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wanderingaimlessly

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Posted: 05/29/21 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just stay awake and aware if you use Googly garbage, just yesterday it gave me a route that included a road with an underpass with a 9'7" clearance. Google expects everyone to be puttering around in microcars.

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Posted: 05/29/21 03:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for reminding me to update! I am currently updating my old Garmin Nuvi 265 that's at least 15 years old now.. Got the 'lifetime updates' a long time ago and it still updates the old thing..

Using Garmin Express. I have never been asked to pay again?

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Updated my Garmin about three weeks ago and had no issues. Did use WiFi instead of Garmin Express but there was no charge. Updated maps on my older unit about four months ago with Garmin Express and no issue there either. Storage on most can be increased by adding a micro sd card into the slot.
Maybe the charge is just for Cantifornia residents?


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Posted: 05/29/21 03:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have lifetime maps then you went to some hacker site. Check this link out and make sure you use THEIR Garmin Express download.

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If Garmin said maps for life when they sold it and has since reneged I recommend a class action attorney.

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My two cents worth...if that:

Just did an update on my Garmin Nuvi Drive. It went seamlessly....other than it took forever because I hadn't done it in a longggg time.

I am not so much interested in on-line navigation. That's easy via a cell phone app. Where I really want the assistance is often in places that doesn't have cell service. So I prefer a system that works off-line.

Outfitting both a new truck and UTV so I thought I would try using a tablet that I could switch between the two vehicles. Bought a tablet and figured out a mounting system that would work in both vehicles. Have been trying out a few different navigation apps (there are dozens) but, so far, I haven't found one that is as easy to use as the Garmin. Often we don't need turn by turn navigation, just use the moving map display with elevation and heading on the display. I think I am just gona get a couple new Garmins for the two vehicles (my old Garmin already found a home in the wife's vehicle.

I am familiar with the fancy built in map displays (both the truck and car have them). But they have to be linked to a cell phone to work and, unless you set it up in advance, they need internet to function. A dedicated Garmin is just so much easier. Just get in and drive.

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viajante wrote:

Went to update my Garmin (RV 760) this morning. I got sent to a site that wanted to charge me for updates. This unit is supposed to have lifetime maps. Any advice on how to get those updates ? Failing that is there an app to use on a phone that is reliable and reasonably priced ?
Thanks in advance for any advice.


Give Garmin customer service a call. They will update your GPS and not charge you.

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Just updated a 4 year old Garmin from their Express site with no problems.

I would update Express and try a map upgrade again

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Our functional copy of Street Atlas is from 2015 and was out of date when I got it because Garmin (used to be a favorite supplier) had shut off Delorme and the best planning package ever is no more. It is still my Go To package for planning. This is something that stand alone GPS are very poor at accomplishing. The only thing I have had less success with is trying to use a "smart" phone for this. They say you can pre-load the charts for where you expect to be and that is all well and good unless your plans get changed. When you run off the loaded charts, you can hope the the now 7 year out of date Street Atlas works and/or you can locate yourself on the paper that us paranoid navigators still carry.

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Posted: 05/29/21 10:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I still have Streets and Trips with the Pharos GPS. It still works!
Cellphones do not always have service.
Stand alone GPS is still the best way to go.


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