Zumo 550 How do i load routes on it

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  1. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Bought a GSA and it came with a 550 how do i load a route into it cant find a place for a cable like my 276C.
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  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Go here and download the owners and quick reference manuals: http://support.garmin.com/support/manuals/manuals.htm?partNo=010-00567-00&language=en&country=US


    you're going to want to grab BaseCamp (http://support.garmin.com/support/manuals/manuals.htm?partNo=010-00567-00&language=en&country=US) or MapSource to your PC to create routes in.

    You will also need to connect your GPS to the computer via USB cable in order for BaseCamp or MapSource to see the maps on it, unless you get the DVD of the maps and load that onto the PC. Dd the guy not give you the map DVD that might have come with the GPS?
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  3. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    I have mapsource on my computer i want to know how i hook the cable to the Garmin? There is one little plug in the back but its not a USB plug like my 276C I guess thats it.
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  4. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    See the Managing Files section of the owners manual.
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  5. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Its hard to believe that this is Adventure Rider and this is the GPS thread and nobody on this site knew there was a flip down cover that the USB was in what do these guys on this site use there GPS for to find there way to the store.
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  6. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    And you can slip in a SD card with routes on it under the same cover.
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    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Yeah saw that. Thanks
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  8. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    I've found that often, the only way to get routes to load is to load them on the SD card and then install the SD card in the Zumo.
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  9. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    So how viable is the 550 for topo and offroad work? I have one mounted on my BMW and have considered putting a second mount on my KTM so I can switch between the two bikes. Thoughts?
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    You won’t be able to import Tracks but other then that I think it’s OK. The 550 records and shows your Tracks and has point to point straight line routing.
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    The 550 works with Topos. I put all my NT maps on the SD card now. I put the Topos on the unit itself. I run both routable & non routing Topos.

    I pretty much always load routes via the USB cord.

    You can display your last 10K of track points.

    If you load old/third party tracks they will convert to a route. There is little problem with track point numbers unless you are totally off road or the road is not in mapset. For pure off road conversions you are limited to about 250 converted track/route points. If you have a mixed tracks on off road and mapped roads there can be conversion problems. For sure if you are following a converted track file off road TURN off auto Recalc!!!!!!!!

    The bottom line is that for off road work with the 550 you must master the art of the work around regarding tracks. I use point and shoot Nav mostly for my off road work but I do not do serious off road stuff.
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  12. chrish4ku

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    The 550 is bullet proof form my perspective. Drop it, Crash it, roll it, get it wet - my unit kicks like day one. The track load process is a bit technical, but not so bad.

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    ghostryder Long timer

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    This seems like as good a thread as any......I ave been trying to load a route from road trip and it says it has been sent to the gps (550) but when I go to load it in it is not there. Any suggestions?
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  15. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    After you send the route to the 550 when you disconnect from your computer your GPS should start up in normal mode. Wait a minute or 2 and you should get a pop up that says you have new data would you like to import. Hit the yes button and it should import the route, then you should be able to see it in your route list. If you do't get the prompt after a bit then you can always try hitting SETTINGS, then USER DATA, then IMPORT DATA then ROUTES. You should see the route you DL'd to the unit. Select it then chose IMPORT. After it's done then you should see it in your route list.
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  16. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    And that is exactly what is not happening. I have done it a thousand times before. I am wondering if it is because Im using road trip. I thought I heard someone say Garmin is not supporting that anymore and I would have to use basecamp.....which blows.
    EDIT: Have to use base camp from now on......drew the rote on basecamp and it shot right over.
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