Who here uses dual GPSs?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Grinnin, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I know that some people use two GPS units at once. Do you use one GPS to show a calculated route and another to show a large-area overview? Two calculated routes?

    I think that a large overview would allow me to occasionally ignore the route calculated by Garmin for a while. (For example, to see a freeway bypass of a small city when my GPS is set to avoid freeways. Stopping to allow freeways would not route me to the backroad on the far side of town.)

    So, who uses two GPSs and how?
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  2. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    I was riding last month with 2 guys that had dual GPS's. Both had the route loaded. One was primary and the other backup. Yes, I gave them crap about it.
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  3. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    When I'm mapping routes I often use two GPS's.

    I've run a Garmin 498 marine GPS to follow the routes.... 5" screen, buttons, waterproof, really easy to see. On this I primarily load US R&R maps with some Metroguide maps.

    And a Garmin 76cx to record the tracklogs that I'm generating - high sensitivity receiver, micro SD card, saves active tracklog to the micro SD card. On this I load everything - US R&R, Metroguide, old US Topo, enhanced Canadian basemap along with the routes I'm using - just in case.

    That's on my XR650L.

    On my DR650SE I just used a Garmin 182C and the 76cx... same kinda deal. Turns out the 182c has a pretty limited set of waypoint symbols and some of my waypoints changed symbols that didn't show up. Otherwise OK.

    Both the 498 and the 182c don't do via points on routes, so I ran the files through a program (can't remember right now WHAT program) to convert via points to waypoints. Both the 182 and 498 have similar specs to the 276c that I normally use - 3000 waypoints, 50 routes of at least 250 points, and 15 tracks of at least 500 points.
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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I can't get a Garmin to live through one trip, so yes, I run two so I can keep going when one croaks. I don't have any high speed dirt trips planned for awhile so I'm down to NO gps, don't need one for low speed putting around near home.

    The 376c let me zoom in tighter for trails. The Zumo was a safety factor for me since it could route me to help when needed.
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  5. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I once asked a fellow why he had 2 gp's----and he replied.

    "Cause I ain't got room for 3"

    True story.

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  6. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Here's mine on the GS.

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    Old faithful Zumo 450; full of TAT routes but can't do "Tracks"...while the Montana's also full of TAT routes and can do "Tracks" with ease!

    Can do the Zumo(Mapsource) blindfolded; still learning as I chug along the routes with the :huh Montana and it's BaseCamp...:eek1

    cheers...
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  8. Nut Clutch

    Nut Clutch was Steve Lavigne

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    Not really what you asked, but...

    I have my Montana mounted to my bike. I often have my 4g ipad with me with offline maps via Gaia GPS. This works as an emergency backup gps and also a high resolution screen to get a larger but detailed picture (2048 x 1536 resolution).
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  9. scooterGdawg

    scooterGdawg Been here awhile

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    i use two...... i like having a 2d and a 3d view........also keeps me on track while i search for food, gas, or motel on the other....... and various other reasons......

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  10. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    ...hence my manic expression of joy, I know where I is:

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  11. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    It's close enough to what I asked. Thanks everyone for your comments.

    I may look for some cheap GPS to give dual GPSs a try. I've been riding straight through to Ohio one week then straight through back home the next. It's 1,050 to 1,100 miles so I'm trying to improve my route even though I can get there with no map at all.

    EDIT:
    I keep thinking that two GPSs will help me make better routing decisions. But then again, if one can occasionally screw me over, why would I want two?
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  12. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    When I do it, which isn't a lot, I keep an overview map up on my 2720 and the direct route open on the 60Csx.

    Also, when I have to do a workaround I can reroute on the 2720 while I still keep the active route open on the 60.

    I think that's been said, but that's what I do...also when I'm proofing a route, like in that picture, you are capturing tracks, that's important. And to lose them you might not be able to recover before an event, or if you wanted to pass them along.
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  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I use two when I am recording tracks to verify a dual sport path. Sometimes I run a custom map on one and a standard map on the other.

    On a big bike run I often use one that operates with tracks and another that is a highway model for the usual automotive GPS kinds of things.

    On a trip that relies on tracks, I sometimes use one on the bars and carry a back up in my gear if I am solo.

    If I'm in a group with other people that are running the same tracks, I don't worry about carrying a spare.
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  14. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    I also use two.
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  15. konfucius

    konfucius Been here awhile

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  16. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    FWIW, I was one of the first to use multiple GPS units, this was for an Iron Butt Rally.

    It was because I had two; this was in 2003. In 2005 I ran two, this was for redundancy as much as anything else.

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    If you are going to run two gps units and want to get the most out of the set up the GPS units must be identical down to the maps and firmware.

    For running around in the woods I don't see the need for more than one.
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  17. HogWild

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    I use 3, . . . sort of, and carry a 4th in my pack as a backup. One is standard (on the right). One is just a small GPS track recorder (no screen), which has enough memory to record super fine tracks for several days (mounted just left of the SPOT, along with a voice recorder for taking notes). And one GPS receiver is embedded in the SPOT tracker (you all forgot about that one). Since all that still doesn't get the job done, there's also the custom paper maps and paper roadbook mounted on the dash. It's all for creating and pre-running The Grand Rally.

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  18. TA-Zappa

    TA-Zappa Been here awhile

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    Yes I use two GPS as well, one Quest and one Zumo 660 (POS), more or less cause I have two and then I use them... But the main reason is when I enter a rally (IBA, but not THE IBR) I want to have a backup. ANd it's good to be able to search for fuel, food and stuff while still having the original route in the other one.

    For pure day long dual-sport rides I only use one, but if would go for a multi day ride I would bring both as my zumo is more then reliable (It's going for a check up as soon as I get home).

    But today I wish I had three (sort of had since I had my phone with me), both of them went somewhat out of control. Zumo refused to start (again), quest shutdown when trying to delete some waypoints and my phone told me I was in the middle of the baltic sea. Luckily I was in an well known area and I did know roughly where I was heading.

    Cheers,
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  19. rwamf

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    Totally disagree with that statement as why bother if they are the same, I run Two on my GS as it has the room. One is for Offroad routes and the other is a Street unit, Makes no sense to be the same maps, and such IMO
    Coming back from MO a few weeks ago my Delorme routed me on some fantastic dirt roads through the Mark Twain NF that the street unit missed. and again in Arkansas the Delorme did another fantastic job on some very fun and scenic dirt roads that the Street unit had no clue about.
    On my smaller DS bikes I only use one and depending on what type of riding I am doing ( Street or Dirt) dictates which GPS I mount

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  20. Klay

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    I run one and keep a spare tucked away when following tracks on trails. When I'm riding highway, I run two at once, the first an automobile-style one for routing information, and the other with topographic maps loaded because it's fun to know more about the landscape I'm passing through.
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