Garmin Map software...

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by The Fist, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. The Fist

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    I have a Garmin V and an older Streetpilot...For city stuff and around town, I use the metroguide and love it....however....for dirt riding and exploration, I've been using the now discontinued Roads and Recreation which seemed to have more little roads/trails than the metroguide but doesnt offer auto-routing (which is fine, but would be nice)

    ...but...Im looking to upgrade...what is the standard software for Garmin units that will actually show you the jeep trails, forest roads, etc. ?

    I also have the full set of 3-D topo software maps made by Delorme...would these work on the Garmin?
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  2. TIM I.

    TIM I. and some dry white toast

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    There is a newer version of metroguide available. I've compared an older metroguide v4 to the latest city navigator v6 and to my surprise , CN showed all the dirt roads, class B etc for an upcoming ride, that metroguide didn't. (Iowa)

    so it could be that a newer metroguide may be what you need. Since yours also takes City Select, that may be the ticket too. (a newer version)

    don't know about non garmin maps in the garmin unit though.

    I've emailed garmin with specific questions on example roads that older software is missing that new software had, and they answered my questions. cartography@garmin.com

    I tried putting CN in my original Street Pilot and 76s. it didn't work for me. the garmin site lists the specific mapsource products that will go in the V.
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  3. BWalker

    BWalker Been here awhile

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    TOPO shows fire roads and hiking trails as well as a lot of backroads. I use it instead of Metroguide V.5 when doing the backroads. TOPO has more of the back country info too.
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  4. wickedsprint

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    stay away from the new metroguide, it does not autoroute inside the gps like city select and older MG does.
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  5. SteveAZ

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    Here in AZ R&R still shows *way* more dirt roads (and there are a lot of 'em out here) than any of the rest, even Topo. Topo's data is sooooo way out date, very difficult to read on the unit and it gobbles memory with a voracious appetite. CS/CN don't even come close to R&R in the backcountry out here, but what they do show is much more likely to be "GS'able" where as R&R shows stuff that is too gnarly for many motos. MG was the closest to R&R but you have to zoom in more to see it. R&R takes so little memory (less than 10MB for all of AZ) I just load it regardless of what else I put in for anywhere I might off-road out here...
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  6. The Fist

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    And if I install City Select and R&R on the same computer, I can just choose which map I want, right ?
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  7. tbirdsp

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    Yes, that's what I have.
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  8. SteveAZ

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    And you can install them both on the GPS too. You can select one or the other easily. If you select both, depending on the unit (and the mode) it will decide which map to use...
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  9. The Fist

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    Really? Can I install both maps on the Garmin V?
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  10. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    I've only spent a little time with the "V", but I would be very surprised if you can't. Every mapping unit I've had from the eMap, III+, etc. onwards has supported that...
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  11. frewhl

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    if you want to see the one that does not have prioriete all the time,
    go into maps and uncheck the one you do not want to see at the time.
    also,the new rec lakes is supposed to have alot of street maps like r&r used too,without using up all the memory.three different cds cover the us
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  12. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I've been using U.S.Recreational Lakes and Fishing Hot Spots (FHS) v5. It doesn't have quite as many "trails" as R&R did but then again I'm not using it to Hike. It seems to fill the gap between CS and TOPO. It's hard to tell if FHS has newer maps than R&R. Still FHS is an older map set than the CS.
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  13. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Enjoying the ride

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    Steve is spot on. I use TOPO at home to research the steepness of the trails, but the maps are not accurate. Where as, R&R has much more accurate roads / trails. I could live without the TOPO maps, but R&R is da bomb!

    Patrick
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  14. The Fist

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    How do I upload addt'l R&R maps without erasing the existing CitySelect maps that have been previously uploaded to the V? Is there an order ? R&R first, then City Select? or is there a way to upload both at the same time ?
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  15. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Each time you load any map into the GPS unit, all the old maps are erased. What you do is highlight the maps you want in both packages for a single upload. The map tab on the left side of the toolbar allows yoou to switch between maps without altering the area selections on the previous map. They all upload together.

    :dj
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  16. The Fist

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    Kick ass...thanks....
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  17. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    There is one more little detail I forgot to mention. If you load maps that overlap, meaning they cover the same area as one another. The GPS unit has a hierarchy as to which map is used on the display. If you are not seeing information from the map you expect to see, you go into the map setup menu and unclick the map that is dominating. The other one will then display. It can become confusing if the same area is covered by more than one map. I try to not overlap, but sometimes the break-lines don't match from one package to another. Hope this isn't too confusing.

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  18. The Fist

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    And this all works for the V, right ?
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  19. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    For every Garmin mapping GPS
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  20. The Fist

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    Thanks everyone -- Im gonna give it a try tonight ...
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