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RE: Mapping and GPS Recommendations Needed

At one time, I had a name tag that said "Navigator" under my name. As a lifelong waterman with paper that says "Pilot", and a pilot ticket (IFR,SEC,land), you might guess that I am somewhat pathological about the subject. To make the point clear, in the family, we have a large number of GPS. Several tablets and laptops/crossovers. We carry wire underway and I still always carry the paper that covers where have any reasonable expectation of being during any one excursion. For my money, there was never a better all round package than Street Atlas and Streets and Trips was a close second. I have tried, but have not been able to get the same productivity out of CoPilot. Both SA and S&T were great in that they could be used for planing in depth and then (with minor consideration) be used for the enroute navigation as well. If you co-drive, your navigator has an easy time of it and if you are alone and running on laptop, set it up to talk to you and listen for your instructions. But, that is a time gone by and the fact that it took learning was more than the market could bear. The obsolete copy of SA2015 is still used for planning because I can look at where we may want to fuel and plan the ONP. It still beats the others because it is a stand-alone with real location input. So, if you happen to find fuel sooner or decide to stretch the driving day, when you updated SA, that change rippled through the whole plan. That is absolutely left out of RVTW. Those rings that RVTW provides are completely uses as we happen to live near three great lakes and an international border. Google Maps has now failed us as now managed to run out of chart (map data) four times and all were critical. Yes, I did the pre-load bit, but that only works if you are sure you know where you will be. Now, If I could get GM to listen to a GPS we would be almost a third of the way there. What so many people ignored was that there were many overlays available. So, if it requires internet access (aka cell service), you better stay on the blue roads. If you want it to tell you where you are, you are stuck with either a 5" low res screen or a really pricey tablet. As the time progresses, I am steadily moving back to pencil and ruler on paper charts taped to the dinette table. This means that the navigator does not get to be in the right seat all the time and that is a big disadvantage. I could go on with about just how disappointed I was to find out that Garmin would not update SA, but that is not my biggest disappointment from them..... Matt
Matt_Colie 11/24/20 08:50am Technology Corner
RE: Brake and Running Lights wires suddenly grounded

Wgregb, Should I start with a BTDT?? I'm the guy that gets called when nobody else can figure out what to do. In your case, I would lay chips that the cable has been crushed someplace along its run. Sometimes this is not visible. I have used two different methods to locate the damage. Method 1 - Buy a wire tacker. A cheap one will work. They put a signal on the line and you can follow it until the signal disappears and then hope that you can actually find the damage. Method 2 - Get a small compass. Rig a light in series with the circuit. As it is shorted, the light should show. Now take the compass and follow the wire path as much as you can as long as you can and watch for the compass to change its reaction. Now you are near the short. There is a third way to correct the issue, but it can be costly and time consuming. Rewire that part of the trailer. The marker lights might be a real issue, but most of the rest is sort of under the trailer. Good Luck guy Matt
Matt_Colie 11/21/20 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

I got sad news yesterday. A dear friend that has been treated for different cancers before knew he had an issue and because he could not get in for evaluation until a couple days ago, he did not know that this time is was an aggressive cancer. It could have been if evaluated sooner, but it can no longer be treated. He expects to not make it to spring. I hate to think what the real cause of the Wuhan panic is..... Matt
Matt_Colie 11/20/20 03:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: I 75 Bridge over Ohio river CLOSED

If you are FMCA, their campground is over on Round Bottom Road. It works great for Overnights. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/12/20 04:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: living full time internet needs

As a direct result of the business that I was involved in, I had to learn and learn fast because all the places I had to be had poor coverage in that time. (It is better now.) After I struggled, I found out about Wilson Electronics and bought the kit from them. Actually, the first of three. So, go there and and study up. Then, when you have made a decision, jump in with both feet. At that point, whether you use a Hot Spot device or your own phone (what I have done most) is completely your choice. My phones have always managed to support both may wife and I no at the same time. As the current repeater is a cradle type, it only manages a single device at one time. Why have I had three?? The first was basic cell. The second was for 3G. Now we are at 4G. And every major change was also a band change as will also happen with 5G. With the repeater (booster) in the coach, it didn't matter where I was, I could reach suppliers and clients (the people that wanted to pay me) could reach me. The real surprise was when we finally actually used that coach for a vacation. At that time, it was published that there was a dead area between Amarillo and Albuquerque along I-40 and we never saw it. We have also since (now retired) lots of places that others did not have success, but we did. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/12/20 04:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Proof I have too much time on my hands

I was just updating the card list. I actually got to add two addresses, but I also got to delete three. It is that way these years. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/11/20 06:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Musical artist has me stumped

I don't listen. I lost friends that day. I couldn't even stay in the room at Whitefish Point. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/11/20 06:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: House batteries didn't charge while driving

