Just thought I would share my experiences using my C340 on a trip to South Carolina from South Florida in my motorhome.
I have a number of POI sets loaded as custom POIs including the NPR Public Radio Stations and Flying J Gas stations.
I set my destination before departure which was a campground north of Jacksonville. We break the trip into two legs now that we are retired.
As our fuel got low I entered my Custom POIs and selected my Flying J truck stop POIs. After selecting them the distance and direction to all of them appeared. I chose the one that seemed to be a good fuel stop on our route and selected GO. The C340 asked me if I wanted to go to this destination and continue on to my final one. I said yes. We stopped and refueld at this site and continued on.
As we travelled I then selected the NPR POIs and found the closest one by looking at the list. Selecting the list in this fashion reveals a constantly updating list of stations, distances, and directions as well as frequencies. In this case all I had to do is look at the list and pick a station in range and tune it in. Afterwards I just selected back until I got back to my map display.
On a couple of occassions I selected Auto Services and then Rest Area/Tourist Info to see how far it was to the next rest area. This worked beautifully and I could select the one I wanted to stop at and then then hit Go. The unit again would ask me if I wanted to stop at this location and continue on to my final one and I said yes. Great feature.
When we stopped for the night we decided we wanted some pizza and I checked the built in food database but could not find Papa John's recommended by the campground. So, I called them and asked for the address which I plugged in to my unit and it lead me right to the pizza place.
I also used it to find an ATM.
Overall, I would give it a big thumbs up and a few notches higher than my laptop running Microsoft Streets and Trips. The touch screen and intuitive interface makes all the difference in the world.
In spite of an occassional odd routing I will just say, "Never leave home without your Streetopilot."
I was wondering where you were. It's good to hear that the POI's were somewhat accurate.
When we created the NPR POI, you can only verify the ones you are close to, so I'm glad to hear that it actually worked in a practical situation.
It's good to have you back. (do we thank the GPS for that?)
Great story..... I have a c340 myself and can't wait to take a long journey as you just have. I mostly use mine around town but it's really nice to hear true experiences.
By the way, I like the way you used the NPR poi.
I love NPR and I plan to Download the POI after
I write this.
Keep on Driving and keep on Finding.
Glad to hear about your varied experiences. Sounds like you were able to test alot of POI's and shows the benefits of what we all do here. It was also good to read something different for a change. A "trip report" if you will. I think we should make something like this a regular feature on this site. Vacation season will soon be upon us so what do you say folks?? Let's post our vacation expereiences here, both GPS related and the things we see "off the beaten path".
Glad you liked it guys. mkahn, I guess you can say that the GPS helped me get back home but really, I could have found it without. LOL. Seriously, the NPR POIs were neat and very useful.
Hey, Walleye, I like the idea of a section in the forum for trip reports. Maybe Miss POI could create one for us.
Most interesting to me was the comparison of the C340 with my extensive experience using MS Streets and Trips on my laptop. Managing the laptop in comparison to the Streetpilot is much more hassle.
Orbital, grab those NPR POIs. Much of the work was done by Mkhan who you see in this thread. He and I are members of the Radio Guys group along with others.
Hey all - glad you 340 users like them. other than the text to speech thing, what made you get the 340 over the 330? Any differences in size for POI's or use with the SD card (ie, doesnt read POI's, just maps? Thanks!
With me it was not a comparison process that made me choose the C340 over others. I already have an old Garmin Emap that I use for hiking or cycling to record routes. My dad had used a CV340 for a while and he liked it a lot. I had also used my laptop in our motorhome running Microsoft Streets and Trips. It had a lot of features but managing the laptop was awkward and I wanted something easier to use. I have always been happy with Garmin and the clincher was that at the time I purchased it Circuit City had a great sale on the C340 so I got one.
I have a number of POI sets loaded as custom POIs including the NPR Public Radio Stations
Would you be willing to share that POI with me? I am an avid listener of NPR.
It's right here on this site.
Here you go, This should be what your looking for.
Looks as if Motorcycle Mama and myself were answering at the same time.
