Using a NUVI to make routes

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by bobbybob, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. bobbybob

    bobbybob Long timer

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    Been a while since I had any dealings with Garmin.

    To those who have bought Nuvi's which WILL do routes--in the last 2-3 years (NOT Zumos) :

    1) Is Basecamp the *only option for route creation, or is Mapsource still available (i.e. loading the unit mapbase to your computer)

    2) Is Basecamp decent for creating routes, or is it a royal PITA ?

    3) If Mapsource is still an option with Nuvi's, how?? Is the software included with the purchase? Cause Garmin has sure taken it off their website.

    4) Which model did you buy?

    Any other comments are appreciated. Some riding buddies suddenly got interested in ridin' & routin'.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
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  2. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Hello,
    I'm no expert, but here goes:

    1. you can use basecamp or mapsource. i believe mapsource cost money. i got a cd from somebody....base camp is free.
    2. basecamp isnt so great, but it's waaaay easier to use than mapsource.
    3. it used to come on a cd that you had to buy at the store, online, or with your garmin unit. whether or not that cd was included with your garmin models all depends.....
    4.I have a nuvi 550.

    just suck it up and learn basecamp. you can learn 90% of it pretty quickly.
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  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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  4. onefastrph

    onefastrph Shut up and ride.

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    I have a Nuvi 500 with Mapsource but I actually do most of my route creation with the Harley Ride Planner available on the Harley website. It's super easy to use and completely web-based. You don't even have to ride a HD to use it. :beer:

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  5. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Isn't the HRP the same as using Google Maps and exporting the kml?
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  6. onefastrph

    onefastrph Shut up and ride.

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    Not sure. It routes similarly but I believe the gps uploads are gpx. HRP also has avoidances and routes can be easily shared/saved/emailed.

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  7. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    Although rarely mentioned, I create routes in Mapquest - not to be confused with Mapsource - and send them to my Nuvi. Works quite well. The trick is to make sure to right click on the little red dot and 'make it a route stop' whenever you change your route from the one Mapquest creates for you.
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  8. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    I use Microsoft Streets and Trips software to make my custom routes for the Nuvi 770. Couldn't be easier to make a route than it is with this software.

    As someone pointed out, the trick is "force" the GPS to follow your custom route by inserting waypoints along the route.
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