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Old July 9th, 2015, 10:45 PM
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Lowrance GPS (HDS-5) for off road / trail

Any users have experience using Lowrance GPS products for off road / trail use? I just purchased one (HDS-5 Gen2) with an Eastern U.S. topo map card and playing around with it seems quite rugged and perfect to hold up to the elements and whatever the Defender has in store for it. I purchased the cigarette lighter accessory that also has wiring for data cables that I would use for Radar if enabled.

Wondering if any Defender/Land Rover fans have used this and share thoughts, best practices as I learn more about it.

I will post a pic of it mounted on the Defender dash soon. Does look pretty bad ass
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Old July 13th, 2015, 11:04 AM
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I have an HDS-5 on my boat... I use it as a depth sounder and fish finder, but I know it has GPS capability. Wonder if I can use it in the truck too? Hmm...
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It actually works awesome as a road going GPS. I used it for a 200 mile trip and like the heading/chart combo screen. I have a street map card and topo map card for it. Only thing to keep in mind (but you would likely know this) is on the road you would use the "heading" indicator to get to your destination and waypoint line (as the crow flies) because you obviously don't get turn by turn directions. But I made it without any issue to where I was intending on going. Has some really good potential especial off road with the topo map and trail recording features.

So far I am really happy with it.

------ Follow up post added July 13th, 2015 08:36 PM ------

Meant to say Lowrance also makes a cigarette lighter adapter for it (I purchased mine at Rugged Routes online) so you don't have to hard wire it to the fuse box.
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I have a good friend from college that works in their product development/testing group for boating. More than happy to ask him whatever questions you may have.
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Great thank you I will take you up on that after i had a chance to dig into it some more.
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