• Garmin GPS Units?

    From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to ALL on Fri Mar 17 15:10:00 2023
    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units? Specifically
    the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian travel?

    I am looking for a unit that will allow me to customize my route, i.e. if
    it picks the fastest or shortest and I decide I want to take a side road
    that I have heard is more scenic.

    In past I have not been so interested in GPS because I would rather use
    maps. However, in recent years, my eyesight has gotten where it would be
    nice to have something tell me where to turn, but only if I had some input
    in setting the route. :)

    Mike


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Dumas Walker on Fri Mar 17 19:37:00 2023
    ** On Friday 17.03.23 - 15:10, you wrote to ALL:

    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units?
    Specifically the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian
    travel?

    I have a Drive 50. I've never used it for what you describe,
    but remember options for selecting alternate routes.

    In past I have not been so interested in GPS because I
    would rather use maps. However, in recent years, my
    eyesight has gotten where it would be nice to have
    something tell me where to turn, but only if I had some
    input in setting the route. :)

    Nothing beats planning and envisioning a route with a map
    first. ;)


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to OGG on Sat Mar 18 09:28:00 2023
    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units?
    Specifically the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian
    travel?

    I have a Drive 50. I've never used it for what you describe,
    but remember options for selecting alternate routes.

    Thanks for the feedback. I assume you are happy with your Garmin product?


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Dumas Walker on Sat Mar 18 17:52:16 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Dumas Walker to OGG on Sat Mar 18 2023 09:28 am

    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units?
    Specifically the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian
    travel?

    I have a Drive 50. I've never used it for what you describe,
    but remember options for selecting alternate routes.

    Thanks for the feedback. I assume you are happy with your Garmin product?

    garmins are pretty outdated compared to google maps.
    i still use one but i have no idea why. when i'm really traveling nothing beats google maps.
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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Dumas Walker on Sat Mar 18 20:14:00 2023
    I have a Drive 50. I've never used it for what you
    describe, but remember options for selecting alternate
    routes.

    Thanks for the feedback. I assume you are happy with your
    Garmin product?

    I've had it on the road for a while. It's spot on wrt to
    speed, and elevation. It's designed to be used in a vehicle
    and thus I assume always connected to a power source. I got it
    primarily to demo the GPS products that I sell; as such, the
    battery doesn't seem to last too long even when the device is
    turned off for several days. Maybe your Drive55 model
    overcomes that. Anyway.. now that I know that batt power can
    be conserved by turning it off, the Drive50 can make a decent
    portable unit for hiking.

    I presume that the "50" in Drive50 means a 5" screen, and the
    Drive55 has a 5.5" screen?

    Anyway.. explore the menus. There is some modest prompting on
    how to program an alternate route.


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  • From Cougar428@VERT/CJSPLACE to DUMAS WALKER on Sun Mar 19 09:17:00 2023
    Quoting Dumas Walker to All <=-

    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units?
    Specifically the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian travel?

    Hi there, I have a Garmin Drive 61 which is the predecessor to the
    DriveSmart. I also still use a Garmin Nuvi-1450.

    I am looking for a unit that will allow me to customize my route, i.e.
    if it picks the fastest or shortest and I decide I want to take a side road that I have heard is more scenic.

    Both of my Garmin GPS units will let me set a route and then pick
    an alternate. The directions step you through doing this. The
    reason I have 2 is that I have one for my vehicle and one for my
    wifes vehicle.

    In past I have not been so interested in GPS because I would rather
    use maps. However, in recent years, my eyesight has gotten where it
    would be nice to have something tell me where to turn, but only if I
    had some input in setting the route. :)

    I still have maps in my vehicle as well. There have been one or two
    times where the GPS has tried to send me 'Off road' in Pittsburgh at
    a mall. Other than that, these units are great. They may not be
    the newest thing on the market, but I can and have recently
    downloaded updates for the US maps. Unbelievably, I have the latest
    maps on my Nuvi (granted I did have to buy a 4GB SD card for it).

    I also owned a Tomtom GPS, but I found the Garmin better for me
    personally.

    Best regards,

    Cougar

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to OGG on Sun Mar 19 08:46:00 2023
    turned off for several days. Maybe your Drive55 model
    overcomes that. Anyway.. now that I know that batt power can
    be conserved by turning it off, the Drive50 can make a decent
    portable unit for hiking.

    I have not actually bought one yet, I was just looking into them.

    I presume that the "50" in Drive50 means a 5" screen, and the
    Drive55 has a 5.5" screen?

    I am not 100% certain on the screen size, but it is bigger than the 50 and smaller than the 65 so you may be onto something there.

    Anyway.. explore the menus. There is some modest prompting on
    how to program an alternate route.

    I have watched some youtube videos about them and it does sound like the
    route is "changeable" enough to suit my needs.


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to MRO on Sun Mar 19 09:18:00 2023
    garmins are pretty outdated compared to google maps.
    i still use one but i have no idea why. when i'm really traveling nothing bea
    google maps.

