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All the problems people brought up with phones are either outdated or easily solved.

Cell phone will always be up to date on the maps. Traffic conditions are usually better. Most common map apps now download the maps for your projected routes. You can save waypoints (even import them from other sources).

We have an old garmin but when it dies...it will not be replaced.


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Most of the time, we use the RV Garmin - nice big viewable screen and works all the time without using data. However, sometimes we use the smart phone if the address is very new.


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04fxsts wrote:

Something that is related to the I-pad it's self is even though I keep it plugged into a charging port if driving all day it uses more charge than it is getting. So by the end of the day it will be dead and needs to be shut off and recharged.

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A typical phone charger only has a 0.5 amp charger, you need a higher powered, minimum 1.0 amp charger for an iPad.

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Use the nav system in the truck and it's wonderfully large screen. Good maps, Good Zoom when turns are approaching and my favorite part, the display below my gauges gives me a meter that slowly shrinks as I get closer to the turn so I know exactly where the turn is which is really handy when your in a area with many streets close together.

To be fair, I do usually have google maps running on my phone also just for the real time traffic updates and suggested alternate routes if needed. Between the two, I feel nicely prepared and have never had an issue getting into a bad situation.


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JaxDad wrote:

04fxsts wrote:

Something that is related to the I-pad it's self is even though I keep it plugged into a charging port if driving all day it uses more charge than it is getting. So by the end of the day it will be dead and needs to be shut off and recharged.

Jim.


A typical phone charger only has a 0.5 amp charger, you need a higher powered, minimum 1.0 amp charger for an iPad.


I thought mine were 2.1 amp, but haven't checked to be sure.
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I want to thank everyone who posted for taking the time to help answer my question. This was my first post to the forum and I'm amazed by the level of response.

By the way, I'm fairly tech savvy but I'm finding this platform to be fairly clunky. Is there a way to respond to the individual replies in a given thread? I want to ask a few follow-up questions to specific posters. Thank you in advance.

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You can click on users name and select private message.


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SteveWoz wrote:

...This was my first post to the forum and I'm amazed by the level of response.


Welcome!

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...By the way, I'm fairly tech savvy but I'm finding this platform to be fairly clunky.


Yes, it is very outdated software, but it is free, you can't even donate if you wanted to, so we get what we get.

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...Is there a way to respond to the individual replies in a given thread? I want to ask a few follow-up questions to specific posters. Thank you in advance.


Just click the quote button below the post to which you wish to follow-up. Which is what I've done to your question, and then I edited it a bit to clean it up and make it flow better. You can use private messages as was mentioned above, but frankly, asking your question in open forum means we can all share the answers. I avoid going to PM unless the info needs to be private, or is straying too far off topic, or maybe I just want a personal convo.


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I also use the Co-Pilot app on my tablet. Its offline navigation is very reliable.

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