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jymbee

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Large, foldable map of the United States?
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:50:44 PM »
Looking for a LARGE, fold-out map of the US that might be useful for RV travel. We have all kinds of apps & atlases but have a need for something large on occasion.

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2018, 03:02:53 PM »
Rand McNally has one that unfolds to 28"x40".  Not sure you will find a bigger FOLDING map.

https://www.amazon.com/Folded-Map-United-Rand-McNally/dp/0528881280/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537041425&sr=8-1&keywords=Folding+us+road+map

If you need a bigger scale, they offer three folding maps that cover the Eastern, Central, and Western US.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2018, 03:17:09 PM »
We got one at Cracker Barrel years ago and drew a line around the country as we went on a long trip.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2018, 07:26:29 PM »
Here is one that's 48x78
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2018, 07:51:39 PM »
I haven't done it recently but I used to get them from AAA.

Just a thought,
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2018, 03:34:27 PM »
I have one in front of me. 40" X 28". Still in the package. I'd give it to you if you were close by. They are available right here:

https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Tree-United-States-Wall/dp/B00NPCVDEM/ref=asc_df_B00NPCVDEM/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193843972444&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5189340817603544403&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9058138&hvtargid=pla-309628953022&psc=1

Hmmm... hard to tell from the pics but it doesn't look like it shows many highways. (?) Thanks for the offer however!  :)

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2018, 03:57:18 PM »
Hmmm... hard to tell from the pics but it doesn't look like it shows many highways. (?) Thanks for the offer however!  :)

I just took mine out of the package and it does NOT show the roads. I didn't know that's what you needed.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2018, 04:16:49 PM »
Why would you want a paper folding map when Google Maps are more up to date and contain a lot more useful information? Elevation, businesses, routing information, zoom ability and more.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018, 04:30:02 PM »
Tom, you know there are still some of us dinosaurs who actually LIKE and PREFER paper maps.  ::)  I love AAA maps!  And yes I love my Garmin for navigating but I still like the "big picture" on my paper maps.

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2018, 04:49:39 PM »
Tom, you know there are still some of us dinosaurs who actually LIKE and PREFER paper maps.  ::)  I love AAA maps!  And yes I love my Garmin for navigating but I still like the "big picture" on my paper maps.

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I understand that completely Ardra. I was just wondering why? What advantage does a paper map have over a Google map? I used to love paper maps in the day but now they just seem so 20th century.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2018, 05:37:58 PM »
I understand that completely Ardra. I was just wondering why? What advantage does a paper map have over a Google map? I used to love paper maps in the day but now they just seem so 20th century.

You can't spread a Google map out on the table and get the big picture.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2018, 05:42:02 PM »
I can get a bigger picture with a Google map. It can zoom out to show you the entire planet.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2018, 07:10:22 PM »
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2018, 07:41:25 PM »
I lived most of my life in the 20th century, and still like paper maps, too.  Google is easier to grab and look for something, but the paper offers good detail over a much larger area without the need to scroll or zoom.  Both have their place.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2018, 09:27:56 PM »
I can get a bigger picture with a Google map. It can zoom out to show you the entire planet.
Is that so you can use your microscopic vision, Tom? When zoomed out that far, there's no detail, even on a 10" tablet,  where the detail stays the same on the paper map. Some of us actually need that -- the electronic stuff is too restricted in size -- in order to have a big picture AND detail simultaneously. As Ardra indicates, the electronics are great, but there are certain things they cannot do. For me, at least, it's the same with books and magazines -- the electronics are too restricted for me, and I can't get comfortable with them to read in my easy chair.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2018, 07:14:16 AM »
No help from me for the OP but in 2015 we stopped at an official rest area and visitor info center in Louisiana and picked up a new official state road map.  Shocked to find it had no mileages or Interstate Exit numbers on it.  I would hope by now they have corrected that.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2018, 07:17:50 AM »
I prefer Google maps/Google Earth for the most part for the convenience, and when I want to see "the big picture" better, I just cast/stream it from my laptop to the much larger TV screen. We still have an atlas and a few state maps on hand, but they're outdated and not useful for current conditions and routing.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2018, 07:46:15 AM »
Well I understand it better now. Now I know why weather men on TV are always unfolding paper maps.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2018, 07:48:59 AM »
I keep a stock of paper maps in the coach because we spend a lot of time with no cell or internet service.  Nice to dream about where we're headed next month or the month after.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2018, 11:44:56 AM »
Why would you want a paper folding map when Google Maps are more up to date and contain a lot more useful information? Elevation, businesses, routing information, zoom ability and more.

