BMW Dealers in the US

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  1. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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  2. PhilSpace

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    McCurdy has the "authoritative" list which has been done in the GPX POI Loader format. I have taken his and started to add phone numbers for the GPS's that have cell phone/BT capability.

    Here's the Link - http://gmccurdy1.home.att.net/Dealers/Dealers.html
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    Cool. Where can I find that list?
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    marco polo Been here awhile

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    Just click on the link he gave you in his post above. When you go to the site, you'll be able to download a Zip file. When you open the Zip file, you'll have a series of files which you can save/open. Best to read the "Read Me" file first. He has files for BMW bike dealers in Canada, and the US -- and he has them in a variety of formats. Aside from uploading them from Mapsource to my GPS, I also print out the list in Excel, and if you select a smaller font, you can have everything, incl phone numbers on two pages. Easy to carry on the bike.
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    Not Malindi's fault, it wasn't there when he posted it - it took me that long to find the link :baldy :gerg
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  7. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Is there a FAQ on how to import these garmin style POIs into my GPS base info, so I don't have to add them to every route? I'd prefer not to wipe out the rest of the POI db while I'm at it. :lol3

    2720 and 60C...
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  8. Malindi

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    Easy .. :dunno
    Open 2 instances of MapSource, copy the POI waypoints into the file opened on the second instance.
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    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    What file opened in the second instance? :scratch
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    I guess any file you want to add these POI's to. For instance, I have a file called "home" which has all the maps and waypoints for my "local" area. If I wanted to add the US BMW dealers to it, then I woud open that file, start a second instance of MapSource, open the BMW dealer file, copy all the waypoints from the BMW dealer file, tab to the MapSource instance with my "home" file and paste the BMW POI's in that file.
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    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Sorry to be so dense, but is there a way to make the bmw dealer waypoints automatically show up in every route I make or use without having to cut and paste them every time?
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  12. Malindi

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    Well, if all the BMW dealers are in the waypoints set, then any route you make can include a BMW stop, if you want. It would mean an aweful lot of detours... :lol3

    I think what you want is to keep all the BMW dealers in your main file, then add routes as you create them and upload the routes (and maps needed) to the GPS. If you then need a BMW dealer when you are under way, hit "Find" > "Nearest waypoints" and then scroll down till you see the first BMW dealer listed. Hit Enter and Go To. The GPS will then route you to that dealer from where you are at that moment.
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    Yes, and no, Mapsource is not the way if you have a GPS that supports custom POI's. I am swamped right now and don't have the time to dig it out, but do a search for my thread on the POI editor.

    It only works on supported GPS's, but will embed them into the GPS and make them searchable, just like restaurants and gas stations.

    If you have a phone/bluetooth enabled GPS, you can also include the phone number and from the search on the GPS call the dealer and scream for help.

    More when I can get out of power point hell :baldy
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    One other quick note, there is a limit to the number of waypoints you can have. You end up having to rubber band them from their own .gpb file and copy/paste them into your route .gpb.

    Custom POI's are loaded forever, they are always there and I don't think there is a limit on quantity, only available storage on your GPS.

    And one other cool point - there is a MAC version of the POI Loader :deal
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  15. Malindi

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    Aha .... well, until maybe the end of this week I am still in Garmin V land .... upgrading the 276c. Maybe that world is all different. I never knew you could add custom POI's to a basemap.
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    When I'm planning a trip, I upload into my GPS only those BMW dealer waypoints that are in the areas I'll be travelling in. No point in loading 150 US dealers if you won't be anywhere near many of them. Like was said above, I open two instances of Mapsource. I then open the file that contains all waypoints for US dealers. I then highlight -- or "rubberband" -- the ones I want. Then I simply right click and hit "copy". I then tab over to the other instance of Mapsource that's open, get into the waypoint tab, right click and "paste". I then have my desired subset of dealer waypoints. At that stage I upload that subset of waypoints to my GPS (Garmin 276C).

    This has come in very handy, for example suddenly needing a new tire, which happened to me last year in Colorado. I'd still be looking for the dealer in Grand Junction if it were not for having the waypoint stored and routing to it.
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    That's what I used to do on the V, eMap and 2610. It's really easy to do as Malinda said and open a second instance of Mapsource with the BMW gdb file and rubber band a box over your route and copy/paste them into your actual route - worked for me for a long time.
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    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Thanks for all of the responses, guys. Lots of good info there. :thumb

    Turns out I may have stumbled across how to add them as POI. I needed to dump my route to the MOA national into the unit, so I hooked it up and when it powered on Mapsource asked me if I wanted to plan a route or do something with POI, so I chose the latter. I had downloaded and extracted that zip file linked to near the top of the thread, and all I did was select the directory where the extracted files sat and it did the rest. It appears to have worked, but just to be on the safe side I made a route with no actual route called dealers and copied all of the CA and US waypoints into it and loaded that too.

    If any of you see a tall guy with a tan FYYFF hat on at the national, it is me. Stop me and say hello!

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