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Old February 21st, 2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default GPS that communicates via blue tooth.

Look for a gps to replace my Garmin 276c with a unit that can communicate via bluetooth to a scala rider headset.

Is anybody using software like VV mapping paired with a bluetooth device that gives good voice alerts?

I love my 276c, but I don't have the ability to have directions based off just VV mapping, and no blue tooth.


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Old February 21st, 2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Some folks are putting ipads in ruggedized cases and using them. Then get a blue tooth GPS device to make it update quicker & more accurately.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...-ipad-gps.html

I think that points to a few threads on race-dezert.com as well. I've read through a few parts of this one:

http://www.race-dezert.com/forum/sho...d-in-your-ride
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Some folks are putting ipads in ruggedized cases and using them. Then get a blue tooth GPS device to make it update quicker & more accurately.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...-ipad-gps.html

I think that points to a few threads on race-dezert.com as well. I've read through a few parts of this one:

http://www.race-dezert.com/forum/sho...d-in-your-ride
Our ipads are only wifi, so no GPS chip
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Yeah, but you can get a bluetooth GPS to talk with it.

I haven't bit the bullet on it, but I've been scanning those threads to see if someone is successful with it instead of buying a Lowrance that will be out of date as soon as I open the box.

Dual is one of them that they talk about:

http://xgps150.dualav.com/
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Old February 21st, 2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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how are they getting them to que the maps? Those load and refresh via wifi
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Some of the apps have pre-load.
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it would be sweet if if works...I could see an ipad mini in the future
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So the cost of an ipad, gps adapter, customer waterproof case, custom snowmobile handlebar mount sounds like it will exceed the price of a GPS that I can simply load up VV maps on
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So the cost of an ipad, gps adapter, customer waterproof case, custom snowmobile handlebar mount sounds like it will exceed the price of a GPS that I can simply load up VV maps on
Yes, but the Icrap will be able to look at pron, so it's automatically gooder.
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Just what we need, CC surfing pron on the sled trails.
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The bad elf GPS pro is a good external gps.
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If you have the ipad and travel with it anyway, then it takes some of the sting away.

In the threads I link, most of the guys are trying to avoid buying a lowrance gps with a similar screen size of an ipad that will cost $1500-2000. A lowrance HDS-5 that many teams use for navigating races is $550-600, so a used ipad and the extras is cost competitive. Add in that many are trying to figure out how to use apps like torque to replace gauges and it becomes even more cost competitive, and could save weight.
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I've been using a 3g first gen ipad and motionx for a while and it works pretty good but loading the maps to the ipad first is the best bet and for some reason takes a excessive amount of time. I also use it as a mp 3 player and to control my hero camera with wifi back pack.
There is a few second delay between what the camera sees and when it displays. I think nightkrawler was buying a new ipad for GPS use as well.
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Are you using an external GPS antenna like the Dual or Bad Elf?

Overall, would you recommend MotionX for GPS over standalone?
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I've never used a decent stand alone so it's not fair for me to comment. I was going to buy a little higher end standalone but decided to go this route after doing some reading on expedition portal.
I just use the internal GPS antenna and rarely have signal problems. Motion x has a few quirks, I need to install the update and see what they have changed. Having the big ipad touch screen rocks but would be ridiculous on a snowmobile.
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How large are the map files for your setup?
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how about the small panasonic toughpad?
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For reference I downloaded the tile set for Drummond with detail maxed out.
When it started the app said it would be 76mb after completion it shows the tile set as being 16mb but according to usage data on the iPad 56mb and my router agrees with 56mb.
Now I should mention that is not satellite imagery, it will only save motion x topo type maps to the device.
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Nexus is a cheaper alternative to the iPad. It is GPS capable and with Backcountry navigator I have never had a problem with it out on the trail. Downloading GPS maps to Backcountry is very easy and you can create your own.
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I bought a Motorola Xoom off of Cowboom for Kerry to use at work this year. After getting her an upgrade for Christmas I now have the Xoom and we took it with us to Snofari.

I'm using the Backcountry Navigator program and it worked pretty awesome. Its basically an app that uses your internal GPS on top of whatever topo maps it can pull from the web. There is a premium set of maps that you can buy as well... You can create tracks like with any other GPS and it seemed pretty accurate. I'm sure there are far more features that it has than I even know about at this point.

The only real drawback with this setup is that it draws its info from the web so you either need 3g/4g/wifi or to cache the area you are going to ahead of time. Still that's not really a huge deal. For Snofari I just selected an area that was pretty much the middle of the state and downloaded it.

It was kinda neat to see the contour lines of the topo map fit perfect with some of the larger hill climbs we came across.

One big unknown for me is its compatibility with tracks made in other software. I believe there is a way to import Garmin tracks...but I don't know if it exports your tracks to a format the Garmin software can use.

The biggest plus...10" GPS screen :)

I've heard though that the Ipad running the Bad Elf GPS and the MotionX software is pretty much the cat's ass. However probably not very good for snowmobiling.

If I were to get a regular gps no doubt I'd get the Garmin Montana(650t IIRC). That seems to be the common replacement for the 276C.

Mazzola was talking about the Garmin Dezel 760LMT back at GG and now that is out. I don't know if you can load topo maps on it yet, but it's a 7" GPS. However it is designed and marketed for big rig guys.

None of that was probably of any use to you though.
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