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Old November 8th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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I downloaded the Italy maps into my Nuvi and that was the best $70 bucks I ever spent. The Garmin got us out of Rome and all through Tuscany. Once we hit the wall in Lucca it got lost and we had to resort to asking strangers directions. You can also download music to the unit which is nice when you are in areas where there is no reception.
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What model works well for making tracks for new trails? Something that might work with Ggogle Earth or similar?
Chuck the model shouldn't matter as long as you can export the tracks. Once you have them, you can convert to kml or gpx or practically from/to any format using gpsbabel.

http://www.gpsbabel.org/
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this is very helpful, thanks for all the info
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I actually run a special land based Lowrance GPS, ridiculous accuracy and features, can even get Sirius/XM weather overlay, and has hookups for stuff like engine temp . Doesn't do turn by turn though, more of pure off road set-up. Called the HDS-5 Baja, its discontinued but you can still find it.
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I actually run a special land based Lowrance GPS, ridiculous accuracy and features, can even get Sirius/XM weather overlay, and has hookups for stuff like engine temp . Doesn't do turn by turn though, more of pure off road set-up. Called the HDS-5 Baja, its discontinued but you can still find it.
Actually, Lowrance still makes the HDS line... they just don't have the special "Baja" version anymore. The only difference is that the Baja didn't come with the sonar interface, and had land charts already loaded instead of waterways and what not.

You could just as easily take an HDS-5, 7, 8, or 10 and load it with the correct charts/maps and be good to go.

You are right, the accuracy is crazy, and the NMEA2000 and Ethernet connectivity makes the nerd in me just light up inside. You can hook up all sorts of sensors (tank levels, fuel flows, pressures, temp, you get the idea) on the NMEA network, and the optional Sirius module gets music and weather over satty. Lastly is the iPod interface and amplifier, which basically turns it into a combo GPS/Audio system.

You also have the option of separate gauges that also plug into the NMEA bus, so you don't have to cram everything on the screen, but have an integrated system. You can then configure the gauges to show anything available on the data bus, from GPS position to baro pressure to tranny temp. You can also show that same data on the big GPS screen too.

It's really a whole different class of unit as compared to a Nuvi, and the prices show that. But there is a reason pretty much every Baja car and Sand Rail that has GPS has a Lowrance.

Garmin has a similar type of lineup, the GPSMAP 4000 series.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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I should have you guys come play with the NMEA interfaces on my boat so the 2 12 inch screens talked to everything else.
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I got a garmin nuvi. what is the best source for downloading colorado and new mexico off road maps?
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Read your own thread.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...89&postcount=4
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I have looked at that, was just wondering if there was a more complete set of maps somewhere. That guys stuff only covers to areas.

------ Follow up post added March 8th, 2011 05:41 PM ------

Unless I missed something
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Colorado and New Mexico are covered, amongst others. Most of the places that you'd want to wheel.

His maps are excellent.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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I have the Nuni 1450, and can't seem to get those maps from miscjunk to work. The site says they are for the 60 series. Anyone have suggestion?
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