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Old 08-07-2008, 11:20 AM
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I am thinking of getting a Garmin type GPS for the car. I went to do a trail last weekend and got totally lost.

I hear you guys asking if anyone has GPSd a specific trail.

Can anyone give me reccomendations on which GPS is better, etc..
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:54 PM
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is this for roads? or trails?
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:17 PM
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Chris,

In general any commercial GPS receiver will suit your needs from a reception standpoint. Having an external antenna can be helpful, but is really not necessary. I think what you really need to investigate is how accurate is the mapping that comes with it and/or can be added to the unit via a topo program on a PC, or even via wireless. You also need to make sure that you can effectively navigate the user interface.

I happen to have an older Garmin Street Pilot, which I have outgrown. Some of the others may have more specific recommendations.

If you would like very detailed technical information on GPS I can help with that too.

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Thanks Jeff!

I am leaning toward the Kenwood DNX7120 indash. It palys Dvds, Garmin runs it's Nav, Blue tooth, Ipod, lots of ports 7" screen, back up mirror, XM, HD etc... all for $859.00

I will check but I want to be able to do what I think I have heard you guys talk about, loading in trails?
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:39 PM
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I will check but I want to be able to do what I think I have heard you guys talk about, loading in trails?
Exactly

I bought a cheapy (Loox something or other) off Woot one night just to dip my foot into GPS and see what I really want/need. One definitive is the ability to map trails, export trail maps, import trail maps, etc.

I must say though this cheapy little unit I have showed us on the Engineer Pass trail all the way to Animas Forks as well as on Yakee Boy Basin last week. I think if I ever get serious about it I might look into what I believe Romer did/has and buy a PDA w/ GPS mapping software. I have an old color Palm PDA so maybe I'll look into what might be available for it.

Lots of good information over on MUD from what I remember in like the Expedition section or something like that.
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Costco a few months back has the newer street pilot 7200 on sale for 480 or so(i would have to look for a price). I got it and I like it alot. I love the touch screen interface. I will be loading Garmin's backcountry software in it to help with the FS roads and such. It has the interface with computers through Mapsource, can make track logs and save way points. A real cool machine. Now I recently have seen on line a smaller touch screen GPS unit called the Oregon. I will be looking at this for a smaller version If I need one.
When we can afford it, I will be getting a indash one for the 4runner. I believe that the Navtec maps are the most accurate out there(based on my research, correct me if I am wrong). This is the maps that garmin use. Thanks for pointing me to Kenwood as I want the Navtec maps and Garmin software(anyone know other compaines that use garmin software).
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I have the Garmin 60CSX and it is great. Load the street pilot and you have directions anywhere you want. Load the off road map and you are ready to go.

I do have a Garmin Etrex Legend for sale, good starter unit for $70 LMK if you are interested.
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:29 AM
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I found the Kenwood NDX7120 on ebay for 799.00...This is what a lot of my fellow crusier heads are doing in the Blue room......Can someone talk to my wife for me , she is not releasing any POs this month....Oh and I need a PO for the Camping lab tent also...OH and an Auxilliary battery set up..Brought all this up this morning over breakfst....man that milk was not the only thing cold this morning. brrrr....
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I found the Kenwood NDX7120 on ebay for 799.00...This is what a lot of my fellow crusier heads are doing in the Blue room......Can someone talk to my wife for me , she is not releasing any POs this month....Oh and I need a PO for the Camping lab tent also...OH and an Auxilliary battery set up..Brought all this up this morning over breakfst....man that milk was not the only thing cold this morning. brrrr....

Chris,
I think you would be happier with the 8120! It is nearly the same as last years 7120 but has a full Bluetooth and Ipod interface built in (7120 is add on modules) plus it has more internal memory. By the time you add the modules into the 7120 you will have the same amount into it as the '08 8120. Also, read the Kenwood site as they will not honor any Gray market vendor deal with Kenwood warranty!
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I use a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx and like it a lot. I can use it when hiking, when motorcycling, and it works just dandy in the truck. Weatherproof, just tested in a driving rain on a motorcycle at 75 MPH. It has SiRF III, and picks up satellites when you would think it couldn't.

Garmin's topo info sucks. I use Above The Timber's excellent Colorado map data which will load onto the 60CSx and display. Redraw is slower (due to extreme info) but acceptable. The Garmin junk is OK for Utah if you have a .gpx for the trail you want, not so much otherwise.

In-dash is not workable for me for a lot of reasons, some of which are above.
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