Lowrance XOG

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by northidaho, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    you're a resource, Robert! :thumb

    naive questions:

    I know one can generate routes and vias directly on the GPS unit. Can you create them on a PC (or Mac) and then down load and save them to the XOG? This would be much easier.

    Also, can you import .gpx files to the XOG? How, and what conversion do you use?
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  2. rwamf

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    I make routes on Delorme Software, I just convert the route I make in Delorme Topo to a GPS file and save it, then convert the Delorme "gpl" file to a USR file with GPS BABEL.
    You can import "gpx" files into the XOG but they do not all work, as GPX files are quite large so it is not the best method, it is best to convert them with the for-mentioned GPS BABEL ( free program ) to the Lowrance "usr" file format, and load all your "usr" files on the the SD card and just load them as needed into the XOG.
    I like "TRACKS" better than "ROUTES" as I don't need turn by turn directions for off-road rides, and when I am on the street I just let the XOG route me.
    Just make sure you set your active track to a contrasting color from the track you are following, very simple to just follow the dotted line
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  3. Mr. Visible

    Mr. Visible super dork

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    Thanks Robert,
    Do you remember where you got the bare wire version of the right angle miniUSB cord with regulator.
    -Zark
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  4. rwamf

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    http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/gusb-5v-b-garnuvi3.htm
    [​IMG]
    That is where I bought mine, works great, I put a SAE connector on it and made a SAE to the BMW male plug adapter, and Hard wired a SAE conecter to the Batt on the Dirt Bike.
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  5. Mr. Visible

    Mr. Visible super dork

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    Thanks for the quick reply Robert. I'll order one today.
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  6. woodside

    woodside Been here awhile

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    I bought the same power cable for my XOG. I cut the cable, fed it through an extra hole in my ram mount then soldered it back together so everything is behind the dash on my 990. Works well, you just need to cut the rubber cover where the usb connection goes.

    -Erik
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  7. Mr. Visible

    Mr. Visible super dork

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    FYI: For anyone else out there who uses a Mac and is considering a Lowrance XOG (or other Lowrance GPS), the Lowrance Map Create 7 software works fine on my Intel-based Mac Book Pro running Windows XP in Parallels Desktop. Smooth sailing so far. Now at least I can get some basic topo info on the XOG.:jump
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  8. Frenchie

    Frenchie Yooper in training

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    Thank you to all on this thread (especially RWAMF) for making this an easy process to get the right stuff for my recently purchased XOG. :clap

    I have a XOG with a RAM 1.75" handlebar mount and 2 Garmin 90 degree USB power cables on order.

    The XOG will be primarily for my DRZ for singletrack and dual sport rides. I hope on downloading and creating some tracks for the off-road portions.

    Questions:

    1: I plan on also using it on my 97 BMW R1100RT. Does anyone know what is the best way to mount it? I do not think I can use the RAM bar mount. I plan on running power off an accessory fuse, so if anyone has experience with that too, it would be appreciated.

    2: My dual-sport/singletrack club has routes/tracks/whatever in Garmin format which I will convert to *.usr files. Is there any reason I would need the Mapcreate software or any other maps to complement the tracks? I don't care about elevation since I live in the Midwest.

    Thank you
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  9. Frenchie

    Frenchie Yooper in training

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    bumpity-bump
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  10. rwamf

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    1. Don't know but check out the RAM MOUNT site as the have a motorcycle selector,
    [​IMG]

    2. You will not need Mapsource , unless you would like to organize your tracks into manageable files to use on the XOG, Use GpsBabel to convert the Garmin to "usr" and you should be good to go.
    Remember that the XOG will hold 5 times the number of tracks as a Garmin, and at full resolution per track, and you can save AND LOAD them from the SD card,
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  11. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Hi,

    Sunday Fresno,CA paper has Walmart flyer listing these for $219,don't know if thats regional or national.

    JR356
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  12. Frenchie

    Frenchie Yooper in training

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    Thank you Rwamf.

    I found a nifty way to mount the GPS for the BMW, on CycleGaget.com. It turns out there is a special kit with a new bolt that allows you to match a RAM ball onto your triple clamp for a R1100 or R1150 RT.

    I will use GPSBabel to convert my clubs existing tracks into *.usr files and we will see how that works for me on my DRZ.

    My first trip with a GPS will be next week with a trip around Lake Superior. Hopefully the XOG lives up to it's potential!

    Frenchie

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  13. cabexbx

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    It looks like they rolled back the price to $219 at Walmart since it's listed for that price on walmart.com

    However, I just bought one from newegg.com for $181.99 :clap including UPS ground shipping. I've been deliberating between the XOG and the Magellan Crossover. I was won over to the XOG for creating and importing routes, text to speech and the MP3 player.

    I'll be using it on my motorcycle (now I just need to buy the accessories to make it work well) and my wife will use it in her vehicle.

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  14. Ziptie

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    Thanks for the tip. I just ordered mine from Newegg for the same price. :thumbup

    Quite a savings!
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  15. Frenchie

    Frenchie Yooper in training

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    I guess I should have waited 1 week. I paid $220 from Crutchfield.
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  16. cabexbx

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    What do you do though? You know the price is going to go down eventually on anything technology related. It's just a matter of when and how much. :nod The only reason I've waited this long is b/c I couldn't make a decision, otherwise I would have paid $240 for it.

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  17. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

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    XOG ordered from Amazon today. Alaska trip in July, I'll report back after that.
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  18. Fred-O

    Fred-O n00b

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    I just got mine from Tigergps.com. Downloaded the 1.7 firmware update and my MacBook can transfer to the SD just fine. Will play with it some more on my trip to DC this week. I really like how you can program the display fields and change their position.
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  19. Ziptie

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    Got my XOG and love it so far, but I'm having trouble transferring routes from Garmin, Delorme, etc. I loaded GPS Babel and that's what I'm using to transfer files to the .usr format.

    My issue is that when I load the route (Options\Transfer Data\Load filename.usr) I get an error screen that says "There is not enough data storage left for all the user data. Some data was not loaded".

    When I check the Route via Destination option, the route is listed but incomplete. The load also adds about a hundred numbered waypoints in my address book which I surely don't want.

    I've found no way to address the data error - I'm fairly certain this is user error somewhere in the process, but I'm stumped.

    Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Any and all would be appreciated.
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  20. rwamf

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    It is probably taking the route and saving it as 1000000 way points, I don't mess with routes as they are best done in the XOG and you can route with waypoints in the unit and even auto sort, Now if you save your route as a GPS file in Delorme and then transfer it in GPS babel it will handle the track quite well.
    Take a look at you address book I bet it is full of meaningless waypoints.
    Just start working with tracks so much better in the long run. you can draw tracks in Garmin or in Delorme and in Delorme you can create a route and turn it into s GPS file. convert to USr and you will be good to go.