing from other drivers around you that you cut off! I like the broad view the laptop gives you. I can't imagine trying to get around with some of the 5" screens on the handhelds. Even the built-in screens on many of the new cars are a lot smaller than I like - but then again, I ain't no spring chicken!
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Zep, That's a nice set up. Really I like it...nicely done, however, What roads do you travel?
This is quite possibly the most dangerous thing I have ever seen in a vehicle.
You should see some of the mobile ham gear setups around, nothing like having a 10 pound radio flying around like a missile in the cab of the truck or being propelled by the airbag directly at your head in the event of an accident.
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The ease of moving through complex traffic areas - with the moving map on the laptop - probably makes it more of a safety feature than a distraction. I've been using the same setup in my pickup for over three years now and I'd hate to travel without it. It's not like watching TV. You know way ahead of time when your next intersection or exit is coming up - and if you're not paying attention the electronically generated voice will alert you in an almost uncanny fashion. When you enter a complicated interchange the screen automatically changes scale - down to the point where your progress and route to be followed is clearly displayed. Generally, my entire route is set up ahead of time and, once the unit is on line, no further attention to the computer - as to the keyboard - is needed. If you make a mistake and get off course, the DeLorme system will immediately - and automatically - start providing alternate routes to get you back on course. That's a real blessing when you suddenly find yourself in heavy traffic, with 30' of trailer behind you, and not a clue as to which side roads will take you where you want to go. It lets you set up for turns without all of that darn screaming and cursing from other drivers around you that you cut off! I like the broad view the laptop gives you. I can't imagine trying to get around with some of the 5" screens on the handhelds. Even the built-in screens on many of the new cars are a lot smaller than I like - but then again, I ain't no spring chicken!
Cracker, I have used laptop systems for years for chart plotting on my sailboat, and for a Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) for amateur radio experimentation. The new in car and on dash systems have made the laptop systems obsolete, maybe not for your use but in most cases. I travel with 2 to 3 laptops in my trailer or in my truck but use a Garmin Nuvi for navigation, The Nuvi will do everything the you need plus language translation, money exchange, mp3 play, photo album, and more. I fits on the dash and in my pocket so I can use it on walking tours. It is nice to park in a strange city save the position and when you are ready to return to the car just tell the unit to guide you back to your parked car. The newer navigation units are coming down in price and may be worth your evaluation. The only problem I have with the Nuvi is my wife like to argue with the Nuvi due to the unit having a female voice.
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I guess I'm just having a hard time seeing the value of the mainstream gps units when they are hundreds more than an atlas. Part of me wants one, but I choke on the price to much....
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I guess I'm just having a hard time seeing the value of the mainstream gps units when they are hundreds more than an atlas. Part of me wants one, but I choke on the price to much....
The Laptop or the new dedicated units really show their worth on the road. Cracker stated most of the major benefits. My Nuvi will give you a new route if you miss a turn or direct you around traffic. You can tell the unit you are pulling a trailer and it will give you a route designed for trailer towing. The one example I can give you is when we were returning from our evacuation from Katrina we decided to overnight at Pensacola Naval Air Station RV park. It was late and we were tired, had it not been for the GPS navigation we would of not found the site, it was so out of the way and we were so beat I know we would of been sleeping on the side of the road. The ETA information, speed and other data the units provide are very helpful to on the road trip planning. All the being said we do keep an Atlas neatly stored in the passenger side door of the truck.



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Zep, That's a nice set up. Really I like it...nicely done, however, What roads do you travel?
This is quite possibly the most dangerous thing I have ever seen in a vehicle.
It seems that way at first glance, but CRACKER and others are correct--it's not like watching TV. It's a lot quicker to glance at than to try and figure out where you are on paper. And at night it helps keep you awake--even if you can't see what's off the road, you can get a feel of what's out there from the map. The software I use, Oziexplorer, automatically switches maps, so you don't really have to do anything while you're driving.

When you're out in the middle of midnight Nevada and not sure where the heck the road is going, the moving map is a life saver. If you miss a turn, you can go 50 miles before you'd figure it out otherwise.

Last weekend I went up to Denver with only a general idea of the subdivision layout, so I was creeping along reading street signs and getting beeped. If I'd had to the moving map, I would have driven a reasonable speed right to the intersection I wanted.

Presenting a moving map is only a small part of why a laptop is useful. I have most of the maps from Quads (1:24K) up to 1:250K USGS topographic maps, city street maps, national park maps, and a few I've scanned for my own puposes. I use the USGS name list to look up places, plot routes, measure distances, log my tracks and keep them (after about a zillion trips, it's nice to be able to look and see some of the detours and when you took them). Most of this is done sitting still. And I don't need an Internet connection to view any of these maps!

By the way, WAHOONC, those jotto desks look great, but I've installed one in another vehicle and getting it properly braced is not easy. I think it's a good idea, but implementation in some vehicles could use improvement. This was a few years ago, so maybe they're better already.

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Now I get it. Maps.

I had visions of people surfing the internet while cruising the interstate.

Last week I traveled hiway 93 through Nevada. The Extraterrestrial Highway. No map can help, the whole place is lost.
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