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Old 01-20-2007, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I know this topic was on here before but I could not find it in the search.I was wondering what you guys use for a gps for snowmobiling.My wife bought me the Magellan explorist 210 handheld GPS.Is this a good brand to use or is there something better.I have not taken it out of the box yet and I am not sure if this model or any model would actually show the trail route numbers or intersections for instance trail 140 in Pittsburg.Or will it just show my path as a line like my boat GPS used to.Any help on what you guys use would be great.I apologize if this should have been in the general forum but I figured I would get some good local response from here.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi I know this topic was on here before but I could not find it in the search.I was wondering what you guys use for a gps for snowmobiling.My wife bought me the Magellan explorist 210 handheld GPS.Is this a good brand to use or is there something better.I have not taken it out of the box yet and I am not sure if this model or any model would actually show the trail route numbers or intersections for instance trail 140 in Pittsburg.Or will it just show my path as a line like my boat GPS used to.Any help on what you guys use would be great.I apologize if this should have been in the general forum but I figured I would get some good local response from here.
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I would suggest going to the GPS forum, here on HCS. You will find some very useful info on there. As for how the track reads, it won't show the trail intersections. Basicaly, you will have a basic overlay of tote roads, main roads, and highways. As you go aroung you can enter in trail intersections etc. The trail intersection markers have the GPS coodernates on them. That coupled with new club map and you should be able to establish your own gps tracks and routes for future use.
You will find being able to backtrack etc. pretty handy when getting dark or snowing hard.
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the info I appreciate it and I did not even see the GPS forum thank you again
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Garmin GPS 60 CS map and I am very happy with it.. It has a color display andcome loaded with what they call "BaseLevel street maps" loaded in to it. You can buy more detailed street maps if you want but I have not needed it.. It displays a trail where you have been and you can download it into a laptop to save your trip info. You can mark important places with "waypoints" which is very useful for snowmobiling and it will have speed, direction and altitude info for you to review later.



To use it in your truck or car you need the auxillary antenna for short money as it needs a clear view of the sky as does all gps units.
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have the Garmin 60csx mounted on my sled with a ram mount. I use mapsource topo US.

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Hi I know this topic was on here before but I could not find it in the search.I was wondering what you guys use for a gps for snowmobiling.My wife bought me the Magellan explorist 210 handheld GPS.Is this a good brand to use or is there something better.I have not taken it out of the box yet and I am not sure if this model or any model would actually show the trail route numbers or intersections for instance trail 140 in Pittsburg.Or will it just show my path as a line like my boat GPS used to.Any help on what you guys use would be great.I apologize if this should have been in the general forum but I figured I would get some good local response from here.
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I would highly recommend finding some way to hardwire its power into the sled. It's tough to keep batteries running in the cold.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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thank you for all the response.I took the magellan 210 I have out and it looks like it will work pretty good for what I want.We have been going to Pittsburg for years so I know the trail system pretty well but I want it for some off trail riding and if I venture to any other areas to ride that i am not familiar with like canada or Maine.They sell a handlebar mount I think I might get. It looks like from a few pics you guys put them on and they work pretty good.Also I ordered some energizer Lithium batteries that another HCS member suggested to get more battery life out of it.Thanks again for all the response.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use a Magellan Meridian Gold with TOPO maps also. I think for snowmobiling the TOPO maps really help out. RAM mount seems to be pretty common - I can mount on the sleds and ATV's pretty easily with the ball mounts.
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I have the explorist 210, I just keep it in my pocket to record waypoints for my tracks. It a pretty basic unit but it works for what I'm using it for, when I save up some cash I'm going to get the same unit as ckf, 60csx.
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