View Full Version : Gotta, Gotta, Gotta have a Garmin!



WhereRWe?
03-23-2009, 07:52 AM
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=61526

These are the same planes that the Air Guard flies out of Bangor.

Ekidokai
03-23-2009, 08:17 AM
Oh my God! That is so good.

brdad
03-23-2009, 02:19 PM
Very cool. And quick thinking. We were some glad to have our nuvi on this trip - made navigating much less stressful, all 2621 miles of it! Fun is nearly over now, flying back tomorrow in the AM.

WhereRWe?
03-23-2009, 04:09 PM
Very cool. And quick thinking. We were some glad to have our nuvi on this trip - made navigating much less stressful, all 2621 miles of it! Fun is nearly over now, flying back tomorrow in the AM.

I'm thinking I need to get a Nuvi. what model do you have? What is your opinion of it? I've been looking at the Nuvi 260...

Ekidokai
03-23-2009, 04:44 PM
I'm thinking I need to get a Nuvi. what model do you have? What is your opinion of it? I've been looking at the Nuvi 260...

I have the 200. Cheapest was $100. It works fantastically. Absolutely no problems.

pjpreb
03-23-2009, 05:34 PM
We have a Nuvi 205W (wide screen) and really like it. It's a lot easier to read cache pages on that screen in the daylight than our palm Z22. We used it in DC, PA, VA etc. It even got us through NYC safe and sound with no wrong turns. :)

WhereRWe?
03-23-2009, 07:22 PM
We have a Nuvi 205W (wide screen) and really like it. It's a lot easier to read cache pages on that screen in the daylight than our palm Z22. We used it in DC, PA, VA etc. It even got us through NYC safe and sound with no wrong turns. :)

When traveling, we always use the 60csx for navigation, but as RULost2? is... Um... Kinda technophobic (but she's doing better since she got her own laptop!), I have to drive and monitor the GPSr. A dash-mounted unit with a BIG screen would be great. :D:D

Hiram357
03-23-2009, 07:47 PM
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=61526

These are the same planes that the Air Guard flies out of Bangor.

that's awesome! heh, must've been a magellan on the plane but a garmin in the survival kit... :D

Ekidokai
03-23-2009, 08:34 PM
that's awesome! heh, must've been a magellan on the plane but a garmin in the survival kit... :D

I think it was the other way around a Garmin on the plane and a Magellan to save the day.

brdad
03-23-2009, 09:24 PM
I'm thinking I need to get a Nuvi. what model do you have? What is your opinion of it? I've been looking at the Nuvi 260...

We have the 255W. This was the first real test - we had used it in Maine on a trip to Brunswick and back, but this trip was on roads I have never been on before (14 of the 16 states we passed though I had never been to). It worked well and is easy to see in daytime or night time. I am glad we got one that speaks upcoming turns as well as street names. The voice can be annoying, especially when you decide to make a side trip and it keeps recalculating your route, but when you need it to adjust your route it makes up for it. We like the widescreen too. Signal was great, we lost it in tunnels and under a couple multi-tier expressways, but I think that's to be expected. It did really well through the Western WV hills - Good thing, it was not the kind of neighborhoods we are accustomed to or willing to get lost in, Lee says she will never go back.

The only down sides we experienced are probably the same on all models:

I wish you could adjust the distance or turn off the proximity alert for POIs on the go. I made two files set for two different distances for open road and in-town. Ended up using the in-town version all the time - IIRC I think that was set to .5 mile. At least by leaving the data on the card you can remove the card to shut the alerts off.

We had it take us to two places that were incorrect, a Krispy Kreme in AL - it sent us into a residential neghborhood, at least it was a good neighborhood. And a Hotel in NC - Nuvi put us in some industrial area. Since the maps are common to all units, that will happen to any unit.

WhereRWe?
03-24-2009, 08:35 AM
We had it take us to two places that were incorrect, a Krispy Kreme in AL - it sent us into a residential neghborhood, at least it was a good neighborhood. And a Hotel in NC - Nuvi put us in some industrial area. Since the maps are common to all units, that will happen to any unit.

