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Which GPS will allow tracks to be loaded to it.

TimothyFS 0 Points
edited February 21 in GPS Recommendations
I purchased a Garmin Nuvi only to find that I couldn't take a track from Basecamp and transfer it to my Nuvi 40.
So my bad. Now.. What is a good Auto GPS (Not handheld) that will allow me to upload tracks to it??? It doesn't need to be a Garmin

Thanks from a Noob..

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  • alanb 556 Points
    edited February 21
    As far as I know, the motorcycle friendly Zumo series is the only one in the Garmin automotive lineup that allows track upload. I don't think anything in the nuvi or Drive series allows it.
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    edited February 21
    Sorry, but alan is right. Garmin does not make any automotive models that can receive tracks. The Zumo is a very expensive way to get this capability. But if you don't care about the cost, there is also the Overlander and GPSMap276cx.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/685257
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/539722/pn/010-01607-05

    Now... depending on what you want to do, you might have a look at this little free program. It can convert your tracks to transparent Garmin maps (.img files) that you can overlay on another map by enabling it at the same time. This should work on any Garmin automotive device, such as the Nuvi and Drive series.

    http://www.javawa.nl/imgfromgpx_en.html

    Here's another similar program that is not free. But it's a lot cheaper than a Zumo. ;)

    https://www.gpx2img.com

  • sussamb 829 Points
    TimothyFS said:

    I purchased a Garmin Nuvi only to find that I couldn't take a track from Basecamp and transfer it to my Nuvi 40.
    So my bad. Now.. What is a good Auto GPS (Not handheld) that will allow me to upload tracks to it??? It doesn't need to be a Garmin

    Thanks from a Noob..

    Do you really mean tracks though? Many Garmins will accept routes from BaseCamp.

  • Yes, Tracks...
  • sussamb 829 Points
    Ok, in that case why are you wanting to send a track rather than a route? Most folks with On the road devices will be using routes?
  • Here's my problem..I want to build a off road track that takes me from start to finish. If I build a route with multiple way points and then move it to the device. When I go to my Favorites.. I see all these multiple way points rather than a route. Maybe its not possible but I want to have a route that takes me from start to end without having to go way point to way point..
    Like I said..I"m a Noob at this stuff.. Past experience has been all main paved roads.
  • alanb 556 Points
    Yeah, automotive Garmin's just aren't designed for off-road navigation.
  • Do any other brands of GPS do what I'm trying to do?? TomTom, Megilan etc..???
  • sussamb 829 Points
    For what you describe you need an On the trail device rather than an On the road one. Both my Montana and Etrex 20 would do what you describe.
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    edited February 22
    sussamb said:

    Both my Montana and Etrex 20 would do what you describe.

    So would the GPSMap276cx (with a 5" screen) and Overlander (with a 7" screen). Magellan is all but gone, I don't think they sell any automotive devices anymore, except some fleet products. They have an off-road device however called the TRX.

    https://www.magellangps.com/magellan-trx-off-road-gps-navigation

    Have not paid very close attention to it myself, might do what you want. And I got e-mails from them all the time, until I marked it as spam , seems like they had frequent discounts available.

    Have not used a TomTom device in over 10 years, but I doubt they will do what you want. There are many, many apps for Android and iOS that might also work. You could just search the Apple App Store or Google Play for "GPS". If you don't have a smartphone, you could get an older model for very cheap and just use it as a GPS without any cell plan. The good apps all allow you to download the maps at home on wifi, then use the phone in the field with no data connection. An iPad or Android tablet is also an option for this kind of app.
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