Which Nav 5 View with most zoom out detail

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Bikerboy108, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Bikerboy108

    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    Ok I'm pretty much a 1 out of 10 on Nav 5 on my 14 BMW GSA ... so your riding along on a fairly large road and kinda want to see where the road leads in the bigger scheme of things so you zoom out a little with the controller and 98% of the roads dissappear and all you see is green and 1 or 2 BIG Towns.... To me that is worthless is there one of the Themes better than another?? I have the map detail set to more
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  2. Lee Dodge

    Lee Dodge Been here awhile

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    That issue is why have not upgraded my GPS from my Nuvi 550. All the new Zumo's and Nuvi's drop minor road detail as soon as you start zooming out. There is whole thread here devoted to it. Pretty much makes these units useless for back road exploration.
    You can often pick up a another level of zoom detail if you download Open Street Map data. My solution was a Garmin Montana. You can zoom out a lot farther before the minor roads disappear.
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    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    Is open street Data off the Garmin web site ??
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    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    Is Open Street Data off the Garmin web site ??
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    Lee Dodge Been here awhile

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    https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Its a user built free mapping project. You can download the area(s) your interested in. There is a bit of learning curve getting the maps onto your device but its not that bad. The maps have more detail. The downside is there is no street address routing. You can route to intersections, cities, etc but not say 123 Main St. I have both loaded on my GPS and select the most appropriate for what I happen to be doing.
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    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    I'll give it a try ..might be above my pay grade...:-)
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