Just got a garmin 3790 for christmas and trying to find interesting this to do with it.
the whole poi thing sounds cool..beside the red light cams of course..
what are some of the popular ones?
reading and asking questions. You'll become a wizard with the info here.
But you will also see that not everyone uses all of the same files. I think the most popular is the Rest areas combined file though.
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Welcome aboard. As pwohirab mentioned rest areas seems to be one of them, and I think the restaurant POIs seem to be another popular one, I have many of the restaurant chains loaded. I also have a couple of the gas station and some of the motel chains loaded for when we travel. There are also some fun ones I use such as the off-beat tourist attractions and the state line POIs. Im sure you will find many of them that will be useful for you.
what are some of the popular ones?
'Popular POIs' depend alot on one's interest; but as mentioned above, if you drive you will want 'Rest Area Combined' at:
MrKenFL has done a terrific job on it; and he continually updates it.
I've also found that as time goes on (one month short of 5 years here at the 'Factory'), a person's interest changes as does one's idea of the most useful POIs.
Jump in, the water's fine!
It depends on your hobbies and use of the GPS. If you travel for work then hotels and your favorite places to eat are must have. Do you like historical sites or other vacation destinations? There are files for those too.
You will find that there is a file for everything you might need or want. If not, then ask and it could probably be made and added to the list.
I do for elevator repair and installation, so I have files like UPS Stores, Home Depot, Lowes, Radio Shack, Grainger, multiple hotel chains, etc. and you always have to have plenty of food stops.
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It has already been noted that your interests may change when you begin to use POI files. It will depend a lot on how often you travel outside of your home town - how often you take day trips - how often you make extended trips - how often you go on vacations.
Rest Areas are very popular for travelers (how far to a good restroom facility).
I will offer some examples from my own needs. When I travel, I want to know where the Subaru dealers are. Where are branches of Bank of America or Regions Bank. Is there a Batteries Plus nearby. My wife likes to drop in on JoAnn Fabric stores. You get the idea, I hope
Have you ever worked on any of the real old Otis elevators? They had some interesting circuits.
I think the oldest Otis I've worked on was made in 1901. Worked on a few made in the 1920's, 30's, etc.
My cousin RIP was a Otis repairman in Havana back in the late 50s, I believe that was the only brand we had in the island.
That used to be one of my gravy jobs. I would go in on a Sunday for double time and reset everything after they were drop tested
Welcome to the site - Santa was good to you!! This site will keep you busy for a long time. Much to read and much to learn - enjoy!
...everyone has different interests and uses the POI database differently. Me? I use the Best Western and Choice Hotel file quite often. I also keep the Costco and Cracker Barrel file on my GPS, along with several several different fuel brands and state police posts in the various states that I travel through, if they are available. Peruse the files. I am sure you will find something to peak your interests. And most of all. Have fun!!!
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