Saturday afternoon at the December Dogwood Rally nine members shared their GPS stories and products each used on the road. Two members are just starting to use GPS for navigation and one is looking to purchase a GPS. The level and variety of GPS’s was interesting. Members had different goals for using GPS including routing to avoid tolls, low bridges and of course not getting lost. Stories of dead end roads and gravel roads on a Louisiana Delta helped the new users to understand there are more reasons for using a GPS.
Carl uses a plug in GPS to his laptop and the software from Trailer Life, Richard uses similar a GPS and Co Pilot software (trucker type). Others use a stick-on mounted GPS (all in one) without a Laptop. David just purchased his first GPS and was wise enough not to follow all the directions included. Streets and Trips, Magellan, ON Star, Garmin, Tom Tom and DeLorme rounded out the list. All seemed happy with their product and features. Dennis and I will continue our interest in finding a Stick-on GPS we can down load routes created by mapping software. Running both a GPS and a Lap top may cause conflict in the cockpit of the RV. Some members have the advantage of a co- pilot who navigates while the driver makes the turn.
Recommendations for others:
- Purchase lifetime maps with the device.
- Research both mapping software and GPS models that accepts route files, mps or .gpx
- Update your stick-on GPS device with the latest software version. They have made improvements to navigation and what’s coming up at the next exit.
Richard gave us a tour of his high tech system. GPS aside, how about your web site that shows your location and a view of the coach and road. We had lots of fun learning from one another and plan to do the same next year at Dogwood’s Christmas rally.