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Almot

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Posted: 07/05/21 09:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Area - BC Canada, rural roads including dirt roads if possible, preferably (not necessary) with voice guidance, preferably free but will pay if I have to.

I am using Here app - yes, this is what it's called.
2 problems:
1) It needs internet connection to start, then it works offline. I don't always have a connection in the areas of BC Canada where I go.
2) It only shows major roads - no dirt roads, not even local paved roads like those on Vancouver Island.

Downloading Google Maps won't work, the phone is running a lighter version Maps Go, it wouldn't let me downloading maps and navigating offline.

Am I asking too much?

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I'm not Canadian, but I think this one will work for you: https://copilotgps.com/en-us/rv-navigation/

Here is a free option if your more into tech stuff: https://osmand.net/features/start

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Check out the products offered by BRMB.com

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If you can't use the full Google Maps app, then what device are you using?

Perhaps buy a cheap, old used Android phone. You can use this with wi-fi only, you don't need a cell plan. Perhaps you may even know someone that has an old phone sitting in a drawer (I probably have 2 or 3).

Configure it with a free gmail account. Connect it to wi-fi, download maps for the area you need, and then you won't need to connect to wi-fi.


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Posted: 07/06/21 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You may need to uninstall the low end version of Google Maps. I had this on a cheap phone we picked up. It didn't like having both apps on the phone at the same time.

But otherwise, pick up a separate phone or tablet and connect it via hotspot.


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Sagebrush wrote:

I'm not Canadian, but I think this one will work for you: https://copilotgps.com/en-us/rv-navigation/

Here is a free option if your more into tech stuff: https://osmand.net/features/start


I'll second CoPilot that allows you to load the map database on the phone so you don't need a cell/internet connection to have navigation. Another app is Sygic.


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noteven wrote:

Check out the products offered by BRMB.com


I took my own advice and tried their app. It sucks.

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I went with CoPilot RV, not experienced with it yet. But I think its pretty decent so far. My regular Garmin Nuvi died and I tried using Google Maps for a trip, it really sucked once I got away from a cell signal. I downloaded the maps for off line but you can't make a new route off line, so no good for my needs. CoPilot RV seems like a nice solution. I'm going to try it solo for a while and see. First time I've ever traveled without a Garmin GPS! I started with a 2610 street pilot, I may have withdraw systems soon. But I wanted an RV type system and the $400 to $500 price tag for those seems awfully steep for occasional use. $29.99 a year seems more reasonable...

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Google maps allows you to "Store" an offline map on your phone
I've never succeeded in doing it but it says it can be done.
You need to be connected only at the start of the trip
And there is a limit to the size of the map..
But see "Never succeded"


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Thanks, everybody.
I tried pretty much everything suggested.

Disabled lighter version Maps Go - it can't be uninstalled. Tried to install "real" Google Maps, - nope, doesn't install. Probably because Go was still there.

Co-pilot: many more dirt roads than in Here app, starts instantly without internet. One problem - have to pay for voice every year. I will think about it.

Osmand - a tie with Co-pilot: I like topo-like terrain, many dirt roads, urban areas are easier to read than in Co-pilot - nicer background, less cluttered than on Co-pilot. Don't know about voice - looks like there is one, didn't try. One problem - can't pre-plan the route so that it would show the route line, in other words - it promises to get you from A to B but doesn't tell through what roads.

BRMB - nice graphics but I don't see navigation buttons, only a map. At least, in free version.

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