I downloaded the Rest Areas POI and installed it using the POI Loader but I can't get the locations to appear on my map when plotting out a route. This is the first POI I've installed so I might be doing something wrong without realizing it. Other than loading it with the POI Loader, is there something else I need to do to activate the POI?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
You have to zoom in pretty close to see the icons, that is IF you added one of the BMP files to see them..
Otherwise, you will see the default gray dot.
What unit do you have?
Did they load correctly - do they show up in extras as Custom POIs?
I think if you zoom in enough they will show up on the map.
Alerts can be turned on and off on my Nuvi 255W.
I have a 265WT.
This install doesn't seem to be working correctly. I used the Gramin POI installer and it seems to go through the steps asking me for the source of the files (desktop) and where I want them to be installed (garmin device). It then tells me that it has successfully installed 1983 POI.
I have also installed the bmp file and the voice file for the alert, neither of which seems to work.
Can someone tell me where the files should be located if they are in the correct location and working properly? Maybe the files just aren't in the right place.
Thanks for all the help everyone!
Touch where to.You will have to scroll to second screen for extras.Touch extras then touch custom pois and you should see them.Just select one when ready and touch go.
That seems to work ok but they didn't seem to pop up on my screen the last trip I was on. I added the audio alert mp3 as well and that didn't seem to work either. Any idea what folder the alert mp3 should be in to make it work?
From looking a the Help screen it seems that this will work if you have Proximity Alerts on. I looked for this under Tools/Settings/Promity Points and the option is not there. Later it says that this option is there if you have proximity points such as custom POIs. So by adding the RestArea POI do I now have these points to enable the alerts and if so how do I activate them if need be so I can turn them on? Of course I would like them on like every other option imagineable.
Thanks for your help.
You have to use the manual install option in poi loader to set alerts. Also since many rest areas are a way off of the highway you will need to set the distance far enough away to allow for this.
IF you are using the "Rest Areas Combined" file the coordinates are set to the beginning of the exit ramp off the highway. You could set the proximity distance to about 100 ft. and get an alert from the far left lane. However, that wouldn't give you much advance warning. Most users of the file set the Proximity alert distance to 1/2 to 1 mile to allow them ample time to get into the proper lane with safety & ease.
The location has to be within 50' of the route traveled on and be on that route to work... and with red light in the name it can be installed using express mode...
I didn't know there was a manual install option. Each time I use it I follow the prompts and it goes through the process. Where do I find the manual install option?
Where your poi's are located...
found the manual option!
are you saying that the Alert distance has to be set to 50' or that the location has to be within 50' of the route traveled? If it's the later then what would you recommend that the proximity alert be set to?
Read 5 responses above your question.
I'm saying the location has to be within 50' of the route you are traveling on for you to get a warning, setting the distance to a mile will allow a warning 1 mile prior to reaching the location provided that location is within 50' of the route. As stated above you should set the distance to a distance that will allow you to get in the proper lane to exit. If the distance to the poi is greater than 50' from the route you have to set it as a destination to be guided to it....
thank you very much for all the help everyone. I will work on this and then check it out on my next trip.
Is there any rest area info for the locations or just an indication that it is a rest area?
Now I'll be searching for red light cameras POIs in the U.S.
I would suggest that you read the tutorial at
which explains what is included in the file.
I believe that all of the INTERSTATE Rest areas have info on facilities but State, US, County Road rest areas have skimpy info.
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