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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Scott Dautel, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Scott Dautel

    Scott Dautel Second Unit

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    OK guys ... The S.O. has demanded my Christmas list today and she's psyched for a killer trip to Best Buy!
    I've wanted a handheld GPS unit for years, but never gotten one. The last few rental cars I've had were equipped with the "Hertz NeverLost System" ... which Hertz's version of the Garmin Talking StreetPilot III.
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  2. Joel Mack

    Joel Mack Cinematographer

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    I have a Garmin eTrex Vista that does what you're looking for, but it was about $300.
    I bought it from http://www.tvnav.com, and I highly recommend them...
     
  3. Andrew Pratt

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    we've used Garmin's exclusively at work (field tested) and have had great luck with them.
     
  4. Philip_G

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    I've used garmin and king GPS's (aerospace..) and like the garmins a lot, much more intuitive than the kings.
     
  5. PaulG

    PaulG Stunt Coordinator

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    I use a Garmin eTrex Vista with the Garmin Metro maps. I was able to map all but a few of my 80 sites I may visit in my job via address on the computer. Then I uploaded the waypoints to my Garmin. So far I have found every place I needed to go without a map. It has a rubber case, and sits nicely wedged between the windsheild and the dash of my car and truck.
     
  6. BrettB

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    Not trying to horn in here but I was just coming here to ask about GPS (I know absolutely nothing). There's a "Garmin eTrex" @ Best Buy for $139 I think. Is anyone familiar w/this model? Is it any good? Is it totally self-contained?
     
  7. Scott Dautel

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    Brett:

    You and I are in the same know-next-to-nothing boat! But I'm still digging.

    That Garmin eTrex at Best Buy is the base model of the eTrex series and the only one that does not allow you to upload detail city maps from CD-ROM. You can get it anytime from Amazon for $99.

    I think I've decided I want one that can handle uploading of custom Maps ... looks like the cheapest is around $200.

    Scott
     
  8. Andrew Pratt

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    which ever model you buy just make sure you can download new firmware and updates to it from your PC other then that you really can't go wrong. try http://www.gpscity.com for more info
     
  9. Joel Mack

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    Check out http://www.geocaching.com
    In addition to Geocaching being cool as hell, they have a link to a good UBB-like forum if you click on Discuss Geocaching...
     
  10. Chuck_C

    Chuck_C Stunt Coordinator

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    I've had a Garmin III+ for a few years now and love it. I upload street level maps to it when traveling to other places and am never "turned around". Cost a little over $300. I use it hiking, hunting, in the car and on the motorcycle. A good friend has the etrex and likes his also.
     
  11. Nick Sievers

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    I've used the Garmin Pilot range and I was quite impressed with them.
     

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