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Old 08-26-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Garmin 760 Basecamp

We picked up our Dutch Star late winter early spring and headed for Florida for our first trip. We have the Clarion radio GPS in our rig. I was not happy with this and we decided to buy the Garmin 760 ( I own a Garmin marine unit 7212 and have been VERY happy with, easy to use). So I thought this was a easy decision to buy the Garmin for the RV. I have spent a whole day trying to figure Basecamp and this unit out and it has not been pretty. Tech support at Garmin has been good to very good ( 3 phone calls ). Basecamp is the most UNFRIENDLY user application I have ever used. I have yet to be able to put together a simple route from New York to North Carolina, areas that I drive on a regular basis. How will I complete a route around the country to places I have never been? I realize i can't rely on the GPS alone, but this is insane. Any and all comments would be appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:43 PM   #3
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Basecamp can be tough. Think short routes, 250 mile or so, and waypoints. Select ctrl-c click waypoints in order of appearance, of course start and end is a waypoint, and do File>New>Route using Selected Waypoints. Next we'll do shaping points. You can get there from here.
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I agree with johnhicks. I started w/ short trips or just points on the route numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, etc then went from one number to the next. After some experience, I started doing longer trips, which could include cities, POIs, and intersections. The big value I see is POIs, downloaded from sources like DiscoveryOwners.com then make the format conversion if needed and then import them to the Garmin. They show up under Favorites and in order set from your present location. I have a BaseCamp map of the U.S. w/ Elk Lodges, Casinos, CoEs, Days End, and some PassPort Am, and Dump POIs. I can select them by state or by region, and upload them into the Garmin thru BaseCamp, as needed.
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I was trying to learn Basecamp since it came out with poor results which I blame on the very poor documentation. I was a software developer for over 20 years and Basecamp just didn't make any sense to me. A few years ago I got tired of supporting the three+ mapping tools I was using so I just sat down and experimented with Basecamp until I figured out how it worked and I haven't had to use any of the old tools sense. I can do just about anything I want including creating library's of RV parks, fuel stops, etc. Once you figure it out Basecamp is very powerful and fast. Of course it makes mistakes but those are usually caused by bad map data. The best thing is with a lifetime map subscription you can keep the maps current and the same between the GPS and Basecamp. I really like the three keystroke option to send the selected object to Google Earth for a real view, it comes in very handy.

P.S. The Trip Planner tool is still a mystery to me, I find it much easier to manually plot my daily trips.
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Have you checked out the many Basecamp video tutorials that are available on Garmin's website?

I used Basecamp extensively when planning group motorcycle rides I was leading. I does take some learning and getting used to but it can be very rewarding.

With our motorcycle we required very detailed plans to travel specific roads but travelling in our motorhome is different and involves more Interstate and secondary highway travel so the same level of detail is no longer required.

I no longer use it for pre-programming my Garmin RV760. I now figure out my route using Google Maps and identify various town/cities to use as waypoints. I then set my route manually using those cities. I sometime simply select that day's final destination or possible add one or two "via" points along the way.

I find this method to be fast and easy.

You should also be aware that pre-planned routes are set into the RV760 through its Trip Planner App. I find Trip Plans can be awkward to use and very inflexible.
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Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I just need to keep at it. I wish it was just a little more user friendly.
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