Looking for a windshield mount gps. Few features I require are memory card slot ( for my backroad map sd card) and also has follow me tracking ( creates a road when I'm on one that's not already on the maps).
I don't want a handheld, want one that sticks to the window. Also, not interested in all the extra blingbling stuff like talking and stuff.
Any thoughts, experiences?
I use a Garmin Oregon 450. It is a hand-held unit, but I window mount it with a RAM Mount window suction cup mount and cradle specifically designed for the 450. It has a card slot which allows "external" maps and will create a track log visible on the display.
RAM makes a number of different mounts. I have one for my bike as well. The hand held capability makes it easy to use in the TJ, or the bike or on foot in the woods.
Garmin's hand helds will power off a cigarette lighter power cable. The lastest Oregon 6xx series will charge the battery pack from that power cable, I believe.
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Has anybody seen Amir???
just a comment on in vehicle power for a garmin h/h...
I have an IPad dual usb adapter in my 12v switched socket and just ran a normal USB cable up to my Ram mount under and behind the dash. The benefit is I still have an extra USB connection and the second 12v socket. This is in an '05, I don't know what year they started the second 12v socket.
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Google Maps is the only GPS navigator I have used. It actually has most of the fire roads and national forest access road mapped out. If a road isnt on the road display you can switch to the satellite image and see it there. Last year I took a trip to Priest summit in VA. Not only did Maps have the exact location of the summit(there is no actual marker on the summit) but it navigated from my front door all the way up the fire road to the Appalachian Trail, continued up the AP trail (even though vehicles are prohibited) and off the side trail that leads to a stunning overlook and the summit itself. In the five years I have been using it it's only been flat out wrong once and sometimes it comes up with some pretty interesting alternate routes but nothing like what I've seen from Garmin's and others. Furthermore its free, well for Android users at least.
I like Google maps too, but Waze is closing fast. Waze normally gives different routes than Google maps, and its more of a frills version with radar points,street lights, cop locations, accidents, etc. It also has chat which can be fun if you aren't the person who is actually driving the car. With Waze I never get stuck in traffic, although I do miss turns sometimes because it takes weird routes.
I use a Lowrance GPS. I use it because it can be used for a lot of things. I have it set up for the boat, kayak, paddle board, Quad and RZR, now the Jeep. I set it on the dash with a suction cup mount to the windshield. What I like about it is that it tracks where I go. The base map is basic but works for what I do. I have found, traced and shared trails from all over CA, NV, AZ and UT. I take the trails from Google Earth and convert the kml file to Lowrance urs file using GPSBable. It is a free program for Mac and windows. I can then follow all the trails where I am. When I go to Parker AZ i upload all the trails in the area. When I get back I download it and update my GE file. If you have any questions let me know.