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Free routable maps for Garmin

As from time to time there are questions about maps for different world regions I would like to start topic about getting them legally.

There are two links to places where you can get legal, free maps for Garmin GPS. They are routable, so can be used to drive when on vacations. Coverage can differ sometimes, as often there are non commercial projects created by users.


Garmin FAQ area

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I am looking at getting a refurbished 3597lmthd. Only thing I am concerned of it is discounting by Garmin. How long do they typically support software updates for older models?

Garmin Gpsmap 478 obsolete?

This must be an already discussed topic but does anyone know a solution to the 478's memory or lack there of. It has the special Garmin proprietary slot but no memory to be found other than so small sticks on ebay that wouldn't help much and still would hold the latest map.

Garmin Nuvi 1300, GPSmap 478

Nuvi 1300 won't load external maps

A few weeks ago, I added a 16g microSD card and loaded the latest maps using map install. Everything worked great up to yesterday when I notice the GPS appears to have only the base map showing. It was obvious the detail map with POI and detailed streets etc.. was not being loaded. The GPS boots properly with no error either with or without the microSD installed.

Garmin Nuvi 1300, GPSmap 478

Garmin “Cyber Days” Now Thru 11/30

For those buyers who prefer to deal directly with the manufacturer, Garmin “Cyber Days” is going on now thru 11/30.

It should be noted that these prices can be matched and in a few cases beaten by other retailers.

audible speed alert

How can I set a speed alert for going 10 mph over the speed limit. I have gotten a couple of tickets in areas I do not know. For example, A frontage road along the freeway that is a 40mph and got a ticket for 55.

Insufficient memory to show travel from NJ to CA

Hello all,
My first post here. Looks like a great place to learn.

I live in New Jersey.

I just purchased the North American maps for my Nuvi 650. The installation using Mapinstall went OK. I have the NE maps on the Nuvi and the entire US maps on a 4GB SD card inserted into the unit.

Garmin Nuvi 4592R Plus

It is interesting to me to see what Garmin models are available outside of the United States.

2015 Black Friday Deals.

Instead of starting a new thread, I changed the title of this thredad to "2015 Black Friday Deals". Post any good deals you may find here.

3597LMTHD for $199.95

Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Nuvi 3597LMTHD Refurb

Just received my 3597lmthd refurb.
First of all, I want to thank you for your tips and tricks.
Added new maps, firmware and saved favorites without a hitch.
Couple of things that I'm not crazy about. Minor quibbles.
Too smooth in texture. Not 'grippable' will be prone to dropping.

politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often and for the same reason.

Garmin GPS - Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas

While I was recently out of the country at the beginning of November, Comcast [Infinity] closed down it's non-business users' web hosting service where my Garmin GPS - Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas web site that has been in operation since 2007 was housed.

Garmin nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650. Prev. Garmins: GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T __GARMIN TRICKS WEB SITE __ [NEW TEMPORARY URL]

Different Warning Sounds for RLC and Speed Cameras?

Can I have different sound warnings for RLCs and Speed Cameras?

Currently I get the "boing boing" for any/all poi's that are set to have an alert.

I would like to have sound A for RLCs and sound B for speed cameras. There is such a proliferation of them in the NYC area that you can have the audible warning and not be sure if it's an RLC or speed camera coming up.

nüviCam™ LMTHD

Does this new unit use trip planner? I like creating custom routes with Base Camp or MapSource and then uploading them. I never liked the way Trip Planner handles custom made routes so I am currently using a Nuvi 1490 since most models after that used the Trip Planner software.

Garmin Express

For PC:
Garmin began rolling out Garmin Express v4.1.11.0 for the PC today. If you would like to upgrade to the latest version, Check for Updates to Express on the Settings page within the Express application. This version includes the following changes:
• Added automotive device-specific help.
• Fixed an issue that caused Connect IQ app settings to not be applied correctly

For Mac:

Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Need help to install in BaseCamp

I want to install the ‘Campgrounds an RV Parks Combined’ (11-16-2015) file in BaseCamp.

So I downloaded the CSV version, I converted it to GPX format using the ‘Navman Comma Separated (*CSV)’ version of PoiEdit.exe. When I try to import it in BaseCamp, I get an error message.

Garmin Map Themes

For those using Nuvis or Zumos,there is a new free standalone tool to edit & create Garmin Map themes:

Splash Screens a thing of the past?

I noticed that my new nüvi 2598 does not have a picture viewer. Does that mean we can no longer set a splash screen image?

><> Glenn <>< Garmin eTrex, nüvi 1390, nüvi 2598 "A person's a person, no matter how small", Dr. Seuss.

Smartphone Link Questions (Iphone)

After reading about "Smartphone Link" and installing it on wife's Iphone, some operational questions remain.... So I'm creating a New Thread to cover Questions on Smartphone Link with Iphone.
The Wife and I are new to Iphone, so we are bound to make some errors... Hence, this Thread!

2689LMT That we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

Garmin Express Issue With Windows 10.

Up till now, I have had very few issues with Garmin Express, but since I have upgraded to Windows 10 it has quit working. It goes through the motions, but when it gets to preparing device, it just hangs up here and will not download the new maps. Has anyone else encountered this issue, and is there going to be an upgrade to Garmin Express to work with Windows 10?

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