I think this is just that the GPSr takes you to the closest point to the destination, but not necessarily the exact way you'd want to go in a car. We've had this happen many times when geocaching, where the GPSr gets you to with 50 feet of the destination, but it's across the fence or across the stream. It doesn't realize that you need to follow the road to the edge of the park or to the trailhead. :confused::confused:

Don't know why it couldn't find the Krispy Kreme, though. Don't know why you'd want a Krispy Kreme, either! Sheesh! Terrible things - all fat and sugar. Delicious, too. :o:o

fins2right
03-24-2009, 09:50 AM
mmmmmmmm Fat and Sugar!

brdad
03-24-2009, 07:18 PM
I think this is just that the GPSr takes you to the closest point to the destination, but not necessarily the exact way you'd want to go in a car. We've had this happen many times when geocaching, where the GPSr gets you to with 50 feet of the destination, but it's across the fence or across the stream. It doesn't realize that you need to follow the road to the edge of the park or to the trailhead. :confused::confused:

Don't know why it couldn't find the Krispy Kreme, though. Don't know why you'd want a Krispy Kreme, either! Sheesh! Terrible things - all fat and sugar. Delicious, too. :o:o

With Krispy Kreme, the data in the Garmin is incorrect, even the street address. It's quite obvious it is not nor was it ever an area Krispy Kreme would be at. The actual one it should have sent us to was about 4 miles away. So it seems this one was just entered entirely wrong.

The Hotel, we just chose another one when we couldn't find the one we were searching for. So I just looked it up on google maps. The address is correct on the Garmin, but the location is 10 miles off. So my guess with this one the coords are just off - way off. Or, the numbering of the streets had been changed.

And, in case you're wondering, we updated to the latest map set just before we left.

And also for the record, I'm not overly fond of Krispy Kreme, but someone else in our party is. I prefer a good old fashioned donut cooked the old way.

WhereRWe?
03-24-2009, 07:41 PM
And also for the record, I'm not overly fond of Krispy Kreme, but someone else in our party is. I prefer a good old fashioned donut cooked the old way.

I agree! The next time you're in this area, stop at Thompson's Restaurant in Bingham and try one of their donuts. If they're fresh, they're the best in the world! :D:D

WhereRWe?
03-25-2009, 06:46 AM
Here's another example (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1164705/BMW-left-teetering-100ft-cliff-edge-sat-nav-directs-driver-steep-footpath.html) of where someone must have been using a Magellan. ;);)

vicbiker
03-25-2009, 02:22 PM
Could also been using a Hiram-Hiram, you know it's a cheaper version of a Tom-Tom. LOL

Hiram357
03-25-2009, 03:52 PM
Could also been using a Hiram-Hiram, you know it's a cheaper version of a Tom-Tom. LOL

and it's more entertaining too! :D:cool:

firefighterjake
03-26-2009, 07:43 AM
and it's more entertaining too! :D:cool:

. . . but where do you stick the batteries into the Hiram Hiram? ;):D:eek:

pm28570
03-26-2009, 08:11 AM
. . . but where do you stick the batteries into the Hiram Hiram? ;):D:eek:

More importantly, who gets stuck with changing them?

Ekidokai
03-26-2009, 08:27 AM
More importantly, who gets stuck with changing them?


. . . but where do you stick the batteries into the Hiram Hiram? ;):D:eek:

I bet it doesn't use batteries. Some kind of solar, coffee, soda, molasses donut kind of power supply.

Haffy
03-26-2009, 09:59 AM
I bet it doesn't use batteries. Some kind of solar, coffee, soda, molasses donut kind of power supply.

You've got to be kidding??? I think it takes a substance that is more of a yeasty,hoppy type of concoction. ;):D

Mainiac1957
03-26-2009, 06:17 PM
A Hiram Hiram strictly runs on Guinness...:rolleyes:

Hiram357
03-26-2009, 08:02 PM
haha, that's funny stuff right there... I only make one post, yet I still manage to hijack a thread just by being subject of conversation... :rolleyes::p:D

but brad's right, hiram hiram runs on guinness batteries, very easy to change... :D:D:D

WhereRWe?
03-26-2009, 08:05 PM
haha, that's funny stuff right there... I only make one post, yet I still manage to hijack a thread just by being subject of conversation... :rolleyes::p:D


Sheesh! I started this thread! Any discussion about beer is NOT hijacking any thread I start! :D:D

Hiram357
03-26-2009, 09:59 PM
Sheesh! I started this thread! Any discussion about beer is NOT hijacking any thread I start! :D:D

Right then! Hello, my name is Hiram, and I like beer.... and GPSRs (had to keep it somewhat on track) :rolleyes::rolleyes:;):D:D

EMSDanel
03-28-2009, 11:44 PM
Did you catch my post about The Cat? It's made of aluminum....32 million beer cans worth...!

Hiram357
03-29-2009, 06:57 AM
Did you catch my post about The Cat? It's made of aluminum....32 million beer cans worth...!

wait a minute, a cat made out of beer cans??? i thought it was a calf made out of gold....??? which is it?? :rolleyes::rolleyes::D:D