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Old 06-07-2015, 12:39 AM   #21
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If you use an iPad or iPhone (and maybe Android), check out the TopoMaps app.
I did a search and it comes up with many results for that, paid and free (in app purchases) Can you give more details on name and maker so I can find the one you recommend. Thanks,

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Old 06-07-2015, 05:13 PM   #22
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Hi Maury and Julie,
We have used the Rand McNally Atlas for years through the west tent camping. We also have used Garmin GPS of various kinds. Our new Garmin for RV, purchased in prep for trailering seems to work well, but you must watch the route and check that it takes you where You want to go.. Our in-car 4 Runner Toyota installed system is simply frustrating. You basically can not use it when the car is moving. RBryan mentioned a written guide to Interstate Highway navigation, the "Next Exit". We bought this lightweight $18 guide from Amazon and on the trip so far have found it useful to find gas stations, specific restaurants, rest areas, some camping and estimate driving distance on Interstates.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:22 PM   #23
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Our in-car 4 Runner Toyota installed system is simply frustrating. You basically can not use it when the car is moving. RBryan mentioned a written guide to Interstate Highway navigation, the "Next Exit". We bought this lightweight $18 guide from Amazon and on the trip so far have found it useful to find gas stations, specific restaurants, rest areas, some camping and estimate driving distance on Interstates.

Yes, our onboard navi is frustrating too. Instead of simply saying "navigate to " like you can with Google Maps, it only understands you if you use the right format in the command -- and it's complicated. We like the printed atlas and printed guides. Still use the GPS because it has tons of useful info but I wish it were more intuitive.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:45 PM   #24
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My buddy came over with his new Toyota Highlander.
He has the navigation system and found that it did not show a road that is a main route out of Tsawwassen that was completed about 8 months ago. Asked his dealer what the deal was and was told Toyota only updates the maps once a year. That it costs $250 ( or did he say $290 ). And that the map is for western Canada and U.S. If you want eastern Canada and U.S. that's another $250 ish.
He also discovered that he has covers on the bumper where the tow eye bolts are to be screwed in, but that they don't include the bolts in the tool kit, and that you can't buy them from the accessory list. He ended up getting a couple from a 2004 Highlander for $95 a piece. And I thought I got ripped off then I paid $60 for a second one ( one was included ).
If I ever buy a new vehicle, the dealer and I are going to have some interesting discussions.
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I did a search and it comes up with many results for that, paid and free (in app purchases) Can you give more details on name and maker so I can find the one you recommend. Thanks,

Jeff
Jeff,

topomapsapp.com is the website. In looking at it, it's an app only for iPhone and iPad.

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Old 06-08-2015, 05:39 PM   #26
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I used AAA strip maps for years, but the last set I got were mostly useless with about 1/3 the information as previously.
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An alternative is the Michelin Road Atlas for North America. I have it and it's okay for cross-country driving. The Michelin atlas is spiral-bound and 8.5 x 11 inches. The Rand McNally looks bigger though, so it might be better.

A mapping program for Android users is CoPilot (copilotgps.com). It has its own maps so it isn't dependent upon a web connection. I bought CoPilot years ago to use on an Android smartphone, but it works fine on my Samsung tablet, which has a GPS function. They probably all do by now.
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