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Old May 17th, 2010, 05:16 PM
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I was wondering what everyone was using for a GPS, and if anyone was using an automotive GPS with backroad maps installed.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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Re: Best GPS

+1 for the nuvi 500. not only does it show a trail of where i've been (so you can follow your way back), the trail can be transferred into a computer, and then opened in google earth. way cool to share the route with others. a plus that it all works with apple as well as pc's. on sale at costco this month for $199.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 06:58 PM
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How are you mounting the unit? The motorcycle bar mounts appear to small to mount to the roll bar. Window mount seems out..(LOL) So custom made mount or sticky tape to dash?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 07:04 PM
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Re: Best GPS

Quote: Originally Posted by SoundFX View Post
+1 for the nuvi 500. not only does it show a trail of where i've been (so you can follow your way back), the trail can be transferred into a computer, and then opened in google earth. way cool to share the route with others. a plus that it all works with apple as well as pc's. on sale at costco this month for $199.
Do you have any files I could look at, sounds like a cool feature, I know the files would not do me any good just looking to see an example of what it will do!
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Old May 17th, 2010, 07:23 PM
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What mounting bracket are you using for the nuvi 500?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 07:27 PM
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ram mounts ,here a link to them

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Old May 17th, 2010, 08:36 PM
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I have found that the best GPS system for the razors is the Lowrance 540C Baja.
I have had my unit for a year and a half and love it.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 08:51 PM
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I have the Garmin Nuvi 500, really nice unit! How do I download the maps? is that something I need to pay extra to get or does it come with the unit?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 10:26 PM
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Re: Best GPS

CLASS!!...pay attention... :-)

to get the nuvi 500 trails/files into your computer, you need a usb-to-mini usb cable (not incl.) and the basecamp software available for free @ garmin.com. connect nuvi, open basecamp, click "receive from gps". it adds the gps files to the "my collection" area on the left. click the one you want to view, they are named by date by default.

i would love to attach a .gpx file for you to experiment with, but uploads here seem to be limited to graphic formats-any hints on how to do that on this forum? bueller? ...anyone? ...anyone?

so we will settle for a screenshot of what it looks like. if you had the file, after installing basecamp just double click the .gpx file to load and view. bunch of dots on a blank map---not much you say...if you open the file while your nuvi 500 gps is connected, and wait long enough to load its resident map into basecamp, it looks like my second screenshot with the topo features and you can adjust the angle of view.

for my last trick, right click the RZRride file and select "open in google earth". you obviously need this installed beforehand, and this is also free software @ google. the third screenshot is the route with google's topo maps. you can see my route that i colored in yellow. above the player bar in the upper left, you can click the little blue icon with the play arrow, and it will animate the route just as i drove it! you can adjust the speed of playback so your all day ride only takes 30 seconds to demonstrate. pretty cool!

if your nuvi 500 is still connected, you can click "send to gps" and have my trail route in your nuvi too!

THERE WILL BE A TEST!!! (insert evil teacher laugh and a pink floyd song) Class dismissed....

UPDATE!--Here's a link to the .GPX file
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Re: Best GPS

Quote: Originally Posted by SoundFX View Post
CLASS!!...pay attention... :-)

to get the nuvi 500 trails/files into your computer, you need a usb-to-mini usb cable (not incl.) and the basecamp software available for free @ garmin.com. connect nuvi, open basecamp, click "receive from gps". it adds the gps files to the "my collection" area on the left. click the one you want to view, they are named by date by default.

i would love to attach a .gpx file for you to experiment with, but uploads here seem to be limited to graphic formats-any hints on how to do that on this forum? bueller? ...anyone? ...anyone?

so we will settle for a screenshot of what it looks like. if you had the file, after installing basecamp just double click the .gpx file to load and view. bunch of dots on a blank map---not much you say...if you open the file while your nuvi 500 gps is connected, and wait long enough to load its resident map into basecamp, it looks like my second screenshot with the topo features and you can adjust the angle of view.

for my last trick, right click the RZRride file and select "open in google earth". you obviously need this installed beforehand, and this is also free software @ google. the third screenshot is the route with google's topo maps. you can see my route that i colored in yellow. above the player bar in the upper left, you can click the little blue icon with the play arrow, and it will animate the route just as i drove it! you can adjust the speed of playback so your all day ride only takes 30 seconds to demonstrate. pretty cool!

if your nuvi 500 is still connected, you can click "send to gps" and have my trail route in your nuvi too!

THERE WILL BE A TEST!!! (insert evil teacher laugh and a pink floyd song) Class dismissed....
you can use a free FTP and download it there. This would be great if you had a lot of friends that wanted to share files easily. You could also simply ask who wanted it and email it to them....
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Re: Best GPS

Is the 500 waterproof? Does it have mp3 player?
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SoundFX thanks for the education!
Flyrccg yes its water proof negative on the mp3 player
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Re: Best GPS

I have been all over Garmin's site now. I can't find a link for basecamp PC download. There are a couple for MAC. Does anyone know where its at?
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Re: Best GPS

I like the Garmin Rino 530 - It is a hand-held (can be mounted with RAM) with a 14 mile walkie talkie built in that will allow other users to get/share their location via radio. Also having the built in weather/emergency feature is a bonus.

If my buddy gets lost behind us or ahead of us, all I have to do is talk to him on the radio and it shows me exactly where he is.

We use them on our quads/utv's and snowmobiles. I have trail maps of the entire state for each activity. You can load just about any of the garmin base maps into it as well as your own customized maps.

It is also has their hardened outdoor specifications so water, dust, vibration etc. are not an issue.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?...ER_SERIES_RINO

Another bonus is it will talk to any of the GMSR radios out there. So the whole group can still use plain walkie's.
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Re: Best GPS

You can join my site and upload the GPX files then link to them if you like, I have unlimited bandwidth and server space. PilotOdyssey.com :: Index

Thanks for the tutorial SoundFX I have a Garmin Nuvi 500 on the way.

Can I take GPS data from my Garmin hand held (Etrex Legend ) and or GPX files I collected in the past and upload those recoreded trails to my Garmin 500 ?

Any pics on how you guys mounted the Garmin Nuvi 500 in your RZR ?

Thanks in advance.
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