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huffinpuffin2
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:16 am Reply with quote Back to top

We're newbies on Nuvi's here, so not sure what this is, but it looks like:

a good deal to get you down the road, and then some.

Possibly use as a GPSr back-up in the field?

http://1saleaday.store.buy.com/p/garmin-nuvi-portable-gps-navigator-with-lifetime-traffic-bluetooth-fm/210829340.html

Would be interested in hearing an assessment from someone familiar with nuvis, and their use.


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Team Deejay
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

We have a nuvi 40 for car navigation. It works well and you can load caches to it. That said, it isn't designed to use for geocaching, so using it as a backup would be pretty tough. To give you an idea, we did the Horicon Parkway multi after the WGA Chili event last Saturday. This is one of those long driving multis with virtual waypoints until the final. We only used the Nuvi for the virtual waypoints, without issue, but used the real GPS for the final. Not only is there no compass screen or even a good "text" screen showing distance and bearing, but it also it is really oriented toward road navigation. You could geocache with it, but it would be painful.
 
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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:03 am Reply with quote Back to top

Can't go wrong with that price. We paid more for our 205 which is our second one. Wore the first one out driving around Appleton. Everytime we turned a corner we were closer to a different cache. I think it had a nervous breakdown. Saves us at least an hour a day on trips out of town caching. Been Nuvi usera for 4 years now. Like Dave said it's not for caching and please don't try hiding one with it, Dave will kill you.
 
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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:05 am Reply with quote Back to top

One drawback unless you get a model with changeable voice is that it's like driving with two wives in the car - just saying.
 
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Todd300




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

Love my Nuvi 205 to help me drive to caches. Only problem is..sometimes it would tell me to drive across a lake or river when there is no bridge Neutral

But road navigation GPS's are great for urban numbers run. Drive to a cache, get out of car, find cache with other handheld, get back to car, select next cache on Nuvi and go from there. I did 42 caches in Appleton in one day this way - totally unplanned. I thought 42 was not bad for 8 hours of caching considering I was all over town and not on a power trail.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

Even in Pedestrian mode, these navigational devices are for roadways and really have a difficult time with destinations not on a roadsign.

"turn left" what!! through this guys yard???
I have found a couple with the nuvi200 but only used it as my handheld's batteries died and I wasn't going home without at least trying.

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huffinpuffin2
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

labrat_wr wrote:
"turn left" what!! through this guys yard???


You sure there was no geochecker on that page???? LOL LOL LOL
 
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Todd300




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

labrat_wr wrote:
Even in Pedestrian mode, these navigational devices are for roadways and really have a difficult time with destinations not on a roadsign.

"turn left" what!! through this guys yard???
I have found a couple with the nuvi200 but only used it as my handheld's batteries died and I wasn't going home without at least trying.


I had to do this at a P & G, Rat. Handheld died. No batteries. The nuvi took me to a general area and from there, I had an idea where it was and bang, I found it. But it won't work for hikes.
 
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gotta run
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

From the specs:


Geocaching-friendly: no
 
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