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TheGreenMachine11

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PostSubject: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:10 pm

Please help  Looking into purchasing a GPS unit. Just wondering what was the best bang for the buck. What you have used, what you liked or disliked?  Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:47 pm

The first question you have to answer is, "What do I want to use it for?"
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:32 pm

This intrests me also. My friend has a small Garmin with your maps, I honstly dont like the display it is very small and the grapics suck.
I want one to use for trail riding and buy your maps but want a better display and grapics. I have been playing with a Iphone Ipad app called MotionX and I really like the display and grapics on it but I dont think your maps are made to be uploaded to it. I have saved a few tracks at Windrock on it and when I go back to them it is very accurate.
What kind of options do I have?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:35 pm

I'll look into the option of my Iphone. Will your app let you mark trails and waypoints without cell service? I wanna be able to mark trails and keep up with tracking as we ride. Nothing real extravagant. I just dont wanna spend $$ on something someone else has tried and didnt work as expected..
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:05 pm

Yes the MotionX app will work with just the gps reciever in the Iphone or Ipad, no cell service required. It works good but I just wish I had all the trails on it like you can do with Dans maps on a regular gps. But it sounds like the MotionX will do just what you want.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:14 pm

If one only wants to navigate, i.e., no mapping, then the best thing I know of the Nuvi 2757 with a 7" display for $220 at www.gpscity.com. The downer is that it is not waterproof, but this usually isn't a problem in a SxS with windshield and roof.

For mapping, then the Oregon series is good. Top of the line is the Montana... but they are still quite proud of those.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:14 am

The cost in price isn't much between the Nuvi and Oregon that I seen. For the price difference I think I would rather have the Oregon series. Which model of Oregon? With the Oregon and mapping seems lilke a better deal.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:20 am

Agian I'm GPS dumb.....With the Oregon and mapping, can I map out as we ride and upload to PC?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:39 am

I have the Oregon 450 and love the options it has. (At least the ones I know how to use) The only downfall to it is the screen size. It will drive u crazy trying to use the touchscreen when out on the trails. It would be nice to have a bigger screen. But I think the Montana is just too expensive for the use I could get out of it.

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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:17 am

I agree on the cost versus use on the trails. Thanks for the info at least now I have some "general knowledge".  HatWave 
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:19 am

TheGreenMachine11 wrote:
Agian I'm GPS dumb.....With the Oregon and mapping, can I map out as we ride and upload to PC?
Yes, all of the On-the-Trail models have this capability.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:00 am

Dan, I am not so much into mapping trails I would rather just buy yours. What uinit has the best display and will work with your trails?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:08 pm

edge22 wrote:
Dan, I am not so much into mapping trails I would rather just buy yours. What uinit has the best display and will work with your trails?

X2, I cant make my mind up on one.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:22 am

When I bought my new truck that has the built-in navigation I started using my old Nuvi in the RZR. I know it doesn't have the biggest screen or the best display, but it works well enough for me just using the suction cup mount on the dash. We aren't going so fast that we can't take our eyes off the trail for a few seconds to look at it anyway. Also, it was good to be able to continue using something that had become otherwise obsolete.

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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:23 am

I have a Montana 600... to which I added CN North America, 24K SE topo, several profiles, friction mount for truck, special RAM mount in RZR, external antenna on RZR... Not for sale...

Actually, the Montana has the best display even though it is only 4"... probably just a personal thing with me. The Montana is more than adequate for both the RZR and truck. I don't like it's track logging software functions as well as my old 76CSx.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:09 pm

I meant buy your maps Dan. But anyhow I guess I will be saving my pennys for a Montana. You dont have a screen shot of it with the trails you can post do you?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:29 pm

edge22 wrote:
I meant buy your maps Dan. But anyhow I guess I will be saving my pennys for a Montana.  You dont have a screen shot of it with the trails you can post do you?

Several... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.223943571050886.42296.223907984387778&type=3

I have changed the CC watermark to WR on the latest updates...
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:14 pm

For this past season I have been using GPS Kit on an old iPhone since my Delorme PN-20 took a crap finally. Surprisingly it does pretty well. Has topos 150K, you can download offline maps as well as all the popular file fomats (gpx,kml,etc). Only major downfall is the gps function sucks batteries so you need to keep it plugged into the power proton the RZR. Cost on iTunes is $9.99.

On a side note, I almost bought an Oregon 450T off of Amazon. Keep an eye on it and the price will float between $238-$280 depending on the seller an inventory levels.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:19 am

I've got the oregon 450T with dans maps using a ram mount in the rzr and i'm well pleased with it's performance.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:48 pm

southernkyrzr4 wrote:
I've got the oregon 450T with dans maps using a ram mount in the rzr and i'm well pleased with it's performance.

I didn't know Kentucky Hillbillies knew how to use a GPS.......  thatsright   roflmao 

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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:18 pm

Big-R wrote:
southernkyrzr4 wrote:
I've got the oregon 450T with dans maps using a ram mount in the rzr and i'm well pleased with it's performance.

I didn't know Kentucky Hillbillies knew how to use a GPS.......  thatsright   roflmao 


Lol I ain't real smart but it's got pictures and kinda like a electronic conect the dot book so i got er bout half figured out  thatsright
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:58 pm

southernkyrzr4 wrote:
Big-R wrote:
southernkyrzr4 wrote:
I've got the oregon 450T with dans maps using a ram mount in the rzr and i'm well pleased with it's performance.

I didn't know Kentucky Hillbillies knew how to use a GPS.......  thatsright   roflmao 


Lol I ain't real smart but it's got pictures and kinda like a electronic conect the dot book so i got er bout half figured out  thatsright

 thatsright   roflmao study 

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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:47 pm

Dan you should try to figure out a way to make your maps work for these Iphone Ipad and Android apps.
They honestly work good just dont have maps to load into them. I would bet you could sell quite a few of them. I would buy it and several friends also that would buy.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS Unit Reviews   Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:28 pm

All phone Apps only support gpx file tracks.  There is an Android App (OruxMaps) that you can load a Garmin Map onto, however you lose color and dashing.

You will have to get the map maker to give/sell you his original tracks that he made the map from.

I make the WV ATV Trails map and have converted all of my tracks and waypoints for use with Android App BackCountry Navigator.  Color is not native to the gpx format so I had to recolor them on BCN.  The link below will take you to where you can download my BCN file along with instructions on how to install it.  You can cache the maps so you don't need cell service.  You can colorize gpx tracks but you cannot make some of them dashed so all of my tracks are solid color.  They are all colored by difficulty.

BCN Files   Click Skip Add in Upper Right Corner

Below are some screenshots of what it looks like on a Nexus 7 Tablet.






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