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post #1 of 10 Old Nov 11th, 2010, 8:06 pm Thread Starter
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I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

I was looking at GPS units. I favor Garmin because I've used them in aircraft and they have proven their reliability. I am open to other suggestions.

Here's the key...I don't do music, headsets, cell phone interfaces...I just want a simple GPS for use on my GSA that will be weather-proof, can be easily removed to stow in the bags, and won't require a PHd to operate. No Bluetooth, redtooth, or bulls^%$....just a GPS.

WHat do you recommend?
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post #2 of 10 Old Nov 11th, 2010, 8:08 pm
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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

If you can find yourself a used street pilot 2720, that would be a good one.

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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

Garmin Nuvi 500 or 550. Cheap, simple, waterproof, rugged. The internal battery will keep it running for hours, and its small enough to slip in your pocket for off-bike nav. The 500 has US in both street and topo maps, so can be used for hikes aas well. I found one new for $150 a while back.

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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

I am using a Garmin 260W and like it just fine. I know it's not waterproof and the screen is not as bright is some sunlight but it works well and fit my budget,
If I get caught in the rain, I keep a ziplock baggie and clothespin in the tankbag for just such an occasion.

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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

I just scored this:

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ele/2056350533.html


And I even had the audacity to offer him $25.

Works perfect. Now I have to mount it.

Suggestions? I have a GSA. I was thinking of machining a mount for the upper shield support bar.
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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

I have a Garmin 255W that I bought for my field truck quite sometime ago and it has been flawless as with most Garmin products. I do use it with my RT from time to time, usually to confirm my map points or to find my way to a chosen hotel in a new city. If I need to follow it I slip it under the clear cover on my tank bag. The unit was under $200.00. best feature is the "where am I"

I can't bring myself to pay $1000.00 plus install for a Nav IV or 665 but I have been teased by Garmin's 220 for $500.00.
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Re: I want simplicity...what do you recommend?

My wife got me a Gamin 705. Not water proof (I don't think). I attach it with the suction cup to my oddements box on the LT. Easy to see, and operate. It unsnaps in an instant and slips into my jacket pocket when I stop, or if in the rain. Does have bluetooth, which I don't use. Has gas station, motel resteraunt etc, and easy to program for a route. I like it, but then again don't have a lot of experience with GPS as a whole.
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I just scored this:

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A Garmin 2720
I pays to check...I went online and plugged my 2720 into Garmin's network. Turns out, it was eligible for a free map upgrade and had never been registered.

So, upgrade to software and a free map upgrade...I am up-to-date.

Can't beat this deal...except now the girl wants one, so I'm gonna have to get her a brandy new Nuvi for Christmas.
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Way to go, Congrats on that Garmin 2720.

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I just scored this:

aftermarket parts http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ele/2056350533.html


And I even had the audacity to offer him $25.

Works perfect. Now I have to mount it.

Suggestions? I have a GSA. I was thinking of machining a mount for the upper shield support bar.
haha, nice, good find =)
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