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Old 09-05-2008, 10:10 AM   #15
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I have the Garmin Nuvi 260W. The only real complaint I have about it is you can only enter one 'via' point.

When I travel I use both the Garmin and my laptop with MS Streets and Trips.

We get a laugh once in a while when "Jill" (the voice of Garmin) and the "Un-named" (the voice of MS S&T) give contradictory instructions. Jill always wants to return to the Interstate and Un-named wants me to follow the MS S&T route. The routes are not necessarily the same.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:28 AM   #16
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LOL ....we named ours 'LINDA' because she sounds and acts exactly like one of our next door neighbor, Linda (re-calculating, make a U-turn when safe to do so!!)
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:55 AM   #17
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Just bought a Darmin 260W at Costco and it's amazing! I had been using a PDA/GPS Sleeve combo that was obsolete about 10 years ago, but hey, it was a gift! Now that I have a modern 2008 GPS, I'm disappointed I suffered with the old one soooo long.

I think I saw it had 6,000,000 items in its POI database. I can't confirm that but it has stuff in Tucson and Phoenix nailed. Walgreens - check. Costco - check. Wal-Mart - dito. In-n-Out Burger - YES! Honda dealers - Hai!

From POI-Factory I loaded all the US Stateparks, all the Interstate rest areas, and all the Offbeat Tourist Attractions, which had a few items near Tucson that I had never heard of!

I just saw this program that allows editing of Favorites to add information and correct co-ordinates. A beta version, untested on mine, but looks useful - http://www.slowjim.com/Index.htm

I especially like this feature - "Where Am I?", which would have been very useful for a late-night trip we had to the Emergency Room in Cottonwood a few years ago:
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:30 AM   #18
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I use the female voice on my GPS because the male voice just says "you don't need any directions - figure it out for yourself"
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:29 AM   #19
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I don't really need another instruction manual to read...
I've had my best adventures when I didn't know where I was going.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:43 PM   #20
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Frederick,

Get one, learn how to use it (esp the Where Am I?) and then turn it off -- It will be there if you need it but it won't change your driving style -- Best of both worlds!
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:17 PM   #21
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 260W. I have updated to the latest software. There is no "Where Am I", on mine.

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Old 09-06-2008, 10:29 PM   #22
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It will be there if you need it
That's just the point, Pete. I don't believe I need it.
I'll share with you what I have said elsewhere:
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:42 PM   #23
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 260W. I have updated to the latest software. There is no "Where Am I", on mine.
I have seen that reported on the GPS Review forum. Apparently Garmin started loading newer (last three months?) devices with the software with the additional features. Why they gaven't provided that to all 260W owners is unknown. I would contact them and complain and see if they do something!
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:04 AM   #24
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The times when you NEED a tool like this are when you are well and truly lost, it's getting cold out and the fuel situation is getting grim OR when you or others have had some sort of emergency requiring immediate medical assistance.

You can't rely on cell phone triangulation in the boondocks because there may be only one tower receiving your call, which is almost as useless as no tower for RDF location.

Also, I have been riding with several people recently with GPS systems in their cars in the city (Seattle) and it is very handy there. However, let me be quick to point out that I avoid cities like the plague when I am towing a trailer.

Another good use is IF the navigation data base actually has NFS/NPS campsites loaded in it, but that's a big IF and not a NEED
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #25
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This might be a useful tip:

Our GPS recently sent (suggested) us to the commuter fast lane while towing on the Santa Ana Freeway, not knowing of course we were towing.

It occurred to me that in settings I have Motorcycle, Auto, Bus, Truck and Pedestrian.

Perhaps when we tow I ought to use the truck setting to avoid route options that are not trailer friendly.

I'll let you know how that works out.

Does anybody's model have an RV setting to work from?
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:32 PM   #26
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It occurred to me that in settings I have Motorcycle, Auto, Bus, Truck and Pedestrian.

Perhaps when we tow I ought to use the truck setting to avoid route options that are not trailer friendly.
Since there are signs saying "No Towing" at the entrance to most HOV lanes, I think that the "Truck" setting would be the most appropriate to use when towing. Another issue would be height clearance.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:57 PM   #27
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The times when you NEED a tool like this are when you are well and truly lost, it's getting cold out and the fuel situation is getting grim
I'm reminded of the tragic death of CNET editor Jim Kim in Oregon in 2006, and the ordeal he and his family went through, all of which could have been avoided with a $100 GPS. (Although there are always numerous events that contribute to an accident, the lack of a GPS was critical in this one.)

After seeing my in-laws, who are now in their late 80's but still very active, tolerate a very slow computer running Win95 for 10 years (that I had to maintain), and a Dial-Up internet connection for that same period (that I had to suffer through), I resolved to use our limited funds during our remaining life to make sure we used technology to make our lives the best that society has to offer (within our means to finance). Hence the new GPS to replace a working, but sorely dated, older one.

Having computer crashes, and waiting 5 minutes for a web page to load, and being unable to watch on-line video, drove this point home to me. I did, finally last year, get them to spend $300 for a new computer and an extra $10 a month for cable internet. Now if they'd only ditch analog cable and use the HD capability of their TV I'm sure they'd like the picture. Hope springs eternal.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:53 AM   #28
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Hi;

I would like to here about the maps and updates. The boss got a Tom Tom an One XL S. It cost about 250 and is not the bottom of the line but closes. It has no rural addresses. It will take us to my sister's in a town but wouldn't take us to the rural house number from were she was moving.

It can find our road but not our house. We have live here 34 years. It has no house numbers for this road.

This Tom Tom has no way of putting in a letter at the beganing of a house number. In this part of the state the rural house number have a N or W in front of the numbers.

The Tom Tom almost went out the window one trip. The maps are iffy on this model. On a trip to the next city the Tom Tom told us in a 1/2 mile we should make a sharp left turn. We stayed on the road and went around a left curve. On the screen it looked like we were off the road. I asked the boss how long the curve was there and he figured at least 20 years. I would think the maps should be newer then 20 years old. Don't throw your atlas out.

This model has a slot for SD card but no blue tooth.
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