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My friend just bought a new nuvi unit.. 1350 or something like that... We found out that these new units does'nt have routes/itinary as programming option like my 755.

I often use them on long trips in order to program my multiple waypoints to make sure the planned trip use the road I want.

2 questions for discussion:

- Am I the only one using routes? Is it a useful option for you?

- Is there a way to add these options on newer units?

I use routes but ...

I've sometimes used routes on the 1490T. Where To (or Tools) -> Routes -> (create New). The 1490T shares the same user manual as the 13xx, so you'd think the 13xx would have the feature.

For long trips I prefer to program in intermediate destinations in my Favorites, and just go to each one in turn.

If you transfer routes from Mapsource into this unit, you do have to import the routes: Tools -> My Data -> Import Route(s) like on most others.

Edit: Looks like only the 14xx and 16xx in the series support routes.

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I use routes. I personally would not purchase a unit that could not store routes. But that's just me.

There's no way for the user to add that functionality to a unit that doesn't have it. You would have to purchase a unit that supports stored routes.

My first criterea was route planning, when I purchased mine.

I discounted all other units if it was not an option.

It has already come in handy after being seperated from a ride leader, and being able to navigate the lost group to the meet point.

Must Have

Routes is a "must have" in any GPS I buy. I use routes for both long trips and just for daily commute. You may question daily commutes but road options in the DFW area can have the GPS changing calculated routes every time you turn the system on. Once I found the quickest route with the least amount of traffic stoppage, I setup the route and use it daily inconjunction with traffic info to keep my drive time down. I really like being able to import and store routes for long trips from Delome's Street Atlas as it is so much easier to use than Mapsource.

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Routes

JFCTexas wrote:

I setup the route and use it daily in conjunction with traffic info to keep my drive time down.

That is the main reason I set up a route to and from the office. I want to get accurate traffic info for the route I will be taking. If I let the GPS calculate my route for me, it sends me on a much longer route of its choosing and reports traffic information for that route, not the roads I plan to take.

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thanks..

I just don't understand how they cannot give this option to most units... When it is just a software feature which is found very useful.

Cheap

It is not that they can't, it is because they don't WANT to. It is simply a case of money. But to think that the route option truly costs Garmin that much is a bloody joke. Sorry, Garmin not all of us are a stupid as you wish we were.

1350T Route storage

According to www.garminportablegpsreviews.com the 1350T can store up to 10 routes with multiple destinations.

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Ross

No routes

jamesr813 wrote:

According to www.garminportablegpsreviews.com the 1350T can store up to 10 routes with multiple destinations.

See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=37706 click on specs.Routes=0

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Like the majority

I bought mine for the route ability. 760 older now but still is what I wanted.

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Thanks !

Thanks guys, I felt I was one of the only customer who likes using routes. At least, all 10 replies here are similar to me.

I use it for long trip when you just start your engine and don't bother anymore for the appropriate route to take for many hours...

Routes on a 1350?

Well, I have used our 1350 for several long trips. I simply make a gpx file that mimics a route. When we traveled East to Ottawa the file was called A-East.gpx and contained several gpx locations (Kenora, Thunderbay, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa). On the way home my wife wanted to shop at Birch Run MI and I wanted to visit the USAF museum in Dayton OH (a must-see for anyone who loves airplanes), so B-Return.gpx contained relevant locations. Could have made a csv file but with a gpx file you can add a great deal of data including a "birdseye" image.

Google Earth makes a great route planning tool.

I'm not sayin' that I make "routes", I just make routes...

Anyone else remember that commercial with the great line:
"Is that an air conditioner air conditioner, or an air conditioner air conditioner?"

Same here

agg9900 wrote:

I bought mine for the route ability. 760 older now but still is what I wanted.

Same here. I wanted the ability to specify precise routes for some of our road trips. For those scenic routes, the journey was more important than the destination. 760 still answers that need very well.

