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Old 10-05-2012, 08:22 PM   #15
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Absolutely use GE it is a great tool for checking the CC as well as the route in and out.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:02 AM   #16
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Bing maps Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions has a "Birds Eye" feature that allows you to view a location at an angle from North, South, East & West. This is great for revealing details that are not apparent from an overhead view.

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If you use CGs in heavily wooded areas, Google Earth isn't as useful to see actual sites in a CG, but it's definitely a good tool for finding less than appetizing things in the immediate area, or for finding out the nearest stores are 12 miles away!
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #17
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X2 on Bing.

Also, once you have an area up with Bing or Google, just type in the word RV Parks in the Bing or Google search pane. The map will be populated with RV Parks. Take the population with a grain of salt and do a camp ground review check. Not all is as it appears.

GE may do the same but I have not tried it.
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Before you all get too excited about Bing, I just checked our local area in both Google Maps and Bing, the new exchange at 223a and 160 which started construction in early '10 and was done early '11 is not on Bing. Our house which was purchased in '06 and immediately got a fence around the 10 acres shows neither the fence or a shop that was built a couple of years before we bought it when I viewed it in Bing.

Google earth's view had the shop when we moved here, aerial photos were updated to show the fence not more than a year later and the highway exchange is current, not only that zooming in you can see the cords of wood I was processing in early '11.

Based on that I'd say that Google updates their maps much more frequently than Bing, important to those of us that drive bigger rigs over rural highways.
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I take my ipad and MiFi with me in the toad. When I get lost, Google Maps finds me and shows me how to get home. No doubt I will need it more and more as time goes on.
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I have seen views from different satellite image dates by zooming in and out on the same location. I suspect that all of the mapping services buy from the same satellite services, but obviously update their websites at different times. In Dave's case, Google updated before Bing.

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Before you all get too excited about Bing, I just checked our local area in both Google Maps and Bing, the new exchange at 223a and 160 which started construction in early '10 and was done early '11 is not on Bing. Our house which was purchased in '06 and immediately got a fence around the 10 acres shows neither the fence or a shop that was built a couple of years before we bought it when I viewed it in Bing.

Google earth's view had the shop when we moved here, aerial photos were updated to show the fence not more than a year later and the highway exchange is current, not only that zooming in you can see the cords of wood I was processing in early '11.

Based on that I'd say that Google updates their maps much more frequently than Bing, important to those of us that drive bigger rigs over rural highways.
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I have seen views from different satellite image dates by zooming in and out on the same location. I suspect that all of the mapping services buy from the same satellite services, but obviously update their websites at different times. In Dave's case, Google updated before Bing.
Way before Bing, and they updated several times in the interim, Bing's view of our area is at least 7 years out of date.
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Thanks for posting about google earth - good idea and it never occurred to me
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