    I have tried using google maps on a few occassions. My favorite stories
    about those attempts involve google maps attempting to tell me I was about
    500 feet out into Lake Michigan when I was in fact on land and not even in direct sight of the lakeshore. It did have me in the right area of
    Michigan, but had no clue where I was exactly. Since I could not satisfy
    its direction to move 500 ft East to get out of the Lake, it was pretty useless. This was NOT in an extremly rural area... I was actually in a
    small town just off a major highway. It has done that to me multiple times with Lake Michigan and the other lakes, in rural areas and in town, and on
    more than one phone and different carriers.

    My other favorite story is how I was using it, with some success, while
    trying to navigate Chicago (when my planned route was closed) and, later, Milwaukee (when my planned route was also closed). For whatever the Hell reason, either google maps or the phone kept turning the volume down at random times, and usually when I really needed its assistance.

    My third favorite story is the time it had a road marked as a thru street,
    and was very much directing me to stay on it, even though it was not a thru street and quite obviously had not been in years. That was within the
    limits of a major city. Similarly, it once took me on a longer than
    necessary trip back to my hotel through a bad part of Michigan City for no apparent reason. That was in 2019.

    I remember fussing in one of the echos about that last one only to be told
    that Google Maps had turned off their "don't route through bad areas" code because people complained it was not "politically correct" to do so.

    So my experience using Google Maps on my cell phone is very different than yours. :) My successful use cases for Google Maps involves using them as
    a map, and maybe even writing my own directions to certain places, on the laptop before taking off for the day. I use it a lot for that and that
    usually works well (although I still have to be careful of the roads that
    no longer exist issue).


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Cougar428 on Sun Mar 19 23:59:28 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Cougar428 to DUMAS WALKER on Sun Mar 19 2023 09:17 am


    I still have maps in my vehicle as well. There have been one or two
    times where the GPS has tried to send me 'Off road' in Pittsburgh at
    a mall. Other than that, these units are great. They may not be
    the newest thing on the market, but I can and have recently
    downloaded updates for the US maps. Unbelievably, I have the latest
    maps on my Nuvi (granted I did have to buy a 4GB SD card for it).

    I also owned a Tomtom GPS, but I found the Garmin better for me
    personally.


    i think one time they stopped letting me download maps and wanted me to buy a subscription for my nuvi. it depends on the version you have.
    i just download the maps via torrents and copy them on.
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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Dumas Walker on Mon Mar 20 00:07:29 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Dumas Walker to MRO on Sun Mar 19 2023 09:18 am

    So my experience using Google Maps on my cell phone is very different than yours. :) My successful use cases for Google Maps involves using them as
    a map, and maybe even writing my own directions to certain places, on the laptop before taking off for the day. I use it a lot for that and that usually works well (although I still have to be careful of the roads that
    no longer exist issue).


    i think you have a defective cellphone. i have used google maps a LOT. i've driven all over wisconsin and surrounding states(because of my employer where i was a tech going to new places every day) and to the east coast every year.
    I haven't really seen any crazy stuff.

    You can probably just buy a 30 dollar cellphone and dont activate it and just use it as a gps with google maps.

    you wont see any difference with a garmin other than you won't have a defective device serving up maps.
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  • From Gamgee@VERT/PALANT to MRO on Mon Mar 20 07:54:00 2023
    MRO wrote to Dumas Walker <=-

    So my experience using Google Maps on my cell phone is very different than yours. :) My successful use cases for Google Maps involves using them as
    a map, and maybe even writing my own directions to certain places, on the laptop before taking off for the day. I use it a lot for that and that usually works well (although I still have to be careful of the roads that
    no longer exist issue).

    You can probably just buy a 30 dollar cellphone and dont activate
    it and just use it as a gps with google maps.

    If you don't activate it, it won't work unless on Wifi. Not much Wifi
    out on the open highway. Duh.



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  • From Bugz@VERT/REDGREEN to Dumas Walker on Mon Mar 20 14:02:00 2023
    Dumas Walker wrote to ALL <=-

    Does anyone have any experience with the Garmin GPS units?
    Specifically the Drivesmart 55 and for US/Canadian travel?

    No, but I've been having a blast playing with some rather inexpesive USB GPS units. My Dad had the idea of using them for a clock in his ham shack. The raspberry PIs don't have a RTC (Real Time Clock), and these get you close.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z61KYS9

    They get detected as a simple USB device under linux. Comport under Windows. Pretty interesting and it's been fun to have something to tinker with and decode. Unfortunately, the GPS traffic doesn't have date (just the time), so daylight savings time changes aren't possible.

    The gpsd (linux) handles some of that, and uses the system clock. Which won't work with the PIs.

    So now I know what time it is, and where I'm at! I don't have to leave the house to know where I'm at.

