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Old 11-16-2006, 05:30 PM   #15
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Before you spend the $$$$ on the Tom Tom check this site out

Similar to jzelle talks about but has great reviews and their site has a forum for questions etc.

DeLorme mapping software on board hooks up to your laptop it is under $100 complete.
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Old 11-16-2006, 07:07 PM   #16
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Important

No matter which brand of GPS receiver you buy make sure it is made using the SirfStar III chipset. This chipset has dramatically improved sensitivity compared to earlier units.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:49 PM   #17
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I have the Garmin 2620 with hard drive and north america & canada loaded. The unit does a great job of a few things but, on balance, it fails a lot of the time. I was out for 3 months this summer at intl rally and reverse mapleleaf in BC & Alberta.
The software will get into funny search patterns. It will find you an applebys in N.C. and you are in Montana. Alway rebooting and fighting with the scope of the search. I like Macdonalds coffee and stopping at Wally world when I am moving a long distance. It is unbelieveable how much you have to fight with the unit to find either.
The maps they buy are really out of date. I travel a road in Kentucky that was straightened 15 years ago and the map software is still out of date. I get tired of driving past a walmart because the software can't find a 10 year old store.
You can talk to Garmin by phone which is a waste of time. They will hold your hand but, do nothing but tell you to download new operating software.

I can't bring myself to buy the new version of mapping software because I know they haven't done the job.

I think I will try either Delormae and my laptop or maybe the Copilot version for the truckers.
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:29 PM   #18
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(This may be a repeat, as my computer did something not-so-funny.)

Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there is no all-in-one GPS suitable for car travel, geocache, hiking, etc.

In reality, the small screen on the TomTom 700 and 901 are not a problem while traveling. The voice directions are really quite clear and are usually with enough advance notice; there is rarely a need to look at the screen.

If you wish to look at the screen, it doesn't work well in the standard mode suctioned to the windshield--too far away, and too much light. We keep it on the dash only until it aquires a signal, then keep it in the cup holder. The navigator can then easily pick it up to enter new instructions or clarify a voice command, in the rare case where that is necessary.

If you wish, the TomTom can be hooked to your laptop or desktop prior to journey start, and that large screen used for trip planning. This is via software called TomTom Home, installed on your computer. (Unfortunaely, the TomTom Home user interface is not very good.)
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:32 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the imput; it's hard to decide.
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2airishuman posted a link on this thread to an earlier thread (March, 2006) regarding GPS units. Thank you for the info. I read the posts on the former thread and found that most of the GPS models discussed aren't even made anymore. I guess this technology moves so very fast that eight month old information is ancient history.

I am narrowing my search to the major brands (Garmin, TomTom and Magellan), and am finding that the selection of models and features is mind numbing. After I have selected one and try it out, I will report the results.
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I guess this technology moves so very fast that eight month old information is ancient history.
hi moosetags...

i did write that 'models are a moving target' in that other thread...true then; true now.

the series tend to remain consistent, like the street pilot series from garmin...

also noted my affinity for garmin....

go here...

www.garmin.com

or the outlet store....

http://gn.factoryoutletstore.com/&arefx=0

really you cannot go wrong with any of their units...

instead of being confused by models/features, make a list of features you WANT...

then run through the models and pick 2-3 that meet your needs...

not surprizingly there are forums/user groups for these things...

so like buying a tv or trailer you can check them out and ask questions...

garmin has 50%+ of the us market; tomtom 25%

rich carpenter who wrote 'the digital rv' and runs the rv gadget forums uses one and will answer questions for ya and

i think rich luhr of 'airsteamlife' also uses a gps and will offer insights...

and just to muddy navigations more, one can now opt for cell phones with gps capability...

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Old 11-18-2006, 09:12 AM   #22
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Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there is no all-in-one GPS suitable for car travel, geocache, hiking, etc.
Check out these two...

http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap60csx/

http://www.businessweek.com/autos/co...ws+index_autos
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We have a Garmin C330 and love it. The Garmin products are VERY easy to use and from reports I've read as accurate as any consumer GPS units. Newer units have a text-to-speech feature that actually announces the names of upcoming streets (ours doesn't have that feature... just announces "Turn left in 50 ft.", etc. But, the screen does display the name of the upcoming street/turn.) We've used the C330 on trips with our AS to Zion/Bryce and Seattle and found it useful and fun.
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Old 11-18-2006, 04:08 PM   #24
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My experience is with the Tom Tom 300. It was easy to use and I downloaded Canada maps from the website. Overall I'd say it was 95% accurate occasionally telling you to do something that was not logical (i.e. turn left in 90m when your rolling down the middle of the Trans Canada or Interstate at 65mph). As Ronald Reagan once said "Trust, but verify."
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Has anyone gotten a GPS with a traffic receiver in it. I'm not sure how they are supposed to work but I think they update the gps with the latest traffic conditions.

I was wondering if its worth paying the premium price for that option, or if its really needed.

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Old 11-19-2006, 10:04 PM   #26
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I just bought a TomTom One for $399 (after $100 mail-in rebate) from Office Depot. I don't have much experience with it yet - but it does appear to be very easy to use. The screen is bright and works fine in all but the most direct sunlight.

A month ago I was visiting friends in Germany. They had the TomTom software and GPS receiver in a PDA. It was a great help in navigating the twisting streets in Bavaria. I was amazed at the little streets it knows.
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My new "entertainment center" in my new truck has the capability. For a large price. over $1000. Need subscription for the realtime traffic.
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After much consideration and review of the info provided on the Forums, I am zeroing in on a Garmin Nuvi 360. Does anyone have any info on or experience with this model?
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