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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-08-2008, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am just being curious. Where do you put your portable GPS devices? In the middle of the windshield, on the dashboard, on the driver side of the windshield? And what works for you best?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-08-2008, 10:32 AM
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Re: GPS location

In the glove box. Its called compass and road map.

Oh, wait you mean that electronic contraption? Who needs one when you can read a map? Only time I ever bother to use a GPS is when I am out of sight of land boating/sailing, mostly because I haven't bothered to learn how to use a sextant and I also boat in bad weather sometimes (when using a sextant wouldn't be possible anyway).

Otherwise it is map, straight edge, pencil and compass for back packing or sailing and ususally just a road map or sometimes a compass as well for driving.
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Re: GPS location

I put mine to the left of the dashboard. near the driver's side A-Pillar. At first I tried putting it in the middle but it takes up way too much visible area that way. Off to the left leaves more viewing area out the windshield.

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Re: GPS location

[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=99266.msg1976637#msg1976637 date=1199806331]
Who needs one when you can read a map?
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Ever try folding a road map of the United States? I mean the whole Unites States.

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Re: GPS location

[quote author=kjh1127 link=topic=99266.msg1976974#msg1976974 date=1199815611]
[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=99266.msg1976637#msg1976637 date=1199806331]
Who needs one when you can read a map?
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Ever try folding a road map of the United States? I mean the whole Unites States.
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how fast do you drive across the US that you would need to look at the whole thing at once??


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[quote author=kjh1127 link=topic=99266.msg1976969#msg1976969 date=1199815515]
I put mine to the left of the dashboard. near the driver's side A-Pillar. At first I tried putting it in the middle but it takes up way too much visible area that way. Off to the left leaves more viewing area out the windshield.
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I have recently moved mine there too, but now plugging it in -when charging- is a pain. The cord needs to go around the steering wheel.

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[quote author=kjh1127 link=topic=99266.msg1976974#msg1976974 date=1199815611]
[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=99266.msg1976637#msg1976637 date=1199806331]
Who needs one when you can read a map?
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Ever try folding a road map of the United States? I mean the whole Unites States.
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No, that is what atlases are for instead of folding maps. For the cost of an inexpensive GPS I can get a good road atlas of all 50 states and Canada and drive half of the way across the states as well ($30 for a good road atlas of US and Canada + $70 for gas which at $3.00 a gallon and 42mpg highway that gets me about 1,000 miles, that is all assuming you can even find a GPS for $100 that actually is worth anything).
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But do you look cooler ripping your atlas out and trying to study it while driving down the freeway or causally glancing up at your fancy GPS? Plus most atlas's dont go nearly as in depth as a GPS, or provide with you directions automatically INCLUDING when you have to take a detour or miss a turn or something. I don't even own a GPS I actually only have an atlas but I am jealous of those that do.

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Meh, I get lost so rarely and I have such an amazing head for directions and location (seriously) that it is pretty much never an issue. If I scan a map in advance I generally can remember turn by turn directions and general location of where I am and what the roads are like around me easily enough. Even if I get slapped with a detour or miss a turn I can get where I am going with a minimal of fuss with no map 99% of the time just as fast as someone with a GPS could. Only time I ever get in trouble is if a side road or something dead ends when I am expecting it to keep going and intersect another road a couple down or something. Happens, but rarely.
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my cell has navigation thanx to verizon hooked to my center vents



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