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Old 10-16-2015, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Moving to TN this week and will be traveling around a lot of unfamiliar rural roads. Anyone know which GPS is more reliable in rural areas?
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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If you will have cell coverage, then any smart phone. I prefer Google Maps.

If not, and it's seriously rural, then there's an app called "PDF Maps" where you can pre-download free USGS topo maps which shows backcountry roads and trails. Your position is displayed on the map using your phone's GPS. You can also download other paid maps.

Also, a paper Delorme Gazetter is invaluable in rural areas. It will never crash, and it doesn't have batteries to run down.
Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer: Delorme
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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Really? GPS to go exploring back country roads?

Fill the gas tank, watch the location of the sun, pack a cooler and try really hard to enjoy the chance you might get "temporarily misplaced" for a few miles.

Some of our best times have been when we got lost.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, OH formerly S**tcago, IL
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As cheap as standalone GPS units are, you should go to Costco and just buy one. Update your maps and you'll be good to go.
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Old 10-18-2015, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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If you will have cell coverage, then any smart phone. I prefer Google Maps.

If not, and it's seriously rural, then there's an app called "PDF Maps" where you can pre-download free USGS topo maps which shows backcountry roads and trails. Your position is displayed on the map using your phone's GPS. You can also download other paid maps.

Also, a paper Delorme Gazetter is invaluable in rural areas. It will never crash, and it doesn't have batteries to run down.
Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer: Delorme
If you can find an older one, so much the better.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Really? GPS to go exploring back country roads?

Fill the gas tank, watch the location of the sun, pack a cooler and try really hard to enjoy the chance you might get "temporarily misplaced" for a few miles.

Some of our best times have been when we got lost.
I'm in process of relocating and driving with a 92 yr old parent. I cannot afford to get list.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Originally Posted by jwkilgore View Post
If you will have cell coverage, then any smart phone. I prefer Google Maps.

If not, and it's seriously rural, then there's an app called "PDF Maps" where you can pre-download free USGS topo maps which shows backcountry roads and trails. Your position is displayed on the map using your phone's GPS. You can also download other paid maps.

Also, a paper Delorme Gazetter is invaluable in rural areas. It will never crash, and it doesn't have batteries to run down.
Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer: Delorme
Good idea. Thank you!
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:03 AM
 
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I live in rural Tennessee. GPS works the same way here as it does in "civilization".
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Moving to TN this week and will be traveling around a lot of unfamiliar rural roads. Anyone know which GPS is more reliable in rural areas?
Where did you decide to land?
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Where did you decide to land?
Right now we're in Paducah, Kentucky. Will be heading to Paris, TN area later this week to meet with an agent to go home shopping.
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