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Old 12-31-2019, 02:44 PM   #15
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We use Google Maps on an Samsung S2 android tablet. There is an option on G-maps to download route maps so that it still works when you lose wi-fi. We use it often with no wi-fi available and its way better than any stand alone GPS that I've ever had.
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We use Google Maps on an Samsung S2 android tablet. There is an option on G-maps to download route maps so that it still works when you lose wi-fi. We use it often with no wi-fi available and its way better than any stand alone GPS that I've ever had.

I tried GM on an android tablet but could not find a download route map. I could send the directions to my phone. But they weren't turn by turn like a gps. Could you please offer some direction here?

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After you open the GM app, you should see 3 horizontal bars in the upper left hand corner. Tap the bars and a menu will open up along the left hand edge. There are two options that you need to change. Turn off "wi-fi only" and then below that you need to open "off line maps" and choose some options regarding what to download.
When you are in an area that has not been downloaded yet and start a route on Wi-Fi, you get a pop up that asks if you want to download the route in case you loose Wi-Fi. We have a TOGO in the RV, so when we take the toad, we enter the expected route and download the area before driving off.
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Has the OP tried Google Maps?
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Just got back on the road. I will give GM a try.
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We use Madam Google but after a few shaky directions provided in parts of PA this past fall, I now compare the route to RV Trip Wizard for differences.

As was mentioned above, How to get here is very important for some of the more remote parks.
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After you open the GM app, you should see 3 horizontal bars in the upper left hand corner. Tap the bars and a menu will open up along the left hand edge. There are two options that you need to change. Turn off "wi-fi only" and then below that you need to open "off line maps" and choose some options regarding what to download.
When you are in an area that has not been downloaded yet and start a route on Wi-Fi, you get a pop up that asks if you want to download the route in case you loose Wi-Fi. We have a TOGO in the RV, so when we take the toad, we enter the expected route and download the area before driving off.

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As far as I can remember, every state or national park I've visited had a "Ho to get here" info box on their website. And many of them had a cautionary note not to depend on your GPS.
In addition to the info I've been able to find from their website, I almost always give them a call to be sure, for instance, that I can still get in even if I arrive after their open hours. That's also a good time to ask about any weird directions, etc. (We almost never make reservations. They tend to lock you in and you never know what might come up along the way).
I second this. Many park websites have the "DO NOT follow the GPS" warnings. I just get it in my head where I want to go after looking at Google Maps.

If the OP for some reason doesn't have it on their device, DOWNLOAD IT NOW, it does not have ads and is the best thing going for finding stuff. I have a private pilots license, and when I learned to fly, you had to understand the navigation charts. Being on the ground looking at maps is not different for me. After looking at it in default mode, I will usually switch to satellite view to see if their is anything weird, and if it is hilly or mountainous, I switch to terrain mode to see how that looks. It takes seconds to switch.

Now some roads are simply not easy to find. Black Rock Mountain State Park, in Clayton/Mountain City, GA, is one. There are signs, but not big ones, and they simply don't jump out at you. The road you turn onto looks like any other side street.

Headed north, this is what it looks like. Heading North, its the street on the left.

After you make the turn, Just a regular side street, but wait! here is a hint they are expecting you. Up that grade a ways, look, you are crossing the Eastern Continental Divide, and there is the park sign, straight in front of you. Well, this is the end of street view, at the real park entrance. But the best is yet to come. Finally arrived at the campground. I have stayed in the site where the white pickup is, Its handicapped but the host said take it, it was reserved but no one had showed for several days to claim it. My buddy was in the next site past that. Finally here is the view from the park office, a short drive away from the campground, and yes, some of the sites have just as good a view.

Happy travels.

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