    Take care,
    bugz


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to COUGAR428 on Mon Mar 20 17:13:00 2023
    Both of my Garmin GPS units will let me set a route and then pick
    an alternate. The directions step you through doing this. The
    reason I have 2 is that I have one for my vehicle and one for my
    wifes vehicle.

    I still have maps in my vehicle as well. There have been one or two
    times where the GPS has tried to send me 'Off road' in Pittsburgh at
    a mall. Other than that, these units are great. They may not be
    the newest thing on the market, but I can and have recently
    downloaded updates for the US maps. Unbelievably, I have the latest
    maps on my Nuvi (granted I did have to buy a 4GB SD card for it).

    I also owned a Tomtom GPS, but I found the Garmin better for me
    personally.

    Thanks for the input! I have since found some YT videos where people let
    the Garmin pick a route and then they "shape" it to add the side roads they would rather take.

    It sounds like it would be a close fit to what I am looking for.


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to MRO on Mon Mar 20 17:17:00 2023
    i think you have a defective cellphone. i have used google maps a LOT. i've iven all over wisconsin and surrounding states(because of my employer where i s a tech going to new places every day) and to the east coast every year.
    I haven't really seen any crazy stuff.

    Phones plural. The original experience was on an Android. I have also
    used two different iphones over the years in question. Two were on the
    same carrier, and one a different carrier, so that is also not the problem.

    Maybe you stay on the highway routes more than I do. <shrugs> It does
    seem to get the Interstate parts right.


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Dumas Walker on Mon Mar 20 21:11:00 2023
    Thanks for the input! I have since found some YT videos
    where people let the Garmin pick a route and then they
    "shape" it to add the side roads they would rather take.

    Yes.. I believe selecting alternate routes is as simple as re-
    drawing your route on the display by touch.

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Dumas Walker on Tue Mar 21 00:18:03 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Dumas Walker to MRO on Mon Mar 20 2023 05:17 pm


    Phones plural. The original experience was on an Android. I have also
    used two different iphones over the years in question. Two were on the
    same carrier, and one a different carrier, so that is also not the problem.

    Maybe you stay on the highway routes more than I do. <shrugs> It does
    seem to get the Interstate parts right.

    i was driving all over the place. google maps uses the same data that garmin uses plus other sources. it could be someone in your area submitted incorrect data or maybe they were using the gps on a boat? you can always add feedback and it might get corrected.
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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Gamgee on Tue Mar 21 07:32:41 2023
    Re: Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Gamgee to MRO on Mon Mar 20 2023 07:54 am

    If you don't activate it, it won't work unless on Wifi. Not much Wifi
    out on the open highway. Duh.

    I don't know about Google Maps, but there are navigator packages such as Osmand which
    work offline. You need some Internet to update the map database every now and then,
    but while you are out in the woods the phone uses GPS only.

    Most of the time you may benefit from IP Geolocation too, in theory. I don't have it
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Dumas Walker on Tue Mar 21 07:22:00 2023
    Dumas Walker wrote to COUGAR428 <=-

    Thanks for the input! I have since found some YT videos where people
    let the Garmin pick a route and then they "shape" it to add the side
    roads they would rather take.

    Back around 2014-2015, there were a couple of GPS apps for your phone
    that would pick side roads and points of interest between point A and
    point B. I used it to discover ghost towns, birthplaces of celebrities,
    oldest buildings in their respective counties, and so on. Lots of fun
    when you're not on a tight schedule.



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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to POINDEXTER FORTRAN on Tue Mar 21 17:17:00 2023
    Back around 2014-2015, there were a couple of GPS apps for your phone
    that would pick side roads and points of interest between point A and
    point B. I used it to discover ghost towns, birthplaces of celebrities, oldest buildings in their respective counties, and so on. Lots of fun
    when you're not on a tight schedule.

    That does sound pretty neat!


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  • From Hustler@VERT/CBLISS to Dumas Walker on Mon Mar 27 07:20:25 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Dumas Walker to MRO on Sun Mar 19 2023 09:18:00

    I remember fussing in one of the echos about that last one only to be
    that Google Maps had turned off their "don't route through bad areas" because people complained it was not "politically correct" to do so.

    When did it become "politically incorrect" to steer clear of danger? '-)
    Regards,
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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to HUSTLER on Mon Mar 27 14:14:00 2023
    I remember fussing in one of the echos about that last one only to be that Google Maps had turned off their "don't route through bad areas" because people complained it was not "politically correct" to do so.

    When did it become "politically incorrect" to steer clear of danger? '-)

    I don't know but it is. :(


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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Hustler on Mon Mar 27 16:38:00 2023
    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Hustler to Dumas Walker on Mon Mar 27 2023 07:20 am

    Re: Garmin GPS Units?
    By: Dumas Walker to MRO on Sun Mar 19 2023 09:18:00

    I remember fussing in one of the echos about that last one only to be that Google Maps had turned off their "don't route through bad areas" because people complained it was not "politically correct" to do so.

    When did it become "politically incorrect" to steer clear of danger? '-)
    Regards,
    HusTler

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