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Old 03-02-2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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I have been reading all the comments on planning softwre (Delorme, Microsoft S&T, Trailer Life Directory) hand held GPS units and other GPS units. I am so confused. I have a PC with a MP4 and use Verizon for internet if no local line is handy. I would like some good mapping software and a matching GPS. I also know that the DIOA provides updates to Delorme and S&T for Escapees, Camping world, flying J, etc to update each.

So what would you recommend that is simple, meets the criteria and what should I expect to pay?

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Old 03-02-2003, 12:10 PM   #2
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I have been reading all the comments on planning softwre (Delorme, Microsoft S&T, Trailer Life Directory) hand held GPS units and other GPS units. I am so confused. I have a PC with a MP4 and use Verizon for internet if no local line is handy. I would like some good mapping software and a matching GPS. I also know that the DIOA provides updates to Delorme and S&T for Escapees, Camping world, flying J, etc to update each.

So what would you recommend that is simple, meets the criteria and what should I expect to pay?

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Old 03-02-2003, 05:50 PM   #3
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I use Street Atlas 2003 USA from DeLorme (49.95) and a Magellan Sportrack (149.95 with $30 Rebate until March 30). You also need PC Cable W/Lighter plug (39.95). Works for me.

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Old 03-02-2003, 06:04 PM   #4
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I use DeLorme software with a Garmin GPSII+. This works well. I got an interface cable with uses an external power connection and wired it into the DC power wiring. I do suggest getting a pocket-portable GPS unit so that when you get where you are camping, you can use the unit while you are hiking. I have kept from getting lost several times this way. Well.... maybe. I might not have gotten lost without the GPS.... it COULD happen.... ;^)
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I have been very satisfied with the DeLorme Eartmate GPS and the 2003 Street Atlas Deluxe software written for the Microsoft XP platform. It is two way voice activated and the large screen of the laptop (HP 15") is very easy to see. Paid $200 for the GPS and software.

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Old 03-03-2003, 04:27 AM   #6
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I use the Rand McNally Trip maker software. Now I am using the Trailer Life Campground CD. It is the same software as the Rand McNally, the GPS unit cost $195.00 and works great. It does not talk to you but I get enough of that.


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I use Delorme Street Atlas USA 2003 and prior to that used all the other versions, way back to version 4.0. I've upgraded 5 times over the last 10 years but SA2003 is a major improvement over the other versions. It features split screens for GPS work (up close and big picture) and works great in my laptop for my RV travels. I also use Delorme's Earthmate GPS unit, which sits up in the VCR cabinet over the copilot's dash area (fiberglass doesn't block the GPS signal).

You do need to power the GPS somehow. You can use 3 AAA batteries (yuck), or get optional power adaptors to run it off a 12 volt lighter socket or oiff the laptop's PS2 port - but the best way is to get the optional USB adaptor. The USB replaces the serial interface and also powers the GPS so it's now a simple matter of plugging in one plug and you're ready to go. Cost is around $200 for the whole setup, depending upon where you get it from (Delorme website, Ebay, etc.)

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My favorite is Rand McNally's Tripmaker and Streetfinder combo with a Rand McNally GPS I got about three years ago for $100. It uses one PS2 and one serial port on my laptop and is powered by the laptop battery.

I really haven't had much use for the GPS, but I find the Tripmaker software very handy. It allows you to enter as many as 28 stopovers and will then rearrange them (if you want) in the best sequence for the trip. The DeLorme program doesn't do that.
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I use CoPilot by TravRoute. It uses a USB port and works quite well for me. I have used it for three years and am happy with it. It comes with the GPS and the software can be updated each time they come out with a new version for a discounted price. Fixes are available on the internet for free.

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I've used lots of different GPS units but I like the Garmin Etrex Legend best. It's good for auto navigation but is great for taking with you on hikes, boating etc. Very hardy unit and you can download Garmin's branded maps for more detail.

Garmin has several versions of mapping software, their "Topo USA" has a good level of detail for road travel and off-road too. Once you put the detailed maps on the Legend you can search for the nearest exit with gas, lodging, rest or recreation areas. The software does not auto-route but you can do it by hand easily enough.

I belive you can still pick up the Garmin Legend for under $200.00 at Amazon.com - Garmin has a $50.00 rebate. I belive the Topo software runs about $75.00 and can give your your current position if you hook up a gps to your PC (or laptop). You can save 500 personal waypoints, and with a free firmware update from Garmin you can store 10,000 (yes 10k) track points and save 10 tracks up to 750 points each.

Definately the best unit if you want a good cockpit navigator and a take-along GPS.

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We use DeLorme Streets & Trips with Earthmate and have the USB connection to use to power it with our laptop. Works great...

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This is a link I found on another discussion topic. They have a file for the Street Atlas software containing locations of Wal Mart, Flying J etc..

http://www.discoveryowners.com/sa2003.htm


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I would like to know if my laptop will run a Delorme or Rand Mcnally GPS . It is a Pentium with 64MB and 256mhz with a usb port. Any help would be appreciated and please don't computer jargon me 'cause i'm just a hick from Texas , but learning as fast as I can.
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I ran CoPilot 2002 on a laptop with simular hardware for over 9000 miles last summer. It had Windows 90/SE installed.
The current version of CoPilot is 2003, but it does not look like anything changed that would affect the computer requirements.

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