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dont need a ton of features,just routing and distance stuff?

no xm or extra crap but would like a good brand? ideas? used maybe?
 

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A garmin etrex legend for $150 bucks is tough to beat. It has base map included. No turn by turn guidance, but who needs that anyway???? Mounts real nice with a Ram mount.
 

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You might want to look at the Garmin 60C or 60CS (the CS has a compas built in). You can probably find one on ebay for cheap. It will do what you want and be reliable.

You also need to define what is your $$ limit. There are a lot of good units out there. It just takes research.
 

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YW, it would really help to know the dollar limit. Also, do you need to have restricted heights in the database/poi's? You want to able to take it out and move it to different vehicles, or build it into the truck?

I don't know of any that have weigh stations in the poi list.

I'd say routing and distance are the very least of what you need. Bear in mind that some gps's will not do either of those.

David M.
 

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Ok. You might look into these:

Garmin 320: $290
http://www.gps4fun.com/gar_sp_c320.php

Garmin 330: $400
http://www.gps4fun.com/gar_sp_c330.php

Lowrance 250c: $350
http://www.gps4fun.com/low_iway_250.php

GPS4Fun aka Adventure GPS is about 20 miles from my house. They're good people but don't always have the cheapest prices. Once you decide which unit, then you'll need to find the best supplier. These guys are good as a standard of reference.


Look here: http://www.gpscity.ca/ for videos of several of the different gps types to help you decide which one is best for you.

A HUGE source of gps info, with links to many vendors is here:
http:/gpsinformation.net

David
 

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YW, there is another possibility. For about $130 (Amazon has it for $100,) you can get a version of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007 that comes with a very good gps engine and antenna. Then, for about $40 you can get an converter that will supply the laptop with power from the cigarette lighter. So for under $200, you get the absolute best in route planning/control plus you can use the laptop to get into the chat room at night in the motels. :) IIRC, the S&T 2007 has voice prompts, too.

The laptop doesn't have to be that powerful, either. If you don't have one already, you could pick an old one that still works for about $100. Total is under $300. The down side is it's bulkier than a dedicated unit.

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Greetings,

The 2610 is a great choice for either vehicle or motorcycle use. Add a 1GB SD card and you can have maps of the entire US.

Refurbished is a great way to save money, get a good unit normally with a warranty.
 

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I got my daughter a TomTom One for Christmas, I am thinking it was around 299.00 on sale. She loves it and says she now can't get lost even when they are trying to (college kids can find weird ways of spending free time). It is pretty basic and easy to use.

Danny
 
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