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I use a Garmin RV 660. I like it. Wish I had it last June and July of 2018 when we made our trip to the Rockies and high plains. On that trip, we had my old Garmin Nuvi 855.

My navigator will use her phone to check traffic on the road we're using from time to time, especially if we're going through an urban or built up suburban area.


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Not ready to give up MS S&Its 2013 yet. The roads have not changed that much. Use it alongside the Garmin 770 RV. Good thing too. The Garmin wants to send us some crazy routes sometimes


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I loved MS streets and trips--but I don't think it runs under win 10. Win 7 now has some vulnerabilities.


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When I upgraded my computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10, my Streets and Trips program still worked but the GPS puck will no longer connect and I never tried to replace it. That was not a good thing to find out the morning starting a 7500 mile cross country trip. I had the trip all mapped out on the computer and just assumed the gps puck would still work.

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I still use S&T.
It's the first app I go to when planning a trip. Every place we've been to is marked with different coloured pins with attached notes. I can tack on links to web sites etc.
I have 100's of POI notes on various saved maps.

It's not my only map source but it's still the most useful one. I started way back with paper maps and AAA TripTic.

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pianotuna wrote:

I loved MS streets and trips--but I don't think it runs under win 10. Win 7 now has some vulnerabilities.


I use MS S&T 13 on win 10 (IIRC)
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Some Stand Alone GPS (As well as smart phone aps and computer programs) are designed for Truckers so they won't send you under the famous 11' high overpass (with a used to be 12'6" high motor home) That said. I just use Google Maps with a back up brain.. Actually most back road routes I take very carefully. Cell or not. and freeways.. Not may 11' overpasses.

But I've used all 3 (Comptuer (Microsoft S&T) Google on my phone and Garmin.

All have advantages.

One thing I really like about the phone based Google maps

I point the browser to WTWW.US Listen Transmitter 2 (HTML5) and plug my dash radio into the phone (AUX IN) when Lola (The GPS) (Name picked from the movie RV) wants to tell me something she mutes WTWW long enough to deliver than turns WTWW back up.. Very nice. and good music. The Greatest hits of all times.. Ads you may find a bit strange though [emoticon] (I don't. I shop those vendors).


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I had occasion to use google maps on my cell phone today.

It did something "new". It told me there was a red light camera at the next intersection.

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When I 1st purchaed a smart phone, perhaps 15 years ago, I justified the extra expense thinking that I can take the money I would spend on a larger screen GPS unit, and put it towards the smart phone. I never regretted it.

I can browse the web on my smart phone, and then select an address, and then paste the address into my mapping software. I use a program on my Android phone called, "CoPilot GPS". However, it has one major flaw. When I select an address from my contacts in the phone, the address opens in CoPilot as my beginning point, instead of my destination. So, then I have to go back a screen and start to plan a trip again, and then select "recent addresses" to get it to be my destination.

I suspect that most modern GPS units are able to get your contacts in some way. But, just the ability to copy-paste an address is still an advantage. Also, you have the option of using Google Maps, which has some nice features, such as getting to see a road-view picture of where you are going.

The other benefit of a stand-alone GPS unit, is that you don't have to mount your phone to use it. Continuous display will quickly drain a phone's battery, so you also have to plug it in.

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The other benefit of a stand-alone GPS unit, is that you don't have to mount your phone to use it. Continuous display will quickly drain a phone's battery, so you also have to plug it in.

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yep, a good reason for a stand alone.
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