Jinian, It is great to hear that you got it handled. Thank you for coming back and closing the loop on this. So often others have come here for advice or assistance and just vanished. We never hear what the real issue turned out to be. Did you guy give a possible reason for the failure?? (Hope - hope) Matt
Matt_Colie 11/11/20 07:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Movin on up

I bet it will work out just ducky. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/06/20 07:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: travel during covid

Scrubbed everything, the rallies that are usually what gets us to going places were all cancelled. Then DW's shoulder replacement finished off the rest. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/05/20 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: RV GPS

Mike, We are also from Michigan (not a great thing these days), but when crossing the UP our phones ran into a few holes where even with the outside antenna and a repeater there was no signal to be had. Fortunately, we do our primary navigation with a stand-alone GPS. We are not "blue road" travelers and have run into this more than a few times. Matt If you choose the option to download the maps to your phone when you do have a signal, you don't need a cellular connection to use the phone GPS option. Stephenwolf, People keep telling me that. I have done that with varying degrees of success. We like to navigate with something more readable than a cell phone. Gmaps on a laptop can't get real time GPS input. Then there is the problem that you have to know in advance (by a whole day or more) where you are going to be. That has failed us miserably on several occasions now. Strangely, none were in the UP. With our outside antenna and repeater, we do pretty well. The problem with anything other than a stand alone GPS is that we are not blue roads people. We also are the type that changes plans on a whim (or an interesting road sign). Street Atlas is dead and there is no planning package that can replace it and all its functions. It at least had a full map available and with some pretty good detail. As an enroute package, when combined with a real GPS device it was a wonderful thing. As much as I like the Garmin instruments, Base Camp should embarrass them. But that along with all the other web based planners are useless for us most of the time and sure can't enroute navigators. Matt
Matt_Colie 11/04/20 08:15am Roads and Routes
RE: TV remotes

AND, now there is a new wrinkle to be ready for.... Our new Samsung TV's remote is BluTooth and paired to the TV. It will control some other things but I cannot get to listen to the Logitech Harmony and box that can work everything else. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/30/20 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: RV GPS

Mike, We are also from Michigan (not a great thing these days), but when crossing the UP our phones ran into a few holes where even with the outside antenna and a repeater there was no signal to be had. Fortunately, we do our primary navigation with a stand-alone GPS. We are not "blue road" travelers and have run into this more than a few times. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/30/20 02:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Exploded Battery!

To answer all the questions raise since I answered. Many more boats use a pair of GC2s for the house bank because they work better and last longer. If the boat can manage the weight, it is a good idea. As to "Marine" batteries, they are just a compromise between a deep cycle (that they are not) and a good starting battery (that they are also not). If is a house bank and you want to run 2 each 12V Jars (old battery talk from when they were just "jars", (but I am old too, so it fits and it is a shorter word), and strap (meaning connect them - we used to do this with copper straps) them in parallel, then you should also be aware that unless they came off the line one after the other, you will never get capacity X 2. If you are lucky you might get 1.75. They do not play well in parallel. I have only ever seen one explosion in a bank of 6Vs. That one actually burned a terminal when the owner cross to the house bank onto the main engine battery to try to start an engine that really needed the fuel system bleed correctly. A very big advantage to me with the paralleled 12V set up is that if one cell in one jar goes bad, an explosion is almost certain and I get paid good money to clean up the mess. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/30/20 01:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Exploded Battery!

I am a small boat sailor and a licensed ship's engineer that retired and has been doing work on other people's boats for most of the last twenty years. Most now have a house bank that is a pair of GC2s (golf kart batteries). Some still have pairs of 12V jars. I have seen and cleaned up after many more battery explosions that were pairs of 12V jars. If you believe the convenience of two 12V is worth it, carry backing soda on hand as a precaution. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/29/20 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Froze black/grey tanks....

Everybody seems to have discounted the fact that a good part of what goes into the black tank is the same thing used to de-ice runways. Ego the black tank is always less of an issue, but the gray sure can be. You can put almost any ice-mellter you want in there unless it is going into a septic system, then you have to be careful. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/29/20 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2021 TRIP PLANNING ?

