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Old 11-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #61
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Mike, was that your first use with the Garmin? Yes, they can send you around.
Two tips:
Look at the whole route when you first put it in to see you are not going far out of your way or wrong direction altogether.
If avoiding highways and using that mode in a city area, put it back onto using highways when in the country so it does not possibly avoid the main roads --- the ones you need-- that are not highways. Again, check the map right away when changing.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:42 PM   #62
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I am a firm believer in not taking the word of my GPS as gospel.
I agree - it's the same as a map. A smart person wouldn't blindly go wherever the map said there was a road without considering alternatives and changed conditions since the map was drawn, so why would a smart person blindly follow GPS instructions?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:44 PM   #63
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Hearing about the BC scales being left on, I wonder if any states do that? Would be great to be able to pull into one when it was closed and use it. But my guess is that they are all electronic printout or readings, and that they are off when closed.
The Alberta and BC scales are all electronic, too... they just leave them on, but with no access to the printer. They have big displays placed so that the truck driver can read them, and that's what is used after hours.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:49 PM   #64
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Didn't catch the rpm, I'll have to see if I can find a chart or some such that has suggested rpms for the different gears.
No problem, just wondering if you noticed. 2nd gear will likely run about 50% higher engine speed than 3rd gear at the same road speed... but that's a really rough guess without looking up the ratios.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:58 PM   #65
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Mike, was that your first use with the Garmin? Yes, they can send you around.
Yeah, I bought the Garmin right before leaving to pick up my trailer. There may be an "RV mode" on the thing which will avoid high mountain passes, low underpasses, etc. I'll investigate.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #66
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Yeah, I bought the Garmin right before leaving to pick up my trailer. There may be an "RV mode" on the thing which will avoid high mountain passes, low underpasses, etc. I'll investigate.
If there's no RV mode, a second choice might be a truck mode (still avoids low clearance and narrow roads, and maybe steep grades).
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:01 PM   #67
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Jon and Leon -- wish we could find some in the Midwest.
Next spring I will check at some of the scales we pass in MN and WI.
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re: GPS

some units allow "routing" (aka waypoints) so if you want to avoid, say a major city, you just program around it. This wont help with local geography issues, but at least I'm telling it where to go.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:36 PM   #69
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Think of a gps as a compliment to a map not instead of a map. A good map will show what kind of road you are looking at as well as how that road relates to everything around it. That will help you tell the difference between the gravel road over the mountain compared to the paved road around it. Or for that matter, the short road with lots of traffic lights instead of the slightly longer freeway.

It helps to have several maps. The map that helps you find your way across the state won't tell you that the road between the small town you are in now and the campground you are heading for is wickedly steep. You need both.

The gps is of the most value when you are on the way. Put your preferred route in and you won't have to look at a map while driving (always a dangerous thing).

And please, take a paper map. As a career natural resources professional who has search and rescue responsibility in the past, you have no idea how many folks I've seen with dead batteries in their gps and no clue where they were or which way to go. A map and compass and the skill to use them can be the difference between life and death for anyone who goes off the beaten track.

As for myself, I carry a gps, a compass and an assortment of maps of varying scales everyday at work, even though I'm in an area I've worked in for years. I may not need them on any particular day but I have them anyway and so do every one of my professional colleagues.

Sorry to preach, but it's something I feel strongly about.
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:04 PM   #70
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We're still considering the 3.0L diesel in the Ram, and would love to hear how it does, particularly with a 21' on the steep grades and higher elevations. Seems like a couple of our forum have that particular engine in either the Ram or Jeep. We almost bought one last week, but decided to give our 2003 V-6 (245 hp/282 lb-ft) a whirl on the initial pick-up and trip home.
We have essentially the same engine in our Grand Cherokee, have put about 3k towing miles on it since picking up in August. Steep grades at altitude are no problem as long as you observe a few rules in regards to the new turbo diesels, namely, keep the rpm's up. These engine's have the torque to pull our 19 faster than the speed limit up steep grades, (not that we do) with no serious engine or trans oil temps issues, but they will get hot if you lug the engine. Paddle shifters work great but rarely use them.
The best thing for us is the GC is a really great everyday commuter that happens to tow really well @ 20 mpg.
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