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Old 04-17-2012, 04:25 PM   #15
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.............But I was smarter than that and the GPS showed me a shorter route.
Leasons learned: Know your vehicle clearance, don't go down one lane roads if you don't know what is down there, and DO NOT TRUST A GPS.
I second, third, fourth and so on that!! DO NOT TRUST A GPS!
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #16
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These are really good stories. Makes me wanta be on the road, headed in the RIGHT direction. LOL !Sandy
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:09 PM   #17
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What makes me quiver more than anything is the word detour. I have a truckers altas, and a GPS, and if there is a detour, I have the wife check the truckers atlas first. Coming back from the September Rally in Virginia, we got "detoured" onto a 2 lane Kentucky state route. That was not fun. I have seen sidewalks wider at the University of Illinois then this road was.

I will share this. In 1988 or 89, I had a tanker full of haz-mat, and followed a "detour" in Cincinnati, Ohio, and end up downtown. To make a long story short, there were some very unhappy police officers at the intersection. Seems they don't like haz-mat in the downtown area. That is the first time I ever got an escort to the chemical plant. No stop signs, no red lights....just cruised through town!

And watch the weather. Driving through a nasty rain/wind storm, I looked in the mirror and would read the company name on the semi-trailer, because it was kind of sideways. This is why I have a weather alert CB radio.

Traveling is an adventure! Enjoy!

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:21 PM   #18
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About GPS's. They are great for getting you to where you want to go and if you take a wrong turn it will tell you how to get back, and if you have to turn around it may take a while but eventually it will catch up and "tell you were to go."

Several years ago pulling a 40' 5er with a 1 ton F350 King Ranch, Crew Cab, Long Bed i punched in our next stop from New Hampshire to Vermont. It gave me the shortest time route. Let me just say that I was on some back roads I should not have been on. Twisty, turny, and up and down. We made it, but definitely not in the shortest time as most of it was at 25 mph because of the conditions. A regular car would have been traveling at 50 mph. Looking at the map when we safely reached our destination I plotted a different route. It was about 25 miles further and 5 minutes longer. Yep! GPS's will give you the most direct and fastest route. Plan ahead.

A friend ended up down a 5 mile dead end narrow two lane road with the same combination. He had to jack knife the trailer, unhook, 4wd down into the ditch, hook back up jack knifed or he could have just backed up 5 miles.

Know where you are going and how you are going to get there. Once a GPS takes you off a main road - you are ....... well, you are.
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Boy! I had my heart in my mouth Master Sargent Wayne. Im Sandy and Im a veteran of the USN. Got hurt, and was processed out:( Thats some experiences! I HATE DEAD END ROADS>

When my Son was a kid, and we had just moved to Sarasota area(Paradise) I got turned around a few times, from time to time. Hed say from the co-pilots seat. "YER LOST MOM, YER LOST! "I'd always retort " Im not lost. I KNOW where I'm goin, Just dont know how I'm gonna get there" That statement reminded me. Ohhh the good ol days. We are fixing to make some empty nesters good ole days. With our not new, and not quite vintage , new to us, awesome Winnie Vectra! Woo Hoo! Sandy

PS -Semper fi, and thanks for your service! MSgt Wayne!
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That is one thing nice about the newer GPS's. You can input what type of vehicle you are driving.

And, when the wife tells me I'm lost, I tell no I'm not....I've been lost before, and it looks just like this.....

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lol!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #22
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Use the truck lanes when going through the tollbooths!!! I got too close and took off the right side mirror and awning going eastbound into Ohio from Indiana. I called Progressive and the guy on the phone says "You know that this will be an at fault accident." Really?? It wasn't the tollbooth's fault? I now use the truck lanes and have plenty of space. Nothing like picking up pieces of your broken MH in traffic and looking like an idiot. Lesson learned.
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I've been reading these post and got lots of good imfo. here but I do have a question, I have a GPs, and like my hubby say's like many of you, some times you cant listen to the GPS.
but what I wont to no is "What is a Weather alert CB Raido"? were do you get them? hubby dont wont to put an antenna mount on the window, we just had a lot of our window's replaced and there had been a CB Raido with the Antenna stuck on window and that made it "Fogged" I think we all need something to warn us about the weather these day's I dont wont to be in a "hale storm or thurnderstore" in the "MH".so guess what I'm asking is the Weather Raido/CB R." the same? love reading about everone input.
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"What is a Weather alert CB Raido"? were do you get them? BJ
This is nothing more than a CB radio with the weather alert radio built in. There are several models out there. You can use a magnetic antenna if you want.

I use a Cobra with weather alert and weather scan. Being a truck driver, I bought mine from a CB shop in Wallcott, Iowa. All of my CB's have come from there.

Just do a google search for Weather Alert CB Radios. I think Midland makes some, too.

The important thing is that is have the auto scan feature, and all 10 NWS channels.

And I will warn you now, if you buy the Cobra, and the alert goes off, it is very loud. Setting at a stop light, with the windows down, and the alert goes off, people start looking around. I just sit in the truck and look like I don't here anything!

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WOW, I would LOVE TO HAVE A CB RADIO!!! Havent been able to find one for years. Id LOVE POLICE band too. Awesome stuff! Sandy
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We have a garmin GPS and found that we could set it for the fastest time to someplace or the shortest distance. We could also set it according to vehicle type...bicycle, truck, bus, emergency, taxi, car/motorcycle and pedestrian. Trucks make no U turns, it takes you around a block one certain direction... really annoys the heck out of him when I set it on truck...and forget to change it back. You can also set avoidances, like UTurns, ferries, hiways, & toll roads, that sort of stuff...
I suspect most GPS are similar and folks should take the time to really get to know them. When we first got it, we just let it tell us what it wanted to and went the way we wanted to... eventually, I started paying attention to it and learned how fast it would warn me before an impending turn and such so I could figure out which lane to be in when.... not all tell you that, but the higher dollar ones (ours is not) will even tell you which lane to get into.
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Something I do like about the GPS units is if you are looking for a Walgreens, or CVS, you can punch that in. Most importantly, it will tell you where the closest Dairy Queen is! 3.1 Miles from the Wally World in Columbus, Indiana!
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Grumpy, priority settin has always been big with my waist too! TEE HEE! Tho Im working on chiseling it away, ALWAYS! Sandy
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