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Old 12-16-2007, 09:11 AM   #15
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Apparently the software companies want to be paid to include the big guys in their software data base so my Garmin usually will not find a walmart or mcdonalds even if they are 15 years old and you are sitting in their parking lot. I can find every Applebees in the country but, never the others. ????? With a 29' trailer, walmart can be a nice place to stop while you eat, shop, etc.
I intend to try Delorme on my laptop next.
I had the same problem with Garmin and Wal-Mart. The secret with Garmin is you have to Spell the POI the exact way Garmin speeled it. In this case you have to have the - between Wal and Mart. Garmin has told me the closest Wal mrt was in bakersfield Ca. while I was in Tx. Garbage in Garbage Out.

Delorme is very diffecult to get used to and even harder to plot a trip on.

Even owning stock in Garmin I find Tom Tom much more user friendly.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:44 AM   #16
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I had the same problem with Garmin and Wal-Mart. The secret with Garmin is you have to Spell the POI the exact way Garmin speeled it. In this case you have to have the - between Wal and Mart. Garmin has told me the closest Wal mrt was in bakersfield Ca. while I was in Tx. Garbage in Garbage Out.

Delorme is very diffecult to get used to and even harder to plot a trip on.

Even owning stock in Garmin I find Tom Tom much more user friendly.
'Been using the DeLorme system for 3 years now. I buy the upgraded software every year too. I find it easy to program, gives you tons of info and that big, bright lap-top screen. You can also overlay their topographical and satellite images to the screen if you wish.

Works for me!
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:44 AM   #17
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I had a very compact Garmin Street Pilot C-seris model for while, it was the size of a sliced in half baseball, perhaps. I worked well on cross country trips, but would freeze occasionally, requiring a reset. It talked, but did not say the street names to turn on, onyl the direction. It became part of a robber's loot when my Suburban was broken into.
I replaced it with a Magellan T2200, which at the same price, is a lot better.
The Magellan gets confused at times as well, but always finds it's way back to the route. The routing is good, I began using it on familiar routes first, just to see what it would do. The re-routing feature is quick, if you take a wrong turn, or want to take a short cut that is not part of the mapped route.
The unit runs over 8hrs on it's built in rechargeable battery, which is great, because I can use it in my motorcycle tank bag with an ear bud as a speaker. Overall, for the low price, this unit is quite capable. It also has amedia player, and an audio player, both which I have never used. It is capable of receiveing traffic updates, but it requires a paid subscription, which I did not do.

Neither the Garmin nor the Magellan are perfect navigation devices. But they are quite capable, and have taken me effortlessly to many unknown addresses. The bummer is that they require a PC for updates, and I use macs.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:51 AM   #18
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Garmins are faster and more user friendly the all the others.. Go GARMIN all the way!!!!!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:29 AM   #19
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'Been using the DeLorme system for 3 years now. I buy the upgraded software every year too. I find it easy to program, gives you tons of info and that big, bright lap-top screen. You can also overlay their topographical and satellite images to the screen if you wish.

Works for me!
I second Lewster's comments. The DeLorme has been great!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:42 AM   #20
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I bought the Ford model. It cost $50K and came with an attached '08 F-250 PSD. The GPS is pretty good, but the truck is great!
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:35 PM   #21
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If you are an outdoors person and could use a GPS places besides your vehicle (hunt, fish, hike, etc) using a handheld is another option. It meets my navigation needs and is portable to the trail when I hike. The overall cost may be more than auto-based models, however.

Currently I'm using the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. Color display, navigation signals, the same map set as Street Pilot (must purchase mapping software separately), and will accept a micro card for more memory. I've got more than I need with 1Gb. And I can connect it to my laptop for a larger dispay if I want.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:06 PM   #22
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i vote for garmin.

i have a garmin NUVI 350 which speaks the street names, annoying around town but great on roadtrips. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=6290. i would recommend it.

i also have a garmin handheld GPSMAP 60 for hiking and backpacking https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=224#

i also have the garmin wristwatch FORERUNNER https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

i wouldn't use any of the ones i have for other than it's intended use. they are all pretty different and the three uses i listed above are different enough from each other that they warrant their own gps (as garming has figured out). i really like garmin and i'm not a techie kind of guy, but gps technology is great
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:12 PM   #23
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i vote for garmin.

i have a garmin NUVI 350 which speaks the street names, annoying around town but great on roadtrips. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=6290. i would recommend it.

i also have a garmin handheld GPSMAP 60 for hiking and backpacking https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=224#

i also have the garmin wristwatch FORERUNNER https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

i wouldn't use any of the ones i have for other than it's intended use. they are all pretty different and the three uses i listed above are different enough from each other that they warrant their own gps (as garming has figured out). i really like garmin and i'm not a techie kind of guy, but gps technology is great
Would you rather have one that just gives rd names around town???
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Would you rather have one that just gives rd names around town???
i just mute it around town. i.e. within 10 miles of my house, unless it's a neighborhood i'm not familiar with.

that's a flaw on garmin's part is not to have an external volume control or mute button. don't know why they didn't do that. a shortcut is to hit the power button once which brings up the mute/unmute screen, it's saves a step.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:39 PM   #25
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The street pilot models have that feature (outboard vol control) but not the nuvi models...
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Took my Garmin C330 on a flight to Ohio last week...
Wanted to be able to tell what city we were flying over.
Worked really cool,
Take off speed was 150mph
Cruse at 430mph
This was on one of those small comuter planes with one seat on port, two on starboard.
Even more fun at night.
Interesting to see direction you approach airports at.
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I wondered how one would work in the air.. Glad you put that post up....
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:34 PM   #28
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AAA and Bluetooth

I have the Magellan Maestro 4040 that I got at Costco for $350 back in September. I like it because it has a wide format screen and all of the AAA Tourbook information as POI's (including campgrounds). It is bluetooth enabled so it works with my cell phone. When a POI phone number is displayed, you merely touch the number on the screen and it connects through your phone...a great hands-free device for calling ahead for reservations. I really like this unit.

One important item to note...almost all automotive GPS devices rely on NavTeq for their street and address information, which means that this info is fairly standard. POI's are generally different according to the brand of GPS you purchase.

I have a Garmin Map76s handheld that I use for hiking and it has been a really good uint too.
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