Preaching to the choir I'm afraid. I use at least a dozen different electronic mapping systems from apps to websites. I make my own custom maps and do work for clients that want to map their facilities around the country (USA). Never want to back to the old day of "Tappin' our fingers on a Texaco road map" (thank you Mr. Mellencamp). One really tired line I use when confronted with a paper map is, "Hey, how do I zoom in on this thing?!". Yeah, I know-- lame.  ::)

My wife however, as if often the case, is not impressed. SHE wants a large map she can lay out on a flat surface to get an overview of the entire USA. Another advantage of paper was mentioned here by Old_Crow:


I keep a stock of paper maps in the coach because we spend a lot of time with no cell or internet service.  Nice to dream about where we're headed next month or the month after.

Now if you'd like to convince my better half that paper is inferior-- I can only wish you the best of luck (hint: you'll lose)!  ;D

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2018, 11:47:42 AM »
Preaching to the choir I'm afraid. I use at least a dozen different electronic mapping systems from apps to websites. I make my own custom maps and do work for clients that want to map their facilities around the country (USA). Never want to back to the old day of "Tappin' our fingers on a Texaco road map" (thank you Mr. Mellencamp). One really tired line I use when confronted with a paper map is, "Hey, how do I zoom in on this thing?!". Yeah, I know-- lame.  ::)

My wife however, as if often the case, is not impressed. SHE wants a large map she can lay out on a flat surface to get an overview of the entire USA. Another advantage of paper was mentioned here by Old_Crow:


Now if you'd like to convince my better half that paper is inferior-- I can only wish you the best of luck (hint: you'll lose)!  ;D
Thank you for a logical answer. It is nice to see that some people still have manors. I have no desire to convince you or your wife of anything, I was just curious as to why you wanted a paper map.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2018, 04:45:45 PM »
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picked up a new official state road map.  Shocked to find it had no mileages or Interstate Exit numbers on it.  I would hope by now they have corrected that.

That's why I prefer the AAA maps.  They're far superior to the state-issued maps.  One of their best features is providing elevations of mountain passes which can be hard to find elsewhere.  I like being able to look at a map for a mountainous state and be able to see elevations on alternate routes.  Nevertheless I do also use state maps which usually have more numerous detailed city map insets.  By the way, also like the AAA regional maps that cover several states for the bigger picture.

Tom, yesterday I was trying to find where someone lives in rural North Carolina using Google maps and was frustrated going back and forth with state/county highway numbers that meant nothing to me.  It was a rural area and I never did make the connection.  For that I like a large paper map with a town index that leads me to the correct space.  But - in this case I wasn't interested enough to go in the other room and pick the NC map off the shelf!  ::) :P

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2018, 04:47:27 PM »
I have found over the years that these books are by far the most detailed maps you can carry and use.  It takes a bit of planning to have the ones with you that you need.  I have about 25 of them so far.

https://www.amazon.com/Iowa-Atlas-Gazetteer-Delorme/dp/0899333362/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1537220615&sr=8-2&keywords=iowa+map+book

They have them for all the states and the detail is very good.

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2018, 05:27:43 PM »
I have found over the years that these books are by far the most detailed maps you can carry and use.  It takes a bit of planning to have the ones with you that you need.  I have about 25 of them so far.

https://www.amazon.com/Iowa-Atlas-Gazetteer-Delorme/dp/0899333362/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1537220615&sr=8-2&keywords=iowa+map+book

They have them for all the states and the detail is very good.


Which ones show you current traffic conditions and detours?  ;)
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2018, 05:32:41 PM »
Which ones show you current traffic conditions and detours?  ;)

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2018, 06:31:18 PM »
The 5th season is all encompassing.   Construction Season.  It's always up to date.  You deal with it when needed. 8) 8)

Or avoid it when I know the traffic situation in advance...  :D
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2018, 08:09:23 PM »
I always carry road maps. More than once I have lost cell service, maps. I also travel where there is no cell service and won't be for decades. Heck, I can't even get a signal at my moms place in northern Wisconsin. Besides, I like to plan my route on paper. I only use on-line apps to quickly calculate mileage and find gas stops.

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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2018, 08:23:26 PM »
I don't carry paper maps because being without cell service doesn't mean diddy squat. My GPS works everywhere. When I have cell service I can zoom out to view all of planet Earth in one view and with  a few clicks I can zoom in to see incredible detail that is never available on most paper maps.
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Re: Large, foldable map of the United States?
« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2018, 09:21:59 PM »
My GPS works everywhere and so does the CoPilot app on my phone since both use downloaded maps that don't require a constant cell signal. As Tom said, zooming in for fine details is simple, and switching to a satellite or street view on an app adds even more detail. Even the venerable Google Maps app has provisions for offline maps.
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