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Good GPS for trail use when wheeling?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by tacomtn, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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    tacomtn

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    something that won't break the bank yet decent.

    anyone?
     
  2. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    mjp2

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    For offroad I use either a Lowrance Baja 540c or an HDS-5 Baja. I prefer the 540c but it's been discontinued.

    Because of size and cost they're generally not options unless you really get into some rough terrain in a regular basis, but they do work wonderfully.
     
  3. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    YotaDan

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    I just use the old brain power. Maybe a map if I'm desperate. :)
     
  4. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    Seabass

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    Even the HDS-5 Baja has been disco'd and is replaced with the HDS-5m. Great units!
     
  5. Jun 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    mjp2

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    Ah wow. Can't say I'm surprised. The HDS-5 Baja blows compared to the older unit. Takes 5-10 minutes just to boot up and get signal.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    Seabass

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    You don't really care, do you.
    Base maps suck, but you can upgrade that with 3rd party software similar to how I updated maps on my Garmin/Kenwood in-dash.
     
  7. Jun 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM
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    If you have a laptop and a GPS, download USAPhotomaps from Jdmcox.com. It's free, and downloads free seamless USGS 7.5 minute topo maps, B&W aerial photos that were used to revise topo courtesy of a joint effort between Microsoft and the Gov't. Plug in your GPS and it will show your location on the map or photo. Sweet.
     
  8. Jun 20, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    I use a Garmin 550 with some topos loaded in it. Garmin stands behind their product too. I had 1 Magellan and will never have another one.
     
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