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Old 05-03-2016, 01:31 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Yeah but it is hard to see some of those faraway places from the porch!
Not if you are in Alaska, you can see Russia from the back porch, at least from Sarah Palin's house

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Old 05-03-2016, 04:32 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by jim584672 View Post
People still use an actual paper road atlas? That is so old school.
GPS is only useful if you know where you want to go. I've been sitting in stand still traffic in a strange city, and the GPS has been totally useless. I would have killed for a paper map so I could cruise the back roads and alleyways to work my way through. It's also a pain to try to get a GPS to take the road less travelled. Now I try to have an atlas for the highways and a detailed paper map for the cities. It's also great for pre-planning a trip. Printing out Google maps just doesn't do it.

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Old 05-03-2016, 05:44 PM   #23
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We have an older GPS, a car with a Nav system, my DH has an Iphone 6 and he was just saying that he would like to have a map. We are going back on our schooner trip in ME again and we would like to go a different way and see different things. We would like to get off of the interstates this time. That large print atlas looks perfect!
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:00 PM   #24
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Thanks. I picked up the spiral bound Rand-McNally Atlas for home use. For the car, i will bring more compact folding maps.
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:27 PM   #25
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Rand-McNally Road Atlas? Oh boy, I bought one years ago, but have not used it for so long I don't know where it is now (I know I would not throw it away).

For extensive RV'ing, I have been using map software on a laptop, plus Google map on an iPhone. I cannot see planning a cross-country trip on a handheld GPS or a phone, so a laptop software is a must for me. Handheld devices are good for exploring into towns, however.

Active RV full-timers who boondock a lot buy Delorme Topo paper maps so they can go off-road. And for hiking, you would need detailed trail maps.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:32 PM   #26
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Oh and a shout out for Waze. I used it to navigate on a recent trip out west with my niece and it was perfect. Helped me avoid heavy traffic areas. It's an app for the phone, though Google owns it and the traffic info is built into their map app as well.
I discovered my niece will not be going into any cartography intensive fields when she graduates--got me lost the first time I asked her to navigate!! And that was just from the Denver airport to Stapleton!
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:19 PM   #27
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I also use the spiral bound Rand-McNally maps. You can get them in a couple versions at any truck stop. I keep one in the motorhome, and another at home as it is nice to be able to see the overall route. Full size fold-out state maps are more detailed than the R-M has.

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