Off road maps for Zumo 590 ?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Zubb, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    I give up. Have searched all of ADV, all of Garmins site, Google and I I'm in 'info search' hell.

    Can I buy and/or download topo or satellite maps from my Zumo? Does anyone have a link to info about it here?

    I just want to be able to use the Zumo on the remote area Big Bike terrain. Like BDR's. Or lesser known jeep trails.

    Anyone have a tip or two for me?
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  2. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Buy the routable 24K Topo Map from Garmin for the region you need on a micro SD card. Remove the card that's in your Zumo and replace it with the topo map card. Then go to Settings and Maps and select the topo map. You should be all set.

    If you want to get fancier than that, you can download Garmin-compatible topo maps on the internet, configure them for your Zumo, copy them to a micro SD card, and use them, but it sounds like you are looking for the simplest solution. Affordable, no, but those routable Topo maps from Garmin are pretty cool if you don't mind the cost.
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  3. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I would be surprised if the City Navigator map didnt already show those types of roads, as they tend motorized forest roads with road designators. Have you checked the track on Basecamp?
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  4. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Sometimes I can see the local Truck Trails on the unit and sometimes I can't. It could be user error as I'm a Zumo idiot. Why can't these things work like my iPhone?????
    I hope to get back to working on this stuff tonight or tomorrow.
    If downloading 'offroad' ready maps like something Topo or Satellite, then I would go ahead and spend the money. But I'm thinking nothing short of grinding through learning a new language (Zumo) is going to make me happy.
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