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Old 01-10-2016, 08:11 PM   #1
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Map Software / Navigation Tool Suggestions?

My wife and I are in our second day of our first extended trip outside our state - and for the first time are in areas that are completely unfamiliar to us. We've quickly come to realize that we've got some work to do when it comes to the navigator's role. We've also come to realize that while the coach's GPS system is great for the driver and "what's the next turn" sort of navigation - it's not well suited for keeping track of the "big picture".


We're now in the market for better tools to put at the navigator's disposal. What I'd really like to find is a software application that provides the following functionality:

Ability to recommend a route based on a starting point, a destination and any specific waypoints specified.
•Ability to use location services to constantly/automatically update "current" location in near real time.
•Stats ​regarding time/distance to destination and/or distance traveled from start.
•Ability to toggle betwe​en "map view" and "satellite view" (so that navigator can reconnoiter "tight areas" (i.e., see the layout of wherever we need to stop ... such as fuel stops, parking lots, etc.)
•It needs to run an iPad device​
•Offline Map functionality would be nice - but not an absolute requirement
Anybody have any recommendations?



Thanks! ​
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The only app with which I have experience that can do (most, if not all of) what you want is Google Maps.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:26 PM   #3
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This is what I have used since 1999 and very happy with it.

https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DEL...minisite=10020
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:10 PM   #5
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My favorite iPad app is InRoute

inRoute

It does waypoints and has a nice function that will show you elevation gain
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:31 PM   #6
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Map Software / Navigation Tool Suggestions?

While I use dedicated GPS', Copilot is what I run on my iPhone. On my iPad I have HEMA maps (doesn't do routing, but has a great set of maps).


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We use gps just for navigation to destination and I would say they are all fairly good. We use a couple of different apps while on-route that we find very helpful.

One of my faves is truckerpath it shows everything from Walmart's to fuel and truck stops.


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What ever nav system you buy don't forget the paper maps. I don't care how good the nav system is, your sooner or later need and I mean need the paper map. GPS are dumb machines. They will take ou places you bout want to go. You and a paper map are smart.
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What ever nav system you buy don't forget the paper maps. I don't care how good the nav system is, your sooner or later need and I mean need the paper map. GPS are dumb machines. They will take ou places you bout want to go. You and a paper map are smart.
I completely agree with this.
I'm a geek and love my electronic navigation devices (I use Google Maps, btw. I'd suggest an inexpensive 10" or so tablet and then use Google's free navigation.), but I always make sure to keep an atlas in whatever vehicle we're traveling in. And we normally buy new ones every couple of years just to keep them more or less accurate.
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What ever nav system you buy don't forget the paper maps. I don't care how good the nav system is, your sooner or later need and I mean need the paper map. GPS are dumb machines. They will take ou places you bout want to go. You and a paper map are smart.

Agree
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X's 3 on having a good atlas paper map!

We:

-Route plan via old Microsoft Street & Trips (last version available)
-Preview our today's route via the atlas printed map
-Travel during the day with a Garmin
-If ever in doubt on a specific leg of the days travel, and always when we're getting with 10-15 miles of our destination, navigator also always turns on the iPhones Google Mapping Directions.

The Garmin and the iPhone, as well as other apps mentioned, can have options for current traffic conditions, with route alterations suggestions.

We also always check the destinations websites for Directions.

Usually all goes well, but if in doubt, I never have a problem with pulling over or off - and taking to the time to feel I know for sure where and what I'm doing (Not always an easy task, in my case!). And, we've been known to call the park and ask for specifics, when all else fails!

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I just purchased the new Truckers GPS - Garmin DEZL 770LMTHD Blutooth 7" display with traffic and weather. I can download additional POI's if need be. So far I really like it. Allows to set up your particular "truck" (RV) dimensions as well as any additional restrictions to include HAZMAT (propone)...lots of additional amenities. A little pricy but after researching for months RV specific GPS vs Truckers...I chose the truckers system.

As stated none of them are perfect, why I always use my atlas as well!
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This is why I like using an iPad rather than a a dedicated GPS device, multiple apps.

I currently use a combination of Copilot, Google Maps, Allstays, Radarscope and Wundermaps in the RV for navigation. Copilot is the primary navigation app with offline maps and good routing, but I might double check it on Google maps along with satellite, then flip over to Radarscope for weather, or Allstays for reviews or gas stops.

No one app is going to do it, but an iPad has many apps to choose from and 4 finger swipe multitasking makes it easy to switch between them. Also have Dashcommand for engine monitoring then we have music, email, messaging , web great multi function device for the RV.
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