Garmin GPS Questions

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 21:35
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I have a Garmin 1400 series GPS and have a couple of questions concerning it use that do not seem to be covered in the manual.

The first is the system recognizes point to point safety camera but does not seem to be able to advise your average speed over the section. It certainly tells you if you are over the actual speed limit but not how you are going with respect to average speed over the section. Can the system be configured to provide this information?

The second relates to offroad maps and their use. I know how to get into the offroad function and find the standard maps actually have good offroad track coverage. However additional maps can be loaded via the sd card. The handbook talks about using Mapsource offroad maps which I assume you load onto the sd card but I cannot find how do I tell the GPS to use these maps when I select offroad? Can someone point me in the direction of how I do this. Also are there any maps other than Mapsource that can be used - eg Hema which I have.

Thanks

Garry
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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 22:59

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 22:59
I'm not sure if this is what your after but on my gps when you have the map up it has a speedo in the bottom corner if you touch that it brings up your maximum speed, avreage speed, time driving, time standing, still elevation etc is this what your after.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:14

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:14
Some models have a Micro SD card slot either on the bottom or up the side of the unit. I haven't used mine yet it's on the bottom but to my understanding you can buy off road maps on a micro sd card to fit the unit but You will have to check with either hemma or garmin if your model with accept the maps. I just bought a new garmin 3597 today and the lady at Dick Smiths thinks I might even be able to insert a blank card into the gps hook it to the computer and download direct to the card but she wasn't 100% sure I'll find out more later some time when I'm ready to get the 4wd maps
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:15

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:15
ps I'm still learning about it myself
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:34

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:34
Thanks for the comments - happy how to get max speed etc but I am looking for the average speed and its associated alarm when you are in a point to point speed camera zone.

Yes you can use Mapsource maps loaded on the little SD card but I cannot find in the instructions how to tell the GPS to use those ones rather than the normal road maps loaded in the GPS memory.

Cheers

Garry
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Follow Up By: terryj2 - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:53

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 23:53
Go to settings. hit "map".
Hit "info" at bottom of screen.
Takes you to loaded maps. Tick which one you want to use. Or with mine I can use both.
I purchased a Topo card on line for about $25. A waste of time. Original map is just as good.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:41

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:41
Thanks Terry - when you say the Topo maps are a waste of time - is that because they do not have many offroad tracks or the ease of use etc? I know the standard onroad maps certainly have the main offroad tracks on them but not the smaller tracks like the govt topo maps and Hema have and that is good enough in many cases but it would be nice to have detailed maps when right offroad.

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:30

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:30
I have got the garmin topo, ( Link..)
aust & nz topo
but you will need to pay a lot more for very good detail .IMO
I dont think you get the good detail transformed to the small GPS like you would get on PC ever with the gps detail on its highest setting ,i know mine dozent .( garmin 1450 ) .
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 06:07

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 06:07
Garry, You are probably asking a bit much for the point to point average, I suppose there is plenty of info that can be collected and displayed but we all would be in overload watching the thing rather than watching the road! I bought a 7" Garmin a while back and love it! The features compared to my 5 yo Garmin are unbelievable! They just keep getting better! regards Michael.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 06:10

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 06:10
By the way Garry, You can buy Garmin Topo maps on Micro SD card on Ebay for $25. The latest version. It will slip straight in your Garmin and you are on your way! Michael
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33
Thanks Michael - other GPS systems can do the average speed calcs between point to point cameras so I don't know why Garmin cannot do it. In the Igo system there is a visual display but also a low level audio tone when you are under the average speed and an annoying tone when over the average speed so eyes stay on the road.

I just found the latest maps on ebay for $18 so I might get them.

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Garry
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Follow Up By: terryj2 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:27

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:27
Hi Garry
I paid $25 for a micro card Topo map but I found it wasn't much better than the maps already loaded. For the price it was more of an exercise in using my GPS than anything else. I guess it's the old adage - you get what you pay for and for really good maps you need to pay the bigger price.
I have a Garmon Nuuuvi 1450 and love it. Have used it all over Australia and have found it handy and generally pretty accurate within the bigger towns and cities we went to and on the main roads . Also download to Google earth program to keep a record of where I have been.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 16:56

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 16:56
G'day Garry......I know at least one guy who uses Shonkymaps on his Garmin Nuvi for off road work....you know him too but I won't put his name up here but he is a member of the LRC. You can access the maps at this link: Shonkymaps
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 16:58

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 16:58
PS Shonkymaps are good value for money too........they are free.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 19:40

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 19:40
How old are shonky maps though.

You still driving that second rate vehicle. :-)
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 20:01

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 20:01
Don't know but they seem to work well off road. Yep still driving a mighty Nissan....just not a patrol.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 21:11

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 21:11
Yes I know - the one that broke down :-)
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 23:29

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 23:29
Don't forget the mighty Nissan ute made it to the end of the trip proper......same can't be said about a Land Rover that was travelling with me :-)
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 23:31

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 23:31
To be fair though the Land Rover got a great sea cruise back from Bamaga and my Nissan only got a 40km ride on the back of a Mercedes from the top of the Donovan Range.
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