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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015, 03:30 AM
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I use "maps" on my Ipad. The main reason, the screen is big enough to see. I do not need it while on the fly, I look at it when stopping for fuel, etc and I can remember 200 miles or so till the next gas up. I hate electronic devices talking to me, telling me where to turn and to turn around and I see no point in the stupid little box telling me that it is "recalculating". Just my .02, that's what I use and why I use it.
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Thus the what Fossil calls the "Crownfire positioning system". Use the map to plan, write some directions on painters tape (won't leave residue) and I tape mine to the right side of the windshield. I use Google Map to look for a route, the gps to see where I am and what is coming up, but paper maps are most important to "see" the route. I don't download anything to my gps but sometimes I will input a place and let it show me how to get there. I may not go that way but it is useful. Also I have it on mute so the box doesn't talk to me.
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Pre-planning is everything. Know where you're going before you get there and all is well. Most of the time. Then you can use GPS or phone as a backup plan if needed.
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I could go on, but I'm amazed that there isn't an easy way to plan a trip on my PC, download it to a navigation device and then ride the plan. And don't tell me there is an easy way as I've been researching this for 2 years and there isn't.
I have used MapQuest to plan routes and then export them to the OEM GPS SD card. It does not handle way points very well (that is where Mark's system will come in handy), but it will get you there. I am guessing there are some stand-alone GPS units out there that will let you do this even better.
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I have used MapQuest to plan routes and then export them to the OEM GPS SD card. It does not handle way points very well (that is where Mark's system will come in handy), but it will get you there. I am guessing there are some stand-alone GPS units out there that will let you do this even better.
Yes, I've heard Mapquest, the precursor to Basecamp, was actually pretty user friendly. I even tried to download it as I was told that was still possible. It may be possible, but not easy. I gave up.

Google maps used to have the perfect solution. Simply sign into Google, plan and save your route (VERY easy to do) and then when you sign into the app on your phone the route is there with turn-by-turn directions. However, as will all good software, that was changed and is no longer available. My conspiracy theory is that Garmin and Tom Tom are paying off Google as that feature negates any reason to buy a stand-alone.

I have found work arounds such as Furkot where I theoretically can plan my trips on the PC and download to my Garmin GPS. I say theoretically because I haven't actually successfully done it yet, but I am getting close.
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I rarely use mapquest anymore, but just typed it in and it came up, including the option to "send to car." The URL has changed to this: http://classic.mapquest.com/
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I've been using my iPhone. I have a USB power connector in the left console box to keep it plugged in and I have a Sena bluetooth headset. I can listen to a play list and the GPS will override when a turn is approaching. It generally works pretty well but would probably be better if I had a RAM mount with a phone holder. I'd like to have a dedicated Zumo but the money is ridiculous. Now the downside - HEAT. Twice will riding in the summer I've had the iPhone overheat and shut down. Of course when this happened I was blindly following the GPS and oblivious as to where I was. Somewhere down the road I can see going to a car type Nuvi and a RAM mount.
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I've been using my iPhone. I have a USB power connector in the left console box to keep it plugged in and I have a Sena bluetooth headset. I can listen to a play list and the GPS will override when a turn is approaching. It generally works pretty well but would probably be better if I had a RAM mount with a phone holder. I'd like to have a dedicated Zumo but the money is ridiculous. Now the downside - HEAT. Twice will riding in the summer I've had the iPhone overheat and shut down. Of course when this happened I was blindly following the GPS and oblivious as to where I was. Somewhere down the road I can see going to a car type Nuvi and a RAM mount.
I agree that an iPhone is all I'd need - if I could plan a route on my PC and download to the phone. I have a spring loaded X type RAM mount on my clutch reservoir, but have had the phone flipped into my lap a couple of times over big bumps.

As I said, Google used to have all the functionality I need. Easy to plan on a PC and turn-by-turn directions. Can listen to whatever on phone and voice directions override. To me it's important to have the turn-by-turn voice so I'm not taking my focus off the road.

I've experimented with several apps that are supposed to let you plan the route on your PC and load it to your phone. Could not get any to work properly.
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Aren't there some skeletal remains still being found in the outback of people who followed iphone directions?
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Aren't there some skeletal remains still being found in the outback of people who followed iphone directions?
Yep. Right next to Harley Davidsons.
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