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Old 01-15-2015, 07:38 AM   #15
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My wife doesn't trust the Garmin and uses Google Maps on her Android phone. LOL! If your Garmin has insufficient memory for complete updates, by all means get the largest SD micro it will support. If it still isn't enough, just do the software updates, then do the map updates separately. On my lesser Garmin, that was enough to get me a full US map update.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:29 PM   #16
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No more so than anywhere else. Maybe less, since there is typically just one road between any two towns or attractions. The maps are fine and most people carry a copy of The Milepost to tell them where everything is along the way.
I totally agree. You will be so far North a GPS is not accurate, or up to date. Our wagonmaster warned us to use Milepost and not depend on GPS. One guy didn't, he wound up on a narrow dirt road, had to unhook, find a place to park the car, then back-up nearly a mile before finding a place to-as he called it- make an 11 point turnaround. His GPS showed it was a shortcut to the next town-NOT!
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:20 AM   #17
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scomike, hello from across Georgia Straight in White Rock.

A GPS is not required. You can find your way around easily using paper maps and a copy of Milepost.

Can a GPS be of added benefit? Yes, if you familiarize yourself with its capabilities and use it wisely.

I use GPSs on my motorcycle, in my car and in our motorhome and their benfit greatly exceeds their baisc mapping capabilities. There are many good makes and models on the market with varied prices, features and quality. We have a Garmin RV760 in our motorcoach and a Garmin Zumo 665 in our toad.

The RV760 is well suited to its task but it is not infallible so you do have to ad a sprinkle of human intelligence into utilizing what it tells you. (The same for all GPS system.) I could tell you about the time it led us to a 8 ton maximum weight bridge, knowing that our coach is 16 tons, or the time it lead us to an RV park that was supposedly located in the middle of an cloverleaf of intersecting interstate freeways. If I did that I would also have to point out that none of our paper maps had bridge weight restrictions printed on them or the times my wife read a paper map incorrectly and I had to intercede and split my attention by driving and reading a map simultaneously. A GPS is far from infallible but I feel it is a substantial improvement over paper maps, especially while travelling.

Other advantages of a GPS, depending upon its model, are features such as, speed limit display, advising you on which lane to be in for an approaching freeway exit ramp or interchange, miles and time to your destination, elevation, finding almost anything with a voice command, finding a rally location in the middle of a desert by coordinates only (i.e.: my current location near Quartzsite, AZ), the ability to provide audio commentary based upon your proximity to nearby attractions or location, audible turn-by-turn directions, especially while navigating city streets in a big rig, and so, so much more.

The best tip anyone could give you regarding a GPS is to learn its capabilities and how to use them.
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This will explain why a GPS is not always accurate or dependable. GPS.gov: Help with Address, Route, and Map Problems in GPS Devices/Apps
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