Should I use Streets & Trips for both trip planning and navigation?
I have just had a previously learned lesson reinforced! Once I have made up my mind about something I shouldn't share that decision with others, because someone might tell me it was a bad decision.

I was sharing my choice of Streets & Trips for both trip planning and navigation on my next vacation with participants of the "Winnebago's Winnie-Skinnies" forum and received the following reaction:
Before you use S&T for navigation you better do some testing. Frankly, S&T is the worst possible choice for navigation:

1> If you go off-route, regardless of how you set any preferences (which are very limited), S&T "preferred" road types are ignored when it reroutes. It will route you via a ferry, unpaved roads, toll roads, etc. - regardless of your

2> Audio instructions are given once - if you don't hear or understand you are SOL!

3> Its GPS receiver constantly stopped working.

DeLorme Street Atlas is much superior for navigation. You can designate road preferences (Prefer,Standard,Avoid). If you say avoid ferries, unpaved roads, etc. - it will! It does support voice recognition (you need a microphone head set), you can ask it to repeat instructions, issue verbal commands, etc. You can also create GPS logfiles which can be used to geo-tag your photos (I.E., "Where in blazes did we take that photo?).

DeLorme SA was much superior but having a laptop mounted with a Ram Mount obstructed my wife's vision so we gave it up. I question whether a netbook would be up to the task. We used a 15" LP - I question whether a 13" laptop would be much better.

Now we use a Magellan and pre-load each days routes and find that works much better. Granted, I make changes to these routes. Can you load multi-destination routes in you Tom-Tom?

Incidentally, I use both S&T and SA for planning - I like features of both for planning - but not for route navigation.
Is this an opinion which has some merit? Should this not bother me, or do I need to reevaluate how I plan on using S&T. I have come to highly value the knowledge of all of you who participate in this forum, so your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Marvin Hlavac

1. Re: If you go off-route. If this is an issue, disable automatic route recalculation. The current S&T versions allow users to enable / disable auto-recalc.

2. Re: If you don't hear or understand you are SOL. Not really. Hit the spacebar on your keyboard, and S&T will repeat the voice instruction.

3. Re: GPS receiver. Yes, the GPS receiver may, as other GPS receivers, work worse than expected, under certain circumstances. A couple of important items to remember: A. Use the included USB extension cable. If you don't, and if you plug the USB GPS stick directly to your laptop, you will experience very bad performance, or no performance at all. B. Make sure the side of the GPS receiver which bears the Microsoft logo faces up. That's where the antenna is. If you place it upside down, it will affect the performance in a negative way. C. Keep the GPS receiver close to the windshield, on the dashboard, that's usually a good place. Or experiment where it works best in your vehicle. I don't think you will experience difficulties, as long as the points A and B are followed.

Both, DeLorme Street Atlas and Microsoft Streets and Trips, have many loyal users. Each one has pros and cons, but both are first class products.

In my opinion, for someone who travels a lot, especially in an RV, a laptop may be a better option for both, navigation and trip planning. But YMMV. Hopefully you will get more replies from others, too.
Thanks Marvin,
I have read many of your responses to many posts, and have come to respect your knowledge. I assume the respondent to my post had a bad experience which resulted in his negative reaction to all things S&T. I will copy and paste your response to a file I am building, and will keep it with me when traveling.
To each their own, I have used DeLorme Street Atlas, and don't like it..
I've been using Streets & Trips for both planning and navigation for 5 years, and find it works fine for me. There are occasionally some glitches, but not enough to be a problem, and no more than other navigation device.
Ken in Regina
Hey Ron,

It's okay to do some research but in the end you need to keep two things firmly in mind:

1. Every navigation solution has its strengths and weaknesses.

2. Everyone's requirements and usage skills are different.

So everyone will have different opinions, all based on their own experiences; good or bad.

Some of those experiences will be based on true features, good and bad, of the product.

Some of those experiences will be based on a required method of use that one product does not support very well but another product does. But their method of use may be very different from yours.

Some of those experiences will be based on poor knowledge of GPS navigation in general and of the product features specifically.

I find the best way is to test what I already have to see if it operates the way I need to and if I have the necessary knowledge to make the most effective use of what it brings to the party. If not, the testing allows me to be much more knowledgeable of the questions I need to ask when looking for the next possible solution.

So, if you have concerns about specifics in the response you got from that one lone Winnebago user, mount up and check it out to see to what degree it's true and to what degree it's an actual issue for you. As you can see from some answers you have received in here, there might be workarounds and they might be quite acceptable to you, on balance.

While you are at it, you might find issues that weren't mentioned in the post but that are vexing for you. And maybe some good stuff that just makes you smile.

You won't know until you start to put it through its paces.

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