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« on: April 18, 2010, 09:29:52 AM »

I saw a garmin nuvia260 I can get for 75 dollars used.
I may purchase a new one. Any recommendations ,what do you all use? Features you do and don't like?
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010, 09:45:54 AM »

I use a map  Jerry
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010, 09:57:46 AM »

I use a map  Jerry
If you ever used a gps navigator you'd throw the map away.I remember Saturday Night live sniglets:
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2010, 10:23:16 AM »

Garmin Nuvi 255. It's quite handy.Now I don't have to take the wife to each new place. She can find it without me.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010, 10:37:08 AM »

Here is what is going to happen. So many people will start using GPS and they will stop making maps. Then there will be a shift in the earths magnetic field and the GPS will be useless and no one will know how to read a map.... if they could find one.

And I have heard cases of the GPS giving wrong directions  shocked

OH remember... I don't even like cell phones.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010, 10:40:03 AM »

Thanks Idde, and Jerry,as long as theres google earth you will always have a map. I still have my map book.
Telephones did away with the telegraph but I have yet to see a downside there.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2010, 04:51:28 PM »

We drive everywhere with two GPSs fired up (Garmin nuvi 750 that I'd like to throw out the window, and my Garmin iQue 3600 that is the best GPS I've ever used) and a map book open in my lap.  No chance we won't be able to use a map if the GPSs go belly up!  They are a wonderful thing, as long as you can see they're not sending you into neverending loops (yes, they most definitely can give you bad directions - it's the old GIGO thing again).
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2010, 04:55:21 PM »

we bought one at sam's club at what seemed like a deal, until we unpacked it and found out it didnt come with a $300 antenna of some kind - we took it back.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2010, 05:04:05 PM »

we bought one at sam's club at what seemed like a deal, until we unpacked it and found out it didnt come with a $300 antenna of some kind - we took it back.
Most have a built in antenna unless you are sending out tracking data for your unit.Even the ones for hooking up to a pc are reasonably priced,but you need the laptop on the whole time.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2010, 08:46:21 PM »

Ive had a Tom Tom for a few years now.  My only advice is to update it frequently via your computer. It can get me where I need to go, however at times seems to take two lane pig trails to get there.  Real handy when you are driving to a specific address.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2010, 09:55:02 PM »

I have had Garmin and Tom Tom. Both are good, but I prefer the Tom Tom.

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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2010, 12:53:25 PM »

i have the nuvi 780.  so far, it has only taken me off track once and it was an understandable detour when i looked at the map.

i wanted bluetooth and wide screen.  this has both.  also has a very clear voice and good volume control.  will do multiple stops which i find nice and has popular points, shortest or fastest route, etc.  also has expansion slot and i put a 4 gig card in and downloaded some books.   will play through the radio, so that's nice.

it will do MSN, but i found no use for that especially in rural areas, so i didn't subscribe after the free 30 days.

i agree about the updates.  it was worth it to me to buy the lifetime update package because of the red cross stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2010, 01:45:14 PM »

I saw a garmin nuvia260 I can get for 75 dollars used.
I may purchase a new one. Any recommendations ,what do you all use? Features you do and don't like?

I believe this is the same model I have and I just love it.  I always check my maps first so I know where I am going because as others have said, sometimes it tries to take you off in another direction, so it is always good to know the general direction.

But it has gotten me out of some confusing situations.

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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2010, 02:18:04 PM »

my acquaintances like the garmin used with a map .. I tried a cobra used with a map. it burnt up a year later used in a big truck. at the time the cobra didn't have trucking routes or new construction / roads.
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2010, 02:23:32 PM »

nuvi 255W here and very happy with it. Like it much better than the Magellan my Dad has....
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2010, 02:02:06 AM »

I've never been lost, in the woods or on the road, either one.  I use dead recogning and logic.  Many a time I've gone to a city I've never been to, gotten and address of where I wanted to go and driven right to it.  After 35 years my wife still can't believe I can do that, time after time.  I've done it in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Ore, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and a whole lot of wihistle stops in between.  I'll get a GPS unit when cars start driving themselves, though I'm playing with the idea of using a GPS for some ham radio stuff.
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2010, 03:05:57 AM »

If i can recommend one namebrand it would be Garmin, stick with the higher models. But thats me I love bells and whistles. Also I have had it drive me down some questionable roads. In south Louisiana we have sugar cane fields and sometime in the past some farmer named the roads in his fields, the GPS will route you down these roads if you aren't paying attention. Also it will take you down logging roads learned that in back woods mississippi one night. BUt, you can activate the feature to stay on major roads and stop all that I just like driving back roads. But most important advice I can give is don't leave the thing on your windshield when you leave the car. People like to steal them my wife found that out earlier this year in my Truck hissy fit

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2010, 03:22:29 AM »

I have a Tom Tom 7 or 9 something, can't remember the model. Am pretty happy with it, gets me very near my destination in rural areas and dead on to most addresses in cities.

In really rural areas like Bud's place I saved the waypoint in favorites. That's a neat feature.


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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2010, 10:42:00 AM »

keith, really good point on the theft.  i got the bean bag dash mount so that i could stash it quickly. 

check ebay for things like a case...same with cells accessories.  always good deals.
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2010, 11:22:23 AM »

Well,
I borrowed one from a friend for the Bud 2 trip. It was quite handy,especially going around Birmingham midday. With many lanes of traffic and some times exiting right and then maybe left,it was good to have a heads up ahead of time about which side of the highway you needed to be on.

I can not see taking the risk of trying to read a map on the go when the technology of pointing you in the right direction as you drive is there.I saw the biggest hazard as being the guy flying across four lanes of traffic because he didn't realize until the last moment he was going to miss his turn.
I will be acquiring one soon.
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