Question for those with GPS units...

kmh1596

Wilbraham, MA
Aug 20, 2007
5,362
Western MA
Hello all, I am in the market for a GPS unit for the car. After helping DGF move to Albany, NY for grad school, and getting lost continually due to her GPS being on the frits, I'm ready for one!

She had a Nextar X3, that has now supposedly been replaced by the x4-t. A 4.3" screen. I don't care much about the screen, as much as I do usability, and the listings for state parks and campgrounds... Do any brands have more info and "update-ability" than others? The Nextar X4-T is ~$179 at KMart, and I'd like to stick around that cost, give or take a few bucks.
Thanks!
Kevin

*Kevin*
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
Nights Booked 08: 46, Camped so far: 36
 

Cowboy Camper

Super Active Member
Jun 17, 2007
1,450
Good timing on this post, Kevin. I was just looking at a Magellan (a couple models) for $149 and $199 at Target today and I had the same questions about the usability factor too. I'll be paying attention to the replies on this one for sure. I want to be sure to get a decent one. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

<hr><center><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper"> ~ Scott
<font color=green>1994 Chevy W/T 1500 towing a 2008 Palomino Yearling 4124</font id=green></center>
 

Tking01

Member
Oct 4, 2007
83
So far I love my Garmin C500? it has blutooth for speaker phone and MP3 player with a SD card slot! The phone feature is cool because you can look up something and call it from the GPS.

1993 Coleman, Pioneer Seneca XL
2003 Expedition EB
2008 8 nights pop up 1 night tent
 

Shepherd

Member
May 10, 2008
61
I love our Garmin Nuvi 760. It hasn't let me down once. You can have the spoken directions either come out of the unit's small speakers or you can have it broadcast through your car radio. If you route it through your radio it has a SD slot to put MP3's on so you still have music and then mutes the music when it gives you the direction. It also has bluetooth phone features but I already have a headset.

I'm sure you know that while they are great to have, like everything, they have their own quirks and you have to work around them. The Garmins can be updated each year with new maps. The DVD is around $59 at the big box store if I remember correctly.

2005 Fleetwood Niagara
TV-01 Navigator

Edited by - Shepherd on August 10 2008 19:17:29

Edited by - Shepherd on August 10 2008 21:31:50
 

Rustyk

Active Member
Jun 20, 2008
477
Pa.
I have a Lowrance Iway and its always been great. Big screen and easy to use. A bit more expensive than the others though.

Rusty, Paula & Nuts aka Zak
01 Exploder
94 Starcraft
 

oak

Active Member
Aug 1, 2007
331
I have the Garmin Nuvi 360 and the 760 with blue tooth for hands free with the cell phone. Many features are within, I have traveled in Europe with an add on card and never got lost. As far as update ability Garmin gives you one free update online and cd backup. After that it costs for the map update. Software updates are free and new versions are easy to update via internet.

<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu_closed.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp Closed">'04 Coleman Yuma aka "Poppet"
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'08 Ridgeline Don<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
and Ann<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_chef.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Chef"> Mr. Martin -- the Dog
 

Storm Trooper

Home is where you park it!
Feb 14, 2008
3,544
Where my camper is parked now.
Kevin,

Get a Garmin Nuvi......

Lou

14 days booked 09, 43 days booked 08.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">25 nights camped in 08
07 Fleetwood Avalon (Great White)
03 Ford Expedition (Green Monstah) GO Red SOX!!!
 

dschlosser

Super Active Member
Jan 29, 2008
961
East Patchogue, NY
Kevin

I'm on the Garman Nuvi bandwagon as well. I have the Nuvi 350 and love it. Last I saw you can pick one up on Amazon.com for less than $200

-Dave
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep">
1988 Coleman Laramie <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">
 

The Canning Clan

Active Member
Aug 3, 2008
139
we went the cheap and simple route...Garmin Nuvi 200.
Incredibly simple, easily updated, and a 4 year old can use it. I also comes with everything needed like a windshield mount etc
 

kmh1596

Wilbraham, MA
Aug 20, 2007
5,362
Western MA
Thanks for all of the posts! I'm very glad I exhibited self control this time! Previously, I may have just bought the one I wanted and kept it even though it may not have been the best for updating, etc... I took the advice, and ended up going with a Nuvi 750, off of NewEgg. Over $200 LESS than MSRP, and it has some of the extra features i was hoping to have.

