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post #81 of 111 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 08:12 AM
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Larry, thanks for your offer to help, after the teeth are "settled in", will give you a call.

No problem, John, whenever you want to try it.

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Headed to a Demo Ride event tomorrow. Worked in Basecamp for 2hrs laying out a fairly basic route. Have used basecamp many times before and just hate how it randomly goes all over the place even when doing a route from scratch (and it goes berzerk when I ask it to optimize one of its routes zig zagging and backtracking) but its still better than letting the GPS decide which way to go (which is usually a very poor route which is why I'm using basecamp in the first place). Tried it in Google Maps and oh what a joy. Made my maps to and from very quickly and imported them into the Garmin in about 5 minutes! Looks like all the lefts and rights are in there. Really liked doing it this way and didn't even mess with the other things that can be added to enhance there routes. It was painfree and most likely the way I'll make routes from now on. We'll see how it works on the road tomorrow. Riding a long ways to hit a short window. Keeping fingers crossed that I get to ride a fair amount of bikes. Going to use the GoPro if the tstorms hold off. Using a skeleton case so I can attach a mic so its not waterproof. Bringing so much extra stuff with me in the truck I hope they let me park right at the event but I hear this thing gets very event has gotten very popular and will be crowded.

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What exactly is "basecamp"? I'm somewhat clueless here, and planning a trip from MN to OH in 2 weeks.
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BaseCamp is a love it, or hate it, mapping application.

For me, I'm in latter group right now.


http://www.garmin.com/en-US/shop/downloads/basecamp

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I agree basecamp can either help you or hurt you. It can help you define a route when the garmin just doesn't seem to understand where you want your route to go (i.e. say you prefer the country side routes vs. the interstate but there seems to be problems getting your garmin to understand that). This is my first garmin so I'm learning too. I'm not finding the garmin or basecamp nearly as intuitive as Google Maps. And thats what I'd recommend. After you've made your map you can export it to your pc then import it to your garmin. Easy peasy. Maybe load up some points of interest on your trip and you'll be all set.

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I wasted an hour last night trying to get mapSource, BaseCamp, or the damn 2797 to route precisely like I wanted it to do.....

Had to take the wife to the doctor's office in downtown badlands Tulsa,,,,, bad as in ruts, road-graders, ditches, and idiots who don't play fair cutting you off at the pass just as you enter an exit and they zoom in between you and the fence posts.

I wanted to make a simple diversion and change the middle of the route to 76St North from 169 over to US-75 and go south from there.

I gave up in disgust, and put a yellow 3M Sticky Note on the face of the GPS to remind me to exit off the freeway at 76th Street. now if that ain't a POS thing to do.

Then the damn thing keeps yelling U-Turn, or take this exit, blah blah blah.... pisses me off.

All I needed was one single via point, but as that point is an intersection and there are NO street addresses at that point, it wanted to take me to Sperry, OK and then to Tulsa.

that is why in the past, I have created Destinations out of all the Via Points, and then I just select them one at a time to get where I want to go.

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It seems like a lot of users here are new to Garmin so I will try to explain a bit about the programs Mapsource and Basecamp. They are both free programs from Garmin. Mapsource has been around for many years. Garmin used to update the program frequently and it is very powerful and can do many things. A couple of years ago Garmin decided to go with Basecamp and stop supporting Mapsource. I hated this decision. I had a lot of years using Mapsource and I can do whatever I want with it.

Everything is done differently with Basecamp and as far as I can tell Basecamp is not even close to Mapsource in what it is able do. But the newer units from Garmin will only connect with Basecamp. I found a work around for this problem. Basecamp and Mapsource will read each others files. So I still use Mapsource to create, then I transfer to Basecamp and download the information to my units that require Basecamp. This adds about a minute or two to the process so it isn't too bad.


Maybe I will learn to like Basecamp eventually but Mapsource is so much more powerful for me because I know how to use it. I am learning a little more about BaseCamp each time I play with it. I found some features from Mapsource missing in Basecamp. I am hoping Garmin makes it as useful as Mapsource.

I ride with a group that meets twice a week for breakfast and then takes a ride of 100 to 150 miles for lunch and then a trip back to the start. With Mapsource in 10 or 15 minutes I can create a route for a trip like this and the GPS will follow it perfectly. The actual time to build a route depends on the distance and what you want your route to do.

One of the nice things about both Garmin programs is that they will open Google Earth and show you the same location you are looking at with your mapping program. This is a good way to check the type of roads you will encounter.
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Well, I'm sure not going to mess with BaseCamp anymore then.
Other than to use it as a converter to the GPS.

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Okay, I just tried MapSource, and it is a POS IMO....

it does not have Roads, it wants streets, lanes, places,
it insists on trying to put me on 3900 St, I live on 390 Rd East



having to try and find a Road out of a list the way it is presented in the Garmin products is a joke. I don't need a list, I only need to enter the actual address and be done with it.

I have to physically find my addresses and then create a lat/long waypoint on the map and name it. That is arcane.

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Well I had ordered the 2797 but upon arrival it was too large for me so returned it ( thanks GPS City! ) and got the 2597. I really like it and can see all gauges easier. I have the ram mount on handlebars and think it will stay there, but have put the suction cup on windshield to see how it stays. I was wondering do most of you guys hardwire these to bike to battery or the cigarette type socket the dealer has for left side pocket. Or is any of that even needed?
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