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Old 01-28-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Do people use hard copy campground guide books these days or is it all on the internet?
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #2
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Hard copy is the only way. Wi-Fi is not always there when you need it .
I got maps in my door pocket for almost every Province and State in North America.Don't leave home with out them. And there a good read. I study maps and points of intrest days in advance, but thats my way of keeping the trip intresting and fun..
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I too have a large collection of hard-copy maps, but when it comes to campground books, I'll pass.
A friend gave me a copy of Woodall's when I got the trailer. It was almost the size and weight of a phone book, and for all that, contained little useful information. In fact, it was a phone book. Just a list of addresses and phone numbers.
And you need your reading glasses and a magnifying glass, the type was so small.
I never actually used it to locate any campground.
I'll use the web to look up campgrounds in an area, but even then, the reviews are suspect.
Best resource is the members of this forum.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:57 PM   #4
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Ah yes , pulling over in a rest area getting out the glasses and some times the mag glass sounds familar. But you have to wait for the wife to take the dog for a pee brake and then it 's game on. Mind, you only got 90 seconds to get the job done....
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:27 PM   #5
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Couldn't live without our Rand McNally road atlas and the Allstays app (along with several other apps) we have a gps but it has taken us astray several times.
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I've added a laptop and DeLorme Streets Atlas USA 2014 for my travels. I plan on being flexible on my trips and feel that I want to advance from the atlas "technology" used when I traveled cross country 39 years ago. Figuring that wi-fi will not be available from my kind of campsite, I'll be able to plan my trips as I go.
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I use these all the time for planning
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We very recently got a TomTom for the car. At 7 PM On my drive home from Denver recently I asked Tom to direct me to the nearest Cabelas where I could safely boondock. Knew vaguely where the store was because I spotted it from the road on my way up. But to TomTom Cabelas did not exist as any kind of point of interest. Then I missed a bear-left turn on I-25 where it goes from 6 lanes to 3, and ended up in Lone Tree, but found a Barnes and Noble with Starbucks.

Black coffee in hand, I lap-topped onto Google Maps, got my directions to Cabelas, (on Cabelas Drive). Back in the car just to see, I tried and failed with Tom again, this time with having a specific street address! Guess what, the store was in Lone Tree 2 miles away!

OK so maybe Tom's map program was older than this new store and a new road. Once home I immediately went online to get my free TomTom map upgrade. No lie, my computer required 5+ hours to download it, then another hour and a half to copy it to the GPS device.

Moral of story? Why take a chance. Keep your paper maps.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:00 AM   #9
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Check out Topo Maps for the iPhone and iPad. I believe it's $9.95, but once purchased you have access to all the 7.5 minute quadrant topi maps in the U.S., and their counterparts in Canada. Download just the quadrants you need, and they stay on your phone or tablet. You can set pins, label locations, get GPS coordinates, calculate distances, etc. And, you can enlarge the maps just as you do a photo, to zoom in. They'll show features not seen on a lot of commercial maps or travel books. Great accessory if you hike or bike.
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Do people use hard copy campground guide books these days or is it all on the internet?
We often use the internet as a source, but also carry campsite books and maps for the states we are visiting as well. Neither is perfect, and some books are better than others. I like the Moon camping guide for the states that they cover, but as with many, they don't always list them all.

We have been surprised both negatively and positively on numerous occasions, but what the hey, that's part of the adventure and fun. 8)
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