Re: GPS (Again)
- From: "Phil Asay" <advertoons@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:05:38 -0700
This is very good information here, Matt and exactly the kind of reply that
I was looking for to help me decide. That's what I like about this NG. There
are not very many places where one can go to "pick-someone's-brain" that has
or had these experiences. Thanks for sharing them with me.
"Matt Colie" <mattcolie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I can't give you specifics of the two units (Magellan Explorist XL or
DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN20), but I can hope to pass along some thinking
points based on some hard won experiences.
There a couple of websites and NG that discuss individual units in great
detail. I don't have the URLs anymore. I don't think that has happened
Is either of the two units you listed what I would buy as a road
Probably not, but mostly because of the physical shape of both. Neither
looks like it could be real comfortable in a cab. Do both have good
vehicle mounts? Will the vehicle mount actually go where you want it?
(BTDT) The new street navigators are so good with voice response and touch
screen (or talk to the laptop with a BT headset) that they are hard to
beat for what they do.
You need to figure out what you are doing when and what might be most
valuable to you. Both of those units have screens that might require
diverting your attention from the road to make sense of the display.
Bigger screen is better. Simple function is better.
I know what I would like to have, but I would rather have the money for
other things. I would love to have one of the big touch screen GPS in the
cab, and that would make GPS unit four (maybe 5) that I own. The three I
use most are not that different in operation, but completely different in
One is old and has very little functionality besides telling you where you
are and where (range and bearing) the waypoint selected is.
Another is still not new, but very effective as a tactical navigator that
only use when keelboat (sail) racing. (We'll just leave it out.)
The third is a street navigator that rides along whenever I go almost
anyplace. I hate to start the car when it is not plugged into the dash
mount and cable.
Don't buy anything that you can't manage and drive.
Before you commit to buying anything, go to the manufacturer's website and
download the manual and be sure that you can understand what it is telling
you (this is not your problem, some maker's manuals are better than
Buying a little cheap box is something to consider if you like to go
hiking in strange forests. I am very good at orienteering and I have
still gotten screwed up in the woods. These can be had real cheap (I
don't mean inexpensive either! - go look at Cabela's several >100$us NIB)
If you have a laptop already, get a look at both Street Atlas and Streets
& Trips. Consider what it might take this make take to run. The laptop
has to be XP for the new pacakges and you must have a way to power from
the vehicle electrics.
When you make the investment for a full-blown navigator, it will quickly
become an important part of your traveling equipment. Before you refuse
to upgrade the price of a tank of fuel, seriously consider what you are
giving up. The fact that the unit will be out of date (out designed and
the charts will be old) in way less time than we like is unfortunate, but
it is a fact of modern technology. It may serve for many years if you are
comfortable with it.
I realize that this is not a direct answer to your question, but I hope it
has provided was some direction. If I have raised and new question or
two, drop it here and I or someone will try to answer.
Phil Asay wrote:
Boy, talk about getting confused! I've followed the "leads" that some of
you have posted here and am now about ready to make my choice.
However, said that, I don't remember reading anything about and pros/cons
for the DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN20. Another hand held GPS that might me
worth taking a look at is the Magellan Explorist XL. The internet price
for the PN20 is about $370. I think the Magellan is more.
The dogs and I like wilderness hiking and it would be nice to be able to
find my way back to the campground or to where I parked the "toad" (most
of the time, anyway and depending on what my wife has on her honey-due
list). I'm leaning towards purchasing a system that has this topo
capability. But while on the road I like the idea of the onboard GPS
displaying travel information.
Looks like both of these models have this dual function, but I'm
wondering how well they work. Any feedback from you "experienced" GPS
RV'rs would be appreciated.
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