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« on: October 20, 2014, 08:13:03 am »
What mapping software does everyone use?

I've gotten into using Google Earth because we had it on the computers but we need signal for that and frequently don't have any. I drop little yellow pins on sites we would like to visit,  The yellow pins are how we planned our route from Ohio to Acadia, Maine. I dropped the pins, zoomed out, and there was a trail of yellow pins that we followed. We didn't get to hit them all, but we caught a lot of them. I'll be dropping pins for all the California suggestions and we'll see if the route becomes obvious. I can also then get directions from one pin to another and get an idea of mileage and drive time (right click a pin and select "directions from here", do the same for the pin you want "directions to here").

After we've visited a spot, I go back and either change the yellow pins if we already had it marked or drop a new pin for places we hadn't tagged yet: green tents where we've camped, food signs for good restaurants, blue stars for civil war stuff, little houses for places we've toured, etc. They have lots of little icons and you can add your own. I put brief info into the description field and the dates we were there. NOTE: if you go this route, consider leaving the pin name blank as it clutters up your map. I know Google Earth does a lot more but this is as far as I've gotten with it.

So does anyone have a better solution?
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Re: Mapping Software
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 08:33:18 am »
Thanks John and Holly, I had no idea Google Earth had so many features.  I'm also very interested in what everyone does, as I have been so frustrated since Garmin changed their software and eliminated a feature that was very important to me (asking me whether or not I WANT to recalculate a route when I temporarily deviate from it).  I like planning my route on my computer down to every turn and loading it into my GPS for simple following on route.  Only my old Street Pilot still does that...my newer Dezl 760 has many new features that I love, but will recalculate my route at will if I skip a reststop or get off the route for fuel etc.  Not an insurmountable problem, but annoying because my choices in routing lean toward simplicity, easy turns and avoiding traffic (less of an issue now with the PC than with the diesel pusher, at least).  So I use both GPS and will I guess until the Street Pilot dies or Garmin puts the feature back into new software...and what's really crazy is technically I have three GPS because I also have the Rand McNally unit that comes with the in-dash upgrade in the PC (which I added solely for the backup camera).  I haven't used the Rand McNally unit yet because unfortunately the screen is not nearly bright enough for me to see important detail in bright daylight, and since the angle can't be changed it also has glare that I can't eliminate.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2014, 09:53:20 am »
On our last long trip we used Google Earth, Google Maps and the AllStays App.  We liked the routing features of the Google Maps app (not for navigating, but general planning ) and the RV-related locations on the AllStays app.

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Re: Mapping Software
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 09:54:03 am »
That is a very funny picture showing 4 navigation units in operation.  My wife uses two of which I chuckle over.  Oh yes....we still miss turns and get lost.  I'm always telling her to look closer at the paper version Rand McNally Road Atlas.
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Re: Mapping Software
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 10:46:03 am »
Ron, well maybe I would do better if I had four GPS, but only have three  :-D.  The object at the bottom of the photo that looks like a small screen is a temperature monitor screen that shows me the remote temperature in my farthest back dog crate so I know if the dash AC is not keeping them cool enough as I drive.

I miss my copilot with the paper maps.
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Re: Mapping Software
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 02:25:16 pm »
I have a funny story on that. The boss was in San Francisco visiting customer sites and kept getting lost. He called the office and told us to upgrade his rental car for San Diego so that it included a GPS. We called him back and told him none were available but that we were able to get him a Volkswagon that came with a dog that would stick its head out the window and bark when it was time to turn... We were laughing hysterically but he didn't take it the same way. He threatened to get new office staff when he got back.
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