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Old 09-26-2007, 10:44 PM   #15
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My wife's gold Expedition has a built-in navigation system that I affectionately named "Goldie". The first time we tried it out we set it for our spring break trip to Disney World...a trip we make at least three times a year so we knew the route. We just wanted to become familiar with the unit on a known route rather than get ourselves lost by messing up the system.

Well, it's a good thing we did! I had some how set it for avoid expressways and the seven hour trip was planned for 15-1/2 hours! As we approached the interstate, "Goldie" told me to make a "safe u-turn at the next opportunity" and when I ignored her and got on the interstate, "Goldie" kept telling me to take the next exit. I finally told the b!+c# to shut up and pressed the mute button!!

When we stopped for gas in Valdosta, I reset the options and cleared the "avoid expressway" preference and magically, the planned route was on the interstate and the remaining journey went from a eight hour trip to a three hour trip!
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:15 PM   #16
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My wife recently mentioned a GPS would be kinda neat - I took that as permission to purchase . I researched and looked at the Tom Tom One, the Garmin Nuvi, and ended up getting the LG LN740. It's got a few more bells and whistles, and usually alot more expensive, but I found a really good deal. We will be testing it out Thursday as we head for the BB Rally. I really like the features on the Nuvi - but couldn't justify the price.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:05 AM   #17
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GPS is right up there with the cell phone and microwave. Once you have one, you wonder how you ever did without.

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Old 09-27-2007, 05:48 AM   #18
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I received a Garnin GPS for Christmas. After using it once my DH went out and bought one for himself. Definately wonder how I ever did without it. Even on a route I know, I can now tell exactly what time I am going to arrive. And it is great for looking up restaurants and things in unknown territory.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:37 AM   #19
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We have the tomtom one. Yes, it's time to destination leaves something to be desired though it usually indicates a lot longer rather than shorter time to destination.

Other than that, it works great. It got me through Pittsburgh recently with no problems.

It can't be beat for the price. Here's a mounting tip. Rather than sticking it on the windshield, I velcro the suction cup mount to the dash. Works well that way.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:00 AM   #20
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We have a Tom Tom. We just completed a 10,000 mile trip up through Canada and back through all the western states. Other than an occaisional glitch in the maps where it has an older road in the system or where its maps don't seem to match up for a mile or so, the system worked great. We often chose a more scenic route than the more direct route Tom Tom had chosen. Usually after just a couple of miles it would reprogram itself to the chosen route. The best feature was that we always knew how much further a destination was. We also used it to find nearby campgrounds and restaurants as we made the entire trip on the fly without once obtaining a reservation anywhere. Overall, it was well worth its cost.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:38 AM   #21
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Can it warn you about upcoming low overpasses?

I read recently that GPS is hot amongst theives now. Even if you don't leave it on the windshield they look for the suction cup ring stain and if they see that break in and hunt around for the GPS. The article recommends cleaning your windshield when you pull the GPS off.

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Old 09-27-2007, 09:13 AM   #22
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Great information on the Tom TOm unit. How about other units?? What are the plus and minus features to watch for?? I certainly get the feeling that those that have GPS wouldn't be without it. When we were boaters, we predated the GPS units but I'm very anxious to look into getting one now. Any word on other units?? Pros - Cons???
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:01 AM   #23
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I have owned a Garmin 76 for a couple of years and use for most trips. I think the features to consider in purchasing a GPS start with the intended use. I wanted a GPS that could be used for both hiking and vehicle routing. Hence the 76 (which also has great boat features). The trade off is that with a portable/hiking unit there is no voice commands. When driving I have to look at the screen or assign that to the co-pilot.

If you are going to use the GPS for vehicle routing, the major feature to look for is auto routing. Auto routing comes into play when you deviate from the planned route. Without auto routing, the GPS will direct you back to the planned route. With auto routing, the GPS will recalculate the route from your present position. For me auto routing was a must.

When purchasing a GPS also consider the mapping software. Most companies have proprietary mapping software that you will want to purchase along with the GPS. When planning a trip, I typically work on it on the PC and then download it into the GPS.

When flying and renting a car, I always take the GPS and use it to navigate around.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:00 AM   #24
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The TomTom One has auto routing. After peeving it off by going off-route, it will sulkily switch to the next best alternative. You can also tell it to ignore part of the route and it will switch to the next best route.

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Old 09-27-2007, 01:22 PM   #25
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Even on a route I know, I can now tell exactly what time I am going to arrive.
Or in my case, how late I'm going to be!

BTW, anybody know if you can order updates for the built in units? I was playing around with "Goldie" the other day and she had a couple of restaurants listed in our community that have been closed a couple of years. But, she did have the phone numbers for the others that she had and that makes it easy for call-ahead on the fly.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:08 PM   #26
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Great information on the Tom TOm unit. How about other units?? What are the plus and minus features to watch for?? I certainly get the feeling that those that have GPS wouldn't be without it. When we were boaters, we predated the GPS units but I'm very anxious to look into getting one now. Any word on other units?? Pros - Cons???
My Magellan Maestro has built in AAA Tourbook which includes campgrounds. Type in a city and it gives you all campgrounds (and all other tourbook info) within a range. You can then autoroute to your selection from your current position. It also has bluetooth connectivity for my cell phone. When the campground info displays the phone number on the GPS, I just touch the screen and it dials the number if I want to call ahead for a reservation. Hands free. Cool...really cool!
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We have the tomtom one. Yes, it's time to destination leaves something to be desired though it usually indicates a lot longer rather than shorter time to destination.
I have found the arrival time in the Garmin to be very accurate. It adjusts itself as you gain or lose time.
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For whatever reason, my TomTom One is very accurate with regard to distance, arrival time, etc. Doesn't sound like thats the case with all.
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