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Old 12-15-2007, 10:49 PM   #1
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Portable GPS systems

I'm thinking of asking Santa for a GPS that I can use in different vehicles.

I've been in a tractor trailer that had a Garmin.....don't know the model.

So, who recommends which models and why?
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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the half life for 'new' models is a little longer than entry level cameras or laptops...

but not much.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...nce-21215.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...one-36364.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/gps-27916.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...kup-32038.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...rth-32026.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...all-24031.html

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Old 12-15-2007, 11:43 PM   #3
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 660 and am pretty happy with it for my needs.

From what I've read on other forums, the Nuvi units have apparently been "dumbed down" compared to the SP27XX models which seem to have more capabilities for routing.

Mine has Bluetooth so I can use my cell phone "hands free". It plays MP3 and Audible files and has an FM transmitter that let it play thru the radio. It also has the ability to pickup traffic information that warn you about construction zones, etc and will attempt to give an alternate route around it. It's a subscription service that I let lapse.
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:43 PM   #4
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I bought a Mio this summer....does everything the Tom TOm does a little better...for half the price.
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:57 PM   #5
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I will tell you what I don't recommend.

I have two year old Garmin 2620 with hard drive that has US & canada loaded. It worked great for a few months or roughly got out of warranty.

Has developed a screen jumping of the display. Mapping software is "out of date" and Garmin wants $75 dollars for update. The mapping software that came with it has many glitches that were 15 years out of date when it arrived.

Call Garmin and the young customer service folks are worthless. You cannot talk to anyone who knows enough to diagnose a problem with the search software.

I travel quite a lot & have put the unit thru it paces and have found many problems with Garmin.

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.
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Old 12-15-2007, 11:58 PM   #6
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I bought a Mio this summer....does everything the Tom TOm does a little better...for half the price.
Which model did you get?
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:03 AM   #7
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Thumbs up Garmin GPS

The Garmin Street Pilot C330 is a very good basic GPS with pre-installed maps, @ a reasonable price. It's quite intuitive in use. You'l be able to use it for navigation right away with just the quick start instructions.. If you have a street address to input, the GPS will find it for you very quickly.
It can get you into some tough spots though, particulary in " Shortest Distance " mode. When towing a trailer, it's usually best to choose " Fastest " mode. That'l keep you on main highways. Play around with it. Eventually you'l be able to find any place you want, even without a street addres.
All units seem to share the same mapping and directional conventions. What you get for more money are features unrelated to guidance, (except real time traffic updates) such as bluetooth, mp3, sat. radio, etc.
One accessory which I find useful is the exterior magneticly mounted antenna. I never seem to loose good signal with it. I've Used the Garmin for over 3 years now, no problems. It's very rugged and reliable.

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With a TomTom you can download the voice of John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, and smile while you are told where to go...
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:29 AM   #9
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I have the Garmin 680 with current maps. It works great.
Do opt for a GPS with a big screen.

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Old 12-16-2007, 06:53 AM   #10
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I use my GPS for a living. For me having a device that does double duty is what makes Airstream living easier. Oh, did I mention I don't see like I did when I was younger?
For me the big screen of my laptop does a great job. I can throw the USB receiver up in the windshield and I'm ready to go.
Of course when I get to where I'm going I've got my computer with me too.
Do it yourself mount solutions keep it in place. Lots of applications available for your laptop.
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I will tell you what I don't recommend.
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.
My 496 find the Wal-marts.... Maybe you need a new database.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:19 AM   #12
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Garmin 2720

After using a small portable Garmin for years we upgraded to the 2720 Streetpilot when they went on sale for half price earlier this year. Every year and a half or so Garmin upgrades the software for a price as previously mentioned. The 2720 is portable and mounts on a non-slip pad you can place on your dash or it comes a piece of hardware you can permanently mount to your dash while still allowing removal of the unit for use on the portable pad mount in another vehicle. The unit automatically changes over to a darker screen at sundown, talks to you if you choose that option, has a great speaker at the plug-in mount and is loaded with features that we use on a regular basis. There are so many other features we have yet to utilize I'm embarassed to say. I've had very good luck with Garmin's service folks over the years and in one case they replaced my handheld unit for a small fee when I had trouble with it. Garmin may not particularly be the most user friendly device but with work you'll become and old hand in no time. Reading the large instruction manual will help significantly if you're so inclined.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:41 AM   #13
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What about a unit that you can take with you when hiking and will also have trail information?
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Garmin has so many models...
Some just right for trails that will trace your path.
I use an old Garmin GPS II & III for that...less than $100 bucks on Ebay

Just picked up a Gramin c330 on black Friday for $130.
It is amazing how fast it grabs a fix, and all the street data it has built in.
Talks and has so many places to go, food, stores, and of course any address you type in.
Color screen.
Very user friendly.
Does not trace your path
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