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    Note to Self:

    Self, remember that when you tell your Garmin GPS to take you somewhere by the fastest route it will use interstate highways whenever possible .... when you tell it to go by the shortest distance, it may well take you over roads a Freightliner was never intended to travel

    Jim
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    Does this override the "truck" or "bus" setting you can lock in ..(I forgot the exact screens... but do know that once you set "truck" it will NOT route you over gravel roads and alike..)

    I have a Etrex Legend CX
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ZenfookPower View Post
      Does this override the "truck" or "bus" setting you can lock in ..(I forgot the exact screens... but do know that once you set "truck" it will NOT route you over gravel roads and alike..)

      I have a Etrex Legend CX
      the only time I have really noticed that it would take us on roads that we shouldn't have been on in our Freightliner was in Vermont .... it is understandable in that all most of all the roads in the Williamstown area are two lane, mountain roads that have paved and unpaved sections ... it also took us down 10% - 11% grades ... we made it just fine but this experience reinforced the need to have a good map handy

      Jim
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      • #4
        Originally posted by JEBar View Post
        the only time I have really noticed that it would take us on roads that we shouldn't have been on in our Freightliner was in Vermont .... it is understandable in that all most of all the roads in the Williamstown area are two lane, mountain roads that have paved and unpaved sections ... it also took us down 10% - 11% grades ... we made it just fine but this experience reinforced the need to have a good map handy

        Jim
        If possible, always follow the directions given in the campground web site or Campground directory. There is usually a good reason for them routing customers a particuliar way.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by edj View Post
          If possible, always follow the directions given in the campground web site or Campground directory. There is usually a good reason for them routing customers a particuliar way.
          AMEN

          Jim
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          • #6
            GPS are not the only way to end up on “back roads.” Several times I have followed a map that took me on a narrow road, with sharp turns and no shoulder.

            I do not own a GPS (yet) but I have borrowed my sister’s Garmin 2720 several times and have found it very accurate. It has a truck mode that eliminates those back roads.

            BTW (By The Way) there is a web site to enter corrections, when the GPS takes you to the wrong place.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kenmullins View Post
              GPS are not the only way to end up on “back roads.” Several times I have followed a map that took me on a narrow road, with sharp turns and no shoulder.

              BTW (By The Way) there is a web site to enter corrections, when the GPS takes you to the wrong place.

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              Is this info shared with Garmin?I keep ours set on the truck/buss mode. I have been told to turn several times in a few miles where there is no longer a road for quite sometime.
              It was pastureland. But you can see where there once was a road of sorts.
              I refereed to a paper map, and had to shut Suzy-Q off because she was starting to BUG.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by kenmullins View Post
                GPS are not the only way to end up on “back roads.” Several times I have followed a map that took me on a narrow road, with sharp turns and no shoulder.

                I do not own a GPS (yet) but I have borrowed my sister’s Garmin 2720 several times and have found it very accurate. It has a truck mode that eliminates those back roads.

                BTW (By The Way) there is a web site to enter corrections, when the GPS takes you to the wrong place.

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                I believe that Garmin and Microsoft Streets&Trips uses NavTeq for the map source data. NavTeq has a web site for submitting map corrections. I have not used it, but have heard from others that the map database does get updated because of these entries. It will probably take a couple of map releases before you see the updates in the end product though.

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                • #9
                  Map Update

                  Thanks,
                  I will send them some info.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by edj View Post
                    I believe that Garmin and Microsoft Streets&Trips uses NavTeq for the map source data. NavTeq has a web site for submitting map corrections. I have not used it, but have heard from others that the map database does get updated because of these entries. It will probably take a couple of map releases before you see the updates in the end product though.
                    I had previously used NavTeq, but lost the link so I did a Google and came up with Teleatlas. Yes Garmin uses NavTeq, which is the link I intended to post. While there are occasional errors, it is amazing that the database is accurate most of the time. Keeping up with new and changing roads is a full-time job. I know that several communities have renumbered their address to make them more 911 friendly. I guess that is why updated maps are so expensive.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JEBar View Post
                      it also took us down 10% - 11% grades ... we made it just fine
                      Jim
                      11%, is that it?????
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WAFLHTIRider View Post
                        11%, is that it?????
                        yep, 11% .... I believe the steepest allowed on interstate highways is 7%

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                        • #13
                          Your worst nightmare, you're towing your 24 ft TT behind your Ford Pinto and you see that sign.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sunnytraveler5595 View Post
                            Your worst nightmare, you're towing your 24 ft TT behind your Ford Pinto and you see that sign.
                            didn't make me too comfortable that I was driving a Freighliner when I saw those signs :happy001:

                            Jim
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                            • #15
                              On this last trip we did a little testing on our Garmin 2720 "Homer". We would program a route for fastest, then delete it and run it on shortest. Several times the "shortest" route plan was quicker than the fastest mode?

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