Ha, but she beat you to the punch! Must have had your RD going and were going slow...lol
Last Aug-Sep took an 11,500 miles X-country using "Lila" (our name for our C330 ) . Drove thru 35 states and visited many, many sites !
Lila took us thru St. Louis like a dream - it was GREAT ! Only twice during
the trip did Lila not put us where we wanted to go and I'm not sure they weren't operator input problems.
Like previous posters we had exceptional success getting notified of Rest Areas, finding places to eat (especially local flavor restaurants), gas stations & truck stops !
That was with the V7 Mapping Software - wonder how good it will be with the V8 version.
Lila made the trip enjoyable - although my S.O. kept on saying "Shut up Lila"
when we got into city driving ! Volume control took care of that !
The C330 may not do everything but I LOVE IT !
And that is all that it needs to do...make you fall in love with her!
whats the difference between the c330 and the c340
Go to this site and select whichever models you wish to compare.
in short, 330 doesn't have...
The 340 doesn't have those either. The main difference is that the 340 will say the street names. Also with the 340, you can subscribe to the traffic alerts.
You are absolutely right, it does have TTS but it doesn't have the others taht I mentioned. Sorry for the misinformation.
Garmin c340...not accurate today. I was very disappointed. Pulled up mapquest to compare the directions on how to get to the park. Mapquest said to take the Fl turnpike (tolls): Turn LEFT onto S KANNER HWY / FL-76 E. Continue to follow FL-76 E.
Turn RIGHT onto SE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD.
Turn LEFT onto SE GEORGIA AVE. Turn LEFT onto SE STYPMANN BLVD..End at Sailfish Ballpark:
Stuart, FL 34994, US
Garmin c340 said to take I95 (no tolls): I95 N to W Palm Bch..exit 101 right to SR-76 to Indiantown/Stuart....right onto SR-76 E to Stuart...right on monterey rd...left on palm bch rd..left on stypmann and arrive at park........
I even changed Maqquest to show me directions without tolls and it put me on I95(no tolls). Again Mapquest's info differed from the Gps info.
I ended up in front of a private home when I followed (Daniel's)my GPS voice prompts. As you can see by the 2 driving directions...similar but not accurate. Unfortunately mapquest won and Daniel lost..
hahaha, i thought i was the only one. When I first got this C330 from my company, I picked up my wife from work (in Reston, VA), and searched for the word "Walmart". It then gave me a list, and I chose the nearest one, which had a distance of 0.6 miles. After a few turns or so, my wife said "well, this is not the way goint to Walmart". I shhhhhhed her and said, "don't worry, she'll lead us the way".
A few minutes later, we ended up in "Wegman" in Sterling, instead of "Walmart". I still couldn't believe it, i spun around, went a few blocks away, then searched the address on "Recent Location" and headed the same way. (I don't know if Wegman used to be Walmart or was recently purchased by Walmart, lol).
What I did was to change my search key words and put "Dulles Town Center", and I did get to Walmart.
That's how I knew that these little babies are not that 100% reliable, but with a few workarounds on these situations, it would surely take you to where you want to go.
Gee, how convenient that when I fill out the form to submit the info of the 2 streets that were missing from my route, the form generates a HTTP 404..webpage cannot be found......
Finally...I meant I was not giving up.
TRACKING NUMBER: 0052 1RLS IJ30 CGSF
Thank you for your Map Report™. We appreciate your taking the time to provide feedback and will investigate the need for making your suggested change as quickly as possible.
The only way for us to be heard is not to give up trying, right ?
Yeah, I went to look for a restuarant yesterday and it landed me to a private apartment complex. Then I got a ticket for speeding, dang GPSr!!!
You got bitten 2x...sorry to hear that.
Ouch...and these things are supposed to be helping us...sorry to hear about the ticket.
Your Streetpilot made you speed? Hmm? These things are more powerful than I thought.
Yeah, they make you speed when you are trying to find something and not paying attention to driving, which actually was the reason that I got the dang thing...to pay more attention to the road...rofl
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