I use routes with my Nuvi

I use routes with my Nuvi 750 for my trips to Florida from Ohio. For the most part the trip to Florida is all the same but when I hit Jacksonville I have to decide on about 4 or 5 different ways to get to my final location. I also use the different routes to help in whittling down the number of locations in a few of my POI files. I like to save memory so I don't need McDonald's locations in areas that are off my route. The same thing for red light cameras and speed traps. Extra POI Editor allows me to do exactly what I am looking for.

Now saying that I have been thinking of replacing the Nuvi 750 with the Nuvi 3590 so I sent an e-mail to Garmin asking them about uploading routes. Their reply was that it cannot be done and I would have to use "their" routes which in my case is one of the 4 or 5 that I created. The 100 routes shown in the specs for the 3590 are again their routes of ones that you have already traveled and saved.

Bottom line is Garmin has lost a sale at least for now. They have also taken a step backwards in going from MapSource to BaseCamp. I still have not become comfortable with BaseCamp but that is a whole different story.

Comparing Routes

We usually take one or two long trips per year and I loved my 660! But it doesn't have the route feature, and I got a 3790 before Christmas.

I haven't had a chance to use the 3790 on a long trip yet, but I did try a simple comparison: I set up a route in the 3790 and compared it to a route POI I created for the 660. I think the 3790 "worked" better in the simulation. As pointed out in an earlier post, you can just set the 3790 and forget it on a long trip, but you can still do searches on the move. Attempting similar seacrhes with the 660 was more cumbersome... you could still do it with the 660, but it was easier with the 3790.

Still love the 660, but prefer the route feature over creating a "work-around".

work around

akapauan wrote:

I've sometimes used routes on the 1490T. Where To (or Tools) -> Routes -> (create New). The 1490T shares the same user manual as the 13xx, so you'd think the 13xx would have the feature.

For long trips I prefer to program in intermediate destinations in my Favorites, and just go to each one in turn.

If you transfer routes from Mapsource into this unit, you do have to import the routes: Tools -> My Data -> Import Route(s) like on most others.

Edit: Looks like only the 14xx and 16xx in the series support routes.

My unit doesn't support routes, but I've created a folder within favourites to replicate a route and then just go from waypoint to waypoint. It works great.

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Tried routes again

I had given up on routes because my 1490t would not select the routes that I created so painstakingly on Mapsource. I since have used a series of waypoints to tour the two lane highways on our trips.
We visited Vicksburg recently. The city had mailed me a very nice brochure. I created a route that would take me to all the attractions in the historical district. I realized that I had to add many via points. When we slowly drove the route, I muted Jill & just watched for the next turn. It worked slick.
I wish Garmin would let me mute just the interim waypoints along the way.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

you may want to try

spokybob wrote:

I had given up on routes because my 1490t would not select the routes that I created so painstakingly on Mapsource. I since have used a series of waypoints to tour the two lane highways on our trips.
We visited Vicksburg recently. The city had mailed me a very nice brochure. I created a route that would take me to all the attractions in the historical district. I realized that I had to add many via points. When we slowly drove the route, I muted Jill & just watched for the next turn. It worked slick.
I wish Garmin would let me mute just the interim waypoints along the way.

You may want to try this utility.

garminzumo.wikispaces.com/Modifications

I don't know if it's valid with current maps or the POC* Garmin released to replace Mapsource, but it may be worth a try.

* POC Piece of crap

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Route

I use Mapquest to make routes and than download to my GPS, than do Trip Planner.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

mapquest for routes?

Could you tell how you do that. I always used Mapsource and don't know how to set them up with mapquest?

Easy

powerages wrote:

Could you tell how you do that. I always used Mapsource and don't know how to set them up with mapquest?

Log on to your mapquest account. Select a destination.
Connect your garmin to your pc
Click send.
select gps
Good luck

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

thanks

Thanks a lot, I will try this week.
This could be usefull if it allows to save few routes on the GPS. Can you just push one or save one?

bummer

spokybob wrote:
powerages wrote:

Could you tell how you do that. I always used Mapsource and don't know how to set them up with mapquest?

