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sbimka

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Posted: 01/24/13 08:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We want to cross the U.S. Will have a laptop and general paper maps for roads. But is there something out there that will give you the details that you need when you are off line?

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Posted: 01/24/13 08:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use Delorme Street Atlas and Garmin BaseCamp. Paper maps used to be the only choice, but it's hard to do a lot of zooming in on the detail with a paper map.


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We use DeLorme Street Atlas USA for trip planning and navigation - all the maps are on your local hard drive. Others use Microsoft Streets & Trips or something called Co-Pilot. And then there are all the various GPS units. What "details" are you looking to access offline?

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Posted: 01/24/13 08:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What details do you want? USGS topographic maps and aerial photos are available at many websites.


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Posted: 01/24/13 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MS Streets and Trips, Woodalls book. and there is a POI file that loads into MS Streets and trips with all kinds of places, campgrounds and stores. Maybe someone can post how to get it.


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Posted: 01/24/13 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use Microsoft Streeets and Trips. It has different map types and the availability to zoom in and out. Address finder helps when trying to find locations. I use in conjunction with the Pharos GPS antenna that I got with the software.


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Posted: 01/24/13 08:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The book next exit worked great for us this last year, but its only for major interstates. Gives you a ton of information about gas stops ect. Bob

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I travel extensively using a Garmin GPS instead of maps. Altho I have a Rand McNalley road atlas somewhere in the vehicle. The POI Factory has many files, some of which might be of some interest, to download into the GPS. Sometimes, not often, the GPS will get me into the right church, but wrong pew. Still have to use your head and ask locals for directions once in a while.


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Posted: 01/24/13 08:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use Streets & Trips to make plans in advance, including the aforementioned POI Factory. Check out campgrounds on http://rvparkreviews.com. Use the internet to search for places to see, (Google Tourism state we want to see) Load the trip in sections onto the Garmin. After the first day out, making changes already, but we do hit most of what we want to see. Sometimes the trip runs a few days longer or shorter than planned, but so what. We take along paper maps and camp directors in case the electronic junk goes south.

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Posted: 01/24/13 08:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Delorme Street Atlas for the laptop. For paper maps/info, get one of those -large- atlas books, make sure it is a recent publication. Used to use Next Exit, but found it to be inaccurate too many times. If you have cell service, many smart phones have a maps app that are pretty good.

We often stop at the first rest area with a tourist/welcome center when entering a state if we plan on making a stop in that state. Grab a state map there.


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