New Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    I seem to be doing something wrong here and though I am sure there is a very simple solution..I cannot find it. I Create a route in Basecamp. It auto routes for me. Then I transfer to the unit and the "route" is 1 straight line or a series of straight lines. I believe I am looking for a "auto route" button on the unit itself but all I see is activity profiles and "direct Routing". Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    If you configure your Routing Settings on the Montana similar to the Routing settings in BaseCamp (i.e, the same Activity and Avoidances) you should find that the Montana will behave the way you expect it to.

    In this case you used an Along-road Routing Activity in BaseCamp to create your Route. It would appear from your description that you have your Montana Routing Activity set to Direct Routing. Try using the Automotive Activity or Motorcycle Activity and see what your Route does then.
  3. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    Thanks Dan. I will look into that. I ride a dual sport bike so I try to get dirt>pavement most of the time but the auto route likes to decide where I should go. I was having trouble changing the auto route to go where I want instead so maybe this is the culprit as well. Appreciate your time.
  4. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Do you have routable maps installed?
  5. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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  6. atlas cached

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    Excellent. DRTBYK has you on the right track, then.

    Also, set your routing method in BaseCamp to Direct before sending the route to the Montana, and you will be able to edit the route on the Montana. All other activities result in a route that can not be edited on the Montana.
  7. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Thanks guys. I am fairly certain I do not have it set to direct in basecamp.
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    As I said in my reply, when I go to "Where To", select "Menu" I get this:

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    I then see this screen:

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    There's no need to be navigating a route to see the screens I posted.
  9. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Check the mount with the Montana in it before you mount it (wire it) on the bike.
    I got mine not that long ago, ran wiring etc. Then found out I have one of the ones Garmin is shipping where the locking screw does not reach the threads. Not sure how I'm going to fix it. Wish I would have checked it earlier.
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I yanked my locking screw out as soon as I got the mount. I learned that with my ZUMO mounts, damn things would lock on their own. That's a real PITA if you don't happen to have one of the unlocking tools handy. They really serve no purpose as if someone wants to steal it they can easily just rip it off the bike.
  11. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Read the Routing discussion thread, I tried to add a tutorial at the beginning...
  12. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Sounds like just putting my Tracks/Routes/WPs on the uSD card is best for this purpose, then have a backup identical one. Someday I'll try this ;)

    The other issue then is the big items, Maps.
  13. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Same thing - put your maps on the card too.
  14. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Doesn't it add to "keeping it in the mount" when you are off road? If all it does is help prevent theft, I'll quit caring.
    Thx
  15. Rocky TFS

    Rocky TFS Been here awhile

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    By all accounts here, it does nothing to increase the mounts ability to hold the Montana. The rugged mount will withstand some pretty rough riding. The only possibility the screw would address is if a branch somehow got in there and pressed the release button.

    Nevertheless, using belt and suspenders approach can't hurt and putting a lanyard around the handle bars is good practice. I just used a spare shoelace.:evil

    Can't believe a $600 GPS from Garmin doesn't come with a lanyard!!!!!:huh
  16. SteveAZ

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    The problem is I'll be panning and *then* decide to do a find, not the other way around....

    *Very* frequently, which is why this is frustrating. First Garmin (out of *many*) I couldn't do a find while panning the map....
  17. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    That fixed it Dan. I hadn't gone into my unit's settings far enough to select a different profile, then check the same route that was loaded. Thanks again both of you for the help.
  18. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Hey Jeff,
    Had the same problem. Got my Montana and mounts at GPScity, gave them a call and they sent me a new rugged mount no charge. Even told them I'd modded the wiring with an SAE plug but they said just keep the defective one.

    Great service.
  19. EduardoMas

    EduardoMas Spartan Overlander

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    I like belt+suspenders, specially if it comes at little to no effort.

    I thought I could take the tamper proof torx screw out like most captured screws, but no luck (did not try too hard just in case I break it).
    The idea was to replace the screw with a small light thumb screw I can fab with little effort (or even any common screw head)

    Has anyone taken out the locking screw out of the Rugged Mount?:ear
  20. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Sorry Emmbeedee - I'm very literal so I didn't see your intent. I thought you were suggesting this "Use Map" - which you only get when you are working with Routes.

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