Log on to your mapquest account. Select a destination.
Connect your garmin to your pc
Click send.
select gps
Good luck

I tried this. I put in the start and end points between DC and NYC. I dragged the route on Mapquest through York PA, H'burg PA, Allentown PA, Easton PA and then into NYC. I saved the route in Mapquest. I did "Send to Garmin GPS". It sent. I disconnected the GPS from the PC. I went to "Trip Planner" on the GPS. I selected that trip. It kept the endpoints, but put the route on 95 the whole way. Any "rubber-banding" I did in Mapquest was lost. Just fyi.

Is there a way to create waypoints in Mapquest? I didn't see any way to do so. Maybe waypoints would transfer, too, keeping the custom route.

Mapquest Routes

I logged on to Mapquest. My "HOME" is already saved.Left side of map shows
A: I select home.
B: I type in the name of a small town that is on my preferred highway.
Add Stop.
C: Typing my destination.
Click Get Directions.
Then Click on Send> Garmin GPS
Follow the prompts with your unit plugged in to PC
Check Routes and Nuvi
Click send

Message will say Successful.
On my unit I have to select >Import Routes.
The problem with Mapquest & Garmin is that the rubberband method is not transferred.

The method I show above does work,and the route will pass through the via points. In my experience, the via points do not show up in the favorites using this method...
When you click send >Garmin GPS, you can check waypoints instead of routes. Then Mapquest will send your via points and destination to Favorites. Then you can create the route on your unit using those favorites.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

You have

to click on Waypoint when you download to the Garmin. I do it all the time. I tried to use the other option and the route will not download, at least I can't find it.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

Try this

rthibodaux wrote:

to click on Waypoint when you download to the Garmin. I do it all the time. I tried to use the other option and the route will not download, at least I can't find it.

TOOLS> MY DATA > Import Routes
That applies to my 1490

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Doesn't work

that way on my 3590LMT.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

Hmm

Garmin shows your unit can store 100 routes. can you load routes with Mapsource or other programs?

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Trip planner

The 3590 has the Trip Planner, not the legacy route import feature that the 1490 does. As I understand it, the Trip Planner does not require an explicit import step. Once the route is transferred from Mapquest, BaseCamp or whatever, it should just show up in the Trip Planner.

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You are

Correct.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

always

I have always used routes ever since My first Street Pilot III, I wouldn't buy one that didn't do routes. It's funny though how Garmin makes things more complicated with the newer units. It used to be I would send a route to my SP and it would just show up under routes. While I'm on the subject of, in my opinion the dumb things Garmin does, when I'm traveling and pull up their POI on restaurants why would they want to show me places 25 miles behind me, the GPS obviously knows what direction you're going. I'm not a programmer but I can't believe they can't do a better job on writing the software

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Try

Extras>Near>Current Route

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

basecamp

Well, after some time with my 3590, i found that route planning are now much more easier on the unit directly instead of using mapsource as i used to do. Basecamp, i dont really use it now. i did prefer mapsource before but not that the unit is good enough, no need for a computer.

I agree with you powerages

I always use Trip Planner lot easier to use.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

usually use routes

for any but routine trips, I prefer to make custom routes. My optimum route tends to be: a blend between shortest and fastest; taking backroads whenever they make sense. The standard Garmin route on fastest, wants to find the nearest interstate no matter how far out of the way, shortest route has tried to take me through some really silly streets to save 100 ft, adding considerable time to the trip.

it is not usually for me custom route to be faster than the faster route.

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Routes 855 vs 3790

My older 855 would do a route for me covering about 2800 miles without a hiccup.

In my 3790 I can not do a route that long. I get error messages telling me that there are too many waypoints in the route. BTW the waypoints I insert number maybe 12 in total.

After a couple of discussions with Garmin their solution is to do the route in two parts.
So now I do one section from A to B and then a second from B to C.

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