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#50919 - 04/15/05 05:29 AM I'm Lost...  
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I hate asking for directions...and pulling over to the side of the road to look at the map book [Linked Image]

Do any of you use a GPS device to direct you to where you are going? If so, what brand of device do you use and where do you buy these gadgets?

shortcircuit


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#50920 - 04/15/05 06:02 AM Re: I'm Lost...  
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#50921 - 04/15/05 06:05 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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I use one and it's great. They are not cheap though about $1300


#50922 - 04/15/05 06:32 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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If I know where I going the night before I will look it up on MSN Maps and print it out.

If I'm responding to a phone call it does not hurt to ask the customer what the main street is near by and closest cross street.

Tom


#50923 - 04/15/05 07:14 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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Called in for a mark-out on a job last week, they asked if i had a GPS location, it appears a lot of contractors are using the GPS to mark dig locations.
There is one that comes with the cell phone, I think it is $290 for the cell with GPS.


#50924 - 04/15/05 07:55 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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Short circuit..
I use a garmin street Pilot. I honestly think it was the best purchase I made. It takes all the guess work out of finding address's.I think I spent around $500.00. It is definitly not cheap but it pays for itself in the amount of time & gas you save not getting lost traveling from job to job. ToHo


#50925 - 04/15/05 08:05 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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Thomas Bros map books.... Best $15 you can spend.


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#50926 - 04/15/05 09:08 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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If cost is a problem, I recommend www.maps.google.com
the maps scroll on the screen so you can find other possible routes, and if you have an address it can provide good directions to the site.


#50927 - 04/15/05 09:30 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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There are several options available for PDA’s which will save you some money if you already have a PDA. Even if you don’t have a PDA purchasing one along with a GPS receiver and software will give you a nice package that can be used for other things. TomTom has a very well rated Bluetooth GPS device and software package for Palm and Pocket PC’s. http://www.tomtom.com


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#50928 - 04/15/05 11:10 PM Re: I'm Lost...  
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http://www.microsoft.com/PRODUCTS/i...b4a5-4a5d-9fcb-b82c5107aa1a&type=ovr

Pretty close. But it will drain your laptop's battery quickly, so you'll want a car adapter.


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