Oasis Bob, I am going to fire a big scatter shot at you, but be ready. I do it all when planning a serious excursion. I usually start with my go to with is Street Atlas 2015 (the newest but was out of date when new). If you can find a copy, it is great but it has a very steep initial learning curve. ¿¿Why do I do this?? Because I have laid in my speeds, perfered stopping time and tank range. So, as soon as I say "Here" to "Here" it draws a path, tells me road hours and lays out marks for ONP and fuel stops. So, I put in Portland - to Mount Rushmore and that is 1252 and 22 road hours. So, I added Fishing Bridge at YNP an FHU park and now we see 1310 and 24-1/2 rhs. Put in Silverwood south of Athol and we now have 1355 and 26 rhs for the whole run. So, the diversion to the amusement park was not a killer. It is 397 to Silverwood. That is a long day. Another 498 to Yellowstone. I would plan to break this up unless you can co-drive. And 460 to Mt Rushmore. Ditto I also have an address book full of stops I would like to make, some are dreams of someday. In your case, you really should consider the Museum of the Rockies (Look up Jack Horner - you want to see that). It is about 6 miles off the planned track, a couple or 4 hour stop 6 hours from Silverwood and possibly a place to find a stop for the night. From there it is 2 plus hours to Fishing bridge. From Yellowstone it is 459 to Rushmore. There is also a good stop at the museum in Cody (You will never guess who that is about). Crossing the Big Horn makes it a day. You will want an ONP stop about Upton or Osage. Rushmore is a good stop, but not a real time killer. As you unwind from there, add Crazy Horse as a stop. It isn't cheap, but it is good. The restaurant there is great and tell them you plan that at the gate. They might give you a break. This all took about 20 minutes for me to assemble. Before I commit to it, I will check all the individual legs on both AAA online (free) and Google Maps because SA is sooo OOld. I will also use all the area guides and AAA guides (now online so unavailable on the road), and pull in paper maps also from AAA. Paper maps still work when the electronic stuff shoots *****.... Unfortunately, I have not found another - newer package that can do what I just did. Many can sort of do most of it. Some only want you to stop at cramp grounds that they know about. And none of the on-line can adapt when you make changes on the road. I keep looking. I hope this was a help. Matt Silverwood in Athol right there on the river and Silverwood just south of Athol and it cam back with 397 Miles and 7+ road hours. Then I put in Old Faithful. Now it says 872 miles and 16 RHr.
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 07:17pm Family Camping
RE: 2021 TRIP PLANNING ?

Oasis Bob, I am going to fire a big scatter shot at you, but be ready. I do it all when planning a serious excursion. I usually start with my go to with is Street Atlas 2015 (the newest but was out of date when new). If you can find a copy, it is great but it has a very steep initial learning curve. ¿¿Why do I do this?? Because I have laid in my speeds, preferred stopping time and tank range. So, as soon as I say "Here" to "Here" it draws a path, tells me road hours and lays out marks for ONP and fuel stops. So, I put in Portland (right on the river)- to Mount Rushmore and that is 1252 and 22 road hours. So, I added Fishing Bridge at YNP an FHU park and now we see 1310 and 24-1/2 rhs. Put in Silverwood south of Athol and we now have 1355 and 26 rhs for the whole run. So, the diversion to the amusement park was not a killer. It is 397 to Silverwood. That is a long day. Another 498 to Yellowstone. I would plan to break this up unless you can co-drive. And 460 to Mt Rushmore. Ditto I also have an address book full of stops I would like to make, some are dreams of someday. In your case, you really should consider the Museum of the Rockies (Look up Jack Horner - you want to see that). It is about 6 miles off the planned track, a couple or 4 hour stop 6 hours from Silverwood and possibly a place to find a stop for the night. From there it is 2 plus hours to Fishing bridge. From Yellowstone it is 459 to Rushmore. There is also a good stop at the museum in Cody (You will never guess who that is about). Crossing the Big Horn makes it a day. You will want an ONP stop about Upton or Osage. Rushmore is a good stop, but not a real time killer. As you unwind from there, add Crazy Horse as a stop. It isn't cheap, but it is good. The restaurant there is great and tell them you plan that at the gate. They might give you a break on entry - used to. This all took about 20 minutes for me to assemble. Before I commit to it, I will check all the individual legs on AAA online (free) and/or Google Maps because SA is sooo OOld. I will also use all the area guides and AAA guides (now online so unavailable on the road), and pull in paper maps also from AAA. Paper maps still work when the electronic stuff shoots *****.... Unfortunately, I have not found another - newer package that can do what I just did. Many can sort of do most of it. Some only want you to stop at cramp grounds that they know about. And none of the on-line can adapt when you make changes on the road. I keep looking. I like this because it keeps track of when we last fueled and suggests where to think about it again. (This is where Gasbuddy comes in.) I hope this was a help. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 07:10pm Family Camping
RE: Books for first time RV owners?

I fact I do - From Amazon either as a book or kindle: The ABCs of RVing: Everything you wanted to know about RVing but were afraid to ask Paperback – October 19, 2020 by Chuck Woodbury (Author) In case you didn't know, Chuck is the force behind the RV Travel news letter. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 02:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: I Need a checklist

C McCain, First Thing... NEVER SKIP the complete walk around. If you get interrupted and are not sure, start it again. I have used this app: RV Checklist from Adventure Treks LLC. It is free on Play.Google.com. I don't know if it is available for IOS, and I know that there are others. This one is easily editted to fit your situation. Between DW and I we still always do a full check when we move. It is not so important when we stop because if something with a MH doesn't work, it is seldom critical. Matt
Matt_Colie 10/28/20 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
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