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agesilaus

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You can usually buy a Kindle Fire tablet for around $100, they are easily jail broken to use Android apps


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Phil,

What map are you using with the GPS??
I am still running Street Atlas 2015, but it is getting really out of date.

If there was some way to load the USA from Google maps and lock it to the BU353, that would be great, but when I have tried to load enough Gmaps, we have always managed to drive off the end of the earth when there is no cell coverage.

I was hoping to learn to use CoPilot, but just haven't managed.

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You can load google earth and get the maps on your drive but I don't know if you can follow a gps location on those. I seem to recall hearing that you may be able to do so.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

Phil,

What map are you using with the GPS??
I am still running Street Atlas 2015, but it is getting really out of date.

If there was some way to load the USA from Google maps and lock it to the BU353, that would be great, but when I have tried to load enough Gmaps, we have always managed to drive off the end of the earth when there is no cell coverage.

I was hoping to learn to use CoPilot, but just haven't managed.

Matt


Matt - I don't have a GPS adapter for my laptop, so for satellie based navigation we use our Garmin Nuvi 3550LM with maps loaded in it's memory for all of the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Canada. For our travels in the West we have several of the individual Benchmark state atlases. These two sources together are all we need and of course no cell tower access is needed.

My phone has a large enough memory (256GB) so it could probably internally hold maps for at least the entire lower 48 and there are phone apps that supposedly don't need cell tower access in order for the phone to be used for GPS navigation, but we can't tolerate the little tiny phone screens.

I can show my phone's screen on my laptop's screen, so I suppose that would alllow me to use the phone for non-cell-tower-access navigation via a larger screen.


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Thanks everyone. Recently traveled from NW Oregon to Scottsdale Arizona using my old Rand McNally map book. It was correct in every way, even staying off interstates most of the whole way. What a nice travel it was running all out of the way highways. Without Google Maps it does not show all the campgrounds so it forced us to watch for national forest service roads and camps along the way. Wow! what quiet secluded places we found. It was 8 nites on the road and only two places did not suit us, but we quickly found alternatives before dark. When needed we got full hook ups in two nice RV parks since most all the campgrounds were closed this time of year.

BTW, never heard this mentioned before but, Zion Natnl Park is incredibly beautiful. It must go on your bucket list, you will not regret it.

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Trucker Atlas available at most truck stop. Truck routes are clearly marked so any RV will be able to follow those. Learn how to read it and you will be able to decipher what it has to tell you, highway class, distances etc. There you will also find Exit Guild if your interested in whats off each exit nation wide.


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Edd505 wrote:

Trucker Atlas available at most truck stop. Truck routes are clearly marked so any RV will be able to follow those. Learn how to read it and you will be able to decipher what it has to tell you, highway class, distances etc. There you will also find Exit Guild if your interested in whats off each exit nation wide.


Thank you, I will. Truck stop shopping has just been opened up to me. I was amazed at the amount of useful items. Everyone was friendly and helpful it seemed more so than most other stores.

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