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Old 12-03-2017, 09:53 AM   #1
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Garmin GPS & Base Camp

Just wondering how many use Garmin GPS & Base Camp
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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I own 4 Garmin GPS's from a 760 in the motorhome to a Montana on my dirtbike and a couple in between. Basecamp is very powerful but not particularly intuitive. Once you get past the learning curve it's a great tool but the curve is steep and many give up. My advice - if you are somewhat computer savvy you will like Basecamp once you get up to speed with it. If you're not you'll probably not be happy with it.
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Read through this thread http://www.irv2.com/forums/f53/looki...ps-356689.html comments on base camp starts on page #2.........
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:11 PM   #4
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We have three Garmin GPS units that include the RV760 we use in our truck when pulling the TT and a Zumo on my ST1300 sport touring motorcycle. I use Basecamp to set up our major travel routes for trips, then download them to the GPS. As said above, Basecamp is very powerful, but does have a learning curve. On any side trips we tend to use either Google Maps on our iPhones or iPad Air or we use the GPS built into our F150.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:13 PM   #5
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Garmin is the best gps Iíve found but only use basecamp for like a motorcycle trip when you want to take a special route or to stay off highways. Not sure why you would want to use it for a Rv.
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It's taken me several tries over a few years to learn and grudgingly like BaseCamp. I've even begun to appreciate the oft-maligned Trip-Planner function. The biggest problem I have is that when you force BaseCamp to use specific waypoints you have to watch it like a hawk, because sometimes it will calculate a route that backtracks on itself to pick up the waypoint. That occurs when you think you select a waypoint on one side of a divided highway, but it's actually on the other side (in other words, operator = me error, not a bug).

I guess the Garmin folks have turned me into a trained seal. Keep throwing me a cold fish now and then and I'll keep using the software. ;-)
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:12 AM   #7
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I create the route in Google maps and only use base camp to export it to the Garmin.

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Old 12-04-2017, 06:00 AM   #8
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Great info! Thanks.
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The gpx file imports to Base Camp as a track, you have to convert it to a route by right clicking the track file and select "Create route from selected track". He leaves that step out.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:47 AM   #10
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I use Tyre (available free from TomTom) and a Garmin. Tyre does everything I need to do. Maybe Basecamp will do something Tyre won't do, but if it does, I apparently don't need it.

Like Thor 37 GT, I usually only use it for my motorcycle trips where I want to force a route no sane person would normally take. But I have used it in the RV when we wanted to force it to take us around a metropolitan area with high traffic or take a detour through an area we thought would be particularly scenic.
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I use the combination very frequently. Works fine for me.
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My advice - if you are somewhat computer savvy you will like Basecamp once you get up to speed with it. If you're not you'll probably not be happy with it.
I thought I was pretty savvy but I hate BaseCamp. Give me back my MapSource. So much simpler but won't run on Windows 10.
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I thought I was pretty savvy but I hate BaseCamp. Give me back my MapSource. So much simpler but won't run on Windows 10.
I wrote database apps for several years and worked my last few years in tech and software support supporting a couple of hundred users within a 100 mile radius of my home office.

I hate BaseCamp as well, though I admit I started watching a video on how to use it and quickly decided "This is nuts!"
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I thought I was pretty savvy but I hate BaseCamp. Give me back my MapSource. So much simpler but won't run on Windows 10.
I used Mapsource for many years and resisted switching to Basecamp but finally threw in the towel a few years ago. Now that I'm up to speed with Basecamp I wouldn't go back. Too many things that BC can do that Mapsource can't. That said I use BC to do a lot more than laying out RV routes. For many Mapsource will do everything they need.
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