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Old 12-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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Garmin gpsmap 478

Quick question; I have a gps 60csx, but it's hard to see on the bike, and city navigator doesn't really work that well. I have a chance to buy a gpsmap 478 for 200.00. Is that a good deal? Are they still relevant? Anyone still using one of these. Can I load topo's on it...

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Old 12-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Quick question; I have a gps 60csx, but it's hard to see on the bike, and city navigator doesn't really work that well. I have a chance to buy a gpsmap 478 for 200.00. Is that a good deal? Are they still relevant? Anyone still using one of these. Can I load topo's on it...

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thats a smoking deal you can load almost any maps onto it as long as you have a data card
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Agree,that's a GREAT deal!
Get any data cards that come with it,they are very spendy!
Also get any and all mapping software,cords etc.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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Below is a link to a recent thread in Regional/ west on the 276/376/478 series
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=847665
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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Well, it has all the cords plus some accessories and city navigator loaded. Anyone know how big of a map I can load? How about the free topo maps; Will they work? I think I'm going to jump on this...
I may know where to get another one, but it's twice as much. And NO, I don't have any stake in the second one...
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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Well, it has all the cords plus some accessories and city navigator loaded. Anyone know how big of a map I can load? How about the free topo maps; Will they work? I think I'm going to jump on this...
I may know where to get another one, but it's twice as much. And NO, I don't have any stake in the second one...

you will need a Garmin data card $$$ to load any maps other than whats on the unit I had topo on my 276c and they are useless for riding IMHO. OSM routable is what I use now other than city nav
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
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OK, the 478 is the superman of the 276/376/478 series, it has ONBOARD the detailed street maps of all of N America. 276 owners pay $90 for, then have to spend another $120 for a data card that will only hold about 1/5 of the N America maps. Plus the screen is MUCH brighter at full illumination.

For the same $90 you can get lifetime updates and do NOT need a data card. But the new maps are too large for the entire NA set, but will hold lower 48. So unless you need the latest gas station, hotel or restaurant locations, just keep the maps on it. Lets face it aside from a few round-abouts most streets are in the same place they were 10 or 20 years ago.

Now, if loading anything but the NA detailed maps (city Navigator), you will need a data card, Topo, Europe, or other regions of the world.

If in the market, jump on it!
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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Thanks so much everyone, Its a done deal, I should get it next week...
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #9
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I'm still using mine and I still love it.

However, the entire US will not fit on the 478 without using a datacard, now.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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I'm still using mine and I still love it.

However, the entire US will not fit on the 478 without using a datacard, now.

Yes, if you update you are correct, if maps are original and up to apprx. 2010, they will.
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Yes, if you update you are correct, if maps are original and up to apprx. 2010, they will.



The roads have changed a little since 2010.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:45 PM   #12
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The roads have changed a little since 2010.
I always assumed map up dates were largely vender updates.
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I may know where to get another one, but it's twice as much. And NO, I don't have any stake in the second one...
Even at $400 this is a screaming deal. You stole that at $200.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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There's a guy selling a 2 gig card in the vendors section. It works! I have one. You can load multiple maps and still have room left over.
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There's a guy selling a 2 gig card in the vendors section. It works! I have one. You can load multiple maps and still have room left over.
Link?

Never mind. Found it.

Yeah... I have a sneaking suspicion that's a US$35.00 part he's sourcing, charging US$150.00, and letting you do the work.
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