Thanks for all of the posts, I'll be sure to post my experiences with it! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

*Kevin*
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
Nights Booked 08: 46, Camped so far: 36
 

kmh1596

Wilbraham, MA
Aug 20, 2007
5,362
Western MA
Scott, if you can hold off, I'll let you know my experiences with the 750 as soon as I get it. Everywhere I shopped to look at them, and online, all said Garmen Nuvi is the best of the best right now, regardless of the model. Mine was $299 on NewEgg, but it had a multiple point feature that allowed me to put in a bunch of destinations (ie state parks on a sunday that I'm bored), and it mapped the best order to go to them by distance, and as soon as I show up to one destination, it starts the navigation for the next. Ebay has some good deals, but they are refurbished, which can be good and bad IMO. The Garmen Nuvi 750 will be at my door, with an additional 1 year warranty after the manuf wty expires in a year, all for ~$340. More than I planned on spending, but the reviews spoke for themselves. I'm still a newbie to this, I don't claim to be otherwise, I've just been researching the HECK out of these things for a few days solid, other than work lol.. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye">

*Kevin*
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
Nights Booked 08: 46, Camped so far: 36
 

oak

Active Member
Aug 1, 2007
331
I am biased--but you won't regret the choice or that price. Do not leave it in the car, ever. If you attach it to the windshield wash off the little ring it leaves as thieves see that--break windows and search for goodies hidden in consoles and glove compartments.

<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu_closed.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp Closed">'04 Coleman Yuma aka "Poppet"
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'08 Ridgeline Don<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
and Ann<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_chef.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Chef"> Mr. Martin -- the Dog

Edited by - oak on August 12 2008 08:40:15
 

Canadiancray

Active Member
May 19, 2008
216
Burlington, Ontario
Stay away from everything but the Garmin & TomTom. All other systems aren't worth looking at.

I find the TomTom's much more user friendly.

Craig
_______<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">_________________________________
1974 Starcraft Starmaster 6 PULLED BY 2004 Kia Sedona
 

Fuzzy Bear

Active Member
Mar 3, 2004
543
Norwalk CT
I have the Magellan Roadmate, and am very happy with it. I use it on a daily basis in my service business and it has never steered me wrong. I picked it up at tigerdirect.com for around $200 about a year ago.

'88 Sun Lite firebird
'94 Ford Explorer

http://www.aroundthecampfire.homestead.com
 

kmh1596

Wilbraham, MA
Aug 20, 2007
5,362
Western MA
oak, I was SO tempted to go with the 760, but I realized I likely won't use the bluetooth anyways, and the difference in price was over $100. I just went to Circuit City a few minutes ago and played around with the Nuvi 750 on the display. At $499 plus 5% MA tax, I think I found a great deal at $340 shipped!

This site never fails, thanks for all of the info and recommendations! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

*Kevin*
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
Nights Booked 08: 46, Camped so far: 36
 

oak

Active Member
Aug 1, 2007
331
I won't lecture you Kevin or I'd have to pay your tuition. I am in Love with my Nuvi and DW wonders who I am talking to while driving. Manly men are never lost and can instantly point to that wide screen and say "We are right here!"

<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu_closed.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp Closed">'04 Coleman Yuma aka "Poppet"
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'08 Ridgeline Don<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
and Ann<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_chef.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Chef"> Mr. Martin -- the Dog
 

kmh1596

Wilbraham, MA
Aug 20, 2007
5,362
Western MA
GO NewEgg! I ordered this gps Monday evening right before midnight. IT showed up Wednesday at noon via UPS. I tinkered around with it a bit yesterday, the true test will be this weekend, getting me to Fishermen's State Park, in RI.

oak, the problem that I have is that as most of us men, I won't stop for directions. BUT, I also ignored the GPS on a trip back from PA when I thought I knew where I was going (a slightly different way), which brought me an hour farther[p/i] away from home, after an hour of driving! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">

These GPS units need to have a shock feature, or mechanical hand to come out and slap you if you don't listen!

*Kevin*
<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
Nights Booked 08: 46, Camped so far: 36
 

Cowboy Camper

Super Active Member
Jun 17, 2007
1,450
Kevin,

Thanks for the reply. I'll be holding off for a while to be sure. $$ is starting to get a little tight around here, at least IMHO it is. It's looking like this Nuvi is a good product, but at $340... that's out of my range at this time. Not only that, but the Features that it has are starting to look like it could be beyond my comprehension of understandings! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye"> Ouch! Maybe I'm starting to get a little too old to keep up with Technology anymore. Argh. <hr>
Craig mentioned the Tom Tom. Now I don't remember the Price on the Tom Tom that I saw at Target, but I think it was more into my price range. So I would be interested in hearing a little more about it if anyone has any info to share.

Don (Fuzzy Bear) also mentioned the Magellan again. I'd be interested in hearing more on that one as well.

Apologies for taking over the thread, but I am still interested in getting one of these GPSrs for the Vehicle.I have one for Geocaching already, but would like one for the Vehicle use as well. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shy">

<hr><center><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper"> ~ Scott
<font color=green>1994 Chevy W/T 1500 towing a 2008 Palomino Yearling 4124</font id=green></center>

Edited by - Cowboy Camper on August 16 2008 07:23:39
 




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