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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 25-11-2012, 08:38
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I am a belt, brces and piece of string person....

so if we are looking for a particular site then I will use every means possible to locate it;

written description
postcode
address
POI from TomTom or MHF
Lat and Long coords where given - often entered directly from book references (e.g. Vicarious books Spanish aires book whuch we used recently)
and the mark one eyeball since even with every clue possible it is still possible to not spot the entrance........

BUT once we have located it we record our own coords and location on TT - but we do that from the nearest public road since if you do not do that then TT cannot find nthe correct road and sometimes tries to take you in via the neighbours garden or over a river.......

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Must be having an off day. How do you register a vote? I have tried but have had to give up before I become too irate!!

Not exactly relevant to this thread but someone did mention using postcodes. Can I relate a tale from our time spent working for the CC as wardens. We ran a site in the Peak District in Derbyshire called Blackwall Plantation. The postcode was set many years earlier before the adjoining Carsington Reservoir was built and a new access road installed. So the post code referred to a VERY narrow lane at the back of the site with a pedestrian entry only. No space to turn around, and only a few passing places.

You've guessed it. Although the Club put notes on the website and in the directory many ,many people used the postcode and ended up ringing us to ask where the hell we were. Our fault of course.

We tried to have the postcode changed, but for some unknown reason the PO refused. So beware. Always read the fine print!!

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Hi.

GPS Co-Ordinates are the best way to find any campsite, Aire, & Stellplatz. Boat owners have found this the best way from A to B. Simple

It is a shame the Caravan club don't use them on their instructions to their sites instead of third right at pub that closed down 4 years ago go on 1000 mtrs turn left at traffic lights that is now a round-about & and takes 5 mins to read.

Just put in a set of numbers. Simple.

We have fulltimed for 6+ years now and trust this type of navigation to be the best

steve & ann. -----teensvan.
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I remember being led to a hotel which was down an unmarked country lane and then marked my location to make it easy for me to return to the hotel.
Unfortunately the nearest road to the hotel was on the other side of a river and some 5 miles away from the hotel.
There is no perfect answer.
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Originally Posted by Bill_OR
Co-ordinates stored in POI files - yes
Co-ordinates entered directly into the satnav - no
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Why?

What's the difference in the quality of the coords?

To me a sat nav is just another tool to help me find the site, I do not rely simply on one method.
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What/whose coordinates do you use?

There's nothing wrong with using coords, unless they are incorrect - some are some are not.

I use Autoroute, Google Maps. my sat nav or Google search to see where the coords direct me.

As always with anything computing, rubbish in = rubbish out
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Originally Posted by jimmyd0g
GPS co-ordinates are just a justification for using the latest boys toy.

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I'll get my tin hat!!
Spoken by a true luddite.

Do you condemn users of mobile phones, computers etc in your condemnation?
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I use my sextant, stop watch and the Sun! Where the heck do you think Latitude and Longitude came from? Whether you use a SatNav or a Map it uses co-ordinates, as do you - "Turn left at ..., turn right at ... etc." are in themselves co-ordinates.
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All 'co-ordinates' whether Latitude/ Longituse or systems like the Ordinance Survey are a 'Convention' created by mankind - they are not absolutes.

Likewise 'time' is a convention.

We navigate by combining conventions.

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