24k Topos - Help Needed

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by r'elise me, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. r'elise me

    r'elise me Been here awhile Supporter

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    It would be great to have routable maps for as many areas as Garmin has, especially West and SW USA where I'll be riding a lot for the next couple years before I depart on a rtw trip. Some questions:

    1. Is there a worldwide subscription service that enables access to all of Garmin's maps?

    2. If I'm stuck having to purchase every 24k map that I need, is there a way to see and use the maps on all my devices without having to purchase one for each?

    3. When you purchase a map on a microSD card, can you use that map in whatever device that the card is in or only the one device that has been registered?

    4. Will I be able to view that 24k map on my laptop in basecamp as well as my devices?

    THanks for the help!
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  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    AFAICT you have to buy each map separately.

    microSD is, I think, the only way to do this.

    Maps on microSD are never registered to a device. I use City Navigator and 24k topos on different Garmin devices at different times.

    This I can't answer. A Basecamp user will be along shortly.
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  3. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have my 24k Topo maps loaded into Basecamp on my PCs. But I started out with DVD versions.

    I imagine the uSD version will work the same as any other uSD map once you figure out how to get all that working.
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  4. smbjm

    smbjm Been here awhile

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    No, yes, yes yes.
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  5. r'elise me

    r'elise me Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the help. Conclusion: we’re still in the dark ages with garmin. The hardware and GUIs absolutely suck compared to anything on a smartphone. There should be a worldwide map subscription at the very least (as well as proper worldwide maps). Come on Google! Disrupt!
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    have you tried open street maps?
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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS Supporter

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    First, Garmin licenses their routable map data from HERE: and it isn't cheep. The 24K US Topo's are a combination of very old USGS data and HERE routing data.

    Second, Google isn't going to be the one to "disrupt" - they are only interested in monetizing your location and personal information. As @ohgood noted, OSM is disrupting (over 2 million mappers) and your best bet as maps compiled for using on Garmin devices are free. Most of the good smartphone Nav Apps charge a small fee for access to and regularly updating worldwide OSM maps.
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